Word Grrls

Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself

How hard is it to introduce yourself? I’m already a couple of days late on the first challenge of Blogging 101 because I find it difficult to introduce myself and tell someone else what I’m about, who I am. I’m not sure myself. I’m a Canadian woman, born and still living, in Ontario. I have…

Buying and Selling Ads at Project Wonderful

I’ve been running Project Wonderful on my blog(s) for the past several years. It’s not uncomplicated for someone just starting out but the help you will get from the site is great and quick to arrive in your email inbox. So don’t be intimidated. You can be selling ad space on your blog or sell your ad to other bloggers.

Social Media Marketing Strategist

Social Media Marketing Strategist — Work at Medium — Medium. Medium is looking for a social media marketing strategist to help support the engagement efforts of the platform’s five digital publications (Matter, Re:Form, among others). He or she will manage the creative, analytical, technical, and relationship aspects of all five publication’s social media channels. The role…

What is Gaslamp Fantasy Fiction?

Though it’s been around for a while, I’ve just recently come across the actual name of what is now my favorite genre to read, Gaslamp Fantasy Fiction. I came across it quite by accident while scrolling on Twitter and decided to do a little research on the topic by way of searching the internet.Inspired by…

Putting Yourself on the Page?

I think the real reason I’m having trouble writing fiction is that I can’t put myself on the page. I’m not sure where my own story ends, or how to make it work, so I can’t give someone else a story either. Just my little thought for the day, almost noon but still early enough…

Content Designer/ Writer Job Post

Found this posted to FreshGigs.ca Content Designer/Writer Full-Time Our philosophy is and yours should be ‘people using our products come first’. We’re working to create marketing products that people want to use and words play a big part in that. Join the Trade and Marketing Division of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure where you will write, design, develop…

Content Shock

Let’s fast forward one more time to 2014 and look at the two factors that impact the economics of content marketing — the amount of content available and the amount of content consumed (supply and demand). Of course the volume of free content is exploding at a ridiculous rate. Depending on what study you read,…

Working in a Library at a University

I like looking at job requirements in the communications industry. This one was posted for a university in Ontario, a non-student position. Requirements: •Grade 12 diploma •Recent college or university graduate (asset) •One, up to two years, in a related public-service position; •Demonstrated proficiency in typing and in the use of a computer; •Ability to…

Ghost Writer Fades to Black

You just can’t ghost write your way into being a thought leader. via Content Used to Be King. Now It’s the Joker.  | Scoop.it Blog. This is an excellent quote and describes how I have been feeling about the blogging/ web writing and publishing I have been doing for the past year. I’ve listened to…

Life Is…

This was part of a quiz. Which would you answer, take some time to think about it. Hard to choose between life is an adventure and life is a journey, for me. I think the tie breaker is that the journey sounds more like work than an adventure which is full of opportunity, new things…

Move Words Around Like Pieces of a Puzzle

4. Move words, sentences, paragraphs around the page like pieces of a puzzle. The beauty of writing on a computer is that you can move words and groups of words effortlessly. Just reminding yourself of that tends to make it easier to find your writing flow. If you get your mind set that the words…

Bloated Self Importance on Video

Each time I see someone with a video post I think of all the people who can’t or won’t be watching it. Video posts are for people with money to burn. In the US the Internet is cheaper. In places like Canada, Europe and the rest of the world, the story is different. I pay…

Twitter Does a Smart Thing with Email

This came in my email from Twitter. I think it’s very smart and shows Twitter is observing and acting on current trends. Email is blocked full of junk no one reads. I don’t read my email daily any more because there is too much to sort through to find anything I actually need or want…

Killer One Way Communication

  I still see many people on Twitter who don’t understand how to use it. They post their links and never start up a conversation or retweet the conversation someone else started. If all you do is post links you are a dead outlet – no one is there to talk to so why would…

Send in the Cannon Fodder

I’m very sorry Victoria died and I’m glad she was able to save her students. But, I do not understand why Victoria died. Why don’t we control guns and violence and make sure there are no repeat offenders. Why does our society allow this to keep happening? Why are criminals given more consideration than victims?…

Have you Heard of all These Science Fiction Subgenres?

Alternative History Biopunk Black/Afrofuturism Cyberpunk Dying Earth Dystopian Edisonade Gothic/Space Goth Imaginary voyage Libertarian Military Post Apocalyptic Retrofuturistic Space Frontier Space Opera Spy-fi Superhero Tech Noir Time Travel Utopian The source for this great list (comes with descriptions and sub-subgenres for each of these) is: Getting into Genre: Science Fiction.

Pizza Etiquette

What is the proper (or correct) way to eat pizza, with a knife and fork or picking it up and eating it with your hands? I admit I have done both. Usually, I just pick it up with my hands. But, when the pizza is really hot, it’s easier to use a knife and fork.…

Get Rid of the Fear

“How do I get rid of the fear?” Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, “How do I dance with the…

Losing your Sense of Self?

This is an old poll I created when I used to write for a network called BackWash. Still a good question to think about. If you had to give up or lose one of your senses, including common sense and the possibility of a sixth sense or the other standard: hearing, smell, taste, sight or…

Firefox Isn’t in Canadian English, Yet

Dear Firefox, Thank you for an update to the Firefox web browser. I am downloading it even as I type, actually it just finished. When I first went to the link I was offered to see the page in my language. That’s nice, I thought. Only… you skipped my language. I can understand having English…

Y is for Year

ASCII art posted for the A to Z Challenge. No, there isn’t a Year of the Mouse really. I just liked it as a title when I created this image. I’m Year of the Dragon, the only fictional creature in Chinese astrology.

X is for Xmas

ASCII art posted for the A to Z Challenge. This is my first ASCII art scene created for Christmas, 1999. Nice to have a reason to post it again. Seasons Greetings – whatever the season it happens to be.

I Remember BlogChalking

This is what I found from the Wayback Machine. The original link which most people refer to does not end with the .com. There wasn’t much left of that BlogChalking at that domain. But, I was pretty sure it had been a .com too so I looked, and found it. Looks like it had it’s…

I Used to Write on BackWash Kids

If you also wrote for (with) the BackWash community network of writers/ columnists join us for a BackWash reunion. Here is the content from the post above. In text for those who can’t read it from the screen captured image above. Spin your Thoughts with a Journal Do you keep a journal? Sometimes its called…

Q is for Quill

I created this years ago for a newsletter I wrote, InkSplatters. That was long ago when Yahoo had a feature for putting out your own newsletters and it was really good then. Now it’s Yahoo Groups and just a wasteland. ASCII art posted for the A to Z Challenge

P is for Private

When I think about being really alone, enjoying the quiet, this is the scene I see in my mind. Not so concerned with being private really, just the quiet and the lack of company. Who hasn’t thought about living on their own private island out in the middle of nowhere, for at least a while.…

O is for Office Worker

Posting for the A to Z Challenge.   I started the A – Z Challenge thinking this would be my inspiration or motivation to make more new ASCII art. But, it hasn’t worked out that way at all. I’m hoping to make a big push on reading other sites involved in the challenge this weekend.…

Lexophile is a Good Word

My Mother forwarded this in email today: “Lexophile” is a word used to describe those who love using words in rather unique ways, such as “you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish”, or “to write with a broken pencil is pointless.” A competition to see who can come up with the best…

K is for Knitting

I’m not a knitter myself. My Mother knits. My Grandmother on my Dad’s side of the family was a knitter too. I liked to crochet but it’s been a very long time since I finished a granny square and that was about as far as I got, lots of granny squares.   ASCII art posted…