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Three Ways to Successfully Work from Home

July 26th, 2013 | Posted by Veronica Louis in Organization - (0 Comments)

by Veronica Louis

Laptop on table in a park

Photo: Veronica Louis

As a freelancer, I’m often asked if working from home is hard. For the most part, it isn’t. Sure, it can get lonely at times, it’s just me and my computer. However, I’ve developed tricks over the past few years that have made working from home a breeze. Making a schedule, having To Do Lists and changing locations are three great ways to successfully work from home.

Schedules

Making a daily schedule will prove to be very beneficial. Jotting down what you are going to do and when, before starting your workday, makes the day go by quickly and keeps you on track. It’s a great way to avoid procrastination. It’s almost like a game, you are trying to see if you can beat the clock and get everything on your schedule done before time runs out. You write down the general activity of what you would like to do in a specific time slot. It’s important to make sure that the time allotted for each general activity is reasonable. (more…)

Purging Anorexia Through Writing

July 17th, 2013 | Posted by Veronica Louis in Writing - (0 Comments)

by Veronica Louis

Screen shot from Afraid of Eating.com “Why doesn’t she just eat?”

If I had a quarter for every time I’ve heard this phrase about my best friend who suffers from an eating disorder, I would be rich. It’s only when one takes the time to really see beyond the superficial and the stereotypes that one can start understanding the complexities and mysteries of life. And having an eating disorder is one of those complex mysteries.

The misconception that anorexics are a bunch of skinny teenage girls who just starve themselves because they just don’t want to get fat is prevalent.  It’s prevalent, but that does not make it accurate. It’s a collective fallacy. Anorexia and bulimia affects females and males alike, of all ages.

The fact is that anorexia and bulimia are real illnesses and physiological disorders, not unlike alcoholism. And if one cannot ask an alcoholic, “Why can you just not drink?” How can one possibly ask the opening question to this post to someone who suffers from anorexia? There is always a story behind the symptom. (more…)

Crossword Contest Winner

July 16th, 2013 | Posted by Veronica Louis in Crosswords - (0 Comments)

by Veronica Louis

Great Job StickerWe have a winner! Congratulations to Melissa de Roquebrune from Montreal, Canada who was the first to successfully complete my first-ever crossword puzzle. Melissa de Roquebrune, you are a certified genius (according to me). Your genius has earned you a copy of my book The 30-Year-Old’s Guide to Turning 30 (Working title, to be released in 2014).

It’s not too late to solve the crossword puzzle that will forever be special to me because it was my first. Good luck!

Crossword Puzzle

Here are the answers to the puzzle » How did you do?

The Cruciverbalist’s First Constructed Crossword Puzzle

July 9th, 2013 | Posted by Veronica Louis in Crosswords - (0 Comments)

by Veronica Louis

Crossword PuzzleI think I can die happy now. After years of eagerly solving crosswords puzzles, I’ve stepped over the threshold to construct crosswords. Well, at least I’ve constructed my first crossword puzzle (See below).

A crossword puzzle consists of a grid with intersecting squares. Each blank square is part of two words (spelled across and down). The black squares indicate where words end or begin.

Conventional crossword puzzles follow three simple rules:

1-The answers are at least three letters long

2-The grid is in the shape of a square with an odd number of squares in the rows and columns

3-The grid is diagonally symmetrical (the black and white pattern looks the same when the puzzle is turned upside down)

In his book Cruciverbalism, Newsday crossword editor Stanley Newman adds a few more points:

“Crosswords should be fun, they should be challenging, and they should be enjoyed by any reasonably literate person.”

“Crosswordese and obscure words are prohibited (only occasional exceptions are made for otherwise outstanding work).”

“Clues must be balanced in general knowledge (no more than one non-theme reference to football or opera in a puzzle).” (more…)

WordCamp Montreal 2013: Building a Community

July 1st, 2013 | Posted by Veronica Louis in WordPress - (10 Comments)

by Veronica Louis

Veronica Louis holding a WordPress 10th Anniversary NotebookThis past weekend, I participated in my first ever WordCamp. Because I write, one can easily assume that I attended a writer’s camp, where we all sat around in a circle telling each other compelling stories.

However, WordCamp is all things WordPress or WordPress related. But what is WordPress? Simply put, WordPress is an open source (free) content management system used to build and publish websites and blogs. In other words, it is a web-publishing platform. As a matter of fact, this website runs on the WordPress platform.

My history with WordPress began a few years ago when clients of mine had a new WordPress website and I had to quickly learn how to use the tool. I received a few hours of training from a WordPress expert, Kirk Wight, (who incidentally now works for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com). From then on, I used WordPress every single day to manage websites and WordPress became essential to my work.  (more…)