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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Exercise: Spring Into Disaster!

The first day of spring has finally arrived. Your challenge is to write a scene based on one of the four spring events that turns into a horrible disaster:

1. Spring Training
2. Spring Cleaning
3. Spring Fling
4. Spring Break

Scenes should be no more than 1,000 words.

Have fun!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Death of an American Icon?

Well, it's a sad day today. One of our beloved heroes has finally passed on. Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America, has undertaken his finally mission. Apparently, a sniper takes him down when he's leaving a courthouse.

The superhero was spawned when a scrawny arts student named Steve Rogers, ineligible for the army because of his poor health but eager to serve his country, agreed to a "Super Soldier Serum" injection. The substance made him a paragon of physical perfection, armed only with his shield, his strength, his smarts and a command of martial arts.

This ends a long run for our shield-wearing hero, who was created in 1941, but in the comic-book world, death is never really final.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Freelance Writing Gigs Galore!

Hi folks!

I just wanted to tell you about a wonderful site I frequent on a daily basis. It's located at http://writersrow.com/deborahng/freelancewritingjobs.html.

Deborah Ng is a freelance writer herself and has been writing professionally since 2000. She updates this writing list each Monday through Friday. You can sign up for her email list and receive a notice when the list is updated.

Not only does she list freelance writing jobs, she also provides a listing of blogging jobs. If you're serious about writing and looking for some work, you won't want to miss this daily list.

Writing vs. Speaking

Okay, so I love to write. I can collect my thoughts better when I have to write something down than when I have to speak to someone. I was never the kind of person who could think up things on the fly, so yes, I feel pretty stupid when somebody asks me a question and I don't have much time to come up with a good answer. In fact, my mind draws blank quite often due to extreme nervousness when talking to people. Hope I'm not the only one that happens to. :-)

Anyway, apparently there are times when speaking engagements are needed over the written word. Here's a situation I'm currently involved with where my cleverly written arguments just don't cut it.

I have a subscription to PC Gamer magazine. Last year, my niece was selling subs for her Girl Scout council, so I renewed my PC Gamer subscription. I renewed the magazine for $20, which is their usual price; however, when ordering from a third-party company, apparently the magazine doesn't come with demo discs. So I contacted PC Gamer (via email, of course) and asked them why I stopped receiving the discs with the magazine. They told me the reason and they also told me I could upgrade to receive a disc version if I sent them an additional $11. I love my games and I love being able to try out games, so I sent in my additional money. It took over a month for them to receive and cash my check.

My next issue didn't come with a disc after that, so I emailed them again. They gave me some spiel about the address labels already being pre-printed and that my upgraded sub would start with the March 2007 issue. I got a disc with my March 2007 issue, hooray!

In April, my magazine came without a disc, so I emailed them. They responded with saying my current subscription was made with a third-party and doesn't include a disc. If I wanted to upgrade, I had to send them an additional $8. What????? Didn't I just go through that several months ago?

I emailed them and told them I paid $11 to upgrade my sub. I told them to double check their records. I got a response back again saying my current sub NOW does not include a disc. Argh! I tried emailing them one more time and telling them yes it does. I enclosed my previous correspondence that said my upgraded version would start with the March 2007 issue. If they can't understand this, the written word has failed me and yes, folks, I'll have to pick up the dreaded phone and try to sort this out verbally. *sigh*

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Exercise: Top O' The Morning To You!

March is blowing in with greetings from the Irish. On the 17th of this month, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, where everyone claims to have a bit of blarney in them. Well, instead of raising your beer mugs and toasting to your good health, it's time to pick up your writing utensil and spin us a good yarn. The topic this month is "A Wee Bit O' Irish".

Create a horrific fairy tale as if you were the lost Brother Grimm based on an Irish legend, mythical creature, or folk tale. Extra points if you can tie your fairy tale to St. Patrick's Day in some way.

Stories should be 1,000 words or less and sent to me by March 15, 2007.