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Note 326 – The use of the word gubbins

I’ve heard my work colleague use the word gubbins a few times, but never thought of looking it up until today. He says it’s a slang term that may be a substitute for ‘stuff’. Here are a couple of examples he gave me: I was clearing out some box files full of gubbins Reading through … Continue reading

Note 325 – Eight other sources of information for writing tips

Following on from Note 323 – Eight writing books as a source of information and Note 324 – Eight online sources of information + useful tips, I’m going to list eight other sources of information that I might choose to use for my writing tips: Work colleagues.  Now and again I write a blog post based … Continue reading

Note 324 – Eight online sources of information + useful tips

When I wrote yesterday’s post, Note 323 – Eight books as a source of information, it made me realise how much I’ve missed each and every one of my writing books, as I tend to use the internet as a source of reference nowadays instead. I must get back to reading the books as a … Continue reading

Note 323 – Eight writing books as a source of information

As a blogger of daily writing tips, I need to make sure that my source of information is not only trustworthy, but written in a way that’s easy to follow and understand.  There are so many books, websites and magazines offering such information and it’s easy to spend all day looking things up.  I only have … Continue reading

Note 322 – McKenzie D lumber roll to help you sit correctly

How many of you sit in a chair to type or write and don’t feel like you are sitting correctly? On the very first visit with my chiropractor, he asked me if I had a McKenzie D roll or similar lumbar support. I told him that there was something fitting that description under my desk … Continue reading

Note 321 – Learning and then teaching via your blog

Whilst listening to an audio programme called ‘How to Stay Motivated’ by Zig Ziglar, I heard him say “The person who learns so they can teach is a much happier individual than the one who shows off on television talk shows and answers some of those trivia questions”. Interesting quote! I love learning, and then blogging about what I’ve learnt so that … Continue reading

Note 320 – The phrase okey dokey

I wrote this phrase in an email the other day and wondered about its origin. Phrases.org.uk define this as an American phrase first seen in the late 20th century and is another way of saying ‘okay’; however they list other American meanings as ‘absurd, ridiculous or ‘to swindle or deceive’ (which personally I’ve never used). … Continue reading

Note 319 – Reciprocal Reading

I went to my daughters’ school this evening to learn about reciprocal reading and how I can help them with this technique. I wasn’t really sure what it was all about, but learnt quite a bit in half an hour. It’s basically a strategy that teachers use with their pupils help them to understand a … Continue reading

Note 318 – The Versatile Blogger Award

I have been nominated to receive a Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely & talented Vikki (The View Outside). Thank you so much – I really appreciate it… The rules for accepting this award are as follows: 1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post. 2. Share 7 things about yourself. 3. … Continue reading

Note 317 – I AM a writer, so let’s move on a step…

I just made myself smile when I read the following post from five months ago: Note 169 – When are you qualified to say ‘I am a writer’? as I feel so different now.  It was difficult back then to say ‘I am a project manager, and also a writer‘ whenever anyone asked what I do.  I used … Continue reading

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