Archive for February, 2016

Stubborn

Posted: February 29, 2016 in books

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Being stubborn is sometimes a good thing. It can help you reach a goal that you otherwise wouldn’t dream of obtaining. You dig your heels in and keep going until it is achieved. Or maybe you’re trying to kick a bad habit, stubbornness is definitely a useful thing to have, but what about the downside? What if you let it take over and prevent you from resolving issues that much later on you’re sure to regret. A feud with a loved one or a friend. All the situation would take is a little acceptance on your part, but your stubborn streak remains firm, unwilling to compromise. You could be making the biggest mistake of your life and yet you hold on to it, possibly even taking it to your grave. I guess being stubborn should come with a warning label, “use with caution.”

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Out of order?

Posted: February 28, 2016 in books

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I love both these shows. They do an amazing job and help people who are truly in need of a break, but what about the rest of us? While you sincerely have to be in need to qualify for either of these shows, you also have to be a homeowner. I find this unfair, there are many people who would honestly deserve to be in the running but are screened out because they can’t afford to buy their home. I know local authorities have rules regarding their properties, so I can understand DIY SOS not really being able to knock down walls etc but 60 minute makeover has no excuse. Why are council tenants excluded from these programmes? It always seems to be the way with these types of shows, what makes us not worthy enough?

Am I alone in this opinion? I’d love to hear your views on this, drop me a line 😀

Earn cash online

Posted: February 25, 2016 in books

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There are various opportunities to earn cash online but the decent ones are hard to find. For the last few weeks I have been scouring the Internet for online work. Freelance work which includes copy typing, data entry etc is only suitable for those of you with experience and qualifications so that ruled me out. The other opportunities are product testers (which I signed up for but have yet to hear from a legitimate site) and surveys. You can join sites that offer surveys plus other opportunities like task work. The site I joined has a twenty pound minimum cash out and that goal is hard to reach unless you sign up to various promotions. These include things you wouldn’t normally be interested in and they flood your email, harass your phone line and if you download their tracking software, freeze up your computer. I use an old laptop, I don’t want my brand new one to constantly crash and freeze which is exactly what the one I’m using has been doing since I installed the software.

The problem with these sites is that most of the time you’re screened out of the surveys and you spend most of the day on the ones you can get into, just to earn £1. The surveys can be pointless and mind-numbing. There is an opportunity to earn through their search bar but this has rules as to what sites earn money, for example if you wanted to check out your Facebook, it doesn’t earn you anything. I have managed to almost reach the cash out minimum which took me a week with special offers that I will delete before the trials expire as well as the software. Is it really worth doing in my opinion? I would have to say no. Without those offers and just doing surveys (payout usually between 28-50p) it would take me forever to reach the minimum cash out. However if you have all day to waste then go ahead and sign up but personally I could think of better things to do with my time 😀

Should any product testing work become available however, I would definitely enjoy doing that. Has anyone else signed up to online work? Was it successful for you or a nightmare? Drop me a line with your experiences, I’d love to hear them 😀

The hardest thing about being a parent

Posted: February 18, 2016 in books

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For me,the hardest part of parenting is when your child is upset and there is nothing you can do about it except tell them you love them and offer a shoulder to cry on. What I’m finding hard to deal with at the moment is when their spouse upsets them. We all argue with our other half’s but when it’s your child, it is a tricky situation. They want you to hate them in that moment, and you do because your baby is upset. You join in with the verbal onslaught (plot their demise in your head) but then they make up. This part is the hardest because now that everything is rosy you’re expected to love their other half and not say a bad word against them despite the last few days of watching your child in tears and suffering. It is an extremely difficult situation, especially now that you’ve seen another side of them. The trust is gone and the bad points stick in your mind, brewing and turning to hatred, but for the sake of your child you have to bite your tongue.

Anyone else been through this? How do you deal with it?

Share?

Posted: February 4, 2016 in books

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I’m always getting tagged in those share a few lines of your WIP posts on Facebook but always decline. The same goes for excerpts. I will only share those if the book has already been published. Call me paranoid but those few lines are mine and I don’t want anyone else using them as their own. A WIP is what it is, sharing unpublished work is an open invitation for someone to steal a part of your hard work. Most wouldn’t do it but there’s always someone struggling for inspiration and you’re giving them a prime opportunity and I’m fairly sure those words and excerpts that you share, are probably one of the best parts in your WIP. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me but there is always pirating going on and I don’t intend to make it easy for them. What do you authors think? Share or not share?