Standing Strong: Saying No to Shady Gigs

Jul 3, 2017 by

A few months ago a potential client made me with an offer. Now, as a freelance writer who spends an hour every morning browsing online job boards, I have to admit it was flattering to have a client approach me, rather than the other way around. The pay was good, and the workload, while certainly heavy, was manageable.

I turned them down.

Did I do this because I have so many clients I can pick and choose my gigs? Hardly. Am I financially well off? I wish I was — turning down this client made making rent difficult.

No, I turned them down because the client’s product violated my Three Big Don’ts.

Three Big Rules

When I started writing online, it quickly became apparent I’d be working for a wide variety of clients. One week I might be writing …

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Looking for the GED classes in Utah? Here are my tips.

Mar 1, 2017 by

For students who successfully complete the GED exams in Utah, the state awards the Utah High School Completion Diploma.

Utah embraced the new 2014 computer-based GED test and the fee for the four tests of the GED exam is $120 ($30 per subtest). The GED exam is available in English and Spanish and must be taken in person at an official testing center. Please get in touch with your local GED test center for details, because schedules vary, though registration is done online at GED.com. Be aware, the GED exam can not be taken via the internet, but, of course, you can study online very well if you use, for example, the free online classes offered by the online learning platform Covcell.com. In Utah, GED testing is managed by the Utah State Office of Education.

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Get a better job with a GED diploma

Jan 12, 2017 by

There are so many reasons why people did not finish High School. Whatever the reason, you still have a chance to get a good job and manage your future, all you need to do is get the GED certificate.

Completing the GED exam successfully will open up doors to colleges and universities as well, so start getting prepared for the GED examination today. Take a look on at this infographic from the Website GED programs guide in the USA.

Infographic about GED and High School dropouts

Infographic about GED and High School dropouts

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Writing Templates: Getting a Jump Start

Dec 8, 2016 by

Templates help structure writing tasks

“Dear Grandma, thank you for the T-shirt you got me on your trip to Alaska. I really like the funny picture of the grizzly bear on it, and red is my favorite color. I have been wearing my shirt to school and all my friends are asking when I went to Alaska! Thanks for remembering me on your vacation.”

Think about assisting a child who is writing a thank-you note. You might find yourself prompting the child on what a good thank-you note should include. In addition to thanking someone, the note should identify the gift, express appreciation for the gift, and perhaps comment on how the gift is being used. A conclusion usually recognizes the gift-giver for his or her thoughtfulness.

In other words, there is an internal structure of this specific communication – …

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Phonics With Intermediate Readers

Nov 5, 2016 by

Intermediate children continue to develop their knowledge of how words work. They have a firm foundation in word patterns and how to take apart educationwords in both reading and writing. They have learned how to take words apart quickly and efficiently using word patterns such as –ink or –ight. They have also learned how to decode by analogy, but they need further instruction in three areas: prefixes and suffixes, less common letter combinations, and vocabulary development.

Prefixes and Suffixes

  • Children learn common prefixes such as un-, re-, dis-, and im-.
  • They also learn suffixes such as -ly, -ful, -tion, -sion, and -able.
  • Learning prefixes and suffixes helps children take apart multi-syllabic words and use the meaning of those parts to infer the meaning of an unknown word.
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All the insane things I have done for a job

Oct 8, 2016 by

dreamjob_crop380w_crop380wWe all dream about a great career and it’s so easy to forget all insane jobs we have had before our dream job become the reality. Off the top of my head, I once e-mailed the assistant director of a commercial I worked on as a production assistant after drinking a bottle of wine and told him I thought he was dreamy. He was very good-looking.

He wrote back telling me that he was married. I didn’t know. That was before I reached a ripe enough age to take notice of a man’s left ring finger. What a cow I was. He wrote that he would keep me in mind for future jobs – he liked my directness.

  • I was a server at a French restaurant in Rittenhouse Square in 2010. One time I was made to hand out champagne
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