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De-Evolution of a Writer

I restarted this blog with good intentions. Really, I did. I planned to post a story every week and write articles of such philosophical deliciousness that your brain would get fat from consuming all the heavy facts and symbolic richness that are my thoughts. I was going to put my butt in the chair and churn out content like 10,000 monkeys pounding on typewriters. Except I’m human. And I use a computer. And the random letters I typed would form real words that may or may not make sense when put together.

© Doug Savage

But the economy stubbornly refuses to improve. Feel free to thank our government representatives for that. Since I’m a self-employed freelance writer, I have to focus on doing the writing that pays the bills which leaves very little time for my personal stuff. I wouldn’t have to do this if people didn’t insist on getting money from me.

Take, for example, my landlord. Things would be so much easier for me if they accepted my proposal to pay them with exposure. I was all like, “I have this totes awesome blog that gets 50 hits a week! I will promote you like crazy to my 6 readers and my 103 Twitter followers and all I want in return is a free place to stay.” I even threw in some free articles but she kept saying they can only take cash. I don’t know why they didn’t go for such a sweet deal.

So until bartering makes a comeback, I’m stuck ghostwriting for cash. Unfortunately, by the time I have an hour or two for my own projects I have no creativity left to write blog posts or fiction stories. This makes me sad. If I am to become the J.K. Rowling of erotica, then I need to, you know, actually write stories.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have a ton of stuff in the first draft stage. First drafts are no problem for me because my first drafts consist of stream of consciousness writing. I turn off my internal editor and type. Sometimes an actual story with a plot and fully developed characters results from this. Usually, though, I get a few pages of story notes, e.g. ‘The protagonist goes into the room and finds his fiancé having sex with his father. Surprise!’

Where I start having problems is when I have to take that mess and turn it into a coherent thought. At that point my brain tells me it’s done all the thinking it’s going to do for the day and clocks out. Instead of writing, I end up doing things that don’t require thinking like play Spider Solitaire. I’ve gotten so good at this game that my win percentage is 78% right now.

My life is so full of win right now.

This weekend, though, I had some extra time which I spent sifting through all of the articles I’ve written. As you know, I’ve been having some trouble with Google since their “F**k you” update otherwise known as Panda. I suspect duplicate content may be part of the issue.

My blog archives currently contains content from three websites I used to own. When I took a break from the internet, I moved all of those posts to my WordPress.com blog. When I created this blog, I transferred all of those posts over here. I think Google considers this blog to be a copy of all those other sites I used to own. Even though there is some unique content on this blog, it is not nearly enough to counteract all of the duplicate posts. As I’m sorting through the posts deciding what’s going to stay, what’s going to go, what’s going to be rewritten, I discovered something very disturbing.

My writing has gotten boring.

As a ghostwriter, I must write in a neutral tone devoid of personality so the client can claim the article as their own. I’ve been writing that way for so long, it’s carried over into my personal projects. I was reading an article I recently wrote to submit to content directories and the difference between the way I write now and my previous articles is enormous. It’s so bad, you would think I had a split personality disorder. What’s worse is the writing is boring. Even I started fading in and out while reading the article. How crazy is that?

This made me realize I have to make time to write. I have to use my voice or I’m going to lose it. There are tons of wanna be Rowlings out there. Tons. The only thing distinguishing me from them is my voice. Without that, I’m just another monkey banging on a typewriter. And unfortunately for me, the typing monkeys have already published a novel called Atlanta Nightsso I can’t even go for the novelty effect.


So how are you developing or preserving your writing voice? Talk to me in the comment section.


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I haven’t left my apartment for a week. It would probably be a week and a day if I hadn’t run out of food last night. Once I started dipping into my emergency supply of Ramen Noodles, I knew it was time for me to rejoin the world of the living.

It’s not that I’ve been anti-social. Sure there are days when I’m like, “Fark the world!” But I didn’t have any of those days this week. I actually wanted to be outside enjoying the good weather. I’ve been working to earn some extra money for a toy I want to buy. Oh and for rent and stuff.

As I was leaving my apartment, I noticed some of my neighbors having picnicking on the grass. At first I thought they were crazy. It was hot as hell when I went outside. The moment the heat hit my face I was ready to turn around and go back into my apartment, food or no food. But then I noticed that the some of the trees are starting to turn colors. That could only mean one thing.

Fall is here!

Officially, the first day of fall isn’t until September 23 but I’m excited anyway. While some people are clinging to the last little bit of summer like my neighbors, I’m Jonesing for fall to start.

I love fall. I love the changing leaves and cooler weather. This is the time of year where I get to wear awesome turtleneck sweaters and jeans. It’s also the time of year for caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and copious amounts of calorie laden candy. Halloween is just around the corner and I can’t wait to put up the pumpkin lights and watch horror movies all month long.

I’m not sure exactly what it is about fall that I like so much. It may be that it leads into winter which I passionately love because of the snow. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, fall is associated with melancholy. Apparently, spring and summer are thought of as the seasons of possibilities. Their passing as well as the coming of winter, which is associated with barrenness and death, makes people feel sad.

As a person who struggled with depression, and still sometimes do, I can get with that idea. After all, if you love summer and sunshine, then the switch to grey skies, long nights, and snow would make you depressed. Well, unless you are a football fan. Then you would probably be ecstatic.

Fall and winter are also associated with introspection which, as a thinker, I’m totally into that. My mind is constantly chewing on something. Today, while trying to decide between bacon and sausages, I noticed how busy the store was because of Labor Day. I started wondering what would happen if a giant robot suddenly came storming through the grocery store parking lot. What if I was the only customer unfazed by it and went about my shopping as if it was normal to have giant robots kicking around luxury cars and vaporizing people with its laser eyes?

This, my friends, is why I am a writer.

Anyway, I am excited for fall. What’s your favorite season? Talk to me in the comment section.


And It’s 2014

It’s been 2013 for about 2 days now and, so far, the new year is going along pretty good. In all honesty, I was happy to see 2013 leave. It wasn’t exactly my best year. I had a lot of personal drama going on that would make great stories but wasn’t fun to experience in real life. But whatever doesn’t kill you and all that.

Although you can’t tell, I chopped off the 400+ words that came after this opening paragraph. When I stopped to reread my writing, I realized it was one long bitchfest about everything that is wrong in my life. I don’t think that is a good way to start 2014.

What am I going to talk about instead? I don’t know. How about New Year’s goals since that seems to be popular at the moment. Did you know that 99% of all resolutions are broken within the first week? Okay maybe I kinda made that up, but I heard somewhere that the statistic for broken resolutions in the January is high. I’ve decided not to make any resolutions, but I do have some things that I want to accomplish this year.

I want to read more books. I’ve noticed a decidedly lack of book reading in my life over the past few years. I read short stories online, but I can’t remember the last actual fiction book I’ve read. Mostly it’s been non-fiction stuff about writing and, of course, my own stories. I really think I need to start reading more books and definitely stuff outside of the erotica genre.

My goal this year, then, is to get one of those new-fangled eReaders. I’m not sure which one, though. What are my options? There’s the Kindle, Nook, iPad…I’m sure there are others but these are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head. Hooray for mass marketing. If you have any of these, please help me figure out what to get by sharing your experience. Also share some recommendations of great books I should read this year.

Another goal, of course, is to quit procrastinating and write more. My problem is I lack focus. I jump from project to project, so nothing really gets “finished”. I have so many ideas but not enough attention or discipline to see them through to completion.

For instance, I started a blog fiction series a few months ago and have yet to write the second episode. Well, that’s not right. I wrote the second episode and the third, but I realized it’s mostly fluff that can be told in a paragraph or two, so I need to rewrite them. Instead of focusing on that project, I get an idea for a new story and spend time chewing on that. Brain, why must you be so ADD?!

Anyway, what have you got planned for 2014? Hopefully something exciting and fun. Talk to me in the comments.


In the fast-paced world of today, more and more people are finding themselves stretched thin and stressed out. Just reading the volumes of information on the subject of stress can leave a person feeling even more stressed out. This article will provide a simple list of easy tips and tricks you can use, to start releasing the weight of stress on your shoulders.
Many have found a fun way to unwind after a hard day at work is with Adult Coloring Books. If you have a lot of stress in your life, plant a garden. This will give you something to look forward to every day and a hobby to get your mind off of the difficult things at work or school. Watch your garden grow to reduce your overall level of anxiety.
One thing that you can do at work or school to relieve your stress is smile whenever you get the chance. When you smile, you automatically alter your mood from the inside out and make people around you happier. This will create a pleasant aura and help to reduce your stress level.
If you’re feeling stressed, try going for a massage. Getting a nice massage is a great way to have the physical tension worked out of your body. If your body is less physically tense, your mind can be less mentally tense. Massages are a great way to relax and forget about the world.
A great way to reduce stress is not to sweat the small stuff. You have probably heard that before many times, because it is true. People with high stress levels tend to get upset about trivial things more often than people with low stress levels. Sometimes it is best to step away from a situation and think about whether it is worth getting upset over.
Call an old friend who you have not spoken to for a long time and catch up on where they are in life. This will bring back the memories that you had with them, which will make you feel great for the rest of the day. Rekindling an old friendship is a great way to eliminate stress.
A great tip that can help you feel less stressed is to try and visualize calm in your mind. An example of calm would be a feather slowly falling down or a lake that’s barely moving. Visualizing images such as this can help you keep your stress in check.
Obtain a professional massage regularly if you would like to contain your stress. Mental stress is often absorbed by the body as muscle tension. Getting a professional massage will calm you down, and make you feel less stressed.
One of the most effective methods for reducing stress is going for a long walk. Not only does this remove you from the stressful environment it also allows you to clear your mind by being distracted. If you go alone be sure to take some nice music with you to help you feel even better.
It is essential to keep in mind that stress can cause negative health effects. Excessive stress can compromise your body’s ability to operate efficiently. Keeping in mind what you have read, you can then ease yourself out of those feelings of burden and tightness.


Stress is better understood than it used to be, leading to it being properly categorized as a legitimate condition. You may even find employers who believe that stress is a valid medical condition deeming it reasonable to take time off from work. But, no one that is stressed wants to have this excuse to take off from work. You hope to beat it. This article will help you rid yourself of stress by having an Adult Coloring Book to relax your mind.
Saying “no” more often will actually reduce the stress caused by giving in to things you really didn’t want to be obligated to and keep you from having to do them! When you are already pressed for time throughout your day, so saying “no” to offers people make that you are not actually interested in will give you more control and definitely less stress!
Stay active and get enough exercise to beat stress. It may not relieve your long-term stress, but it can make your life better. This will help reduce tension and also help a person to feel in control and boost self-confidence.
Shake your stress away. Try this quick exercise. Sit or stand, stretch your arms out to your side, and shake your hands for around ten seconds. Shake them vigorously. While you are shaking, do some deep breathing. Just this short little exercise will help to relieve any tension in your back and neck and help to relieve some stress as well.
A great tip that can help you fight stress is to make sure you’re not spending more money than you have. There’s nothing more stressful than being in debt and having to repay a lot of money. Being responsible with your money will help you keep your stress in check. Start today at keeping careful track of where your money is going – you could be surprised when you see how much of it is really just wasted.
A great tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to count to ten when you’re feeling really stressed out. You don’t want to act on your impulses when you’re stressed because they can lead to ugly consequences. Taking a little time out can help you regather your thoughts.
If you are unable to convince yourself that stress is bad just because of your heart than you should remember that it also causes you to gain weight. When you are feeling more stressed your body attempts to hold on to the energy that it has, causing you to gain and retain weight.
The idea that laughter is the best medicine is especially true for stressful situations. Most biologists now believe that laughing evolved as a response to a stressful or dangerous situation, so take advantage of your own body’s biology and find a way to make yourself laugh. Even if you are unable to laugh for real, fake laughing can also release tension.
It’s a good thing that people are finally realizing that stress is real and that it can be devastating to some people. It’s also a good thing that there are so many stress-fighting tools you can arm yourself with. Use the tools provided to you by this article to begin fighting your stress.


As an entrepreneur that happens to be a writer, especially in the retail business, one must always be dynamic. Some situations call for us to invest and take risks, others call for us to cut our losses and pull out such as many of the inventory buyers companies out there. Knowing which choice to make for the right situation is what makes one successful in the industry. What we can’t avoid in business, however, is the uncertainty of the markets. No industry has absolutely zero risk. Sometimes it’s because of the economy, others it’s due to a personal situation, but there is likely to be an occurrence where you have to go through a closeout. There markets that are always going to be hurting such as the pager market.

What happens then to your products, inventory, or even the furniture? Enter the market for closeout buyers. These closeout buyers are usually organizations or businesses whose purpose is the purchase of the leftover inventory and merchandise that remains after a company has become unprofitable. Several of these companies even utilize what is called a closeout liquidator to purchase these excess items. It’s a good way for unprofitable companies to salvage what they can and still make enough money when closing down. The usage of a closeout buyer helps them squeeze the earnings that they can make from these leftover inventories and stocks.

How to Start A Closeout Sell

The great thing about this is that other than making money from these discount sales and “everything-must-go” type of closeout, they do not have to worry about setting up the “closing down sale”. There’s no need for shelling out extra cash to advertise or announce it, and no need to expend energy that could be going into a new, more profitable venture. This is all the job of the inventory liquidator, and all the shop must do is find a reputable one to purchase their leftover products and inventory.

When you must undergo a closeout, your resources are tight and quite often focused elsewhere. As such, the pressure of vacating the premises or finding a way to make money back is alleviated somewhat when you don’t have to stress over finding storage for your inventory and the like. Good closeout buyers often offer pick up of the sale once things are decided. This is one of the key things to look for when selecting your closeout buyer. They should also not be picky with material, able to purchase everything in bulk no matter what kind of product is available. They should be able to pay up front, because having to wait for the payment once you’ve delivered the goods is quite stressful and inconvenient. No matter what situation you find yourself in, just remember that there is always a way to make the best out of it. So find the right help, whether that’s in the form of a closeout buyer, and use the lessons for a more successful commercial endeavor!




Getting Connected by Using Pagers

Have you ever heard the popular saying, “No man is an island”? As timeless as this is, it is still highly relevant in today’s fast-paced world. Though we are on the go, we always must be able to communicate with others. Whether this is for important work concerns or simply to touch base with those we care about, we are constantly in touch with people who are physically far from us. One useful little gadget that helps us do this as efficiently as possible is the pager. A pager is similar to a cellphone although it has more reliable signal and is much more lightweight. A small gadget that allows the user to send and sometimes receive (depending on the model such as two-way pagers like this one) at AllPage.com important messages, the pager has proved invariably useful in today’s times. These messages may come in the form of warning or alert signals, coded numerals or even text messages.

This is an invention that has been around for quite some time now; invented in 1949 by Al Gross, modern day pagers now offer features that the old pager didn’t use to have. The classic pager used to only be a device that could receive transmissions. This was its main purpose, until recent models have begun to sport a two-way communication facility. People marketed the pager as a receiving device only because it didn’t seek to compete with the ubiquitous cellphone. Also, engineering challenges are presented when you must fit both a transmitter that can emit strong signal from all the relevant areas in the tiny body of a pager.

As we mentioned earlier, the type of pager that allows the user to communicate both ways (sending and receiving messages) is called a two-way pager. Despite engineering problems presented, this type of pager also known as a two way messaging tool or two way interactive system, has been on the market for a few years now. It uses several repeaters that allow for minimal-power, broad scope transmission. Several short antennae make this possible, allowing the transmission to make it to at least 1 repeater, practically from anywhere within the area. The great thing is that you can send and receive messages from something no bigger than your hand, often with a small keyboard for easy usage!

The drawback of two-way pagers is that they rely on the range of the network transmitters. Unlike other pagers that often have a nation or region-wide range of coverage, two-way pagers are limited by this. They also won’t be able to send messages if the recipient’s pager is off or is out of coverage.

If a paging service allows for nationwide transmission, we refer to this as “nationwide paging”. It not only functions smoothly in a small area like a city or town, but runs smoothly throughout the country. If the pager is off or out of range, some services allow you to store messages for a certain period of time (usu. 90 hrs).