Wikinut Article #50

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 27th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/43flptw_/
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Woot! Woot! Writing for Wikinut since May of this year has allowed me to create and expand a sample portfolio of lots of different kinds of writing -- but all the kinds of writing are me on a page!

Personalities

There are personality types or mind styles you may have heard of: concrete sequential, concrete random, abstract sequential, and abstract random. If you haven't heard of them, learn more here. Think of concrete sequential as a "Type A," "all-business" personality, and Abstract Random as a "Type B," "daydreamer" personality. The other two are kind of in the middle. There is a test you can take to determine which of these you are.

I was given this test in HS, and the result determined I was a perfect square. However, most people think of me as having a Type A personality. And it's true: I like a schedule, order, deadlines. I like knowing I have to do "x" and if I do "x," then "y" is the positive consequence and "z" is the negative consequence if I don't.

Enter the world of writing, where I write everyday but mostly as I am inspired. I might start five articles but not finish one of them -- I get off on tangents, I don't like the angle I chose, or something just isn't jelling the way I like, and I'd rather table the idea than throw it out half-assed. And since I am my own boss at this, and it's supposed to be for me as much avocation as vocation, my structured self does not apply here.

Timeline

For these reasons and a few others I won't go into, it has taken me a while longer to produce 50 pages. And I'm OK with that. I have re-purposed a few pieces -- poetry or stories from my other blog -- but most everything is new content created solely for Wikinut.

A humorous aside -- I have had one article rejected by a Wikinut moderator as not being worthy. Of all my re-purposed pieces, the rejected one is the only piece which has won any awards. Not that I submit to contests often, although I suppose I should start, as I'm told contests are a great way of getting my name out there as an indie-author. I just found it odd, and a little off-putting, to see some pages riddled with errors or of junk content CLEARLY re-purposed to pad another nut's portfolio continually getting through -- and sometimes starred. (Sigh.) But since 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' that's all I'll say to that.

I have done other things this summer, as it draws to a close, that deserve Wikinut articles. I participated in a Jazzercise attendance contest where I won a towel. I published my third book, _The Carley Patrol_, with the world's biggest online marketplace. I gave a talk about financial freedom to a lot of financial gurus. I put my house on the market. If you've been following me, you've seen some of that work in the article here. So it's not like I've laid around the pool all summer -- though I did get my feet wet once or twice.

Stars

Oh! What pretty stars! I've received 31 stars for my efforts at Wikinut. And I think I should be "over" it. C'mon. I'm an English major. I'm a former journalist and a published author. I've spent more than a decade teaching others how to read and write. This stuff should be old hat for me. And perhaps it is.

But then I go back to the subjectiveness of a moderator. Once I've submitted a piece to be published, it is out of my hands. I'm quite fortunate with Wikinut, however, that acceptance is measured in hours and not weeks, and feedback is almost as quick. However, fellow nut Siva made the comment that he feels good when an article makes him 100 nutpoints. That's 50 comments!! I'm nowhere near that on any article yet. Maybe when I have 800 followers like he has EARNED. I mean no disrespect, of course, as there is much I can learn from him.

The Future Holds

What will articles 51-100 look like? I won't keep you in too much suspense.

I've been working on a new book of vignettes, 25 Reasons Why Charlie Should Never Read Jane's Books to Jane. Here are the chapters/vignettes I have shared to date. The first few links just say the nth reason, but I've been asked to subtitle so that people can easily recall whether they'd read one already. I hope you approve:
*1: Romance For Dummies
*2: Ill-fitting Proposition
*3: Pop-Up Porn
*4: Sexual Congress
*5: Doggy Style
*6: Ultra Thin for Her Pleasure

I have a few more chapters/vignettes than I have released to the wikiworld so far (for example -- I know how it ends, but I don't want to spoil it for you). While innocent compared to 50 Shades of Grey's standards, it is the most salacious thing I've ever tried to write, and I keep having to remind myself that there is nothing wrong with an established couple trying to re-kindle the romance of their relationship. Most of it is innuendo, but I'm still not sure you'd want your inquisitive child reading over your shoulder. And I've had some fans complain about the "graphic" pictures I've used. Guess I'm going to continue not pleasing everyone. I am really pushing to complete and release 25 Reasons in time for the winter holiday, so we will see.

In other news, I am also working to complete a children's book. Clearly, healthy mothers and fathers have sex, which produces kids, which then have to be taught about the world. It isn't that far a stretch, really. And I'm not going to share the children's book here. I DO, though, want to write about the struggle to get this book into print, especially finding a willing and capable artist for the project. First, that means I have to find such an artist, and the work must be completed. This weekend, I had another interview with an artist that I think went really well. But she is agented, so I have to wait for her representative's approval. This could be a good thing in terms of publicity for the book when it comes out, but waiting not being one of my strong suits -- I supposed you know where I'm going with that.

I was really amazed by the response I got from the first slut shaming article I wrote a few days ago. Although I'm not sure whether it was the keyword "slut," the timeliness of the news story the article was based on, or the day of the week that contributed to OVER 1000 page views in two days, I was awed and humbled that a message I feel very strongly about was getting out there. I hope to be doing more community based articles like that. I hope they continue to be well-received, as it doesn't do much good for an author to write for no audience.

And I want to share what I want to share, as always.

Thank you

I would not keep writing without response. Thank you for moderating, reading, commenting, approving and even disapproving of my articles, opinions, and all. Here's to 50 more pages in quick order, and the best to all the content-providers out there!!

Are you new to Wikinut? Get started here: http://www.wikinut.com/in/wjejeh/. Get paid to write (after a while)! Peace!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Aug 2013 (#)

Phyl, it is good to see that you have made it to 50 good quality articles, I cannot say I have read them all but I have read a great many, and moderated a few. There are some who have produced 50 (extremely low quality) articles in a week, who are determined just to churn out junk and clog up the moderation queue with stuff that personally I would prefer to reject rather than publish (but for the moderation rules).

To my mind there is always place for reasoned argument on any subject. I am sure the article you had rejected only needs a little tweaking to fit in with the Wikinut style.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Steve, for the quick publish and star #32. ;) I'd say not that I'm counting, but who would I be kidding?
And Peter, thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them. And your efforts as moderator on those of my articles that you've moderated. Best to you!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Phyl, congratulations on making it to 50 articles. I' enjoy your work and look forward to seeing the next 50. Keep up the wonderful Wikinut work!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Connie! I've enjoyed your action-packed articles as well. Don't know how you keep movin' and groovin', but I like it!!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Aug 2013 (#)

great work Phyl keep it up...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. I will have a long way to go in keeping up with you, my dear.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Aug 2013 (#)

Thank you Phyl for the mention. I do get around 100 nut points per post. That is made up of eight to ten new followers with each bringing in 5 points, 20 to 25 comments with 2 points each and as I write once a week, I get 7 points for daily log-in. I enjoy reading and encouraging newbies and follow them and they do likewise! Sort of you scratch my back and I reciprocate! siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Aug 2013 (#)

That is good to know, Siva!

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author avatar Terry Trainor
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Fifty fantastic posts my friend well done.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
29th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Terry!!

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