Writing

Should You Send Them A Holiday Card?

Grammarly does it again.

You can use the infographic to decide whether the people in your life are deserving of a card.

And if they are, then the six steps for success will come in handy.

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Happy Holidays!

Remember card writing is still writing.

Studying

How To Survive Exam Week: Stay In Tact And Alive

Voila! My foolproof guide for getting through the stressful exam period, which by the way, seems to plague us all at one point or another.

Although I have 3 consecutive exams coming up, I know that if I follow the below, I should be perfectly fine. Best of luck everyone!

1. Select a safe study space.

By safe, I mean distraction-free. Phones away, electronics off, parents gone, just you and a textbook. Think of it as a date with a binder, a textbook, and some notes.

2. Seek help.

If need be. Ask your teachers any questions you have, ask your peers for missing handouts, ask your parents to leave you alone.

3. Start studying.

How else are you supposed to pass your exams? And no, cramming is not synonymous with studying.

4. Skimp on the coffee, caffeine, cocaine, etc.

Cease all addictions until after exam period. Remember short term pain results in long term gain.

5. Stop to blow off steam.

Take a break, take a walk, take some time off between study sessions to avoid burnout.

6. Sorry you worked hard but possibly partied harder?

Prepare for the worse but expect the best. It’s not the end of the world. So embrace the inevitable? Albeit an F to you might be an A minus.

7. Celebrate!

Perhaps you should postpone step number seven until you see your report card.

One last thing before I go, I will do my best to continue posting on my social media accounts during this time but I can’t guarantee anything. Even so, I know I have the most understanding fans in the whole wide world. Thank you.

School · Writing

Must Have School Supplies For Every Writer And Student

With summer winding down, most of us are starting school soon. Perhaps, some of you already started school. For those of us who like waiting until the last minute have you purchased everything you or your children need yet? Probably not. Fear not, you still have some time.

Although budgeting for school supplies may be a tough challenge, you don’t have to break the bank in order to find a few great looking items that are durable and functional all at the same time.

For those writers who are also students, shopping for school supplies may also disguise purchasing items you secretly need to further your writing career. Don’t worry however, I won’t tell anyone your secret.

A fun, little twist on the traditional back to school supplies list.

  • Calculator. Writers may be good with words but numbers are a different story. So this bad boy is necessary to calculate how much you don’t make. Also, useful when contemplating how much you need to earn in order to live a lavish, luxurious life as a writer or as a student. (Only a dollar at Wal-Mart.)

Calculator

  • Electronic dictionary. Because even though you are a writer, you don’t always know every word in the English language despite what your friends may think. Makes for a great gift to those who can’t seem to stop asking you, “how do you spell X?” or “what’s another word for Y?” Now you don’t need to tell them to sound it out or use their brain because they can have the handy, dandy tool in front of them. (I won this for free but I believe it retails for $100. Don’t quote me on that though.)
    Electronic Dictionary
  • Notebooks. A student’s friend but a writer’s best friend. Not just for the occasion notes you take in class but for doodling funny pictures of people, conjuring up stories, and documenting the actions of that guy or girl sitting a few rows in front of you. It’s not stalking, it’s researching. Don’t get caught by your friends because trying to explain your behaviour to any non-writer is nearly impossible. They won’t understand. (The red and purple notebooks go for a dollar at Staples while the cute songbird journal can be purchased at Chapters for $4.50.)
    Notebooks
  • USB/flash drive. This is crucial to store and easily transport your most embarrassing pictures, horrendously written stories, and questionable song choices—I mean, homework. (Prices vary depending on storage space but a 4 GB flash drive can cost about five dollars at Staples.)USB

Note: all prices may have changed since my purchase of these items and/or will vary depending on your location. I live in the beautiful country of Canada in case you were wondering.

Students, parents, and writers—enjoy your back to school shopping this year! Remember you don’t need to drain your wallet to find beautiful, long-lasting, and practical items for school or even work.

Creative Writing

Happy Mother’s Day Poem

Happy Mother’s Day to all! This post is dedicated to all the wonderful moms out there.

A computer generated card created for my mother.
A computer generated card created for my mother.
An original poem written inside the card.
An original poem written inside the card.