Meet the Characters!

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It’s not long now until DisPLACEd:Episode One (Part Two) is published on our official Wattpad page – https://www.wattpad.com/user/DisPLACEd-story, so to celebrate, we are releasing our character illustrations. Check them out through the link above, or on the official website – displacedstory.wordpress.com.

New Year’s Resolutions!

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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?

No matter how many times you tell yourself you won’t make one this year, or you’ll stick to it, something always goes wrong.

Here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016.

  • Keep blogging. Most blogs quit within 8 months. I’ve just reached 2 months and am very happy with the response so far.

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  • Schedule. One thing I’ve learned this past year is that everything in life is horrible without a proper schedule (SLEEP!). I will aim to set and stick to a proper schedule.

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  • Follow and listen to God. I will continue to read through the Bible, and learn more about what he has revealed to us.

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  • Work. Something is always getting in the way of the work I want to do. There are always jobs that need to be done (cleaning, cooking, etc.), but I will try and focus on future career work.

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So, that’s about it for me.

What about you? Let me know yours in the comments below!

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Last one! Credit to you if you stayed with me this long. =)

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5 HERE, Day 6 HERE, Day 7 HERE, Day 8 HERE, Day 9 HERE, Day 10 HERE, and Day 11 HERE.

DAY 12. What are you grateful for this Christmas?

Every night when I say my prayers, I list ten things I am thankful/grateful for. I’ve been focusing on doing it for about a month now, and it really makes a difference in perspective.
With the annual celebration of the birth of our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus coming up, it is a time to remember all the things God has done for us, and thank him for them.
This year, I am thankful for the following (not a complete list):
  • My sister and her fiancée having a safe trip to America
  • My career/work getting on track
  • Health improving (whole family)
  • Able to catch-up with friends a bit more
  • Learning more about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and everything
  • Chatting with new people I’ve met through this blog
  • Brother taking a break from his job to work and relax overseas
  • Being able to teach scripture to kids in schools
There are so many things to be thankful/grateful for, and this is just a short list of them.
What are some of the things you’re grateful for this Christmas? Let me know below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: This week’s new followers on Instagram.

Writing Tips and Tricks

As a writer – beginner or life-long – I’m sure you have googled terms like: ‘how do I earn money by writing’, ‘pay for my writing’, and ‘writing jobs’.

I was one of those people too. I have always had an intense passion for writing. It didn’t matter what I was writing, or even if it was for school, and finding out I could get money for it was the cherry on the cake.

There are a few ways you can earn money by writing. This could be writing for an established company as part of their staff, writing your own ideas (stories, scripts, blogs, etc.), or freelance jobs.

Today I’ll be talking about freelance jobs.

It can be very hard to find a company that not only allows freelance writers to work their way up from zero experience, but also give them the opportunity to earn dollars instead of cents for their work. There were a few websites that I tried, but, about two years ago, I found one I absolutely love.

Upwork (formerly Odesk and Elance) was a godsend to me. While there are tests you can do to show future employers you are a good fit for their job, I don’t think any of them have impacted me at all. There were a few jobs I immediately applied for, including writing articles, reviews, and transcribing audio files. I didn’t know what I wanted to focus on, but as long as I was making money for my work, I was willing to give any job a try. There is also no limit for a pay-out (but there is a $1 fee for it so you have to at least have $1).

Almost straight away I landed a couple of long-term jobs, and was even recommended to another employer outside of Upwork. So, it’s now been about two years, and I am still loving working with them.

Even if you don’t want to remain a freelance writer, you can use it to hone your skills and make some important connections.

Let me know if you’ve worked on Upwork or if you have another site you would recommend.