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Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission and have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write a blog about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer www.sandramadeira.com
Sandra Madeira has written 386 posts for My Writing Notebook

Note 362 – Seeing human errors as learning opportunities

The way I would I describe a human error is one that is made by a person rather than a computer (or similar); however, I’m not sure that’s the right definition. From my research today, there are many explanations of the expression human error. I like About.com‘s definition which is “when a person makes a … Continue reading

Note 361 – Writing challenge horizon in sight (5 days to go…)

I would be lying if I said that this writing challenge has been easy; in fact it’s been harder these last few weeks than it has been all year. With 5 days to go, I feel like I’ve been on a very long flight and now I’m starting my descent into a new and exciting … Continue reading

Note 360 – About the Versatile Blogger Award

I’m touched to have received the Versatile Blogger Award for the second time.  A very big thank you to Heart Whispers for nominating me (Heart Whispers is a fantastic blog – definitely worth a visit).  Also, it’s taken over a week to pass this on – I had to schedule a place in these last few posts of … Continue reading

Note 359 – The word loquacious

Whilst watching a television quiz show at the weekend, the contestant was being asked the meaning of the word loquacious.  Out of the three options on the screen, I picked the answer ‘nearby’!  The correct answer was in fact ‘talkative’.  Merriam Webster online dictionary defines loquacious as: Full of excessive talk: wordy Given to fluent or excessive talk According to … Continue reading

Note 358 – Comparing morale and moral

A work colleague kindly left a comment to tell me that I had used the word morale instead of moral in Note 353 – Is it ‘formally’ or ‘formerly’? (I could have kicked myself, but thank you!).   The sentence I originally wrote was: “The morale of the blog is:..” which of course should have been “The moral of … Continue reading

Note 357 – The approach to taking time off from your daily blog

With only nine days of my writing challenge to go….I feel like it’s going to be the longest nine days ever!  Anyway, enough of the rant!  If you have a daily blog like me, you may choose to post your blog at about the same time each day and feel like there is no break between one day and the next … Continue reading

Note 356 – Have I met my writing challenge? 10 days to go…

The 10 day countdown will begin at midnight tonight (UK time). Today felt like a good day to look back at the very first post on 30 April 2011 (the day before the challenge began) and record my thoughts against what I set out to achieve. I’ve taken a few quotes from the original post: … Continue reading

Note 355 – Is earnt or earned the correct spelling?

Before reading on or looking it up, which word would you use: earnt or earned?  After posting Note 354 yesterday, spellchecker made me consider changing the word earnt to earned and I was in two minds whether to or not, so left it.  I assumed that earned and earnt were two forms of the past tense of … Continue reading

Note 354 – Converting time and words into money

I have worked out that by the time My Writing Challenge is over, I would have spent approximately 663 hours researching, writing, editing and perfecting posts (and that’s not including all the other writing projects that I have). The way I worked it out is that each post has taken anything from half an hour to three hours from start … Continue reading

Note 353 – Is it ‘formally’ or ‘formerly’?

The word formally was underlined in the spell check just after I posted Note 352 yesterday, and it prompted me to change it to formerly so I quickly did (unfortunately without thinking). Whilst typing this blog today and running myself down thinking that I had spelt something wrong, I have now realised that I actually … Continue reading

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