Mark My Words

Writing, flying and yawning my way through motherhood

30 Days, 30 Articles June 29, 2009

Filed under: Freelance Writing,Writing — H. M. @ 10:24 pm

I realize I’m probably setting myself up for failure, however, I need to challenge my brain a bit. Brains do get rather sloshy in the summertime, wouldn’t you agree? And if there’s one thing I excel at, it is failure. I’ve been doing lots of boring online writing, and I seem to get nowhere with my print queries. I had the most gorgeous submission ready to go when I found out the magazine I wanted to submit to folded in April. It’s a common theme these days, print pubs are going up in smoke.

Yet, I’ve grown so, so, so tired of writing web content. I’m SEO’d to death. I’m tired of doing piles of research for a $30 paycheck–$15 more often. But the more I sit down and think about it, the future is not in print, it’s online. I can’t shun the online work, that would be foolish. So, I need to try something new.

I’m thinking of dumping some articles into a site called Constant Content. It’s a marketplace where writers post their articles and put their own price on them, set the level of rights they want to sell, and hope for a buyer. Constant Content acts as a middle man between writers and people who want to purchase materials.

When I looked into CC in the past, I’ve always hesitated to even finish reading the FAQ  simply because I can’t get past the part where they say they will take 35% of my earnings. That’s borderline criminal. But other writers are selling there, and I want to see what will turn up.

30 articles in 30 days was my harebrained idea. I’m going to compose 30 articles by August 1. By that day, I will hand them all over to the Constant Content marketplace to see how they fail fare.

Think I can do it? I’ve compiled a list of 18 titles so far. It’s amazing how this little challenge has already launched my creativity in directions other than “How To” formats and hotel reviews. I’m excited. Let’s do this.

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Link Love – I Will Erase Your Memory Before You Memorize It. Or Something. December 15, 2008

Laser Beams That Trigger Amnesia – MIB Tool Becomes Military Reality

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TrendHunter Link Love! December 14, 2008

Limited Edition “Bailout Wine”

Price of Bailout Wine Fluctuates With the Markets

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Shameless Self Promotion… Again December 9, 2008

New at Associated Content…

New Year’s Eve Entertainment in Orlando, Florida

Orlando Has the Best New Year’s Parties in Florida

 

What is Açai? December 3, 2008

New review up at Associated Content.

Review: MonaVie Premiere Açai Blends

What is MonaVie Açai Juice and MonaVie Active Gel?

 

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competitiong December 2, 2008

Just so y’alls know, the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition is on like Donkey Kong. Is it still cool to say that? I don’t want to sound dated or anything. Anywho, here’s the gist. There are lots of prizes in lots of categories. Check out writersdigest.com and click on Competitions for more info.

For 78 years, the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition has rewarded writers just like you for their finest work. We continue the tradition by giving away more than $30,000 in cash and prizes!

Win a trip to New York City !

GRAND PRIZE: $3,000 cash and a trip to New York City to meet with editors or agents.Writer’s Digest will fly you and a guest to The Big Apple, where you’ll spend three days and two nights in the publishing capital of the world. While you’re there, a Writer’s Digest editor will escort you to meet and share your work with four editors or agents! Plus, you’ll receive a free Diamond Publishing Package from Outskirts Press.

Entry Deadline:  May 15, 2009.

 

Which Words Can You Live Without? November 30, 2008

Filed under: Eating,Henry,Writing — H. M. @ 10:57 pm
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I recently read something entitled “Which Words Can You Live Without?” I thought about it and the word that’s making my brain burn these days is TRANSPARENT. As in, “We need our policies to be transparent,” or “this administration needs to be as transparent as possible.”

Is “clear” too dumb sounding? Like, “Am I making myself clear?” That’s so yesterday. Today, I’m making myself transparent.

That being said, enjoy a new picture of Hammy and his first egg nog latte!

Starbucks!

Starbucks!

He doesn’t understand that licking the cup isn’t the fastest way to the beverage.