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Month: August 2019

21-30
Down to Business Blog
Writing

22. A little touch up

When I was doing freelance writing more often, I came across some bad writers. People actually sent me stuff that looked like it went through a grammar shredding machine. Those projects took a lot longer to polish and get back on track. Some people had better grammar and sentence structure skills, and I could put […]

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21-30
Black Cat Scribbles Blog: Horror Writing
MGSpear Blog: Eclectic & Quirky
Writing

21. First Impressions

Many moons ago when I wrote my first novel and went to a writer’s conference to try to get picked up by an agent, I had to come up with a pitch to sell it. At the time, I thought that meant a summary of my work, and so I came up with this paragraph […]

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11-20
Kitties
MGSpear Blog: Eclectic & Quirky

20. Kitties!

Okay, I have waited long enough to introduce you to some of the loves of my life: my kitties! Here is Tiger: And here is Rambo: Aren’t they the cutest? Cats are awesome. I grew up with tons of barn cats, and one even followed me while I hiked to nearby places. I loooove cats. […]

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19. Driving thoughts

I used to drive a lot for work, when I was adjuncting at multiple colleges in the area. I drove maybe 3 or 4 thousand miles a month sometimes. It didn’t bother me that much, because I actually love car rides. I tend to think really well in the car and like to connect the […]

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Down to Business Blog
MGSpear Blog: Eclectic & Quirky
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18. Falling down and getting back up

You know how everybody tells you to cheer up when your down? They say stuff like, “Everything will work out,” or “Just don’t worry about it.” Well, truth be told: I believe it’s okay to feel down sometimes. Sometimes things don’t work out and it’s okay to be bummed about it—it’s a natural reaction. What’s […]

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Business
Down to Business Blog
MGSpear Blog: Eclectic & Quirky
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17. Negotiation skills

My husband is a great negotiator. He negotiates just about everything: getting a car, getting the house, any house improvements we make, allowing me to let the dogs on the couch to snuggle with him (I do not like the dogs on the couch with their muddy paws), and thermostat negotiations. Once, we walked out […]

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11-20
Business
Down to Business Blog

16. Hustle

As you know, dear readers, my entrepreneur stuff is my side hustle. One of my teaching jobs starts up tomorrow, and the other the following week. This is my last day of summer, and I’m spending it working on my hustles and helping my husband out with a house project. No matter where you are in […]

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11-20
Black Cat Scribbles Blog: Horror Writing
Books/Stories Announcements

15. My new book, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is now available for purchase!

So, dear readers, the moment has come for me to finally announce my new horror story collection, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is officially on the market! Why horror, you may ask? Well, many years ago I picked up a horror story book, started reading it, and thought I could do better. Thus began my […]

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Life Stuff
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14. Time Management

I try to be very prompt for showing up at places. If the appointment is for 1:45pm, then I will arrive early. If my husband has an appointment at 1:45pm, he might be on time if he is lucky. I feel it is my job to get him on time to where we are going, […]

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Business
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13. Pivoting

Planning ahead is essential, especially in business. Strategy needs to be worked out; goals need to be set; motivation to keep going when you feel burnt out needs to be in place so you have something to lean on. I like to think of planning ahead as a chess game: there are so many paths […]

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