On the rare occasions The Man of The House (TMoTH) and I have friends around, dinner conversation invariably turns to music. Kind of hard not to with the amount of Springsteen memorabilia around the place, but that’s by the by. Inevitably someone will say, as they’re reaching for their wine glass, “so, Angel, do you listen to anyone other than The Boss?” There then ensues polite chuckling from everyone and generally a slightly distressed look from TMoTH. You see, this conversation never ends well and we both know it. I just can’t help myself – I’m always driven to tell the truth – and it’s there that things go pear shaped. I am, I admit, somewhat odd when it comes to music.
Continue reading A Moment of Forever
by Charlotte Everett
ANZAC Day often takes on a new significance for Aussies and Kiwis living in Europe, and for many, the time will arrive when the decision is made make a pilgrimage to Gallipoli.
Last year, I decided that for me, this would be the year.
An unexpected turn of events came about, when – before I’d even had a chance to look at Gallipoli tour options – a friend happened to mention to me that she and her husband were going to spend ANZAC on the Western Front instead. The Western Front? I had to confess, I knew very little about it. I thought it was a bit odd that a Kiwi couple would choose to go there over Gallipoli. My friend explained: “Gallipoli was amazing. But from what I’ve heard, the Western Front is mind-blowing. It’s something else entirely.”
Continue reading Guest Post: Western Front ANZAC 2013
Apologies to Janis Joplin but I don’t need a Mercedes Benz. Not unless it comes with a MacBook Pro on the front seat. It’s no secret that I’m a Girl Geek and proud of it. I love technology. Even when it pisses me off – which is pretty much on a daily basis – I love technology. Phone, iPad, iPod, Kindle, laptop, wireless, USB, touch screen – I love this stuff the way other women love their curling tongs. Forget kitchen appliances – hell we all know how I feel about that room – just let me at the techno-gadget aisle. And at the top of that list, right here, right now, is a MacBook Pro.
Continue reading Lord won’t you buy me a M…acBook Pro
by Ashley Wong, Wall Treats
Who is actually carrying out the work when you engage a painting contractor?
… the painting contractor you met, liked and engaged, of course. Who else could it be? Right? Yes in some instances but unfortunately, no. in many instances.
Many clients tell me they have a profitable business yet still they find themselves struggling to find the cash they need to grow. Sometimes they find it difficult to even pay their bills.
There are several things affecting your availability of cash:
- Spending cash you don’t have
- Confusing business and personal funds
- Your terms of trade (basic)
- Your debtor collection procedure
Now one and two can be easily solved with a little bit of self control and planning. Three and four however, always seem to be more complicated for the business owner to grasp.
Continue reading Where’s my money?
by Angelique Jurd
About eighteen months ago, I got the opportunity to interview English novelist, Erica James . She was, if I may behave like a fan-girl for a moment, Very Cool. I originally published the interview over onJust Heard, Just Read, Just Seen; but since I found her story so inspirational I think she deserves a spot here.
The very first thing I noticed about her was how tiny she is. Now I’m under five foot and I”m hardly a heavy weight, but I felt like a giant next to the petite writer from England.
Continue reading Erica James: A true English lady
Yes I know it’s Sunday. I know I’m officially two days late – but in my defense it’s Easter and I’ve had family staying. Well – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. The important thing is I’m here now.
Anyway, with no further ado – let’s take a look at my three favorite sites for this week:
Continue reading Movies, moggies, and models
There was a time when body ink was the domain of prisoners, sailors (of the drunken variety), and gang members. Or at least that was the perception. To some extent, for many, it remains the perception.
“Why,” they wonder, often out loud and usually with a sneer in the direction of my own ink, “would you do that? Were you drunk?”
Let me answer that second question first and then the first, and then, if you’re interested I’ll give you my two cents on body ink.
Continue reading My two cents: tattoos
One of the great things about writing and blogging is that it is essential you read. A LOT. In fact, according to Stephen King:
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the
time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
So with that in mind I thought I would start a new tradition here on The Blog called Friday Fun and share some blogs and sites I enjoy each week.
Continue reading Sharing the love: blogging, business, and Bruce
We’ve all seen them right? The ads and the emails and the websites and the Facebook memes that tell us how easy writing is. The millions we will earn penning that memoir. How fast the pennies will come rolling in off that blog. Hell, I’ve seen at least a half-dozen since dinner. And while we are all certain they must be scams, let’s be honest, there is still a little voice in the back our minds saying “well yeah but there are so many…and some people are making money…and that story about Aunt Gertrude and the fuzzy slipper was pretty funny.”
Uh huh – team, I’d like you to grab that cup of coffee or glass of champagne, pull the box of chocolates a little close and let’s have a wee chat about writing.
Continue reading My two cents: freelance writing