INTRODUCTION

Just another writer with a cute snake.

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Why hello there!

Look at you stumbling across my medium profile. Thanks for popping by! My name is Victoria, I’m a freelance writer from Canada. Yes, of course, I have a website, but if you don’t want to click that, then you can read my introduction here.

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen in my hands. Poetry has always been one of my favourite genres, but I also love illustrating comics and children’s writing. During my teenage years, I dabbled in slam poetry and performed at festivals across in Canada on various slam teams.


Now “U” will never know what might have been

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The following letters have been transcribed from Noah Webster’s collection of secret letters found in a drawer with a bottle of whiskey and a handkerchief embroidered with the letter U. It reveals that he was once in a secret relationship with a mysterious woman named Uriel, and who was, unsurprisingly, erased from history.

Saturday, December 1st, 1781

Dearest Noah,

I arose this morning to empty sheets. Am I just another fling to you? You can’t run from me. I am all too ubiquitous. You can’t hide from me in your little pile of dictionaries and lexicons.

This is not how you treat a lady. I expect a swift apology or else I shall be forced to toss your beloved copy of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream out a window and let rot in a ditch.


FREELANCE TIPS & PSYCHOLOGY

Advice from a fellow Freelance Writer

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It’s hard to know how much you’re worth. We’ve all been there. Working for yourself means also working on your own self-doubt, and that can take time to develop.

For my first steady writing client, I charged only $18 US an hour. He’s one of my best clients, so I’m still working at that rate. However, with new clients, I’ve started charging more because I know what I’m worth and now I have the testimonials to prove it.

There is always a time and place to offer discounted rates, but once you’re established you need to raise them. …


Podcast Tips

Advice from Someone who used to Hate Podcasts

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Like many people, when I first started listening to podcasts, it was far from enjoyable. Now, I will admit I actually started listening to talk radio, which is a bit different from podcasts but still similar enough that they coloured my perception of podcasts as well. You want me to listen to people talking in a room? How boring. No thank you.

The first radio show I listened to was a sports network with an ex-partner of mine. During hockey season I suffered immensely. We constantly fought over who was in charge of the radio while driving places.

Eventually, I took a podcast writing class at university because it fit with my class schedule. Right before the class started, I had to research different ones to understand the genre better. …


LIFE HACKS

Go to actual universities all over the world.

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University is expensive and not as accessible as it should be. That much is obvious. However, there is a way to get a pretty good education without having to pay for student union fees and bus passes. If you want to learn a new skill, but don’t want to commit to a whole program, then you can audit individual courses.

What are the Benefits of Auditing a Course?

While you can pay for the course and attend the classes, there are also online programs now making it easier to do than ever. Some options are websites like Coursera and edX. …


HUMOUR

A Mad Libs Collaboration.

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Disclaimer: This story is intended to be random and humorous. It is published in Fill in the Blanks publication, inspired by the classic game, Mad Libs. Blank words contributed by Damon Ferrara, Elan Cassandra, Ashley Seaman, Quy Ma, Sarah Keays, Amanda Clark-Rudolph, Sandra Grauschopf, Mari Moore, Rujenx, Shain Slepian, and Jamaal Ameer.

Prep Time: [420] minutes
Cook Time: 12–15 minutes
Yield: 26–30 cookies

Welcome to “What’s Cookin’ Good Lookin’!”

I’m your host Victoria, but I also go by my nickname: Flavour [Cat]. In today’s episode, we’re going to learn how to make my favourite treat, [sweet] [toenail] cookies. …


HUMOUR

It might also write poetry

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Hi, I’m an Instagram Bot

And I really like like like like like you.

Actually, I really Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like Like You.

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I can’t make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make make you famous. …


THE PUB PUB

Looking for new tunes? Look here!

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If you aren’t reading music pubs, you are missing out! Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start, I’ve got some recommendations coming at you now. Check out these 3 fun pubs and see what strikes your fancy.

Cuepoint

Looking for the music pub on Medium? Well, then Cuepoint is the place to hang out. They’ve got all sorts of articles by music fans, journalists, and creators. Editor Jonathan Shecter is the one to email draft links to for publishing, but they publish high quality writing so make sure it’s perfect!

HMTV

HMTV is a fun little music pub focused on music videos and lists created by Hogan Torah. Also, yes I’m also an editor with Aimée Gramblin, but I am not biased! Okay, maybe a little… It’s weird, it’s punk, it’s fun. Just go read it already. And if you like writing about music feel free to join us. …


FREELANCING

All over the place, take a look!

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It’s one of the most asked questions when it comes to freelancing: How do I find clients? Well, sometimes they find you, but more often you have to find them. At the start, it can be difficult, but once you get going it does get easier. I only began freelancing in the last 6 months and already found a number of different websites work.

Let’s find out all the ways you can land that first client!

Upwork

Many of my clients have found me on Upwork and work with me there. They have more security and I do as well. While the website takes 20% of my commissions, it is a decent website overall and they do make it easy for you to be found. Just this week I was eligible for their Top Rated badge which means I get lower fees and will appear more often in searches. …

About

Victoria A. Fraser

Writer, podcaster, and nerd. BFA in Psych and Creative Writing. Follow along for humour, nerd stuff, psychology, podcast tips and my opinions! victoriafraser.ca

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