Chat with Xena, Warrior Princess

So nice to settle in front of the TV and just watch whatever stuff happens to come along, some days. But something really silly comes on so you are finally forced to get out of your stupor and change the channel. You find… Xena, Warrior Princess. Gee, it’s been years since you last watched Xena. So you leave it on, partially to reminisce.

All at once, as Xena is right in the middle of some serious sword wielding, you are literally drawn into the story. In your hand is a sword and there’s a brutal and dirty looking guy approaching you with a less than polite and friendly look on his face. Somehow you know how to use that sword- could you really have picked up that much just from watching Xena?

At the end of the battle just yourself and Xena are left standing. She thanks you for your help and gets ready to move along. Gabrielle is bringing over the horse. But you stop her… does she have time for a chat? What would you talk to Xena about?

Yes, I know it’s fictional character, but she makes it look so real. 😉

Brilliant Award for Yourself

I was given an award for this blog. Thanks to Patricia at Communication Exchange for the Brilliante Weblog award.

If you were giving yourself an award for your blog what would it be? Blog Most Likely To….

There are so many options. Blog most likely to cause screen freeze. Blog most likely to spontaneously combust. Blog most likely to be used as compost. Blog most likely to cure chicken pox. Blog most likely to be read while watching TV.

What great Blog Most Likely To… Award will you pick?

Young, Boobalicious Witches

You’ve got to write a theme song for the latest horror show due to begin on TV next week. They had a song all bought and paid for but the writer backed out and began a huge legal squabble when the TV producer tried to claim they still own the song. So, now it’s up to you.

The show is a lot like the old Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But this time it’s a coven of young, boobalicious witches out saving the world one creepy-looking monster at a week.

What will their theme song be?

Customer Service Nightmares: A New Show on TV

A customer is yelling at you on the phone. You have never dealt with this person before, yet they are yelling on and on about what “you” have done to their TV, dishwasher, etc. After a few minutes of listening to how everything is your fault you get tired of it. You push that secret button on your phone which “disconnects” the call.

What does the secret button really do? Send the customer to some remote place in the wilderness? Drop the customer into a vat mushy worms? Or, does it only disconnect the call, do you let the customer off so lightly, really?

No Splogginess

It’s been quite awhile since I did anything here. Kind of a shame when there is so much emphasis on monetizing and splogging and it has become rare to find a really good personal blog.

Why have so many bloggers gone to splog? Is it just greed? Jealousy? The thought of missing out on easy money? Short sitedness?

Whatever it is the blog world has not changed for the better from it. Reading a website (usually using blog software) has become like watching TV. You can go out for a snack while you wait for the junk to load. Then you sit there and seek out the content out from under all the junk.

This blog (whatever becomes of it) will continue to be personal, purely without splogginess.

The Stashing of Ideas

Do you wake up in the morning with the plot for the world’s greatest novel formulating in your brain? Not every morning, but about once a week I do. Often when I’m in the middle of something else: driving, showering, putting away groceries, watching TV, talking on the phone, making dinner, plotting my greatest ever Canadian World Domination… I get the best ideas but have no paper handy to jot them down. I forget a lot of great ideas before I can write them down.

Sometimes I can rip something out of a magazine or the newspaper or the back of the box, etc. That way I can remember what I was thinking at the time. I keep a notebook in my purse, it takes up more than it’s share of space but gives me a chance to keep some of my ideas. Not so handy while driving but, like using a cell phone, I can usually find a place to pull over to use it.

A lot of ideas are stashed in folders inside a file cabinet under my desk. They aren’t well organized but they are there and I have some hope of tracking them down. It’s great to know I have some kind of backup.

I write non-fiction so articles along my topic area are great as sources of quotes, research and people to contact. I’d like to write mysteries, maybe horror but it wouldn’t be icky stuff. I thought about writing romances because they would be easy, they seem to be a formula more than a story. Put it on the list for someday. Everything I find to inspire me in those genres has a folder too.

For now I’m working with non-fiction and I do love it. For me its a combination of teaching the world and learning more myself. Each time I research one idea I find another dozen from there. Life is great.

Assignments for Home-Based Writers

From the book – How to Start a Home-Based Writing Business by Lucy V. Parker, these are sixty key assignments for home-based writers:

  • Advertising copy
  • Anniversary materials for corporations, organizations, institutions, municipalities
  • Annual reports
  • Articles for employee magazines
  • Articles for single-sponsor magazines
  • Articles for trade journals and small magazines
  • Brochures
  • Calendars
  • Capability brochures
  • Catalogues and product sheets
  • CD-ROM/ Interactive media writing
  • City and newcomer guides
  • Collateral materials
  • Conference and trade show materials
  • Consultation
  • Contributing editor assignments
  • Critical reviewing
  • Direct-mail packages
  • Directories
  • Editing
  • Employee benefit materials
  • Environmental materials
  • Family histories and genealogies
  • Flyers
  • Fund-raising materials
  • Ghost writing and collaboration
  • Greeting card writing
  • Indexing
  • Industry-specific writing
  • Instructional materials
  • Investor-relations materials.
  • Letter writing
  • Manuals
  • Menu writing
  • New product regulatory writing
  • Newsletters
  • Newspaper feature writing, reporting and stringing
  • Packaging design and copy
  • Policies and procedures writing
  • Political campaign writing
  • Press releases and press kits
  • Proofreading
  • Proposals
  • Public relations services and materials
  • Radio and TV ads and promotions
  • Researching
  • Restaurant reviewing and writing
  • Resume writing
  • Retail and mall promotions
  • Sales presentations
  • Scripts and storyboards
  • Speeches
  • Sports materials and services
  • Teaching writing
  • Technical writing
  • Telemarketing scripts
  • Transcripts and other forms of word processing
  • Translations
  • Travel writing
  • Website content providing

Go through the list and pick out which you like to do, could do more of, or could learn to do. It’s a great list. Find a copy of the book for more information about any of the assignments above.

You can also look up information about being a virtual assistant. I know some writers/ web designers/ virtual assistants – people who are leaving their options open and learning a lot of new skills. The key is to find your niche, the area(s) where you can flourish and grow and really love what you’re doing.