Publications

The podcast

You may have noticed the redesign. In the menu there are now child menu options under Publications and Contact parent menus. Under Publications you will see 3 Little Sisters, Podcast (Nevermore) and Quoth the Publisher. Those are all publications I contribute to. Under the Contact menu you will find the FAQ and About pages now. Just a little mid-winter cleaning was done.

Now, I’d like to talk about the podcast, Nevermore. It’s a rather interesting (but nerve wracking) endeavor really. I never liked the sound of my voice to be honest and am always a little “insecure” about it but I digress. I’ve found the process fascinating and rather fun in the end. This particular podcast is in the publishing industry but lots of fun topics. Current episode is about Magnum Opus.

Fiverr

You can now find me on Fiverr and hire me there. My current gig is book covers for now. I’ll be adding more gig types in the near future depending on how well this Fiverr thing pans out. You can still hire me directly as well if you want to.

Me on Fiverr

Fiverr allows you to hire by a third part partnership and protect yourself as a consumer and customer. The more I can protect my customers, the better.

What Can I do for You?

Virtual Assistant & Document Tech Work

What is a VA (Virtual Assistant)?

A virtual assistant is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office.

Wikipedia

A document technician organizes and manages information and data by ensuring that it maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems.

Chron

So what can a VA do, you name it we can do it. From scheduling clients on your behalf, running your social media for you, updating your email newsletters, website, graphics design, document branding, logo branding, the list goes on and on. The only difference from one VA to the other is what they went to school for or what skills they have or don’t have.

For example, one VA may have a graphics design diploma while another may have an office systems management or IT based diploma. It just all depends on the skills and services your VA offers (or VA company).

So, what do I have as skills?

  • Social Media : Facebook, Twitter, Google Business, SEO, and more.
  • Graphics Design: Photoshop, Illustrator, logo design, graphics design.
  • Layout Design: InDesign, brochures, resumes, business plans, document branding, and more.
  • Video Editing: After Effects, NCH Video Editor.
  • Writing: Blogs, websites, articles, plot layouts, and more.
  • Editing: Copy Editing and Proofing.
  • Scheduling: Client schedules, employee scheduling, phone calls, emails, postal letters.
  • Simple Accounting: Basic business accounting and spread sheets.
  • Contract Underwriting and management across several platforms.
  • Project Management across multiple platforms on both computer and devices such as tablets, IPads, phones and more.
  • File Management across multiple platforms and devices. Both digital and print file management.

I can do a lot more than just the above as well. You can contact me to see if we make a good fit and see what I can do for you. Tell me what you need and I’ll either tell you I can provide it or direct you to someone who can!

Adobe Signatory Services

I have moved from HelloSign to Adobe (Acrobat) signatory services. In other words I now use Adobe Acrobat and the signing services that correspond with that piece of software. What does it look like?

So that’s what one of my contracts might look like as I’m setting it up in the Acrobat program. You will get an email from the Adobe server asking you to sign the document. If you receive it to a device like your phone or tablet you can sign with a tablet pen or your finger directly. If you receive it on a computer you can type your signature and it’s still considered a legal signature.

I’ve moved to this form of signatory service because I have more control over the service to protect my customers more thoroughly than a third party signatory service can provide. I also have the ability to audit documents and provide more information on when, how and who was involved in the document signature process.

Software Added to The Roster

So pretty…

So this happened. Today. Yay! Decided it was time to bite the bullet and purchase Adobe. At 80 CAD a month that’s a pricey bullet to bite but worth every penny to provide my customer base with up to date software technology. I now have access to the whole Adobe basket, the above is just a small smattering of what’s available.

I can now provide you with everything from interactive PDF to touch ups, illustrative designs and so much more. I will still be providing the doc tech services as well. If you are a Word or Microsoft Office user and that’s your primary file format, by all means I have that too.

I’m so excited to be able to provide so much more for my customers. They deserve the very best. Time to open, not just, some new doors but a whole bunch of windows too!

Techno Dance Macabre

The Techno Dance Macabre from hell

It’s been a hellish week folks. Thank the gods for backup clouds and my hard lesson from the week before when the first drive went and did a “that’s a nope”. This week, the second drive decided to go “that’s a nope” from brand new in the box. RMA issued and shipping it out tomorrow via express Canada Post with signature, some sketchy happened that I don’t like with a tech asking for more information AFTER the RMA was issued which made my red flag meter go *ding ding ding*.

I guess they weren’t expecting a well versed customer with a big rig like I have – they should see the second tower, mine is a Ryzen 3 first gen, the other one is a Ryzen 5.

None of my rig set up explains why their product decided to pull a technological poo poo out of no where. Buddy of mine took a look at the picture of the pins on the drive and went mmm solder doesn’t look right or even sister.

So now, I ship it tomorrow and we play the wait and see game. Wait to see if they try blaming the customer for user error or if they hold true to their touted customer service game and come through with a replacement. I have another of their drives as well. An M.2 that I’m running right now (on it at this very moment). Did I mention I had to pay for the shipping and for a new PSU because of their product. I think they thought I wanted them to replace the PSU. I outright told them sorry already did that I couldn’t give a rat’s behind if they replaced it or not. I need one anyway, so there’s that.

Never got an answer back from them after that email. Kind of sketchy too but we’ll see. My partners & team at TLS are all too happy to soothe my frayed nerves and the team has come together full throttle to keep my end floating like a non-leaky techno boat (I thought for sure I was gonna drown). So thank you to “P”, “S”, Larisa and Sarah (I will not divulge my editors names without their permission) for keeping me sane and human these last few weeks. Not just a team but family. Thank you is not strong enough a set of words.

For my Techno buddies: My RIG

Mobo: gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3

HD: 500G MX500 M.2 (dead drive was an MX500 2.5IN 1T SSD)

Ram: HyperX Fury

Vid card: Radeon RX580 Pulse (Sapphire series) 8G

Chip Set: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 (4C /4T, 10 MB cache)

PSU: Master Cooler Masterwatt 750

(temporary PSU a new updated Rosewill Hive 650S coming soon).

Case: Phantex Eclipse 300