A Break from Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Michael and me


I don’t think I told you this, but I won a trip to New York City from my favorite places, Sephora (Mecca) and Bumble and bumble. (My hair is quivering at the thought)

I went this weekend and was treated to a day of bliss at the Bb salon. The photo above is of me and Michael Pierce, National Retail Sales Director at Bumble & Bumble. He gave my husband and I a tour of Bb and took out to brunch and was generally just a wonderful person. Seriously. The star treatment started with him.

The salon was luxurious, the staff friendly and incredible. There was not one single moment that I didn’t feel like a VIP. If you are ever in NYC, it would be a shame if you missed this pampering experience.

An artist from Sephora even came over to do my makeup!

Now… the unveiling:



Back to books and freelancing shortly.



Special Interview Coming Up in February: Donovan Candle


Okay, you may not have heard of Donovan Candle, but you may have heard of the author of A Life Transparent and The Liminal Man, Todd Keisling. To celebrate the release of The Liminal Man, a Blog Tour is running rampant for a month and a half! Right here, on the Verge, on February 12, Todd’s main character, Donovan Candle will visiting. How cool is that? Trust me. Very cool. Just a heads-up… Be sure to come back (anytime, obviously, but especially for Donovan) on February 12!

Plagiarism Has No Place in Your Work… or Your Profile on Freelance Sites

I use Elance to find projects when I am between private clients. On Elance, I maintain a complete profile. It includes my experience, my standards, and more. The one thing it does NOT include is a portfolio of my work.

Plagiarism runs rampant in the freelance community. This is a sad, but true, fact. I have seen complete profiles copied. On a related note, I have also seen jobs listed on oDesk for contractors to take the Elance entrance exam for someone. I don’t know how to solve the problem, but that is just plain wrong.

What do I do to attract clients without a portfolio attached to my profile? I have one item in my portfolio. It explains the plagiarism issue and states that I will gladly provide samples of my writing with any proposal. Sure, there is still risk involved, but it is minimized exponentially.

If you can’t do something without copying someone else’s hard work, find something else to do.

One of Our Thursday’s is Missing by Jasper Fforde – Review


My book reviews are meant to be short, sweet, and spoiler-free. This novel is the latest in the Thursday Next series, which I always enjoy. This book’s protagonist is the written Thursday rather than the real one. The book world features prominently in the Next series, and rather than ruin the fun for bibliophiles, let me just say that book lovers will not be disappointed in the further adventures of Red Herring, Jack Schitt, and of course, Thursday Next. If you are new to the books, start with The Eyre Affair to get the feel for things. Enjoy!