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Grammar 101: Aisle and Isle

April 23rd, 2015

It never ceases to amaze me how many of these Grammar 101 posts are inspired by status updates on Facebook. Today is no exception. Now, it’s important to note that I’m not faulting any of my Facebook friends for making such errors, per se, so long as they endeavor to avoid making the same mistakes […]

Grammar 101: A Nervous Tick

April 17th, 2015

Having an automatic spell checking utility built into your web browser, app or mobile device can be a very helpful thing. It can help you catch those random errors and typos that you may make. It can also give you a false sense of confidence that you are spelling your words correctly. This is perhaps […]

I’m Michael Kwan and This Is How I Work

April 13th, 2015

Every now and then, someone I meet will be surprised to hear that I don’t have a “day job” beyond what I do as a freelance writer. Sometimes, they’ll be even more amazed that I have been able to sustain myself with my humble small business for the better part of a decade. This can […]

Grammar 101: Allergic vs. Allergenic

April 9th, 2015

The words “allergic” and “allergenic” are both related to allergies, but they have different meanings and cannot be used interchangeably. This is similar to what we find with word pairs like venomous and poisonous. A snake might be venomous (active administration of poison), while certain plants might be poisonous (passive administration of poison). So, what’s […]

On Balance, Flexibility and Routine

April 7th, 2015

Several years ago, I stated that one of the greatest perks to the freelance writing lifestyle is the freedom of time it affords me. I’m not bound to a traditional 9-to-5 schedule. If I want to enjoy some personal time on a Wednesday afternoon, I can do that. If I want to get some work […]

Grammar 101: Hold Down the Fort

April 2nd, 2015

No one ever said that English idioms have to make logical sense. I don’t think there are going to be too many circumstances where any old fellow could indeed be determined as the uncle of a monkey. I also don’t think that rainfall would ever get quite so torrential as to cause a number of […]

Grammar 101: On Collective Nouns

March 17th, 2015

In your writing, it is important to be mindful of subject-verb agreement. A singular noun corresponds to one form of a verb, while a plural noun correponds with a different form of a verb. He chooses, but they choose. Joan runs, but the cats run. This can be complicated with the introduction of collective nouns. […]

Experimenting with the Pomodoro Technique

March 5th, 2015

As a freelance writer working from home, I face (at least) a couple of key challenges on a daily basis. First, I don’t get paid unless I actually work. Contrast this to a job where you are paid an hourly wage regardless of your relative level of productivity. Second, there is no one hovering over […]