5 Things I’ve Learned Since Freelancing

I will spare you the jokes about how different 2020 was and cut right to the chase; starting my own business became a necessity really quickly, which meant virtually no time to fit in a learning curve. So I picked up knowledge as I went, creating a little list of 5 things I’ve learned since …

Demystifying the Writing Sample

Demystifying the writing sample

Curious about how writing samples work? Well, fear not! I’m here to demystify the writing sample and give some insight into why it’s necessary. Rule #1: Know Who You’re Working With This is a two-way street, by the way. I want to learn more about you, and you want to learn more about me. So, …

Elaine Marie Copyediting & Copywriting

Elaine Marie Copyediting & Copywriting

Exciting news! Just four months before the COVID pandemic hit, I quit my job (insert nervous-looking emoji). That’s not the exciting news. The exciting bit is that, having quit without a backup plan, I was ready for whatever job was out there that wouldn’t drive me insane. Small problem: the world shut down. So, realizing …

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Every once in a while you read a book like M.L. Rio’s Shakespeare-inspired masterpiece, If We Were Villains and, after you return it to the library, you immediately order it on Amazon. (Take a gander at The Art of Buying Books on Amazon where I talk here about shopping small(er) on Amazon). Following a group …

She’s Back!

I feel like I should start with a general disclaimer: I am no good with resolutions. However, I’ve started some new ventures in life, so why not add another? This book-based blog was on the brink. It was standing at the edge of the cliff, arms outstretched, skirts blowing in the wind, sad movie score …

8 Books You’ll Love If You Like These Movies

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Just a few days ago my family sat down to watch Knives Out, a new movie that got rave reviews from multiple friends. First let me say that the mystery-thriller was really good! Well written, well cast, and cinematically compelling. But the first thought that popped into my head was “this is just like The …

4 Books and Their Song Soulmates

I’m one of those people who has a strange attention span; easily interrupted unless there’s music. Just me? Okay. Well, I know it doesn’t make much sense, but even in school, I found it hard to concentrate unless there was music. I always chalked it up to needing only one other distracting thing (music) instead …

The 4 Most Inspiring Books I’ve Read So Far

I think one of things we’ve all learned in the past few months is that we don’t do well without some sort of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement to keep going. It’s been a rough couple of months, and if you’re still looking for some quarantine inspo, I have a few books that might help. 1. …

The Definitive Reading & Listening Guide to Constance Hale’s “Sin and Syntax” – Part II

Welcome to Part II! Thank you for coming back to this long list of people who make us all look a little bad at what we strive to be/do. Without further ado, let’s get started! NOTE: I may have missed a few, but, as far as I know, this is the complete list—again, in many …

Book Quotes: A Collection

Most people keep a notebook full of quotes that pop out, inspire, or simply speak to them. I fill my cork board with a billion little pieces of paper with quotes scribbled on them. Usually I use a piece of paper as a bookmark specifically for this purpose, and I’ve always planned on typing them …