wendy {dot} blog

A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Kindle a Fire under Your Print Books with Amazon’s MatchBook

A bit of magical-tastic news hit my inbox this morning. Amazon announced a new feature called MatchBook. Why is this magical-tastic news, you might ask? According to Amazon, MatchBook offers the following: For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free. For those of us who like the convenience of e-books but still […]

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Traveling Light

I’ve always been pretty much an overpacker. I’m not as bad as some people I know (yes, I know someone who once packed their own hangers and another who needed a whole bag just for her shoes), but I do tend to bring more than I need. I hate the thought of getting somewhere and not having what I need. I’ve been trying to mend my ways, particularly after my […]

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Fitbit.com: Customer Support Done Right

Today, I was the grateful recipient of truly outstanding customer service, courtesy of Fitbit, and want to give a special shout-out to Carly there. So, what made this experience so great? For starters, the response time on my help requests was phenomenal. I had purchased an Aria wifi scale and couldn’t get it to connect to my wifi network. They determined that it was defective so I sent it back […]

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Automattic Grand Meetup 2013

One of the perks of being an Automattician is the ability to travel all over the world. Fabulous, right? My maiden voyage as an Automattician was to our annual Grand Meetup in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, California where I spent 8 crazy days with some of the nicest, most welcoming, and funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. A good time was had by all. See pics at […]

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The Future of (My) Work

Back in August, I won the job lottery job powerball and landed a position at an amazing company, Automattic. It’s been just over a month since I started my new gig and I am still feeling incredibly blessed to join the ranks of a group of super-smart, passionate people who are defining the future of work in general and the future of my work in particular. If you haven’t heard […]

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Just Write: Distraction-FreeĀ and Motivated Writing

Writing is Hard Work Let’s just acknowledge from the get-go that while writing can look easy, it really requires effort, focus, and determination. Sometimes, it’s just plain hard work. Face it – if you’re a writer, you probably spend just as much time (if not more) caving into distraction rather than facing that blank page or empty screen. And when it comes to offering tempting distractions, the internet is the […]

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Hidden Battles, Secret Wars

I live in a mid-size suburban neighborhood. It’s one of those neighborhoods full of young families sprinkled with a few empty nesters and retired couples. It’s a place where most of us wave hello and goodbye from the isolated bubbles of our cars as we travel in and out of the front gates, where walkers and joggers come out before or after the heat of the day with earbuds in […]

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When Lightning Strikes

A couple of weeks ago, the phone rang at 7am. Now you know just as well as I do that almost nothing good comes from unexpected phone calls before 9am and after 10pm and this was no exception. It was my husband, calling me from work. He asked me to turn the news on and wait for a story about the woman in our area who was killed by a […]

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New Cat Font Proves that Cats Have Officially Taken Over the Interwebs

These days, it seems that the internet has become overrun with cats: LOLCats, Grumpy Cat, the adorable perma-kitten Lil Bub, and the new creepy-but-cute Princess Monster Truck. Now, just in time to delight cat lovers (and to annoy non-cat lovers), there’s a new cat on the web, but this time, it’s a font. Yes, a font made entirely of cats. Try it yourself then hop over to Written? Kitten! for […]

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In Support of the Oxford Comma (aka the Serial Comma, aka the Harvard Comma )

Ahhh, the Oxford comma. To use it or not to use it has been so hotly contested that it’s divided people into two camps*. It’s the punctuation equivalent of the Hatfields and McCoys. I’m firmly on Team Oxford as it adds clarity in most cases and at worst case, it’s neutral. Sadly (and I mean that – it makes me sad), much of what I write for clients uses AP […]

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