Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Book Review: Year of Yes


Happy world book day!

Well, it's about time ain't it?  But yes the book review for Year of Yes is finally here! But I tell you, it is well worth the wait because Year of Yes is one helluva' book, and this is going to be a cracking review!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post this picture on the 27th January with the promise of a review, then this one on the 24th February just to let the world know that I hadn't forgotten to honour my word. In fact, it had been so long since I began the book that by the time I was ready to start the review, I had to swing back to the first chapter for a quick reminder on how it starts.

Who is Shonda Rhimes?
OK, now what is Year of Yes? It's the memoir of the author and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes,  served with a measure of humour, and finished off with a sprinkle of motivation. But before I go on, I think I need to share with you a little bit about Shonda Rhimes. 

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bookmarked! February Edition

Courtesy of Marvel
Can you believe February is almost over? Wow! Wonders will never cease! But the end of the month signals it's time for another edition of Stories we Loved, where I reflect on my personal favourite communications and bookish articles, and the news stories that got chins wagging. 

With Valentine's Day, the 100th anniversary since women won the right to vote, American Black History Month and the release of Marvel's groundbreaking film, Black Panther all taking place in the same month, February has been quite eventful.

So without further ado, here are the Stories We Loved: February Edition
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ten Ways Black Panther Destroys Narratives about Africa

Image courtesy of Marvel
I watched Black Panther with hubby and some friends last night, and even after a night's sleep, I'm still buzzing! I didn't really want to write about Black Panther, not because I didn't think it was going to be a groundbreaking film, smashing box office records and raking in over $400 million worldwide in its first weekend, but because there are already so many articles, blogs and analyses about it and I thought my voice would be drowned in the millions of others on the internet. But then again, how could I not say anything? If you have seen the film you'll know what all the hype is about, so please indulge me a little, ok?

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Why People are not Reading Your Writing


I didn't mean for the title of this post to sound so harsh, but I needed to grab your attention! What I actually wanted to say was "five ways to make your writing more legible". 

With that said, I know in this day and age we are a generation who does not have the patience to sit and read through long or bulky articles. A study on people's online reading habits showed that 6 out of 10 people will share an article without reading it until the end.

With so much to read or watch, I find myself hurriedly skimming over text and even omitting a few of the middle paragraphs if what I'm reading is too long. Frankly, it is a very bad habit. I mean, what happened to taking our time to fully immerse ourselves in the fabric of the text? Whatever the reasons are, and whether rushing our reading is the virtuous thing to do or not, this is the current trend. 

So I am going share some tips to make your writing more "scannable", ie more attractive, easier on the eye, digestible - however you'd like to describe it.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The 5 Love Languages and 10 Ways to Say 'I Love You' Without Actually Saying It.


I recently began a book called The 5 Love Languages. I am not going to lie, I never finished it! It could be because I had already heard so much about what the love languages are. I even took the love languages online test! I've discussed love languages with my best friend, and I've discussed it with my husband, so I think by the time the I actually ordered the book, there wasn't much for me to actually look forward to.

For those who haven't heard about the 5 Love Languages, it is a book based on research carried out by Gary Chapman, who concluded that the reason why relationships break down is not because of a lack of love, but because of too much of the wrong type of love. He summed up his findings in his groundbreaking book. What unites us as human beings is our emotional need for love, but we all differ in the kind of love we need or the kind of love that makes us feel good. 

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Valentine's Day and My First Erotic Novel (Review)


As a teenager,  I never had a Valentine. Who would want to take out the fat girl with the coca-cola bottle-thick glasses, and chunky corn rows atop her head? Not when there's Emily with her shiny brunette hair and Becky with her slender proportions!

Don't feel sorry for me though because, until the age of around seventeen I would have much rather engrossed myself in a good book, and whatever I couldn't make a reality, I lived vicariously through fiction. Whether it was by reading about rich teenagers going on weekend shopping sprees (we didn't have money for that) or reading about a hot hunk's pursuit of his sexy love interest protagonist (I was anything but), books gave me the life I wanted.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Do These Ten Things And You'll Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas



Blogging is difficult. That's the truth. I find that the writing itself is not the problem, but when you also have to be a researcher, editor,  photographer, social media expert, marketing pro and general multitasking guru, the business of blogging can become tedious.

In addition to just about maintaining your blog, keeping it afresh with interesting blog topics can be difficult - especially if you are trying to stick to your niche and adhere to a blogging schedule. 

As you gain experience in blogging you kind of learn where to look for ideas, to keep your blogging inventory bountiful. But if you feel you need a little assistance here are some ideas below.
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Code Switch Part II: Speaking to Get Ahead?



Hi ladies.

In part one, I discussed life as a child and how language weaved itself so intricately into my existence. Click here to read it!

In 2005, I started my degree in French and Linguistics, which opened up my world beyond black and white. It was now no longer important to use language as a means of being cool. I was sat in a classroom with students from around the country, and around the world. There were mature students and young professionals. I was amongst some of the most intelligent people and if I am being honest, I was intimidated. But in the midst of it all, I learned a fast lesson: that in the grown-up world, especially when trying to learn a modern foreign
language all pretense had to be put aside. I quickly became humble and allowed myself to be taught.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Code Switch Part I : My Life in Languages


Code-switching is a linguistic practice which refers to the alternating between two or more languages, dialects or registers (for example the Queen's English vs. Pidgin English) in a single discourse. Many people do it, including members of my family who'd often switch between our native Ghanaian dialect (Ga - a melodic, tonal dialect) and English in a single conversation. This is also often the case for bilingual people and students of foreign languages.

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