A Personal Story About Reclaiming One’s Identity

Today I realized I needed to tally up my writing time spread out in bits and pieces over several years while I was doing other work. The actual real time for the volume of work I have written only adds up to a little over two years.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Honourable Mention, Literature Award
  • November National Novel Writing Month Award for completing the challenge by writing a 50,000 word novel in November, which I actually completed in three weeks
  • For my company’s blog, http://www.connectingthedotswiththerespectprinciple.com, I write and share other people’s articles relevant to the blog’s focus. The blog has followings from over 70 countries
  • Wrote and published in print a 100 limited edition copies of mu first Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle book
  • Wrote and recorded in a studio the splay, Charles Choice, to address bullying in schools. The play has now become the cornerstone for presenting the Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle in schools and in future, as part of a school video production contest
  • Wrote and epublished several non-fiction and children’s fiction books through Smashwords, an American ebook retailer and distributor, but removed the books when informed by the founder that what sold best in ebook format is adult fiction. Still have one short story and a small book available for sale on Smashwords
  • During my first year of writing, kick-started by essay writing for university in my forties, 700 poems, 40 short stories that included six of my Little Jack children’s series, and my first book poured out of me in stream-of-conscious writing. Several poems and short stories were published, and even paid for, by literary journals, trade magazines, trade journals, newspapers, a university newsletter, and anthologies. An anthology, Shore Words, dedicated to Lake Huron was published by a Port Elgin, Ontario publisher that hosted a press event with book signing by the 26 contributors that I participated in as writer of the poem, Rolling Thunder. My first book received interest from an Arizona publisher, but I declined the offer at the time due to its very personal and damaging content

All of these writing achievements resulted even without my having high school English, but after the writing my GED, passing a few English courses in business school, and my essay writing for a few York university courses before I dropped out in my forties, though the high university marks served as the catalyst to my rediscovering and reclaiming my writing aspirations.

And all of these writing achievements were also accomplished while I was doing other jobs that I excelled at, but were stifling and frustrating for me even though they included writing reports, newsletters, etc. Why I spent a lifetime doing other jobs rather than what is a natural fit for me, writing, was because people convinced me, for whatever reasons, that writing was and still is not a real job. Yet one only has to look at our world, driven more than ever by the written word to know the exact opposite is true.

But my writing successes that would normally have been accomplished in a few years reveals the deepest truth of who I really am (an introvert/geek/nerd/seeker/researcher/book reader/ writer) and what work is right for me, so now I am applying for freelance writing jobs as well as writing (blog posts, books, and grant applications) for my social business venture.

The good news is this big picture realization certainly gave me the confidence boost to not settle for anything less than the writing life I dreamt of when I was a child. And I am sharing my story not just to secure freelance writing work and grants for my social business venture, but because my experience serves as a vital message to anyone that it is never too late to be who we really are.

And personally, I thank God for all I am and have yet to be.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Advocate Innovator Writer Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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July 14, 2019

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KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Advocate Innovator Writer Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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July 4, 2019

How to Reclaim Our Professional Writing Skills and Our Professional Reputation

Like anything new, what is new can be used for good, or not.

Take for instance, social media writing and its impact on our formal writing skills.

Online we often write in short form, avoid punctuation, create acronyms, and employ emojis not only for texting, but also in emails and online correspondence.

Then when we sit down to write a formal letter for professional purposes, many of us bring our new habits to writing a formal document that is supposed to represent us professionally, which it does, but not always in a good way these days.

To counter what I discovered is my own writing sloppiness and laziness born of the new online age, I realized a library visit was in order. Serendipity being what it is, the library had pulled several books about writing and arranged a prominent display, so I was not surprised when Sam Leith’s “Write to the Point A Master Class on the Fundamentals of Writing for Any Purpose” figuratively jumped off the library display table into my hands.

Sam’s book refreshes one’s approach and reboots forgotten skills by pointing out the obvious and not-so-obvious new bad writing habits. With a friendly conversational tone, his voice also reveals in-depth historical and present English Standard knowledge. He presents the updated norms of what is considered formal professional writing now, including changes in punctuation use that can make or break our document and therefore the image we present.

No matter what we write or the media we use, our language skills and writing still provide an image of us to others online or on paper. And as a professional writer, I am grateful for the work of Sam Leith and others who guide us with skill and deftness through the waves of change impacting our primary communication tool of words.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Advocate Innovator Writer Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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July 3, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Seven Stupidest Things We Do With Money”

“Rich or poor, people tend to make the same money-wasting errors again and again. It doesn’t have to be that way.”

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KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Advocate Innovator Writer Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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July 1, 2019

“Caring for a Loved One is Hard Work – 6 Ways You Can Fight Burnout”

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My own experience revealed burnout happens because there are no other options, so be sure to give yourself time to restore before trying to live as you did before. But then again, we can’t live as we did before because the experience changes us forever.
 
All I can say at this point is I’m glad I don’t have to do the same for mom because her needs are being taken care of by several other people, so now I can finally focus on my work and company that was stalled by parental care and my burnout recovery.

 

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Advocate Innovator Writer Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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June 25, 2019

 

“How to Be Resilient in the Face of Harsh Criticism”

“What I’ve learned from the TOSA students is that we need to build our resilience in the face of criticism. Here are four steps you can try the next time harsh feedback catches you off-guard. I’ve organized them into an easy-to-remember acronym — CURE — to help you put these lessons in practice even when you’re under stress.”

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Joseph Grenny is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and leading social scientist for business performance. His work has been translated into 28 languages, is available in 36 countries, and has generated results for 300 of the Fortune 500. He is the cofounder of VitalSmarts, an innovator in corporate training and leadership development.

Harvard Business Review, June 17, 2019

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KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Advocate Innovator Writer Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

© All Rights Reserved 2014-2019 

June 20, 2019