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3 Reasons to Hire a Bookworm

Did you ever consider how having bookworms around can improve your business? One reason is because bookworms read. A lot. Here’s how that can translate into a better bottom line for your enterprise.

 

A Staff Proofer

Because bookworms read so regularly, they often have an aptitude for seeing when a piece of literature has errors or is not as clear as it could be. This saves you time because you don’t have to send your newsletters, ad copy, emails, and other text to a third party for proofing.

 

An Easy Communicator

Meetings are tedious (honestly, often useless) events for the majority of companies. Having people on your team who enjoy reading and are comfortable being communicated with in text means sending an email is just as effective–if not more so–than having to stop everyone’s productivity in order to have a meeting. This keeps your staff generating money instead of struggling to stay awake in the conference room.

 

A Safe Employee

Generally speaking, someone who is truly in love with reading will do so in their spare time. This makes them less likely to get into accidents or fall ill in many cases because they aren’t engaging in risky activities such as pub crawls, mountain climbing, or criminal activity. This helps ensure that they will consistently show up to work and be healthy enough to perform their duties optimally. This saves your business a portion of the estimated $84,000,000,000 (that’s billion) business lose each year due to employee absences (including coming to work late or leaving early).

 

Now that you have some idea of a few ways that bookworms can help make your business more profitable and more stable, you might want to consider asking about reading habits during your next interview!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Hear This Portuguese Crooner A Cappella

JB is a singer and translator from Portugal. He has submitted his version of the first portion of ‘Painless’ to Volo Press for inclusion in their collection of works inspired by ‘Feign II: The Downfall’.

 

JB can be hired at Fiverr.com/JB_Voice

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Watch This Artist Nail “Cuddly-Creepy”

Savannah Woolley submitted a video of her creating a painting that she started after reading ‘Adoricidal’ a haiku from the ‘Feign II: The Downfall’ book of poetry and lyrics. Savannah also sings and provides life advice. Get in touch with her by clicking here.

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You Can’t Sit Still While Listening to This

James Tracy applied his musical knowledge to create this fun, rhythmic sound that you can’t help but at least nod your head to. James was commissioned to complete this piece based on the lyrics of ‘Painless,’ a song included in the poetic collection Feign II: The Downfall by T. L. Curtis (available for pre-order now; set for release on 9-1-17).

 


 

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Favorite Sex Position: Character Development

Many people who write fiction try to have an intimate knowledge of the character’s that they are creating. In theory, having such a deep understanding about even small details related to a character can help the character be written in a way that appears genuine, realistic, and three dimensional to the reader.

This post contains pictures of naked people in the sexual positions I will be listing later in the post. You’ve been warned. 

 

One intimate question you may want to answer about your character, even if you are not writing any erotic scenes, is what their favorite sexual position is? More importantly, why? Is is about comfort, speed, intimacy, or emotional distance?

Starting to ask yourself these kinds of questions can help you add more layers to your character so that they have a stronger “page presence” and are more likely to resonate with your readers.

Don’t Judge Your Character

Just because you don’t like, wouldn’t condone, or don’t plan to attempt a certain sexual position, doesn’t mean that your character would feel the same way. If you can’t separate yourself from your character you could slip into making all of your characters very much alike because they’re behavior never goes outside of your personal comfort zone.

For example, the main character of Show HerErika Wogo is a doggy style lover. Considering the trauma she endured at the opening of the book, I don’t think I would enjoy that style at all if I were her. I wouldn’t ever want to even try it, most likely. But again, that book wasn’t about me: It was about Erika.

 

Sexual Positions

Here are a couple of common sexual positions. I’ve added some possible reasons why people might enjoy these positions (besides pleasure, of course!) just to help you start thinking more about which positions your character might like and why. A simple Google search will turn up a multitude of other sexual positions to choose from.

 

Missionary

A  lays on their back and opens their legs. B settles between A’s thighs and penetrates the anus or vagina. Variations can be created by changing angles and leg positions, or adding bondage equipment or pillows.

 

 

This position is most often depicted in romance novels and movies, so it’s often considered “boring.” Your character may prefer it if they are someone who is:

  • afraid of change
  • doesn’t like to take risks
  • doesn’t enjoy sex (they don’t want to put a lot of effort into being ‘creative’ so they just copy what they’ve seen / heard of others doing)

 

Doggy Style

A gets down on their hands and knees on the floor or bed. B penetrates the anus or vagina while standing or kneeling from behind.

 

Can reflect or support the idea that a character:

  • Is not a fan of intimacy (they want as little eye contact and physical contact as possible)
  • Doesn’t like being hot. This position allows for great air flow, especially when the air conditioner has gone out or they’re having sex outside (camping trip?) and it’s ridiculously hot.
  • Has had an injury that doesn’t allow them to open their legs wide, so squeezing them together while bent over is more efficient / comfortable for sex.

 

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New Video: “Dancing is Forbidden” by Adam Astra

Adam Astra (Adam Astra Music – South Africa) is the first to submit an artist’s rendition of one of the song’s in ‘Feign II: The Downfall.’ He chose the song ‘Dancing is Forbidden’ and saved his reading of the lyrics as a video. View below and don’t forget to sign up as a Volo Press artist to get your free copy of a Volo Press book and submit your own interpretation of a piece (or multiple pieces) using your own specific talent (baking, singing, sewing, drawing, welding, etc.).

 

 

Visit the Volo Press Artists sign-up page by clicking here!

 

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Writing Jobs

Now Hiring Writers

5 full-time writing positions in Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Washington, and Nebraska.

 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Copywriter | $33,000 / year

Lincoln, Nebraska

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing, Communications, Journalism or related field plus one year of experience working in a professional copywriting capacity required. Strong writing portfolio required. Proficiency in employing different language styles for different audiences required. Excellent grammar and writing convention skills with fanatical attention to detail in writing required. Demonstrated ability to translate creative direction into great copy. Ability to work in and contribute to a team of creative people. General computer proficiency along with MS Word required.

 

Link to applyhttps://employment.unl.edu/postings/55161

 


Federal Aviation Administration | Technical Writer-Editor | $78,214 / year

Renton, Washington

For current FAA employees only (at the moment).

Requirements

To qualify at the FV-Ilevel you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H, FG/GS-12 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience as a writer or editor of Airworthiness Directives (ADs), technical reports, articles or manuals related to ADs, or of legal, regulatory, or other governmental documents related to ADs.

THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTE FOR THE FV-I.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

 

Link to apply

https://faa.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475150700


Hill Holiday | Healthcare Copywriter | Unspecified Salary 

Boston, Massachusetts

Requirements

  • Proven creative talent (several well produced, big idea campaigns)
  • 3-5+ years of relevant work experience in an agency environment
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional work experience

Link to Apply

 http://jobs.jobvite.com/careers/hillholliday/job/oMRw5fwY


One Firefly | Content Writer | Unspecified Salary

Hollywood, Florida

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration, English or Communications strongly preferred
  • At least two years of experience writing professionally, preferably web content
  • Proven knowledge and proficiency in all things related to effective content creation for: web content, newsletter/email, social media, press releases, white papers, case studies, etc.
  • Passion for writing strategic copy and creative content for multiple audiences in a fast-paced and evolving industry.
  • Experience in technology/consumer electronics/home automation industries preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a complex environment and focus on the delivery of results, set priorities, utilize resources and meet deadlines
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong prioritization and organizational skills and the ability to carry detailed projects through to completion
  • Impeccable knowledge of grammar and punctuation
  • Proven record of Integrity
  • Proven record of following through on commitments
  • Proficiency in MS Office and WordPress or other Content Management Software
  • Editorial mindset that seeks to understand what audiences consume and how to translate that into original content for specific marketing channels
  • Ability to think strategically and suggest creative solutions with proactive approach to problem identification and solving.
  • Knowledge of best-practices and industry trends as it relates to content creation
  • Quick learner
  • High level of enthusiasm
  • Proven problem solver that takes initiative
  • Result oriented with a strong work ethic
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Proven team player mentality
  • Ability to travel for periodic team training events

Link to Apply

http://onefirefly.com/job-postings/content-writer

 


Demand Engine | Digital Copy Writer | $42,500 + / year

Brookhaven, Georgia

Requirements

  • 2-5 years copywriting experience
  • 2+ years of direct response writing/selling experience with strong knowledge of email and online channels
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Advertising, or related field
  • Passion for writing marketing copy that is on brand
  • Excellent language, grammar and writing skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects at once
  • Flexibility with changing priorities and urgent requests
  • Clear, effective communication skills

Link to Apply

http://demandengine2015.applytojob.com/apply/job_20170725175738_NTP6MDPTUTYOHFKC/Digital-Copy-Writer

 

Good luck in your job search!


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3 Poetry Review Tips for Non-Poets

Baffling, I know, but the fact is: not everyone is a big poetry fan. 😀 However, even if you couldn’t tell the difference between a sonnet and a haiku (and wouldn’t care to), here are some tips to help you give your poet colleagues helpful feedback on their work in your writing groups and / or review the poetry of your favorite indie authors.

1. Relax and Contribute to the Poem’s Review

Even if you don’t think you “get” poetry, you can still be helpful. You do your fellow authors a disservice when you keep quiet just because you aren’t an expert (whatever the fuck that means) on poetry. Poetry is just another form of expression, especially emotional expression. Most poems are a mere reflection of an event (everything from a near-death experience to a passing thought while waiting for the bus) that the poet has strong feelings about. Treat the poem like that person is telling you about their day at work, that traumatic event, or that passing thought they had, in a flowery / gritty / cryptic way.

2. Be Honest About Your Reaction to the Poem

Guess what? Saying that you were confused is a valid answer!

There may have been parts of a poem that shocked you, intrigued you, scared you, or even lead you to feel angry or sad. If you experience any specific emotions, this can be what you share with the poet. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to react to a poem. Nodding back to tip number 1: Just relax.

 

3. Be Specific in Your Poem Review

If you were confused, try to flesh out why. Were there too many words used that you didn’t know the meaning of (signifying that the poet may want to look into simplifying the language)? Was there a total disconnect in your mind between what the poet wrote and what they said they were trying to convey (signifying that the poet may want to consider sharpening the imagery)?

If the poem lead you to feel sad, which line stood out as the most depressing to you? If the poem lead you to feel shocked, at which word, line, or stanza did you first have that reaction?

 

 

Arm yourself with these three tips whenever you go into a writing group that you know poets frequent and you should be able to stay involved in the discussion. Remember these as well when you are attempting to craft a review for a book of poetry in order to publicly support your fellow independent authors!

 

 

 

 

 

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