Writing

A much-needed boost

How's this for a mood lifter?!? Flightbucks posted this graphic to its Facebook page to announce the winner of its "worst travel delay" contest.

How’s this for a mood lifter?!? Flightbucks posted this graphic to its Facebook page to announce the winner of its “worst travel delay” contest.

Recently, I’ve been in a bit of a writing rut, and it’s been eating away at my professional confidence. Every time I’ve sat down to write in the past couple of months, I’ve second-guessed myself with every sentence, and awkward uncertainty and self-doubt have hung over my keyboard each time I’ve sent off another article to one of my editors. They’ve had nothing but positive feedback for the content I’ve turned in, but still I’ve been plagued with frustration and anxiety at the abilities that I see, in many ways, as core to my identity. For awhile now, I’ve needed something to pull me out of this funk, give me a kick in the pants and get me back on track.

Last night, I got exactly what I needed from a totally unexpected source: a company of legal professionals who work to protect the rights of European air travelers. Flightbucks helps passengers get compensation for delayed European flights as allowed by European Union regulations, and the company hosted a contest on its Facebook page asking air travelers to share their worst flight delay story. The winner would receive roundtrip airfare to Europe. I had two unusual stories to share, so I wrote them out and posted them to the Flightbucks page. And I won. Continue reading

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Adding a new New Year’s resolution

A look at post #1 from my cross-country road trip.

A look at post #1 from my cross-country road trip.

Last night, while looking at the Facebook history between me and a good friend, I noticed a couple of comments we messaged to each other a few years back that referred to some posts on my old blog. I launched it in 2003 when such things were set up as online journals used by individuals for free expression, not as the structured social media business outlets that we have today, and for several years, I updated it regularly. Since my last post on there in 2009, however, life has kept me pretty busy with working and all, and I’ve totally fallen out of the habit. I started that blog as a simple outlet where I could write out whatever was on my mind, and I kept it for years primarily for my own benefit. In looking at it last night, though, it really hit me how I don’t write like I used to anymore. Continue reading

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Fun day at the office

Laura's (recreated) Little House on the Prairie

Laura’s (recreated) Little House on the Prairie. Image courtesy of Krista Kennedy.

Last week, I posted the following message on Facebook:

Just got into a grammar fight at work. It lasted about 20 minutes. I am so cool.

A number of people responded, curious about the details, and I responded by adding that the “argument” also involved multiple books and websites. Then, to let people decide for themselves who won, I followed up with this:

The article was a short interest piece about the log cabins of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood. Here’s my sentence: “Upon reaching Kansas, Pa and a neighbor built a new log home on the prairie, and Laura describes its construction in great detail.” My editor changed it to “Upon reaching Kansas, Pa and a neighbor built a new log home on the prairie, whose construction Laura describes in great detail.” Continue reading

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