The Hungry Writer

Living to Write and Writing to Live

The Science of Overeating

Kessler has discovered that the reason most people overeat is because of a state he calls “conditioned hypereating,” and he has the science to prove it.

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April 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More Funny Grammar Rules

Here are some more funny grammar rules, courtesy of Creative Teaching Website:

  1. In writing, it’s important to remember that dangling sentences.
  2. Proofread carefully to make sure you don’t repeat repeat any words.
  3. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  4. Each person should use their possessive pronouns correctly.
  5. People don’t spell “a lot” correctly alot of the time.
  6. Avoid “buzz words”, such integrated transitional scenarios complicate simplistic matters.
  7. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  8. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  9. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
  10. Don’t overuse exclamation points!!!

See the other list, also courtesy of Creative Teaching Website, here:

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Writing Tips | | Leave a comment

Summer Dangers for Your Dog

Summer is a great time for your dog. He (or she) loves playing in the yard, going to the park or taking long walks in the sun. But summer also poses special dangers to your beloved dog. Here are three of the most common ones.

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April 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Short Story Writing–Help!!!

My very last class in College (before I graduate) is a class about film noir.  The three books we are reading for this class is Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, and The Big Sleep. 

For my final project, I can either write a paper comparing/contrasting different film noir styles and the books they are based on OR I can write a short story in the style of noir.  Though I have not written a short story for a long time (and I, actually, miss it) I am thinking of writing the short story.

My only problem is that I cannot think of an idea/plot for one.  So, those of you are are familiar with noir, I need your help.  Give me some ideas!!!

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Saved by Writing | , , | 1 Comment

Grammar Rules (all in fun)

Here are some humourous grammar rules from the Creative Teaching Website.  Hope it gives you a chuckle.  As grammar (especially nit-picky grammar rules) is not my strong suit, I got a laugh out of these: 

  1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
  2. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
  3. It is wrong to every split an infinitive.
  4. Avoid cliches like the plague.  (They’re old hat.)
  5. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
  6. No sentence fragments.
  7. Contractions aren’t always necessary and shouldn’t be used to excess so don’t.
  8. Foreign words and phrases are not always apropos. 
  9. Don’t use no double negatives.
  10. One word sentences?  Eliminate. 

April 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Some Great Writing Contests!

Here are some great writing contests that I’ve just come across.  The deadlines to enter each of them is coming up, so don’t dawdle.  Finish your manuscript and enter it into one (or more) of these contests:  

The Dorothy Churchill Cappon Nonfiction Award — Winner receives $1,500 and publication in New Letters magazine.  The entry fee is $15 for the first entry and $10 for each subsequent entry.  Deadline for entries is May 18, 2009.

5th Annual Gival Press Novel Award — Winner receivs $3,000 and publication of his/her novel.  Deadline for entries is  May 30, 2009.

The Drue Heinz Literature Prize — Winner receives $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburg Press.   Deadline for entries is June 30, 2009.

The Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award — Winner receives $1,500 and publication in New Letters Magazine.  Deadline for entries is May 18, 2009.

April 18, 2009 Posted by | Writing Contests | , , | Leave a comment

New Blog

I just found a new place to blog that looks promising.  It’s called and I just started a new blog with them yesterday.  They have instituted a new program where they place ads on your blogs, and there’s also a way that you can make commission off of products that are sold off of those ads. 

As I just started it, I can’t tell you how good it is, but I will keep you posted.  If you would like to sign up with them, please give my names (Christine Mattice) or blog (MysteryTour) as they pay a referre bonus to their bloggers.

Good luck and let me know what you think!

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Freelance Writing Jobs | , , | Leave a comment

Dogs Get Heat Stroke Too: How to Recognize the Symptoms

Humans are not the only ones who can get heat stroke in the summer. Your dog is at risk, too. Watch for these signs and symptoms of heat strok, and prevent your beloved companion’s death.

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April 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Co-Narcissism: Adapting to a Narcissistic Parent

Children of narcissists, says Dr. Rappoport, adopt behaviors that help them cope with their dysfunctional environment. He says that these “co-narcissists” share distinct, but crippling, behavior patterns.

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April 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another Good Freelance Writing Job…

is Textbroker.

I’ ve been writing for them for a couple of months.  You do not have to be a profesional writer to be hired, and the application process is not that onerous.  Upon applying, they ask for you to write a paragraph so that they can judge your level of writing.   They then aprove you for one of 4 levels with varying rates of pay.  You can only accept jobs within your writing level.

After you submit articles, and the client accepts them, Textbroker rates your articles and may move you up in your rating.  I started at level 3 (which is “good,”) to level 4 (which is “excellent,” I think.)  Only professional writing rates a level 5 and, as I understand it, you have to request a rating 5 from them. 

The best part is:

  • The client generally accepts your article very quckly.  (None of my articles have been rejected, or sent back for a rewrite, although the client has the right to do that. )
  • The fee for your writing is immediately posted to your account upon the client’s acceptance. 
  • They use copyscape to make sure that your work is original and not copied from anyone else.  Although you may think that this should be a negative aspect of working for them, I think that it keeps you honest AND prevents you from getting into trouble for even accidental plagiarism. 
  • They have a LOT of writing jobs. 
  • They DO pay you, through Paypal.

Some not so good parts:

  • Your rating is based on your last 5 ratings from Textbroker so, if your quality sinks, so does your rating (although it does not affect money that you have already earned.) 
  • You can only accept one job at a time.  Once you accept an order, you cannot even get back into job board to see what other jobs are there.  I do not like this aspect of Textboker, but it DOES keep people from hoarding all of the good jobs.
  • The pay is not great.  I think level 4 (where I am right now) pays 1.4 cents per word.  Level 5, however, pays 5 cents a word, but there are not many jobs in that level. 
  • You have to have at least $10 in your account to be paid, and they only pay once per month.  But they  pay promptly, in the stated time frame for payments. 

And the VERY best thing is…

it’s a paying freelance writing job with a legitimate company.  You could do worse.

April 16, 2009 Posted by | Freelance Writing Jobs | Leave a comment