When boredom strikes

Bored + lack of sleep + sudden burst of emotions = THIS:

This little girl went near a cliff
Saw a sign and didn’t give a sh*t
Saw a warning but went close anyway
There she fell, happy and free

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I made the “poem” yesterday when I was still in the office. I got kinda bored after finishing a handful of images, so I quickly grabbed my pen and notebook and wrote random stuff. The illustration, however, was made today using MS Paint. I actually have a hand-drawn version on my notebook, but I left it in the office. Shame.

Anyway, there… the things we do when we’re bored. *bow*

Thoughts of a sleepy pig

I’m as sleepy as hell (no 8 hours of sleep since Sunday), but my wrecked brain is still churning some weirdness so let’s just get it over with.

  • Life is full of surprises. If love “moves in mysterious ways,” life goes even more mysterious. Sometimes, it gets so complicated that I just want to lock myself in a room and wait until it’s all sorted out.
  • Things happen for a reason. Whatever we do, whatever choices we make, whatever the outcome may be… there’s always a reason for it. I don’t know if this is considered destiny, though.
  • Don’t expect the same thing every day. True, true. Who knows what could happen tomorrow or the next day? It’s funny; life makes us experience happiness today, then take it away the following day.
  • Stop expecting, period. Like what most people say, “Expecting too much can lead to major disappointments.”
  • Dig deeper. Enough with the uncertainties. Find out what’s in the deepest part of your heart (and mind) and do it, say it, or follow it. Don’t wait for the opportunity to pass… unless following your heart would cause other people so much harm.
  • When a door closes, another one opens. Don’t be so pessimistic. Goodbyes are, sometimes, not really meant in a bad way.
  • Feeling sleepy? Just sleep. Things we say when we’re drunk are scary, but the thoughts that our minds can produce when we lack sleep are even scarier, I think.

Just ignore. Good night.

My Slightly Bumpy Road to Essays.ph… And The Awesome Result

It’s been two weeks and three days since I received the confirmation that I’ve been waiting for since May 26 of last year. Now, I can proudly say that I finally belong to Essays.ph’s roster of writers! (See? I still have that “excited” feeling.)

But it wasn’t really a smooth ride. Before I became “EPH’s Self Proclaimed Crazy Writer,” I had to spend ten whole months waiting, hoping, giving up, (slightly) forgetting, resubmitting, then hoping again… until I finally got in.

Hopefully not hopeful

It was May in 2012. At that time, I was preoccupied with internship and other stuff. So when my sister encouraged me to apply in Essays.ph, I really had no intention of pursuing it. But since the idea of getting paid for doing what you love enticed me a bit, I decided to send an application. I got a feedback right away and after creating my profile, I immediately planned the sample work that I’ll be submitting.

Days later, I sent my 500-word sample article about “pregnancy over 40,” slightly hoping that I’d get in. After a month, Ms. CP Reyes informed me that there was no attachment in my message. Turns out, I wasn’t able to properly attach my article. It was pretty normal for a rookie, but also plain stupid.

Anyway, after I sent my attachment, I didn’t hear from them for almost eight months. I remember constantly checking my profile, but I’d always get disappointed because I never saw any confirmation. I tried sending them follow-up messages via PM, e-mail and even SMS, but there were no responses. All I got from my e-mail are the default “Where have you been?” messages from them, which got me confused for the first few minutes. Eventually, I grew tired of checking and by the start of the 2nd semester of our school year; writing for Essays.ph was not an option anymore.


Reconsidering (but still hopefully not hopeful)

With school duties which made me busy for the entire semester, I slowly forgot about Essays.ph… until I saw the “Where have you been?” e-mail again sometime in January of this year. Since I’m still a bit determined to become part of their team, I decided to resend my application by February. Since that was also the time of my heightened search for potential jobs post-graduation, my “forgotten” application barely crossed my mind.

Though I’d constantly check my e-mail for updates, my hopes of getting in wasn’t as strong as the first time I sent my sample article. There even came a time when I thought of completely scraping the idea off my mind, just because my self-confidence in writing decreased a bit.

For once, I thought I’m not really that good in writing as I thought I was.

The start of something new

March 26, 2013: the day the confirmation arrived. It was just a random checkup of my e-mail, then I saw it… a forwarded message from Essays.ph saying that my application was accepted. At first I thought it was a scam, but thankfully, it wasn’t. Upon reading (and re-reading) the e-mail, I literally screamed and ran to my mom to proudly share the good news. For the next five seconds, I was yelling random victory words just so I can relieve my tightened but super glad heart. After I was done, I read the sample work that I submitted and thought, “This article made it! Self confidence revived!”

After updating my profile and posting the usual “newbie here” thread topic in the forum, I began scouting for assignments. Since I was too excited to start, I chose a 1000-word product review to mark my official membership in EPH. I know it was pretty heavy for someone who was just familiarizing with content writing at that time. But trust me; I learned a lot because of that slight mistake.


From hopefully not hopeful to flawed hotshot writer

So far, I’ve completed five assignments already, and I’m just starting to learn the ropes of being an EPH writer. In a span of almost three weeks, I’ve used a total of three GCs (bad!), received my very first revision request, built my profile up from newbie to hotshot writer by participating in forums, obtained enough points for a rookie, and gained new friends. I’ve also learned to accept occasional FAs, though it makes me busier than the usual. In fact, now I’m willing to take FAs… as long as my schedule’s free (which it is, most of the time).

Aside from the things mentioned above, so far, I’ve also received a fair amount of constructive criticisms for the sets I’ve submitted. The assignment which has the heaviest comments to date is my first one, which is about SleepPro product reviews. It was acceptable because I only had 24 hours to write about it and I was still a fresh newbie then, but it made me realize that this is serious business already. I’m now writing for real clients, not just hypothetical ones. I’m now in the real world, and even though this is not an office job, this is a real one with salary. Right after digesting the comments given to me, I vowed to do my best and never commit the same mistakes again.

But that wasn’t the last time I received not-so-good comments for my works, and of course, it won’t be.


Moving (and looking) forward to greater things

For now, I can’t possibly write a longer tale of my life as an official EPH writer because I’ve only been it for less than a month. But I’m proud to say that I’ve already learned so much from every assignment I got and also from the experiences of other writers. I may not be as great as the others, but I can surely write good enough.

Web content writing is not as easy as it seems. It entails a lot of in-depth research, proofreading, sacrificing other stuff, and self-discipline. Some can say that I may have spent most of my vacation glued to the computer all day, but I couldn’t care less. Being accepted in Essays.ph is one of the things that I will never forget. Sure, it’s stressful and eye bag-inviting most of the time, but the perks and new knowledge make up for the not-so-up side of the job.

Besides, what kind of job doesn’t involve hardships and sacrifices, right?

Twenties Girl: A ‘Not-Really-Spooky’ Ghost Story

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(Photo: examiner.com)

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Published by Bantam Press (2009)

Synopsis: Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie—a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance—mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it. 

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from and about each other. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.

– goodreads.com

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At first, I hesitated to borrow this book from a friend. I have a fairly-wide collection of books; from hardbound novels to the paperback ones, from self-help books to Holocaust reads. But, much to my dismay, I haven’t finished a single book in that collection since 2008 or 2009, the time I read Katie.com (by Katharine Tarbox) and finished it within one day. That fact alone made me vow to myself that I will read ALL the books in my shelf first before borrowing from others. But golly, when my friend offered me this book, I just threw my promise away and said yes.

Turns out, I made a really great decision.

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(Yeap, that’s the book. 🙂  The owner covered it with cute magazine pages to protect the real cover)

I super love this book because it’s witty, light, and it somehow took me to one of my favorite eras: the 1920s. After watching Singing In The Rain, I’ve always been fascinated with the 20s— the fashion, the entertainment, the people— and, somehow, I wish I was born during that time. I think that was one of the most fabulous periods in history.

I’m not gonna make this review long, though.

All I wanna say is that this book haunted me for, I think, a week after finishing it. The story (minus the ghost) is really close to reality and I felt like I was with Lara the whole time. Her accidental love story with Ed is just too adorable. 🙂

But my favorite character is Sadie, not just because she’s a 1920’s girl, but also because of her humor, “never say never” attitude, and her 105 years of wisdom. She has lived her life with grace and poise, amidst the tragic points of her history. She was abandoned as an old woman, but never felt inferior  nonetheless. She is just amazing.

This is my first Sophie Kinsella novel, and in fairness, I’m looking forward to read her other books. 🙂   This made such an impression to me that I’m thinking of buying my own copy soon! Just in case I felt the urge to reread it, at least I have a paperback of my own. 😉

I’m running out of words to describe this novel. I just love it to bits! Like Katie.com, this story will forever linger in my mind and heart. Surely, I’ll recommend this to others.

And oh, this is not scary at all! Sadie’s appearance as a ghost is more of a funny and entertaining thing than spooky. 😉

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Check out Goodreads.com for other reviews about this book. 😉  And oh, add me! –> http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13103134-jane-castandiello 🙂

First post doesn’t count

Hello!

Welcome to my little, not-so-personal space here in the harsh but addicting world of internet. Actually, I’ve created LOTS of blogs ever since I learned how to use the net properly, but none of them became permanent. I do have another WordPress site that I intend to keep, but this one’s going to be different.

So there. You might ask: why make another WordPress site?

Nothing serious, I just want another outlet where I can share my food adventures (which can also be seen in another WordPress site that I co-manage with a friend), fitness stuff, and my nicely-written sweet nothings. Surely, it would be nice to have a  blog in which I can “rant-all-I-want” and “write-as-disorganized-as-I-can” AND a separate one.

So there you have it. Welcome and like what my tagline says, “This is a trap.”

♥ Janey