As an author and journalist, I’m often interviewing people and researching ideas for stories that I’m writing. I used to have piles of papers everywhere but now collate all my interview MP3s, PDFs, online research and notes in one spot. Here’s how:
Many readers will already know that I'm in love with Evernote. It's a tool that I use every single to day to take notes, write articles and store information that I need to keep for future reference. However, I now have another love: Penzu.com
It's ok. I'm not cheating on Evernote. They both now have a firm place in my heart.
Melbourne Writers' Club: It was great to connect with fabulous people in the writing community at Melbourne Writers' Club last week, which is a monthly networking event organised by Sandi Sieger, editor-in-chief on Onya Magazine. I was honoured to speak at the event at the The Honey Bar in South Melbourne.
Oscar's Table: While we're on all things writing, I do love restaurants with a
JD Hancock via photo pin cc
One of the most amusing aspects of watching television is having a giggle at the captions and titles that appear on the screen.
They’re sometimes featured as captions on TV programs. Other times they’re prominently displayed on expensive-looking commercials. And the reason these captions make me laugh – and shake my head in disbelief – is that they can contain significant
This week I heard a story that broke my heart. In my line of work I meet a lot of aspiring authors. Sometimes, the desire to get published is so strong that it's palpable. Some people will do anything to get published – including pay a lot of money to seemingly credible "publishers" who promise a runaway best-seller, fame and fortune.
Sound too good to be true? Generally, it is. Let's take the story of a woman I met this week. We'll call her Laura. After
Yesterday, I called to make an appointment with a dentist. I was expecting a perky greeting like: “Good morning. You’ve called ABC Dentistry. Can I help you?” Instead, the receptionist answered the phone, sounding like she had just had some dental work herself – she seemed incoherent – and said: “Ah hulloh? Dentist here.”
I was taken aback. Maybe I was hallucinating. Then I heard it again. The second time, she sounded more like she was drunk.
I was at an event the other day when a woman introduced herself as being "the wrong side of 40". That is, she was over 40.
I immediately wondered why this was "the wrong side". Now, I'm over 40. But I don't feel like there is anything "wrong" with it. In fact, I don't think my life has ever felt more "right".
It's also a bit like when people refer to their "other half". I've never been able to utter those words. I guess it's because the implication is that if you
In this week's podcast, I interview Australian author and actress Judy Nunn. You may know Judy from the role she made famous, as Ailsa in Home and Away. She is also a best-selling author and her latest book is Tiger Man, set in Tasmania in the 1850s when ambitious entrepreneurs rapidly built a thriving centre of industry at the expense of the state’s natural resources and environment.
Judy’s role on Home and Away finished in 2000 after 13 years and it
“About us”. Your company profile. It’s one of the most clicked pages on your website, but how much time have you spent crafting the words on the page? Similarly, when you ask your assistant to quickly email your bio to the organiser of the next event you are speaking at, have you really considered whether it’s suitable for that audience?
It’s vital to remember that your “About us” page and your bio are
These days, when you go to conferences and networking events, savvy business owners aren’t merely exchanging business cards anymore. They’re exchanging books. It seems that your very own business book is now the ideal way to showcase your expertise, broadcast your message and generate new leads. You might wonder what in the world you would write a book about. After all, you haven’t hit the heights of Richard Branson or Mark Zuckerberg just yet. So what could you possibly say that would
Where did the word “spam” come from? How in the world did the “Blackberry” get its name?
Sydney Writers’ Centre managing director Valerie Khoo talks to 99.3FM’s Tom Furey in this short radio segment about how the internet has evolved the English language.
You can listen to a podcast of the radio segment here:
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