I have a client in New York who is working toward reading 100 books this year, and I'm proofreading his book reviews. Two years ago, one of my New Year's Resolutions was to read one book each month. It was through this challenge that I discovered my appreciation for memoirs and autobiographies.
While I am not challenging myself to read a certain number of books this year, I am trying to focus on reading more memoirs and autobiographies. I just finished reading O Ye Jigs & Juleps. I picked this book up from The Book Tavern during my recent trip to Augusta, Georgia, and it's a collection of essays that Virginia Carey Hudson wrote when she was about 10 years old.
It would be a dream come true to edit a collection like this.
As a marketing specialist and daughter of two veterans, I did some research on tasteful vs. offensive Memorial Day social media posts, and now I see offensive posts everywhere I turn.
This is the most cringe-worthy Facebook post from a local business I follow:
“We have all your Memorial Day Weekend dessert needs! Come pick up some treats to make your holiday complete! We are open 7am-7pm AND Monday! Come visit us!"
Keeping this post in mind, here are my 5 “Don’ts” to avoid today on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter:
My husband and I went to visit his 93-year-old grandma (and some other friendly Boerners) in Augusta, Georgia. Among watching the Rose Bowl Parade, eating Klondike bars, fishing, eating Klondike bars, laminating grandma's worn-and-torn college degree, and eating Klondike bars, we went to a 2nd & Charles store where the picture above was taken.
Lumberjack, whittler, marksman, Big Foot aficionado — there’s not a “manly” hobby Jake can’t master. But he put his skills to the next level when he built my birthday present.
Everyone, meet my new desk.
On average, it takes more than 2 months to form a habit. Starting a New Year’s Resolution in January and expecting to become a different person by February is annoyingly unrealistic. Therefore, I believe in breaking up your resolutions into month-sized morsels (i.e., setting up monthly tasks).
The following New Year’s Resolution ideas are from my perspective as a copy editor, seeing what clients typically have questions about or struggle with:
I’m one of those people who only buy essential oils for the scents. Actually, I have essential oil diffusers in every room in my house. The sharp smells of odor eliminators (the fancy way to say Febreeze) give me headaches, and I don’t trust candles in my house because my dogs’ tails do crazy things.
It can be hard for nonfiction writers to maintain motivation, creativity, and incentive in these cold months. Try these 7 essential oils to warm up your focus, ease stress, and create mental clarity:
If you’re interested in trying one of these Doterra essential oils, contact Annie Boerner to get started.
I’ve always heard that there are two types of people: those terrified of first dates and those terrified of interviews. Well, I fell into the category of interview-dreaders. And it wasn’t until I experienced two back-to-back unsuccessful (a.k.a. bad) interviews that my anxiety finally ceased.
In the first interview, I was taken into an office, sat down, and immediately given a test to complete in 10 minutes. The test was about SEO terminology (things like landing pages, meta keywords, and organic searches), and at the time, I knew as much about SEO as I did about the Chinese language. Needless to say, the hiring manager was not impressed.
That interview actually motivated me to get my Inbound Marketing Certification, which I received last month.
In the second, I learned that the job responsibilities were two-fold: editing advertisements and developing new commercial ideas for clients. While I thought I was applying for an editing position, the interviewer made it clear that creative writing would take up over 50% of my work. (Creative writing is NOT one of my strong suits.)
These experiences gave me a deeper understanding of the types of positions and companies that are right for me. And with a couple of bad interviews under my belt, I came up with a list of five things to do to eliminate any pre-interview jitters:
"I can't write."
I heard this all the time as an intern at UA-Little Rock’s University Writing Center. And though my clients never believed me, it was always those who thought they couldn’t write who had the greatest potential. Some people speak so eloquently but have trouble putting their words down on paper.
Does this sound like you?
If so, then I’ll tell you what I told them: Talk to an imaginary friend.
My supervisor at the Bureau of Legislative Research called it the “Green Fog.” It’s the numbness that drifts over your brain and prevents you from getting anything done. Recently, the Green Fog has been making me question everything I ever knew about compound subjects joined by “or.”
Striving to life a healthier lifestyle, I implemented three simple habits at the Bureau in order to feel like an operational human being throughout my eight-hour days of reading Arkansas law books.
This month, Little Rock Soirée focuses on taking care of yourself and the people you love. While copy editing this issue, there was one interview that made me say, “Jake, come listen to this story! It’s incredible.”
Bailey Faulkner, Director of Ozark Mission Project, told Soirée about the project’s mission, challenges, and how people can get involved. By working with local youth groups, Ozark Mission Project serves surrounding communities through physical labor: repairing porches, painting houses, mowing lawns, and the like.
But while the project has helped many struggling single moms, retirees, and disabled persons, there is one story that has really stayed with Bailey:
Alora D. Boerner
Freelance copy editor serving nonfiction writers, small business owners, and job seekers.