Friday, February 22, 2013

This Is From Part One...

I've been working on my non-fiction a lot lately.  I actually think I'm getting close to finishing!  It's not going to be very long, but it's also not short.  I'm not sure what it will be.  I just know it's my story and I have to tell it.  Below is a small sample of what I was working on.

There was some space between all these events.  The firings/lay-offs (whatever), I vaguely remember, was spread out over a few months.  I know I didn't see my lay-off coming.  I didn't even consider it.  I helped the Controller reorganize the office.  I helped with whatever they needed.  Everyone was nice to me.  I did my job properly, but it happened anyway.

At the end of March, I quit my other job.  It was retail.  I liked my co-workers very much.  Everyone seemed sad to see me go.  I quit because I wanted to spend more time studying.  Exams started in April.  Final essays and assignments were due.  With two jobs, it just seemed like too much.  We were also planning on moving out of the city in September so that my boyfriend could do his graduate work at another school.  The retail job was great (I still have some of the clothes, excellent quality), but the other job, part-time administrative assistant, paid more.  Apparently, I made the wrong decision.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

In Which I Post More Links

All the links are from Writer Unboxed today!

Twitter Lists to the Rescue
This is something I'm thinking of doing...

Lessons Learned from the Original Star Wars Trilogy to Up Your Writing Game

A Question of Description

I hope you find them as informative as I did.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Earl Grey

(c) Loni
Yup.  Today, I'm going to write about tea.  I love tea.

The tea shop I used to buy most of my tea from was bought out by a larger chain.  I was very sad.  I had been going there for a few years.  Now, it has left me trying to figure out where to buy the teas I enjoy.  This new chain, while also selling loose leaf tea, does not sell the same tea selection of the previous store, so I've lost a couple favourites.

The first tea I had to get was Earl Grey.  I was hesitant to buy the Earl Grey at the new store because their small size was huge compared to the old store and I wasn't sure I wanted to spend the money.  Mistake.  Bagged Earl Grey doesn't cut it any more (unless it's the kind you get at Starbucks).  So I sucked it up and bought around 225 grams/ .5 pounds, which trust me, is a lot.  But it's so yummy.... However, to save a little money, I saw another loose leaf Earl Grey that was specially selected from blah, blah, blah...  It is about the same price and it comes in a smaller quantity, so I thought I'd get it.  It is not good enough.  It has a bitter taste to it.  If I accidentally steep it too long, I HAVE to add milk and sugar otherwise I can't drink it.

So, in the end, I'm buying Earl Grey from Teavana.  It's so good.  

*I almost wrote, "Earl Grey, hot." as the title to this post because I love Captain Picard.  He's probably the main reason I tried Earl Grey Tea in the first place.

Monday, February 4, 2013

I Link

Just a few links I've come across in the past week and a half.  I hope you find them as interesting/helpful as I did.

How to Change Telling Into Showing, from Writer Unboxed.

Tor UK Now Accepts Direct Submissions from GalleyCat.

Successful Query Letters for Literary Agents from GalleyCat