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My domain expired on me and since it was a) a gift and b) only updated every couple of weeks on average, I’m having a hard time being toooo upset. though it was kind of a blow to go and do a blog and have a giant ad on credit cards and a search engine ><.

So I’m back in my old haunt.

Here’s a writing sample that is from ME this time!

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How Do Garage Doors Break Down?

 

Garage doors function on a fairly simple system.  Basically, the garage door runs on a series of springs and tracks which draws the door up and holds it in place until it can be pulled down again.  Motorized garage doors add another layer to this my having a motor do the work of pushing and pulling the garage door via a signal from you, but that’s about the extent of it.  However, even with something simple, there can still be room for wear and tear.  How does something like a garage door break down?

 

There are actually a few ways that a garage door can break down on you.  The first and most obvious way is through simple wear and tear; using the garage door regularly causes the springs and motor to wear out and over time, they will stop functioning.  With a manual garage door, this isn’t such a bit deal because the door stays ‘locked’ on the tracks unless it is moved.  The tracks concave inward while the door is being moved, so the door stay sin place.  However, with an electronic garage door, if something breaks down in the opener or springs, the door won’t open or close, leaving you with a useless garage or a security risk.

 

Alongside wear and tear is the rusting factor which hits all garages at one point or another.  Rust damages the mechanics in the garage, causing it to eventually stop working properly and ending up worn out, rusted, and useless for your needs.  Rusting will happen more often in humid areas and it can be safeguarded against by keeping your garage as dry as possible and sometimes by rust guarding the machinery if you can afford to take the time and money to do it.

 

Another common way for a garage door to break down is jamming.  The tracks on a manual garage door may become twisted, warped or jammed, making it hard for the door to move up or down.  In motorized doors, the jam may occur between the door and ceiling as it is moving up or down, causing the whole system to lock up.  Usually this happens if something breaks and jams (such as a chunk of the ceiling or door) or if something gets jammed in from a storm. 

 

Garage doors do last quite a long time so long as nothing untoward happens, but every so often they will have to be replaced.   Fortunately, it’s usually pretty obvious when something is wrong  and you don’t have to feel as though it jumped on you! If something does happen to damage them, such as a bad storm, flooding, or jams in the system, then you will have to get it fixed as soon as possible, particularly if it won’t close properly.  While some fixes you may be able to do on your own, others may be more difficult or you might not be very comfortable doing the repairs, and so getting a good garage repair person might be a good idea.   

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Written by yours truly at Quill for Hire ^^.

For the foreseeable future, I will be here now.  Of course, none of my readers know that and I lost my big Scriptlance review that got me so many pageviews and visitors… and my vWorker controversy that got me featured in another website….

 

le sigh…

I know it’s a bit late in coming, but this was supposed to be Friday’s blog, so here it is.

It’s getting into summer where I live now and that means it’s getting hot.  Considering how I live in northern (well, north part of central) Canada, you’d think that I wouldn’t have this problem.  After all, Hollywood has us pegged as either raining or snowing year round.  Well, it’s not true.  During the summer it gets hot.  Ridiculously hot.  +40 degrees F hot sometimes.

Heat is bad if you’re a freelance writer.  Certainly the image of languishing on a lawn chair, languidly typing about some random subject seems appealing, but the reality is that heat kills the creative juices (not to mention the computer) needed to do this job with a smile.  There are a few reasons why Mr. Sun equals a sudden drop in work turnaround.

You like the sun.  You adore it.  You’re one of those insane people who dream about +36 weather year round and when it finally comes, you hit the beach, the bars, the outdoor cafes, the parties, and the parks.  Whoops!  There went your work.  Ah well; surely your clients are doing the same?

You hate the sun.  You think that the best days are ones where there is no sun.  When the sun comes, you have no energy, no motivation, and you’re in a bad temper from not sleeping at night.  Try writing when you want to kill the sunshine and possibly gouge your eyes out. 

So how can you beat the summer writer’s block?  Well, unless you’re rich enough to follow any of the other seasons around, it’s time for discipline and some easy tricks.

1.  Drink plenty of water/juice.  Keep your fluid intake level high during the summer months.  Not only will this prevent dehydration, but water and juice will also help to perk you up again and give you something quick to do in between paragraphs.  Keep your brain (and the rest of you) hydrated!

2.  Work somewhere cool.  Work in the basement, work in the room facing the north, work in front of a fan; just get somewhere cool.  If this means totally redesigning your workspace, so be it.  You won’t be able to work if you’re sweating, sticky, and have  heatstroke. 

3.  Work at night.  Evenings are cooler than the day, no matter how bad it gets during the day.  If you can take advantage of this, do so.  Working at night will also free up your day for lounging and prevent you from barhopping every few nights. 

4. Read while you’re out lounging.  Do any work that involves doing easier things for you.  Start off with easy things and work your way to the difficult topics and you’ll find your writer’s block is much easier to get rid of then when you started off with the hard stuff. 

5.  Work naked.  Hell, why not?  One of the advantages to working at home that’s always being advertised is working in your pyjamas.  Take it one step further and wear nothing.  Just don’t put a hot laptop on your lap!

6.  Remember that your computer is sweating too.  If you decide to take off for an hour or two, remember to put your computer in hibernation mode or turn it off altogether or else you could end up frying something.  Your computer is your livelihood; take care of it.

7.  Finally, try to get enough sleep and to eat.  Being poorly rested is sometimes a reality of summer, especially if you dont do well in the heat, but exacerbating the situation by not sleeping at all will make your work turnaround halt.  If you decide to work at night, sleep during the day; or, have a nap during the hottest part of the day-just make sure to do what you can to stay rested.

And with that, this Quill is off to sweat her way through some more articles.  Counting down the days til Autumn already!

You’ve likely come here by accident and that’s ok!  In my line of work, I’ve learned that a lot of hunting for something online ends up leading you off in a totally different and wonderful direction.  So what is my line of work?  Well, I’m a freelance writer and editor and that’s what Quill for Hire is all about.  Right now unfortunately, the only Quill for Hire is me, but that’s ok. 

A freelance writer and editor can be both a boon and a weird employee for any online business (or regular business) big and small.  Freelance writers occupy an odd employment space-we are both very necessary in the world of online business, but we are also very underappreciated in that there are so many of us fighting for work that we very often undercut ourselves (and each other), meaning that we are necessary, but we are paid little!  You certainly don’t get into this business for the cash flow because it’s more like a cash <i>dribble</i>. 

That’s all right.  This business also lets me work at home, somewhat set my rates, and do what I love: write and research and do some editing work too.

So what the heck is Quill for Hire?  Well, this is the place where you can learn more about freelance writing and editing if you’re interested in the job, where you can hire this Quill of course, and where you can learn more about me and what I’ve learned in working in this industry for almost two years.   I hope if nothing else, you’ll enjoy my roughly weekly blogs and if you ever need a writer or editor, hey, you now know who to call (er, email).

So that’s it.  Comment at will and be sure to subscribe and check back regularly.  You never know what’s going on here!

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