Thoughts

A Sign of Growth: Learning to Stop Juggling

Sometimes, being in a hotel full of people who radiate enthusiasm and happiness really makes you consider what you’re doing and the choices you make. I just spent the past weekend at Ad Astra, Toronto’s annual sci-fi and fantasy convention.…

Blogging for Business, and Some Updates

One of the things I emphasize as a writer when I work with other companies is to post blog updates on a regular basis. So, you can imagine my chagrin to have not posted here on my own site for over…

Guest Post News: Why 2015 is My Year of Assertiveness

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all had a chance to spend time with your friends and family, and that you got to relax, think, and make some good plans for 2015. Remember the last post when I talked…

What I Learned in 2014, and My Goals for 2015

It’s weird to realize that the holidays are now upon us; I can’t believe how damned quickly 2014 rushed by. But it’s time to face facts: it’s the middle of December, and that means that it’s time to look back on…

4 Print Advertising Mistakes You Should Avoid

I get several flyers in the mail every week. Most are conventional: coupons, sales, and so forth. However, I sometimes find one that catches my eye. Unfortunately, one caught my eye last week for the wrong reasons. It was such a jumble…

What Are the Different Types of Editing?

Amid all this talk about plain language and writing web copy, it seems like a smart idea to pull back and look at things from the other side. A lot of the myths about editors out there exist because people don’t really…

On Being an Introvert and Flexing Your Socialization Muscles

Introversion is currently having a bit of a moment on the internet. Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts unleashed the floodgates, and now it’s nearly impossible to spend a day or a week online without seeing some sort of…

The Value of Plain Language

One of the hardest lessons I ever had to learn as a writer was that using complex words was not a sign of good writing. It’s a natural assumption to make. “Good” writing means writing that sounds “smart” — and what’s…

Resources for Editors

In September I wrote a blog post about my experience with Ryerson’s publishing program. At the end of the post, I said I would provide more info for people who want to learn more about editing or who want to be editors. So here’s…

3 Lessons From The Art of Entrepreneurship

On Tuesday I attended The Art of Entrepreneurship, a day-long event with info and resources for business owners and entrepreneurs. However, even though the speakers were famous, much of the advice about running a successful business was old-hat. You know the stuff. Build…