Annabella’s Epiphanies Resurrected From the Dead


Yes, it’s true. Annabella’s Epiphanies has been resurrected- for now.

Before I get to the goods, thanks is in order- to all of you who have supported me and my blog, Annabella’s Epiphanies, a big thank you. I would not be where I am today had it not been for this blog and all who have followed my work. Some of you may be wondering where I’ve been, others know. This is, for the most part, for those who followed until I disappeared, and for those who continue to find my blog on search engines world-wide.

When I started this blog, the technical aspect of my writing was hideous to say the least. (Trust me, I’ve looked back.) Perhaps it was because I started this blog as an experiment.

On the other hand, the content seemed to strike a chord with an insane amount of people. In short, Annabella’s Epiphanies circumstantially became a platform for my writing career.

A few months into Annabella’s Epiphanies and a lot of research later, I got an opportunity to write an opinion editorial (op-ed)  for the Daily News Journal. That op-ed morphed into a year-long gig. A few more op-ed’s and I was off to the sports section, where I became a regular guest NFL columnist. (Thank you, Greg Pogue.)

During this time, I was doing triple duty dabbling in some side projects; to be specific, I was volunteer blogging for a cause near and dear to my heart. I also spent a short time with a “start-up” NFL website. (Which turned out to be an epic fail and shall remain nameless.) Nonetheless, I was able to maintain some kind of consistency with Annabella’s Epiphanies.

February 2010 changed all that.

Almost simultaneously, I received two semi-permanent job offers. The first was from a man who had found me through my various articles and blogs floating around the internet. His company, iTrip, was looking for a person to write three blogs a week pertaining to the vacation rental industry. I knew nothing of vacation rentals and very little about travel, so I was quite enthralled that he was asking me to be the face of their blog. I learned quickly and soon picked up the title of  social media marketer as well. (I should add that the pay was not bad either, but I didn’t like that I was made to look like a ghost writer over half of the time.)

The Murfreesboro Post, a local, independent newspaper came next. With a human interest piece under my belt and pro football still in season, the editor decided to throw me back on the NFL wagon. (Good choice. No, really, the editor said so herself.)

All Things Must Come to an End

Sometimes things happen that are out of our control, as was the case with iTrip. I had to resign due to an unexpected obstacle, but I’m not one to believe in coincidence. Even before the aforementioned obstacle, I was beginning to feel weary. I wanted to get back to writing about my true passions-  football, sports entertainment, (WWE and TNA) entertainment, op-ed’s, and of course, my personal memoir. Now, that’s exactly what I’m doing.

I will be blogging on Annabella’s Epiphanies as often as possible, if even only to update you all on my freelance writing adventures.

Again, thank you all so much for making writing worth doing.

See you soon!

Annabella’s M.I.A.


Much to my chagrin, I have lagged behind in terms of production content for my blog. For this, I owe you all an apology, as well as an explanation.

The holidays are always a bit on the disorderly side of things-tis the season. But the addition of personal change, inner chaos, and the demands involved with becoming a regular NFL columnist are mostly to blame for my lack of production.

Every new writer has their ups and downs. Scratch that. Every writer has ups and downs. More specifically, new writers often have to work a typical “day job” while writing their way up the publishing latter rungs. And if we’re being honest here,  the current state of the economy in America has made the transition even more trying. Throw in the newspaper death debate and you’ve got all the makings for a “made for tv” movie.

Take the writing and the search for a day job out of the equation and you’ve still got personal change and inner chaos. I’ll save the intricate details for a future memoir- but I will say this- most of the kinks have been ameliorated.

My blog’s column, “This Writer’s Life,” is still in development, albeit delayed. Be sure to look for it soon, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Also, look for a survey soon. I would love to hear from my readers about what they most look forward to reading when they come to “Annabella’s Epiphanies.”

More importantly however, I would like to thank you all for your continued support-even when I’m not on my game.

Love and Respect-

Annabella

Dogs Are Smarter Than Most Think


If you’ve ever taken your pooch to a canine training class than you’re probably familiar with how the trainer associates treats, clickers, and tone with the dog’s ability to learn. On the other hand- if you’re an observant dog owner yourself, you’ve probably questioned just how smart your dog actually is.

This is the type of thinking that has inspired scientists to further explore the canine’s capacity to learn.

In recent years, scientists have given recognition to the canine species by adding them to the diminutive list of  non-human species capable of using abstract concepts, such as sorting objects into categories. This particular behavior has only been seen in primates and birds before, according to science correspondent James Randerson of  The Guardian.

Stanley Coren, an expert in the field of canines, professor at the University of British Columbia, and author of several canine psyche books, including the popular “How Dogs Think”, concurs. During his studies, Coren has found that the average dog is as smart as a two-year old child, their tolietry skills often better than the two-year old’s. Coren also concludes that canines have the capability of  learning up to 300 words, as well as feeling emotions such as joy, fear, and anger.

As far as research is concerned, the possibilities are endless. Can a dog sense when something is not quite right with their human counter part? Do dogs indeed have a telepathic connection with their human friends?

Judging from my own experiences, my guess is yes.

Changes- Future Next Exit


Changes

I want to say a quick hello and thank you to all of you who have supported my blog these past few months. I’m sure you’ve noticed my lack of content recently, but I assure you I have not stopped producing content.

Some of you know that I am a freelance writer and sports columnist specializing in all things Tennessee Titans related. My columns run in the Daily News Journal. Sometimes they run weekly, sometimes bi-weekly. (We’re still working out all the kinks.) My other areas of expertise are mental health advocacy and awareness, and on occassion I still join in on the fun of devaluing the unenviable right wing pundits of America. 

When I can, I volunteer blog for two wonderful organizations, Everyminute.org and NAMI TN’s “In Our Own Voice”, where you can find more of my “entertaining and controversial” content. But- don’t let the branding fool you, my views on these issues aren’t anything I take lightly. In fact, my virtual tone on the subject matter is intensely vociferous in its nature.

With that said, I want to reiterate how important my readers are to me. I also realize just how many of my readers live out of the states, which make some of my articles harder to locate without the use of my blog. This is where the change comes into play. In order to keep my blog consistent, I would like to introduce a new column on my blog , a kind of “journey through the life of a writer”  manifesto. There aren’t enough writers/journalists involving their readers in the process of becoming one of the “elite” in the industry, and I would love to involve all of you in my journey.

Here is what I expect to be changing-

1. Short up to date summaries of the projects I’m working on.

2. Journal/SEO style blogs concerning the struggles connected to becoming a successful writer.

3. For aspiring writers, tips on what to do and what not to do when trying to break into the industry.

4.  URL links, and in some cases, clips copied and pasted on to my blog to make it easier for those having a hard time finding my content other places.

5.  On occasion you will still find some of “Annabella’s Epiphanies” in the form of music, pro football, sports entertainment, the entertainment industry, and informative advocacy pieces that do not generally fit commercially in the mainstream media.

Coming Soon

 There will be a survey for you all. I’d like for you to tell me what content you are interested in seeing me write about. 

I look forward to hearing your feedback, and I’ll be sure to follow-up with any statements or questions you may have.

Thank you all again, without you, none of this would be possible.

-Annabella

Biltmore Strikes Again!-2009


I’m not even sure where to start without sounding like a broken and aged record. Blog upon blog has been written about all the “Who’s Who” scams, and yet these companies continue to mass snail mail anyone that’s ever been associated with any type of business. (Specifically publishing and executive types.)

It’s the same banal song and dance every year-Google Biltmore, and you’ll find all sorts of scam information. There are a variety of bloggers who have been writing about it dating back to 2006, 2007, 2008, and now 2009- but it isn’t just Biltmore, you’ll find plenty of other “Who’s Who” scammers out there.

The letter starts out by branding you as one of the chosen few, “a potential candidate to represent the professional and business community of (insert your hometown and state here) in the Biltmore 2009 Honors Edition of Who’s Who Among Executives and Professional Women.” (In my case- or doctors, entrepreneurs, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers-you get the picture.)

The next step is to tell you that your candidacy became effective on so and so date, and that your confirmation will be “validated” when you send in the receipt-and oh yeah, there’s no cost! No big red flag there, is there? Just to make sure they secure a place in the hall of legitimacy, they list their website, mailing address, and phone number. This is probably a big mistake on their part. The website screams fraudulence. (If you don’t believe me check their website, http://www.biltmorewhoswho.com/)

You seriously expect me to believe Peyton Manning and Matt Damon are clients of your little known business in Hollywood, Florida?

While this hoax is somewhat amusing, and even partially hilarious, it is even more insulting. In the publishing industry, at this point in my career, I may be considered an “amateur,” but I am no idiot. I pride myself on my in-depth research skills and a marketability towards a targeted audience. It’s something any professional would take the time to do. It’s also clearly something Biltmore does not do. We’re on the same page here right?

Quite honestly, I’m surprised so many of these bloodsucking parasites are still in business with the wealth of information the internet provides. However, if they wish to continue on with their slimy business transactions, they might want to consider researching who they send their trash to in the future, lest their company wind up in the recycle bin right next door.

FYI-For all my fellow writers out there, be sure to keep a constant eye out for all the “writers beware” blogs. They have a knack for sniffing out all of the BS.

Until next time,

Annabella