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LIZ PURCELL - Page 3 of 73 - freelance writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University

Alcohol Breathalyzer Function And Uses

An alcohol breathalyzer calculates the percentage of alcohol present in the human bloodstream by measuring the amount of alcoholic gases that are exhaled through the lungs. While first developed primarily as an aid to law enforcement officials administering sobriety tests in the field, they are now widely available on the open market and can be used for a wide variety of reasons.

Alcohol does not break down in the bloodstream and is easily transferred across the lungs’ air sacs into human breath at a known ratio to levels present in the blood. Today, most breathalyzers detect these percentages by infrared (IR) spectroscopy readings, through the chemical reaction in a fuel cell, or sensitive semiconductors.

Regardless of the type, each breathalyzer has a mouthpiece, a tube through which air is forcefully blown and a chamber where the air is held for testing. Once the air is tested, an LED or LCD panel displays an estaimated percentage of alcohol present in the blood. The calculations of levels are now so accurate that results from certain models have long been accepted as evidence in courts and many models now provide readings to with three decimal places. Over the past few years, the sizes and shapes of breathalyzers have also become more varied. Models can now be found that are smaller than the size of a cell phone and some are designed for easy placement on belts or key chains.

The most wide-scale use of breathalyzers is still within law enforcement personnel. These include police officers when there is suspicion of driving under the influence or public intoxication, booking officers during processing when a breathalyzer test was not administered at the time of arrest, probation officers verifying compliance with court orders and corrections officers verifying compliance during incarcerations.

But the common uses of alcohol breathalyzers is greatly expanding among businesses and individuals. Businesses and clinics utilize a breathalyzer when they need easy, fast and accurate ways to test for alcohol impairment. Bars and other establishments keep a breathalyzer on hand for use by patrons or to monitor problem drinkers. Parents give them as gifts to children to help keep them safe when they think they have had too much to drink, or use them as a tool to test for consumption in an under-aged child. College students are using a breathalyzer to monitor if friends are too drunk to drive or as a safeguard against alcohol poisoning. There are also now many individuals who routinely keep them handy for self-testing blood alcohol levels before driving after they have been consuming alcoholic beverages.

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Source by Jeremy P Stanfords

Free Press Releases – 3 Reasons to Use Them to Market Your Freelance Writing Business

Free press releases (aka releases, PR pieces) are a great way to market a freelance writing business. As a freelance writer since 1993, following is how and why I use them.

How I Use Free PR to Grow My Freelance Writing Business

Obviously, a press release is designed to capture the attention of the media. But, that’s not the overriding reasons freelance writers should use them. I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993, and think that there are three better reasons to use this form of marketing to land writing jobs.

(i) They’re Search Engine Optimized Content that Drive Traffic: Press releases are just content. And, any type of content written with SEO in mind and published on the web can drive traffic.

You see, when search engines crawl a site, they don’t care if it’s a free PR distribution site, a blog, a news site, etc. They index content – period. So when you write them, write with SEO in mind – which will help to increase traffic to your freelance writing website.

FYI, these are known as “SEO press releases.”

(ii) Use Press Releases as Writing Samples to Attract High-Paying Clients: The PR pieces you write can double as writing samples. With these little buddies in your writing portfolio, you can get higher paying clients, especially if you know how to write – and distribute – them.

For example, my rate for this type of writing is $195. If you know what you’re doing, you can write one in a couple of hours or less. Imagine doing just two of these a day?

Not a shabby living as a freelance writer, right?

(iii) Bring Prestige to Your Writing Business: Being quoted in a press release gives your business prestige. To get the most mileage out of those you write, post them in a “Media” page on your site.

When prospects come, they’ll be impressed by the fact that you even have a “Media” page.

Subconsciously, this ups your value in their eyes because it pegs you as a “Professional writing firm/writer” (if everything else on the site backs this impression up).

Prospective clients also expect to pay “prestigious professionals” more because the value you bring them is ostensibly more (and it should be).

The #1 Press Release Tip to Keep in Mind When Marketing Your Freelance Writing Business

The number one thing to keep in mind when marketing your business via releases is that it’s not about you. The media doesn’t care about you or your writing business.

They care about serving their viewers, their readers, their customers. They want to solve problems for them, and if your business just happens to do that – then they’ll be interested. If it doesn’t – no matter how well written your press release is, they won’t be interested.

Keep this in mind as you write, and you’ll stand a chance of making it newsworthy (always the goal!) and getting the hot light of the media on your freelance writing business. Good luck!

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Source by Yuwanda Black

Fiction Writing Grants: Augmenting Ink for Imaginative Scribes

Getting free money to publish your book is a story that is stranger than your fiction. But believe us, it does happen.

You might have already heard about it and given up with all the competition. The problem, simply put into words, is scarcity. There are too many writers and good but unpublished books out there, yet, there are only few grantors that are willing to fund them. Who can blame them? Giving away money to feed hungry mouths is relatively more urgent and more important than shedding big bucks just to get someone’s literary pieces published to the masses.

Economic conditions nowadays push funders to concentrate more on the primary needs of the people. And true enough, there is so much famine and sickness out there to prioritize works of art. So the only option left (if you’re really broke) is to bite in a very small piece of chance in the competition for fiction writing grants. Enough of the bad news, the fact is that you can ditch failure on the discerning tastes of your funder. Here’s how:

1. Show off your creativity

What would better indicate your competence in your field than being the artist you really are? If you will write a grant proposal, make sure that you will write naturally as any fiction writer would do it. Loosen a bit, however, be careful not to cross the boundaries of technical writing. Still, follow the format and get straight to your purpose every once in a while. Since authors have the uncanny ability to touch hearts through words, use it to your advantage.

2. Mention how will the gist of your novel/story will help others

Does your masterpiece have a moral or an idea that can impress and be applied on the new generation? Literature should be kept evolving through generations and people don’t just stop appreciating the craft after the computers were invented. If you believe that your fiction will impart some fresh ideas for applicable to the new times, then go on and pursue its publication no matter how tight the competition will be. You have the edge because you have written for a purpose.

3. Bring out the inspiration behind your literature

Rub the magic to your prospective funder. If the inspiration has touched you, then most probably, it will also do to the grantor. Tell about the very framework of your piece. Explain the philosophy where the plot of the story revolves. Tickle peoples’ minds – that’s the way writers charm the society. If you must, go on as far as story telling on how you came up with the idea. Once the reader understands the very essence of the work, he will come to appreciate it.

4. Sweeten the deal

Or better yet, make sure that you exceed the purpose of your contenders’ works. Why not vouch to give ten percent of what you will earn from the published work to charity? In that way, the grantor will not only help you become a successful author, he will also help others who lack their primary needs. And it counts to you too. Being able to give a part of your revenue to others is a good indication of your social responsibility.

5. Market yourself

If you’ve got an excellent fiction writing grant, you still have to make sure that you will project a remarkable personality in case you talk to them face to face. Be charming as much as your works are.

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Source by Erin Millano

No More Lamenting, Fellow Ghost Writers

Let’s face it. Do letters crawl on paper like ants when you put a pen to it? Is your mind buzzing with thoughts which you want to desperately depict? Does even the tiniest of things spark off a volley of words? You must be a writer then, like me!

Well, that’s what I call myself for I feel terribly burdened like a pregnant woman with ideas and once I put them down-ah!- I have delivered the baby!

So much hype over just words? – you may think. But writers are crazily over-protective about their work. Yet, there are times when the urge to express supersedes the urge to earn! This is when writers compromise and agree to do “Ghostwriting”.

Writing an article and allowing it to be published under another’s name is called “Ghost-writing”. The reason writers resort to Ghost-writing might be for want of money, want of work or want of inspiration.

Having said all this, why do you want to wail? Yes, wail I must and shriek like a banshee for the cause of all such Ghost-writers like me! We Ghost-writers are a clan you see, who feel “Writing is like a form of breathing”. Yes, in a way, writing is liberation for us. We feel free and happy when we write and happier to see our works leap out of the printed screen. So when we do not find such an outlet, we become grumpy. So we settle for something (Ghost-writing) better than nothing (no writing).

Yes, cursed is our fate when we see all those hours of hard work being credited to others. It’s like giving away your child for adoption. So what must one do? You can’t jolly well have the cake and eat it too!

Yeah! So these are my suggestions to my fellow Ghost-Writers to continue being ghosts yet earn some credibility.

1. Let your writing speak for itself.

We Ghost-Writers have a style of our own- something unique and distinctive. If you don’t credit yourself with one, start developing one then and do it now!

Even when you ghost-write, try to weave your spell of magic with that style of yours!

Make your article reflect your personality!

2. The indelible stamp

Mark your articles with that indelible stamp of yours. If the strength of your content is your eloquence of language, let your article show it. If you are an exhaustive researcher, then let the facts of the article speak for you. If you have a systematic approach, let your structured article exhibit it.

In short, make your article shout your name LOUD!

3. Try to carve a niche for yourself.

Choose a few subjects or topics and make yourself proficient in it. Become the master of those subjects. Then populate those segments with your articles. Create a fan base for your articles. Make sure that you choose segments which are in vogue and have a regular stream of visitors who want more.

Once you do this, your reader base will start expecting updates and articles from you on these topics. Let your regular readers know that if we need this genre, then only so-and-so can deliver it.

Now you have carved your own niche where you will be instantly identified even by any other name!

So fellow ghosts, I mean Ghost-writers, quit moaning and start haunting, I mean, writing!

Let us do our best in being “ghosts with unseen names”! Good luck!

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Source by Uma Maheshwari

Roses of Sharon

I wrote this poem in honor of any non-Japanese who kept Japanese-American property safe on Bainbridge Island, WA, during the WWII Japanese-American Internment. If there even were any such people. Most other Americans ripped off J-A property, and bought their houses from the US government for cheap.

In order to round this poetry’s word count out to 200 words or more, a brief lesson on its form is required. The poetry below is informally titled “haiku,” which is a Japanese style of onomatopoeic poetry that also is supposed to conjure up an image or several images in your mind. Onomatopoeia refers to words such as “splash” that emblamize a sound. Some haiku is very set and determined in its metre, and is confined to a set amount of lines. The poem below is Americanized haiku, which means that it is more “free verse” in its styling, and that it’s not quite held to such strict standards.

One thing: I should warn you that the poem is not strictly about the Japanese American Internment. Instead, it contains imagery about Bainbridge Island that I found to be inspirational when I was visiting there a few years ago.

Are broken sideways.

The moon is the guide,

time and time again,

muddy as bean-paste

mixed with vinegar.

Oars hit waves.

My old self sits again,

with a bit of madness in me.

A big ball of snow,

not quite his fill;

piercing alarms to drive a badger away,

the beautiful pears ripe in his garden,

who my neighbor truly is.

In a way, it was fun not to see Mt. Fuji in foggy rain.

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Source by Karen S Cole

Pointers When Taking Up Media And Journalism

Media and journalism cannot be torn apart because they appear hand in hand in the same industry. They both are responsible in disseminating valuable information though they have different ways of execution. Journalism alone, for example, has various forms or types and each focuses on a particular area of writing. Below are some of the most common journalism types one can choose from when taking up journalism training courses:

1. Print Journalism – Print is one of the most used media to date, making it a usual form offered in media and journalism courses. It focuses on the facts or news that are published in magazines and newspapers.

2. TV Journalism – Although it is still considered traditional media, TV journalism has evolved over the years, making it a part of more modern online channels. A media training course that concentrates on TV journalism teaches students to generate information specifically for broadcasting on television.

3. Radio Journalism – Having almost the same format as television, radio journalism is designed to produce reports that are meant to be spread to the public, but should be more descriptive as there are no visuals to support them.

Journalism is an important field, providing everyone the information they need to be updated about current events. The world could always use another journalist, which is why learning it is highly encouraged. Aside from enrolling in the appropriate journalism courses, here are some tips on becoming a more efficient journalist that one can consider, not only to learn the subject faster but also to master it.

1. In order to produce better news, one must always be on the lookout for what will happen next in politics, trade, and the whole society in general. To update other people, one must first be informed himself or herself.

2. Read sample articles and books of different genres to improve understanding of the language. There is no better way to learn syntax and broaden one’s arsenal of terminologies than through reading.

3. Practice writing to increase vocabulary and strengthen proper sentence construction.

4. Maintain good relationships with people as they can be tapped as sources of news. Enlarging your network of acquaintances translates to more people you can interview and ask favors from in case you need to obtain a certain piece of information.

Journalism contributes greatly to the development of society, keeping everyone aware of what is happening in their surroundings. Building a career in this field requires getting the right education from the industry experts and developing the relevant habits and skills.

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Source by Edwin G Marx

Technical Copywriter or Technical Writer: What’s the Difference?

You ask an excellent question. After all, both write about products in the technology sector. Also, technical copywriters are, in fact, a type of technical writer.

But, we still talk about them as separate disciplines. Let’s look at some of the key differences.

Intention: sell or instruct

First, look at the intention of what each writer writes. If the intention is to describe or explain or instruct, then the author is a technical writer.

If the intention is also to point out benefits, then the author is a technical copywriter.

You’ll notice that the technical copywriter focuses on persuading you to buy a product. But, the technical writer focuses on explaining a product.

Style: persuasive vs descriptive

Second, look at the style of writing. You might notice that the technical copywriter attempts to be persuasive. The copywriter tries to convince you that you need to buy a product for yourself or your company. In fact, he or she may seem to be writing to you personally.

A marketing brochure describing the benefits of the product is a typical copywriter product.

The technical writer writes to describe the product.

A users manual describing how to use the features of the product is a typical output of a technical writer.

Audience: buyers vs users

The style of writing also reflects the target audience of each type of document.

If you’re thinking of buying a product, you might read a sales brochure written by a technical copywriter. The brochure will describe the benefits of the product to you the buyer.

If you want to know how to use a product, you might read a document written by a technical writer. As a user, you are likely already familiar with the benefits of the product. Thus, you are more concerned with how to use the product.

Employment: freelance vs employee

A less obvious difference, one that may not be clear to you, is the relationship of the writer to the company.

Technical copywriters tend to be freelance writers. The technical writer tends to be an employee of a company.

This is not completely true, of course. Larger companies may hire technical copywriters as employees in their marketing department. Marketing agencies also might hire technical copywriters.

In conclusion

These are but a few of many possible distinctions. And it’s entirely possible that some of these distinctions might blur at times. Perhaps you know of other distinctions. I welcome your comments.

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Source by Preston A Cox

Types of Commercial Security Systems

When it comes to company security, there are many different ways to keep a building and its employees safe. The business owner and human resources department may work together to create a security force or to devise a plan so that all employees experience a safe working environment. When it comes to the effectiveness and necessity of commercial security systems, many factors are considered, such as the number of employees, the type of building and office access needed, and whether or not clients are on the premises on any sort of regular basis. A survey should be done to establish needs and risks before making any final decisions. Depending on the budget, risks and goals of the company, a local security system installer can minimize the risks and install monitors and access control.

Controlled Access

One way to keep a company safe is to limit the access of the outside world. Controlled access requires anyone entering the building to have an access card or special permission to enter the building. This can be done digitally or manually, depending on type of business and building or office traffic.

Alarm Systems

Alarm Systems can alert a business when someone is trying to gain unauthorized entry to a building or office. This is typically experienced after business hours. Depending on the type of business, employers may wish to install an alarm feature in the event that employees feel threatened by customers or a potential safety problem.

Closed-Circuit Camera System

When business owners wants to keep track of employees, customers and the environment, closed-circuit television (cctv) security systems may be installed. This may be helpful in the event of a theft or breach, or where there are multiple companies or divisions in one building.

Gated Entry

When several companies share an office park, or there are a number of authorized personnel accessing the same buildings and parking areas, gated entry is an option. As each vehicle enters the area, its occupants must pass through a security checkpoint to ensure that they are entering lawfully.

Card Readers

When only certain individuals are allowed access to certain areas, as company may wish to employ card readers. Only those with specific clearance can enter or exit the building, room or wing. Another option is biometrics. Each individual has certain privileges, and their entry and exit actions are monitored to prevent security breaches or compromises in confidential information.

Depending on the goals of the company and its management, any or all of the above methods of commercial security are employed. This can not only bring peace of mind to the business owner, but also the employees and their customers.

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Source by Jeremy P Stanfords

The 5 Largest Pitfalls in Developing Yourself as a Freelance Writer and How to Avoid Them (Part 2)

Are you ready to express your life purpose through writing and being published but you find yourself stopped? Here are the next 3 pitfalls to watch out for and how to climb out of them.

3. TAKING YOUR WRITING PERSONALLY. Now, don’t confuse what you just read with the idea of making your writing personal, or using your personal experiences in your writing. Depending on what kind of writing you do, both can be very effective. The pitfall is when you mistake your writing for yourself, a common factor that has so many writers not be able to deal with rejection well. When you mistake your writing for yourself, every rejection letter or request for a revision feels like a personal insult. And boy, I’ve seen some writers with pretty thin skin and some editors who are masterful at making cutting remarks.

CLIMB OUT OF THIS PITFALL BY: first noticing when you are taking something personally. We all know what it feels like when we think someone is criticizing us. Use that feeling as a signal to make a switch to a more positive response. One way to make this switch is to think of every rejection or comment from an editor as the Universe coaching you in how to be a successful writer. Suddenly, what at first occurred as criticism, becomes constructive coaching.

4. NOT REALIZING THAT WRITING IS A BUSINESS. This can be difficult for a lot of people to learn, no matter what the profession. I had to learn it as a veterinarian, and relearn it as a writer. Luckily, I learned much faster the second time. If you expect someone to pay you money for your services, whatever that service is, then you’re in business. Therefore, it’s important to not only develop your technical skills as a writer, but to also develop your business skills. I’ve found that most writers are much better writers than they are business people. That’s why in my workshop, FROM SPARK TO FLAME: Fanning Your Passion and Ideas into Money-making Magazine Articles, the focus is on the business skill of how to market your writing effectively.

CLIMB OUT OF THIS PITFALL BY: investing at least equal learning time to developing your business skills as you do your writing skills. Seek out books, workshops, and courses that teach business skills such as time management, marketing, business planning, and accounting, to name a few.

5. TAKING YOUR WRITING CAREER TOO SERIOUSLY: Most writers who want to become professional writers do so because they love to write. But all too often, the fun and love of writing disappears under a cloud of “serious significance.” Invariably, when a naturally creative person starts taking life too seriously, their creativity suffers.

CLIMB OUT OF THIS PITFALL BY: lightening up for starters. As the recent best seller attests to, “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.” I also encourage writers to always include in their writing schedule fun and recreational writing. If it ends up somewhere and brings in a few bucks, fine, but the point of such writing is to keep the fun in.

This report is one example of fun writing for me, which shouldn’t lessen its value to you. I simply enjoy passing along some of the pitfalls I’ve discovered (and fallen into from time to time) along my own writing path in the hopes they may be helpful to you.

The ideas in this article are from FROM SPARK TO FLAME – a proven, systematic process for fanning your ideas into money-making magazine ideas that make a difference.

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Source by Brad Swift

Writing Well – The Importance of Anecdotes and Stories in Nonfiction

One of the most important things in nonfiction writing is keeping the reader glued to the page. This means that you have to make it, not only interesting — but fascinating. If your reader gets bored, he will soon discard your article and move on to something else. One of the best ways to make sure this doesn’t happen is to use anecdotes and short stories. They are the “glue” that keeps them reading.

When should you use anecdotes and short stories? A good guide is to look for places where:

– The text is becoming dull; in particular, where there are a lot of facts and little else.

– You want to give an example.

– You want to prove an argument.

– You want to present an image.

– You merely want to amuse or distract your reader.

You can no doubt think of many other reasons, but the important thing is to use them whenever the chance arises. They’re appropriate almost anywhere, and they almost always improve your article. A good place to put them, in fact, is at the beginning, in other words, in the “lead.” An interesting anecdotal lead will draw readers in quickly.

It’s critical, however, that the anecdote make a point. It has to illustrate something. If you add a story about something that happened to you, and it doesn’t relate to what came before it, the reader will become confused and wonder why it is there.

A good way to come up with an anecdote is to think of a proverb that relates to the point you are trying to make, then rewrite the proverb into a human-interest story. In many cases the reader will remember the story long after he has forgotten about the point you are trying to make (particularly if he can identify with the person in the story).

Where do you find anecdotes and stories? They are all around you; think about the things that have happened to you that are related to the point you are trying to make. If you’re writing about yourself you should, of course, be honest, but no one is going to complain if you embellish it a little, or give it a slight twist. The important thing is that you make it interesting.

Where do you find anecdotes? A few suggestions are as follows:

– Events that took place in your workplace.

– Stories about your friends. Be careful, though; you may have to disguise their identity.

– Something you saw in the paper.

– Something someone said to you that made you laugh or think..

– Something that happened to you when you were young.

– Something that happened on TV or in a movie.

– An anecdote about someone famous.

You can come up with an interesting anecdote by quoting a crazy statistic or fact, then talking about how you reacted to it, or how you could relate to it.

It’s a good idea to try for an anecdote every two or three pages. If you see that you have gone several pages without one, try to add one. The number that you can use depends to some degree on the type of article you are writing. Certain types are more amenable than others, but in practise almost any nonfiction article can use some.

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Source by Barry R Parker

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