Goodbye 2013, Thanks For All The Fish!

I use Grammarly to detect plagiarism because kidnapping words is against my religion.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.  I have had a wonderful year in review that you can check out in the link above. I will admit it took me ages to figure out how to post it because I passed over the link to have WordPress embed this to my post, and was fruitlessly trying to learn how to embed a web page with plug-in onto my page with zero experience.  Moral of the story=Read all of the webpage before trying to learn how to write code.

Getting back to the topic, 2013 was great for me. I finished my final residency of grad school; finally nailed down a solid outline for my manuscript; and got into my first car accident (which led to my first car loan). Among other smaller accomplishments I am very lucky to have a great family, friends, and wonderful opportunities coming my way. Speaking of new opportunities, my previous blog post Banning Books: Guest Author Denise Drespling Answers, marked the first sponsored post on my blog. It’s been under two years since I began Storyteller in the Digital Age, and what tangible result did I have to show for my hours of enjoyable writing? (Actually over 900 followers total and 2,000 hits in the last year) Well, nothing to supplement my growing makeup addiction or inevitably employee the services of a copywriter in the future—until now!

OBLIGATORY KITTY PICTURE INCOMING!

Bengal Photo Bomb!

Bengal Photo Bomb!

I have secured the attention of one fabulous company with the best proofreading and plagiarism software to help us lowly scribes to perfect our craft. Grammarly approached me to join their Grammarly Blogging Partner, which sponsors a blogger who features books or writing in their posts. And by sponsor I mean rewarding clever, original text advertisements for a $10 Amazon gift card. It is a genius and fun way of involving up and coming blogger (I wish!) with their favorite websites because who better than your best writer friend can tell you where all the great online resources are.

I’ll let you in on a little secret—Grammarly works! My last post I ran through the plagiarism checker and I found out how many sentences that had already been written. I was re-hashing out something another person had already written even if it came from my own head. Even if you think it’s original, it may not be and you’ll find it both frustrating and liberating to find out what has already been written. It allows you to refine what you thought were good sentences into fantastic ones. And it makes you feel better knowing thousands of websites have been searched and your words are authentically my own.

With the turn to 2014, I plan to support Grammarly as much as possible because they can do a lot of justice to ambitious writers, who like me may need a little extra once over before publish. I strongly suggest you go over to Grammarly using any of the links in the post right now and browse. I used all of the free trial to check through my blogging and fiction writing just for fun.

Happy Reading/Writing my lovely fans! And enjoy this awesome video of my Bengal in the snow.

 

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