A Review of I Was There by Chris Martin

cm_i_was_thereA few weeks ago, author Chris Martin  invited bloggers to review his book I Was There.  As an incentive to review his work, he was offering to give each reviewer a free e-book.  At the time, I thought, “Hey, this dude seems alright.  I want to give his book a try.”  So, I shot him an email wherein I went full Katniss (“I VOLUNTEER!!”) partly because I generally enjoy helping others, but mostly because FREE BOOK.  That same day, lo, his e-book was in my inbox.

To be perfectly honest, the book surprised me.  It was fresh and exciting, and it gave me a deeper understanding of the Bible.  Martin writes Biblical stories from the first person perspective.  So, you don’t watch as Abraham leads his son up the hill.  You are in Abraham’s head.  You are taking that walk with him.  You are privy to his thoughts and fears and prayers.  It is such a simple change, but it is so powerful!

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Linklist: HELP! I’ve Been Scammed! – What to do when you’ve been duped.

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Internet scams are very prevalent in my (our?) line of work.  If you are a freelancer, you have probably had doubts about certain gigs.  Eventually, you may get involved with someone running a scam.  The question is, “What do I do now?”

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The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

The Fault in Our Stars has been out for over a week now, so I feel confident in posting this now.  You’ve all had time to run out and see it, right?!

If not, you’ll want to just move along because this post is packed with spoilers! But do come back once you’ve seen the film and let me know what you thought.  🙂

NIGHT BEFORE OUR STARS

 

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Relatieplanet International – Freelance Proofreading Scam?

About a month ago (May 8 to be exact), I applied for a position as a proofreader for Relatieplanet International.  This was the job ad that caught my attention:

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Of course, I researched the company.  No one had anything negative to say about them.  Everything seemed legit.

After sending my resume and three references, I was hired.   I had to sign a contract stating that I would put forth the amount of effort required to complete the tasks and that I would receive payment after 21 days of work.  I was getting paid $5 per edited kb, which was around $20 an hour for me.  Of course, that was a red flag.  How could they pay me so much?

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