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My Current Read


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Happy Saturday! I have been reading this one book very slowly. I’m excited and nervous to see how it will end. Does that ever happen to you? It’s not that the book is slow, it’s just that it’s good you literally want to take your time with reading it. Im also listening to a book on audiobook as well and it’s a good-slow read for me as well. What are you currently reading? Do you will think you will finish by this weekend?

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This what I’m currently listening to on audible and I MUST say, I hope she finds her brother Darin.

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This is what I’m currently reading as a physical book. I am wondering what the two girls will do once they meet again after about 17 years.

My new buys!

Every Little Step

I’m a HUGE BB fan and NE fan. I am intrigued to see what his side of the story will bring.

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This book is VERY popular on book tube and in the world right now. I look forward to reading it soon. Have you read this one?

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Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Title: Lux Consequences ( Opal)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 395

My Copy: Paperback Bind Up of 2 Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Review:

I am really enjoying this series very much! Katy, a girl who moved to Virginia with her mother after the death of father tries to make friend. After seeing her neighbor who is just the most cutest and arrogant, Katy develops a crush and a new friend, Dee. Damien is the boy she wants to know more about even though he’s a real jerk. Katy notices something different about Dee and Damien that she just can’t put her finger on until its too late. I won’t give out any spoilers because this book is a series. I highly recommend this series to everyone!!

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Jobs For Writers


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Being a writer is hard work. There are many people will believe in your gift, and others will laugh in your face. I’m sure writers like Stephen King and J. K. Rowling were laughed at, but look at them now! I would LOVE to be on their level one day and even write for Huffington Post or a great company like it. Speaking of writing for a living, I have been applying to several writing jobs.  Now, I’ve worked as a writer before, but I am looking to do so on a full-time basis. If you read my plea for wanting a career as a writer, I was speaking for us all when I said we wanted to make it through our words. There are many jobs out there that writers can do. To name a few:

  • Content Writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Fiction Writer
  • Screenwriter
  • TV Writer
  • Contributing Writer
  • Blog Writer
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Technical Writer

These are jobs that I have applied for in various companies. Let’s hope one of these turns out to be a winner. But, if not, I am still writing. My suggestion would be to ALWAYS write. The more you write, the better you will be become in your craft. But, there is one thing a writer should always do as well. That is to:

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A great writer is also a great reader. I LOVE to read as you know if you’ve been seeing my  Goodreads page, and book reviews. I watched a few interviews with Stephen King and he said that he reads all the time. It helps strengthen his writing.

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Writing is already a job within itself, but sometimes we have to get day jobs, too. I used to work full-time, go to school and STILL would write before I went to bed. Lately, I have been writing a lot of samples for the writing jobs that I have been applying for. My point is that writing should always be precedent if it’s something you plan on doing for the rest of your life. As for myself I want to be like Stephen King and just write for a living. In time I have no doubt that it won’t happen. I am going to re-read On Writing by Stephen King just to get inspiration to keep going. This journey can be a lonely road, but I will not stop climbing. If you want a writing job and to continue your own projects, keep striving. Don’t let or allow anyone to tell you differently.

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Editing 101


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This is the area that I lack the most. At first I used to think that editing was just spell check on Microsoft Word and that was it. Then I realized it was so much more than that. Granted, I have been writing for a very long time, but my mind was not on editing. I just wanted people to really understand my story of what I was trying to say. Who cared that I didn’t put a comma in the right place? I can remember in high school my English teacher would give us a sheet that had ” common mistakes” on it which did not help because  I still needed work on my papers.  I have a come a long way, but I still lack editing. When something needs a fresh pair of eyes I send it to one of my friends and have them look it over. Here are some things that will help the process of editing.

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  1. Proofread – Always have your work proofread. I know we as writers think our writing is perfect,  but it is good to go over every piece of writing with a fine tooth comb.
  2. YouTube Videos – Call me crazy, but this really helps! I have watched many videos on how to edit. It may seem redundant or tedious, but it has helped me.
  3. Books – Books that focus on editing can help a ton as well. In fact I am about to read a few because I still need all the help that I can get.  Here are a few
    1. On Writing by Stephen King
    2. 100 ways To Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
    3. The Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turbian (Eighth Edition)
    4. Line by Line by Claire Kehrwald Cook

There are some of the books that I will be reading as well. My goal is to write for a living so I have to make sure that my editing is tight! When you edit what style works for you?

Reading

A Lost Post On A Monday


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Happy Monday! I know that it’s been a while, but I am here. Thanks to the new subscribers that have subscribed to my blog. I have been reading a book by Nicholas Sparks and it is my first book. It is a slow paced read for me but I am really enjoying it so far. Right now, the main character Russell, is going through a lot and he feels like his life is upside down. I am kind of feeling the same way, but I know it will have a happy ending, lol. Has anyone read this book?

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I am really  liking it. This book is 481 pages and I started it last week. My ADD or the fact that it isn’t grabbing my attention as I’d hope is allowing it to be slow,but good. So, what are you currently reading? What page are you on?

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Book Review: The Geography of You and Me By: Jennifer E. Smith


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Publisher: Hachete Book Group

Page Count: 337

Genre: YA (Young Adult)

Date Started; 2/28/17

Date Ended: 3/4/17

Purchased: Library Book Sale

Rating: Plot 3 stars, Characters, 3 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” The Postcards stopped coming.”

My Review:

This was just an okay read for me. It reminded me of a generic Dear John with a bad ending. I wasn’t a fan of this one like I am with other books that this author has written.

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Book Review: Mindset: Te New Psychology of Success by Carl S. Dweck, PhD.


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Publisher: Penguin Group

Page Count:245

Genre: Motivational/Self-Help

 

Date Started; 2/20/16

Date Ended: 3/o1/17

Purchased: 9th Street Book Shop (Located in Delaware)

Rating: Plot 4 stars, Characters, 4 stars, Ease of reading 4 stars.

Quote from Book: ” You have to decide what kind relationships you want”

My Review:

This was a good book. In fact, it was so good it took me almost two years to finish it. Who wants to read a book about change when are stubborn to do so? After reading this book I realize that I had changed some for the better and there are still some areas of improvement.

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A Writer’s Cry For A Career: Help Me, Help Us!


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I’ve been out of work for going on one year now. I’ve had tons of interviews for everything ranging from research, administrative jobs, and even retail. Granted at age 32, I feel like i should already be in my career. It doesn’t always happen for everyone early on. If you would have told me ten years ago, that I would be jobless/career-less I would have laughed in your face. Yesterday, I was taking a step back and reflecting on my life now and where it is headed or where I hope it will lead. This for me is writing. Having a career as a columnist for a magazine, or even in a studio. After all, my creative writing degree should stick and stand for something right?

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As I sit on my couch listening to Maxwell while writing this blog, I often wonder, why am I not successful? I have great skills and education just like the next person who is in a suit and tie. Why can’t I find my success with what I want to do? For a while, I was so all over the place with no structure or knowing what I wanted to do. First it was writing, then it was research, then it was having a publishing house, then it was being a consultant. I have exhausted my mind and in turn my life with so many ideas and things I wanted to do because I was in the moment of the next big thing. Now that I think about it, it has all been brought back to being a writer. Sure, I’ll still write for myself with my own books and screenplays, but I want to write to make a difference. Allowing people to understand my life through words or even their life through my words. I want to be able to convey a message that will reach all through the written word. As writers, we have to fight to belong to the world. Its like saying, ” We are here, just read us or better yet, hire us so we can show you that we exist.” No matter what company you work for, TV or movie you watch, magazine you read or even commercials that make you chuckle, that all starts with a writer. Someone who is me or like me. All we want is a chance. A chance to be read by anyone who is willing to click on the screen and read. We have a voice. We can become popular and well-known without even being seen. Our introverted minds bring out the best in what we have to say in order to please our readers and the ordinance to hear our words in some fashion whether you watch our words come to life, read our words in a magazine or have our words in your most intimate place–your hands. Give us a chance. Give me a chance. Hire me and let me show you what I’m made of.

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Book Review: Love The One You’re With By: Emily Griffin


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Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Page Count: 330

Genre: Chick Lit

Date Started; 2/24/17

Date Ended: 2/28/17

Purchased: Library Book Sale

Rating: Plot 5 stars, Characters, 5 stars, Ease of reading 5 stars.

Quote from Book: ” Just think, if all goes well, the family already likes you.”

My Review:

My friend Becky on book tube aka YouTube ( subscribe to Becky Ford)  recommended that I read this book. I am really glad that she did. This was my first book written by this author and I must say that I loved it! It was interesting to see how one can be married, but still think about an ex boyfriend. The ending of this book really got because I wasn’t expecting someone to do what he did. I recommend this book to anyone.

 

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PhD Life


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Hey Readers! Happy Saturday!

This Saturday is filled with the anxiety and excitement of yet another quarter in the Ph.D life. Yes, classes start again on Monday and I am being optimistic about the next 11 weeks. It will be a GREAT 11 weeks! My goal is to work hard and stay ahead as much as I can. I always get this exciting feelings when the quarter comes underway. I’m having a new professor, meeting some of my old friends and even making new ones again.  Some may say that online learning is not real learning, but I beg to differ. It makes you somewhat teach yourself. I enjoy the Ph.D program that I am in

My Next Classes

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Let me tell you, this picture is how I feel my next round of classes will be. I am taking a class called Tests and Measurements and Writing A Quality Prospectus! The second class that I mentioned is getting me prepared for my dissertation. The Dissertation or the ” Big D” as I call it is a research study that you do on your own where you pick your own topic and then have to defend why you chose this topic and what your findings will be. This part of the journey is the most daunting and longest part. While, I’m ready to get finished, I am learning to enjoy and trust the process nonetheless. In the class I will choose a research topic and write a prospect which can be up to 3 pages. Once that is done I have to find a chair to work with when its time to start my dissertation. See, that is just one class. The other class Tests and Measurements will just prepare for the different types of testing and assessments that go on with doing a study. It should not be too bad, but we shall see. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, but I know that I will be fine. Are there any other college or Ph.D students out there with me? Trust me, I know the struggle is real. But, we got this! We gon make it.