July, 2007

Back to School. Not.

August tomorrow, then, folks – almost the end of the summer already. (WHERE DID IT GO?!) Soon I’ll be sharpening my pencils, packing up my satchel and putting on my blazer and tie, ready for another new school year. Except,…

Review | Benefit Speedbrow tinted eyelash gel

Given that this site has become my own special place for embarrassing myself , I may as well admit that, as well as meeting above my nose (if I don’t tweeze them every day), my eyebrows are also long and…

Copyright theft and blogging

Copyright theft is a problem for all types of freelance writers, but when you write for the Internet, you become particularly vulnerable to it, as most professional bloggers will probably be able to testify. Although most of my income these…

More red flags in freelance job adverts

A while back, I posted about red flags and how to spot them. Today I think I found another one – and it’s one that’s cropping up with worrying frequency at sites like Craigslist and others of it’s ilk. “Looking…

A “unique” style of writing

I don’t switch Instant Messenger on very often. The reason? Every time I do switch it on, something like this happens: unique girl says: hi unique girl says: asl plz? unique girl says: r u freelancer? unique girl says: i…

Red flags in freelance job adverts

More and more often recently I’ve been noticing ads for freelance writing jobs in which the applicant is required to submit some kind of “test” along with the usual resume and clips. I came across two of these today: one…

Pet Peeves # 2: Should of/Would of

This really should be Pet Peeve number one, such is my hatred of it, but the top spot has already been claimed by our friend excessive punctuation, so this week, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm (or, indeed, not-so-warm)…

Deadbeat Employers: Fancy a “writting” job?

Spotted today: “I have A LOT of writting for you xxxx@yahoo.com…” What the hell is “writting work” when it’s at home, anyway? On the other hand, I guess you could argue that if they can’t even spell writing, they really,…

Dealing with rude people

If there’s one thing I really can’t stand in life, it’s rudeness. A few years ago, when I was trying to pay my way through university, I worked weekends in a call centre. Almost every call was from someone with…

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Pet Peeves # 1: Excessive punctuation

Excessive punctuation. You’ve all seen it. Sentences which end with an entire line of exclamation points. Like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why? Why do people do this? I mean, OK, they’re excited, sure. And they want to exclaim about it. But one exclamation…

How NOT to apply for freelance writing jobs

last week we advertised for a freelance writer for a large project which we just don’t have time to complete in-house. Wow. To date I’d estimate we’ve had a couple of hundred responses at least. Many of those were from…

A Lesson Learned

Today I received a rather smug email from some random person who had happened upon the website of one of my clients, and wanted to point out to me the multitude of spelling errors on it. She had clearly found…

Making Money from Freelance Writing

It’s the question that every aspiring freelancer eventually finds themselves asking: is it really possible to make money from this? The kind of money that lets you keep a roof over your head and feed your kids occasionally, that is?…

Six Tips for Submitting Fiction

A couple of years ago I decided to start a new ezine publishing contemporary fiction. I placed a few adverts asking for submissions of just that – contemporary fiction. What I got was a revelation. As a writer myself, I…

Review | Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator

I’m not normally much of a budget-beauty girl, but I discovered Revlon Skinlights a few years ago, during a trip to Las Vegas, and have been buying it ever since. This is a skin illuminator which you can use either…

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Pepeman strikes again

Rubin writes… That stupid rubbish bird is back again. I mean, it’s like, what’s a wolf got to do to get some peace round here? Last time it came I totally scared it witless, of course, so this time what…

Cargo Glossbox – 14 lipglosses in a box!

I wish I knew why it is that I’m always so drawn to lipglosses. The truth is, I never wear lipgloss. Ever. I have long hair, you see, and the second I slick on some lipgloss I have long hair…

Fake Tan on Trial: Garnier Summer Body reviewed

Another week, another self-tanning moisturiser in a yellow tub for us to try out. This one is Garnier’s Summer Body lotion, and like Johnson’s Holiday Skin before it, the idea is that you use it just like any other body…

Lipgloss in a tin! A retro/funny/rude tin!

I have no idea what these lipglosses will look like on, but the tins they come in are so much fun that I could be persuaded to try one anyway. There are six different styles to choose from, each containing…

I love… heated eyelash curlers

In recommending heated eyelash curlers to you, I don’t necessarily mean those plasticy heated numbers that invariably break after a few weeks, or just never get hot enough to use. (Or maybe I’ve just had a lot of bad luck…