Azur's Musings & Missives

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Don't You Just Love It When....?..

I spent the best part of a week back in December preparing papers for a job application. They required elaborate detail addressing the selection criteria. I took a lot of advice and people who work in the field told me my application was strong. The HR people said they would be in touch soon....... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Should It Take Four People To Write One Job Application?

There's a job I want (really want) but if you don't address the criteria in your application you're history. It is the first time that I have applied for such a position and I didn't have the right kinds of documents prepared. I sat and down and bashed out a first draft - truth be told it took... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

In The Great Scream (Sic) Of Things This Was Insignificant But....

It still irked me. I was pigeonholed. It was as if all that I say and do is about one thing and yet the thing that they think of me is the least of me, almost the least important thing to me. Has someone ever treated you as if you are one dimensional? Have they seized on one aspect of you and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 4, 2005

A Rather Belated Reply To My Quickfire Question Respondents

I let my previous post sit here for a while with the responses coming in over the weeks. I liked that. Had I posted again and again the post would have been buried and I might not have got those responses (please see comments to previous posts). However, I am sorry it has taken so long. Since I... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Quickfire Question

If you were reading a chapter in a book about someone's life and the twists and turns and the profound changes they had made what would you be most curious about? What would keep you reading? Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Do You Recognize The Difference Between Ratings Chasers and Info Givers?

People need to develop a radar for this kind of thing. It is something I take into account when I read. Do you? It makes a huge difference in the way that the information is gathered and reported. But how the hell can you tell? There are signals to watch out for. I've been thinking about it this... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 8, 2005

If You Want To Sell Writing Try The Direct Approach

This is a shorty which can even be read by freeloaders. It's fine to search through books which list markets for writers but the personal approach works best. If you identify a publication for which you'd like to write, find out the editor's name and approach them with an idea. If they don't know... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Switch On The Light

Turn down the heat. The real power in writing comes in illumination and guidance. Heated flare-ups draw attention but afterwards what usually comes to mind is not the message but the mode of delivery. It is more effective to move from room to room pulling back the curtains and letting the light and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

To Stay Silent Is To Save My Soul

I have a not-so-grand plan to keep my comments to a minimum today. Anyone who, at least once-in-a-blue moon receives comments from me will probably be read. A day free of soliciting. My name has crept back onto the list for "most comments this week" - just in the No.10 slot mind you. Things are out... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 3, 2005

They, they, they....

Who are they? How often do you hear people speaking of "they" and wondered who the hell they mean? But who are "they"? And how can people say "they" know what goes through the minds of others. I cannot tell you who "they" are or what "they" think. I can shed no light on whether "they" live an... Sign in to see full entry.

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