Perfection

What is perfection?

I typed the word perfection into Unsplash and this is one of the images that came up. It seemed appropriate. Admittedly I don’t know a lot about spiders as I am inherently terrified of them but one thing I do know is that their webs are perfection. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a full spider web strung between two trees with raindrops or frost on it. That is unless you walk into it I suppose. Either way, the web is perfection, and to some, so is the spider itself.

As for me, perfection is something I have always strived for in my life but somehow in my own eyes I always came up short. I don’t know why. I was never given the feeling by anyone else that I didn’t measure up in their eyes. That I didn’t always try my best and wasn’t talented in some ways. However, for some reason in my eyes, I was always falling short. I felt that I was never good enough at anything in particular. I was okay at most things but never particularly any good at one thing.

School was one place I always felt I fell short. I wanted so badly to be a good student, the proverbial straight-A student but instead, I just glided by. My marks were enough to pass me to the next grade, I never failed but I never excelled either. I was just mediocre. I never gave myself credit for the hours I spent doing homework and assignments. Instead, I concentrated on the times I slacked off or skated by. I felt that when it came to school I was a fake.

I was not popular but I was not unpopular. I was on the edge of everything, one foot in, one foot out. I was liked by most and hated by few. I was there but not there. I paid attention sometimes in class and other times I didn’t. I did my school work, but I never did extra credit and never put a lot of effort into it.

There was one thing and one thing alone at the time, school wise, that I loved and wanted to be perfect at and tried to be perfect at and that was printing and handwriting. I would write and re-write everything until it looked neat and tidy and perfectly formed. Never mattered much what the content was, for me it was just that I wanted it to look pretty, to look like I was smart, to look like I cared, to look like I put work and effort into it.

So much so that I would erase things over and over. Ever since I was old enough to hold a pen or pencil I would obsess over my printing and writing. I wanted it to be flowy and round and pretty. I loved coloured ink; pinks, greens, purples, teal, anything other than the traditional blue, black and red ink. I would spend little time coming up with my first draft of something and would be bored or annoyed until I had to do the “final copy” and then I would spend hours perfecting it.

In elementary school, I had erasers taken from me when my teachers noticed me writing, erasing and rewriting the same line over and over and over again until I erased a hole into the looseleaf. One teacher accused me of eating the erasers because I went through them so fast she thought I had developed some obsession with eating them. Nope, I was just neat if something did not look perfect to me on paper. I erased it and did it again.

In junior high when we graduated to using pens I had the same obsession. I would have my coloured pens taken away because my teachers complained that all though my essay looked beautiful it was too light to read or they had asked it to be done in blue or black ink. I had whiteout taken away when my English teacher in Grade 7 handed me my own essay to read which for once he said was nicely written only to have it fall apart as he handed it to me because I had used so much whiteout it literally cracked in half.

Looking back on it now it just seems one of those idiosyncrasies of youth. One of those funny things everyone tells a story about. One of those things that my family still laughs at to this day when we talk about it. I used to sneak whiteout and erasers into my classrooms because I was so distraught at the fact that I thought I might turn in a piece of paper with a mark on it that wasn’t where it should be or heaven forbid if I had to cross out a word I spelled incorrectly. I would lose it. I would lose my mind in class and have to go to the principals, it was the one and only thing that ever sent me to the principal’s office.

And still to this day. I crave perfection when it comes to my handwriting. I don’t handwrite much at all for that reason. It drives me insane to see a line or scribble through a word on paper or a letter corrected. Sometimes I think it’s a good thing I am seeing a councilor

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Short story #1

Intro: I have been trying for days to come up with a short story idea. I really suck at it. I want to start out with something I am comfortable with. I love anything to do with ghosts. I love kids’ stories, especially pre-teens. I figured I would combine the two, but still, I couldn’t really come up with anything so I used a random first line generator and what came up was “The key to communicating with Aliens was starting me right in the face”. Perfect, change Aliens to ghosts and we have a story…

The key to communicating with ghosts was staring me right in the face. I took a step back and shook my head. Could I really be seeing this? Was there really a ghost in front of me? Was it really trying to communicate with me after all these years of trying? Was this seriously going to happen? These were all the questions I asked myself as I stared back at it. Hesitantly I took a step forward.

“A-are you a ghost?” I asked it. Uh yeah, of course, it was. Why would I ask that? The ghost just stared at me.

After a moment, “What do you think?”, it said.

“Are you sure?” I asked. Wow… no brownie points here! I must be the stupidest kid in the world. I looked the ghost up and down. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. He was about my age (12 if your wondering) and a little shorter then me and had on some funny looking clothes.

“Yes”, he said. “Are you sure you’re a girl?” he asked.

“Uh… yeah. I am.” I answered.

“Well, now that we’ve established that. What else do you want to ask me?” he said.

“Umm… I don’t know”, I shyly answered. Why now of all times am I being shy I thought. Usually, you can’t shut me up. I get in trouble all the time at home and at school. My best friend, Franklin, calls me Rambling Ramona. I go on and on and on.

“Go on then, there must be something you want to ask me. It’s not every day you see a ghost.”

“Wha-wha-whats your name?” I asked.

“Edward and what’s yours?” he looked at me waiting.

“Ra-ramona” I spit out. I couldn’t believe this! I was talking to a ghost. A real live ghost.

Wait… live, who am I kidding? I can see right through him. Again I looked at him. Was it rude to be staring? Should I ask him anything? What did I want to know? Why was I having such a hard time? All these thoughts were going through my head but I was still processing the fact that I was standing in front of a real live ghost!

No… wait… we went over this already, Ramona, remember? He’s not alive. I can see right through him. Wow, I thought. This can’t be real.

This is going to be a work in progress so bear with me and let me know what you think! I think I am going to try and post a little bit every week or so. Feedback is much appreciated as well

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Making a little extra money

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I don’t make any money off this blog at all and never will monetize it. It’s my personal blog. One day I hope to have a second blog that will be more of a niche blog that I have in the works. Well, I have an idea and a domain name anyways. This one’s not going anywhere. I just want one I can maybe make a little money off of, but in the meantime, while I get it set up and get it going and since I am practically jobless right now I am doing what I can to bring in any money that I can. I have a part-time job from home calling people for a market research company but it’s been a bit of a rocky start, to say the least, and not what I want to do. Obviously, school is still in the works so I have no student loan to fall back on and EI has not been approved yet and bills are piling up.

I mentioned in a previous post about transcribing and there was some interest in it and how I do it and how I got into it, so I decided to make a post about it and share some information on it and also on a few other sites I have been trying out with success so far. So first off, I started transcribing a number of years ago for a company my mom worked for. It was legal transcription. I have been doing it off an on for years and enjoyed it. Pay varied with the type of stuff I was typing but usually was about  $1.50 to $2.00 CDN a page. I could get about 25-30 pages a day so from about $37.50 a day to about $60 a day. Doesn’t seem like a lot, however when I started out I typed about 30wpm, now I am at 42wpm and increasing steadily. It went up for me to about $80 a day.

Not to bad for a job from home. I stopped doing it when I got a full-time position but after everything that happened in the last month with the bank, I decided that I wanted to transcribe again. I knew from before that there were some websites that pay you for transcribing, captioning and listening to calls. So I have made a list of 3 that I am using or trying out right now. I will update this post later with more information if it becomes available and might to more posts if I find more sites down the road. You will not get rich with any of these, in fact, sometimes it’s hard in the beginning to make money, but once you get going it can be a lot of fun and some extra spending money or money for bills.

Disclaimer: The only one I have personally gotten paid from yet is Rev.com as I have not been doing the other two long enough but in reviews online and looking up the companies online they have no major complaints and people have said they get paid on time. Also, none of the links on this page are paid links. I get nothing at all from them. This is simply just to let you know which sites I am using or trying.

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Rev

Rev has both transcription and captioning jobs. By captioning, I mean basically closed captioning mostly YouTube videos. They also do translation as well. They pay by the audio/video minute, meaning they pay per minute of the video or audio, not the number of minutes you spend on it. This can suck but as you get better, you speed improves and you get used to it you can make some decent money. They pay by PayPal every Monday and you can make from $0.24 USD for basic transcription up to $0.90, and $0.45 to $0.75 for captioning up to $1.00 to $3.00 if you know another language and can do subtitles or translation.

In the past two weeks working only a few hours each week, I have made $37.09 USD. I am only doing small files at the moment and spending a lot of time on them to ensure the quality is really good before submitting so I am not really getting a lot done. I can confirm that I have gotten paid into my PayPal account and I have transferred it with no issues to my bank account. In fact, it paid for my hosting this year mostly. Once I get past the initial phase of it I am pretty sure it can bring in enough for me to make a small difference in our financial situation right now. One thing I have noticed is in the beginning stick with short files so that you can keep your metrics up and not run out of time to hit their targets. You can join or check them out here.

TranscribeMe

TranscribeMe is another one my mom recommended, she had heard good things about it from other transcribers. I have not yet been paid by them but reviews are decent. However, just a heads up, at the moment they are a little low on work it seems but I think it’s worth joining and just keeping the page open to grab whatever I can when I can. They say they start at $15-$22 per audio hour and top monthly earnings at $2,200 (average monthly earnings are $250). I think maybe this might be true when they have a lot of work and you are sitting there waiting for stuff and doing it as soon as it comes in. I do find the audio quality with the TranscribeMe files I have done much better than the transcription files for Rev and about the same as some of the caption files for Rev. You can request earnings at any time for the work completed on a weekly basis and it is paid via PayPal as well in USD.

Both Rev and TranscribeMe require an entrance exam but I found them fairly easy to pass. With Transcribe Me there are additional exams that will open you up to more work like legal, medical and translation as a few. You can join or check them out here.

Humantic

The last one I am going to talk about is called Humantic and it’s simple to join, you simply have to have or create a verified PayPal account and create/sign in with it. It’s also rather a simple concept, you listen to short calls, and categorize them for analysis for the companies. This one really doesn’t pay much, between $1 to $4.50 an hour, I think it’s in USD but couldn’t find anything to say for sure. I guess I will find out. If it is USD, CDN or AUS $ or some other form of $ once I get my first pay. You can request payment at $10 and it’s paid via PayPal as well. It’s really as simple as that. You can join or check them out here.

For the first two companies, I mentioned Rev and Transcribe Me, you are typing what you hear, so your typing skills are important. Don’t worry if you don’t type very well though as there are a lot of sites out there that help you improve your typing skills. My favourite one is Typing.com. They have a nice interface and some fun lessons, games and tests to help you build skills. I have been improving steadily and just working at these will improve your skills anyways.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. This blog as I said is a personal one so these kinds of posts are far and few in between but I thought it might be something that someone might enjoy.

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