Happy Pi(e) Day!

                                Reposted for 2014! What kind of pie will you serve for “Pi Day”?   Every March 14 (3.14) is “Pi Day”, because 3.14 is the beginning of the never-ending mathematical computation of the ratio of a the circumference of...

Defamation: Libel or Slander?

“Defamation” is the legal term for publishing disparaging information about a person in verbal or written form with the intent to damage the reputation of that person. Whether the defamation attempt is considered “libel” or “slander” depends on how the defamation attempt is published. Libel is a defamatory remark that is published in writing, on the...

Learning to Use New Apps for Increased Productivity

It’s the first full week of February, and “Punxsutawney Phil” has predicted six more weeks of winter (like a rodent is actually a meteorologist…but I digress). This is a perfect time to really work on learning two apps I’ve used in the past. Scrivener is the #1 app designed exactly for writers, I am in...

Stay in Your Lane and Hire the Best

As I write this post, it is early afternoon, and I have completed three smaller client projects while members of my team are working on different components of a few much larger client projects. In a few minutes, I will participate in a Google Hangout with yet another client. While I “know how” to do...

Motivation or Inspiration? Which Works Best?

Many times we’ve heard people say that so-and-so motivated them, or that they were inspired to achieve something. The words “motivation” and “inspiration” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Simply put, motivation is usually external, while inspiration is usually internal.  Many people are motivated to achieve a goal or finish a project because...

discreet or discrete–which is correct?

Homophones are pairs of words that sound alike but have different spellings and different meanings. Discreet is an adjective that means showing reserve or respect with one’s behavior or speech. The noun “discretion” is derived from “discreet”. Discrete is also an adjective, but it means something distinct, separate, or unrelated. Example: The child gave ten discrete reasons...

The English Language is So Much Fun! (Or is it…)

I found this graphic on my Facebook Page (posted by “Grammarly”) and I just HAD to share it with you! What English words drive YOU crazy? Let us know in the comments section. Related articles An animated history of the English language (snoekbrown.wordpress.com) What are common pronunciation mistakes English speakers make in other languages? (ask.metafilter.com)

The Importance of Monthly Business Planning–What I Use

It is the first day of the month, which is the best time for you to take a few hours and make your plans for your business for the upcoming month. It is said that you cannot hit your target if you don’t know what your target is! Do you know: * How well did...

Celebrating the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most people have at least heard bits and pieces of the “I Have a Dream” Speech delivered by Dr. King in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1963. But how many have actually read the entire text of the speech? By focusing only on a few of the famous lines, it is possible to miss the...

Happy New Year! I Resolve…

One of the blogs I regularly read is “All Freelance Writing” by Jennifer Mattern. Jennifer, a wonderful role model for freelance writers like me, published a 2012 New Year’s Resolutions blog post the other day. I would like to use her model to publicly state my 2012 resolutions for Writing It Right For You: 1)...

NaBloPoMo Day 4

When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer? Well, I stopped writing with primarily pen and paper as soon as I learned how to do word processing on a computer many years ago. At this point, just about everything I write–from notes to myself to research to personal and...

NaBloPoMo 2011 Day 3

Can you listen to music and write? What song did you hear today? For the 3rd day of National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), the prompt asks about a blogger’s music listening habits. Actually, I cannot write WITHOUT music. It may seem strange, but I cannot work in total silence. Unlike many other people, total silence...

NaBloPoMo 2011 Day 2

If you knew that whatever you ate next would be your last meal, what would you want it to be? OK. My answer to today’s blog post prompt might seem maudlin or simply cheesy, but if I were in a “last meal” situation, I wouldn’t care what the meal was. Why would I? The first...

NaBloPoMo 2011 Day 1

          What is my favorite part about writing? That is the writing prompt for the first day of National Blog Posting Month: NaBloPoMo, as it is affectionately called. The task is to publish a post every day of the month. This is one of my writing goals for this month. So,...

The Self-Employment Chronicles Part 4

by Keith A. Owens So last week our hero (that would be me) was sorely distressed to discover that the amount of money he had been planning on receiving from his retirement account – and other sources – than had been anticipated and planned for. As a matter of fact your hero wound up receiving...