Category: Tips

The Draft Horse Project – An open and affirming place of love

Clydesdales – the beer horses, right? That’s not what you think when you visit The Draft Horse Project (TDHP). http://www.thedrafthorseproject.org. TDHP is a therapeutic farm in Geauga County with four Clydesdales and two Shires. Clydesdales originated in Scotland and Shires originated in England. We have our own “Shires of Windsor” close by — in Windsor, Ohio.

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Do you use hyphens and em dashes correctly?

  Many people interchangeably use hyphens and dashes. Hyphens are shorter and are used for specific purposes. Dashes set off a thought or are used for emphasis. The most common dash use is an Em Dash which is longer. “I thought to myself — do I really need this?”   Hyphens basically connect two adjectives

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Once in a while I like to post about the origin of sayings. Since I love dogs, this one caught my eye.   https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/dog-days.html photo Samuel Charon, Unsplash    

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National Medal of Honor Day

I don’t know about you, but I get choked up with stories of our country, soldiers, and those who serve. Usually to tears. Today is National Medal of Honor Day. Some of the best soldier stories are those who found a dog while overseas and promised to bring that dog home. That bond is so

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picture of rescue Bentley my rescue

Introducing The Pooch Writer

Many of you know me as Trina Gigax, freelance copyeditor, Fresh Eyes Reading LLC (my other half.) Of course, I still am Trina – but I created a moniker, The Pooch Writer, derived from my insane love of dogs. It’s really Bentley, our Yorkie. He will help me reach dog lovers, pet shop owners, rescue

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Using a Copyeditor, Part 2

 It’s All About Cohesion and Consistency   Maintaining a copyeditor ensures that your image, brand, voice and communication are consistent throughout your various marketing materials. Especially if you are the writer. You’ve looked at the material so often that your brain doesn’t see what’s obvious to an outside reader. A copyeditor can help communicate in

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Why You Probably Need a Copyeditor, Part 1

  What is copyediting?   Part 1 of 2   Copyediting is often confused with proofreading. Most people understand proofreading to be finding errors. If it helps, think of these three stages when considering writing: Copywriting Copyediting Proofreading Copyediting follows writing. First you write to get your thoughts down, then edit. Next, take a look

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Really Unique – really?

Really, very, especially, (choose your adverb) People love to modify the word “unique.” The problem is that it’s an absolute adjective. It can’t be compared or take a superlative form. Like dead and pregnant. You simply can’t modify them. (Thank you for mentioning this President Bartlet on West Wing.) Let’s not take the easy (and

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8 Cs to Better Writing

8 Easy Tips for Better Business Writing   Clear – be clear in your writing. If someone has any confusion about what you are conveying, you’ve lost them. Coherent – make sure all elements of writing are correct. Grammar, punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement, etc. Concise – remove unnecessary jargon and phrases. Instead of “in order

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calculator and tax receipts

7 Common Bookkeeping Mistakes to Avoid

People often think they need to start in January to get ready for tax season and to prepare for their tax returns. You can start at the beginning of the year and have everything ready by December 31. Follow these 7 guidelines to avoid making mistakes and to make your life easier for filing. MISTAKE

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