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Who in the World is Scott Kessman?

In Interviews on March 30, 2008 at 7:00 am

This published author is ready to take on the world with his talents with the recently released The Tales of Tanglewood: The Lon Dubh Whistle, a modern tale of folklore and fantasy, but when he’s not following his dreams as a professional writer, Scott Kessman is sharing his talents on AC.

This CP’s articles touch upon travel, product reviews, current events and health. I caught up with Scott to learn about his aspirations and inspiration for writing on AC and otherwise so we could all learn who Scott Kessman really is:

S: What first got you interested in writing for AC?

S: I found AC by browsing a forum about freelance writing, and immediately started writing about anything and everything. I found that writing for AC was a great way to learn more about other things I love, as I usually researched several resources for many articles

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

S: Probably the Lifestyle category, because you can find such a broad mixture of interesting, informative, and entertaining articles
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Weekly Roundup: Making Spring Travel Plans

In Weekly Roundup on March 24, 2008 at 7:00 am

If Spring break season is rubbing off on you and still don’t have your plans made, start dreaming away with these ideas from fellow CPs:

C.E. Brown brings us Twenty Things to Do in Elkhart, Indiana – Old & New Attractions.  Yes, twenty.

Head out of the country for a real adventure with these highlights in Scotland, courtesy of  CJ Mathis.

Make your way to sunny Florida for a unique dining experience.  Find out where the Top Restaurants in Sarasota, Florida are for some of the area’s best cuisine.

If you’re planning a Disney vacation, don’t forget to learn all about Epcot; Ayami Chin brings us Disney World -Travel Info for Epcot in this handy guide.

Want to visit the Big Apple?  Read up on the basics with the New York City Visitor’s Guide – Where to Stay on a Budget? courtesy of gina gayle.

Look forward to sun and sand with these Reasons to Vacation in Hawaii from Sharon Lynn. Not that you needed an excuse to head to the islands.

And if you’re dying to hit the waters on a cruise ship, learn the Four Ways to Get Cruise Discounts When Booking Your Trip, courtesy of 2buyz.

Who in the World is Michy?

In Interviews on March 20, 2008 at 6:00 am

michyShe earned one of the People’s Media Awards in 2007 for her outstanding writing on Associated Content, and this word maven runs her very own freelance writing business, Accentuate Services – when she’s not penning a few words for AC, of course. A novelist, poet, and successful business owner, this CP is a valuable resource for tips and insights for any AC newbie.

Michelle (Michy) Devon is a well-known CP who declares she has an addiction to AC, and has published four (real-world) books with two more on the way. I caught up with this busy CP to learn who in the world Michy really is:

S: What first got you interested in writing for AC?

M: I run a writers forum at www.writersforum.info, and regularly post paying writing jobs there, but I also check out writing opportunities and websites too, to see if they are legit or worth sharing with others. I had seen AC being talked about around the writers forums, back when it was still very new and their publishing model was very unique. There wasn’t a lot of very positive things being said about AC, since writers tend to balk new publishing models, but it was enough I finally figured I’d check it out for myself and see if it was worth promoting on my forum. What’s that they say that there is no such thing as bad publicity? I guess I must have thought AC was worthwhile, since nearly two years later, I’m still there, and I’ve shared my addiction with others and they are now stuck on AC too!

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Who in the World is Amy Brantley?

In Interviews on March 18, 2008 at 7:00 am

You may have caught this writing whiz in the Food and Wine section of AC, and she’s busy cooking up an article or two (or a hundred) on today’s most popular foods, brands, and foodie news. Amy Brantley has become famous for her food reviews and unique perspective on the life of a foodie, and continues to draw hundreds of readers each month with fresh articles and creative ideas.

She can be found cooking, baking, entertaining, watching the Food Network, and of course writing for AC on any given day…I managed to catch up with Amy for a brief Q&A, and learn who in the world Amy Brantley really is:

S: What first got you interested in writing for AC?

A: When I first found AC, I was looking for a work-at-home job. I thought AC would be a way to earn some extra income, but had no idea that it would be paying all my bills in just a few shorts months.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work?

A: Food & Wine

S: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or are you an ‘AC lifer’?

A: I’ve written for a few paid-to-review sites, but most of my work has come through AC. My work can be found on other sites, because I’ve done several C4Cs for AC.

S: What is your most popular article, and your inspiration for writing it?
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Weekly Roundup: March Madness Continues…

In Weekly Roundup on March 17, 2008 at 6:00 am

Now that the winter defrosting is well underway, you may have jumped into the buzz of March Madness with sports channel surfing filling up your day.  From basketball to baseball tournaments, here’s what CPs are writing about this month:

Spruce up your MySpace page with March Madness MySpace Layouts from Pam Gaulin.

Get a head start on that fantasy baseball game with Fantasy Baseball Drafts, courtesy of wassup471.

Find out what’s in store in 2008 with A Year Without the Yankees from Bill Forant.

Heading to San Antonio for the Final Four game?  Make sure you check out Best San Antonio Hotels, courtesy of Christie.

Catch up on the latest NHL insights from AC’s Experts & Clowns Week 23 Tournament Talk from Nick Meyer.

Brush up on women’s football history with When Football Became a Woman’s Game, courtesy of SophisticatedWriter.

Skip the ‘conventional’ Spring sports altogether, and learn How to Arrange a Paintball Team, courtesy of Jerry.

Who in the World is Momie Tullottes?

In Interviews on March 14, 2008 at 6:00 am

MomieYou’ll find her prowling on the AC forums more often than not, making her rounds on AC with a daily visit, and and leaving friendly comments on articles each week. Momie Tullottes is a happily married mom of six (yes, six), working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education and homeschooling four of those six young ‘uns for success.

Her aspirations of opening up an early learning center for low-income children are in the works, but in the meantime, you’ll find her uploading dozens of creative, insightful, and just plain useful articles on AC. I caught up with this busy mom to learn who in the world Momie Tullottes really is:

S: What first got you interested in writing for AC?
I was perusing the internet for writing gigs and I happened upon an ad for AC. I checked it out and found it suited my needs perfectly. Being a stay at home mom who also homeschools the kids, my time to work is somewhat limited. AC gives me the freedom to work as little or as much as I can, doing something I have a natural love for.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:
M: I would have to say that there’s a tie between education and parenting. Both of those categories always keep me interested.

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Who in the World is Jody Morse?

In Interviews on March 12, 2008 at 6:00 am

jody morseWhen this talented writer isn’t browsing the humor and entertainment section on AC, you’ll find her publishing content on a variety of controversial subjects on topics – many that have ruffled a few conservative feathers on AC. Jody Morse has quickly become a well-read CP, and enjoys writing for Helium and other online venues as part of her freelance career.

I caught up with this prolific writer to learn about her inspiration for writing, why she can be found reading cleaning product labels on any given day, but most importantly, who in the world Jody Morse really is…

S: What first got you interested in writing for AC?
J: At the time, I was doing a bunch of different freelance writing gigs for a few main clients, but I was also recently taking up a few new ones. I wanted to make sure that they were legitimate, so I did a Google search with their names and every single one of them lead to AC. I wasn’t sure what it was exactly, but the more that I read about it, the more I wanted to try it…so I did.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:
J:
Humor, Arts & Entertainment

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The Daily Find: The Five Worst Smelling Cheeses

In The Daily Find on March 11, 2008 at 6:00 am

The Article: The Five Worst Smelling Cheeses

The Author: Kristie Leoung, M.D.

Why It’s Worth a Read: The real reason why cutting the cheese just isn’t worth it.

Who in the World is Fabiola Hernandez?

In Uncategorized on March 10, 2008 at 6:00 am

tinypic.jpgShe’s one of the younger writers of the CP crew, a talented contributor who enjoys reading and writing about travel, current events, movies, and a number of lifestyle topics as she looks forward to building her college career.

Fabiola Hernandez is commonly mistaken for a 13-year-old with her youthful looks and ways, but she’s an 18-year old high school senior who plans to make her way to the University of Florida this Fall. She was born in Venezuela and speaks fluent Spanish, but managed to share some thoughts in well-written English for a quick Q&A so we can all learn who Fabiola Hernandez really is:

S: What first got you interested in writing for AC?

F: I believe I Googled “journalism jobs online” or something along those lines, and the link to AC popped up! At first I though it was too good to be true; until I received my first payment. Ever since then, we’ve been inseparable.

S: Your favorite content category to browse at work:

F: Education and Travel are my top two categories. I love reading up on tips on school (How nerdy does that sound?) and all the different places people have travelled to and their experiences there.

S: Do you write for other online sites or publications, or are you an ‘AC lifer’?

F: At first, I tried to write for Helium, but it was not profitable at all. I also recently tried Brijit, and that did not work out too well. So I guess that I am an ‘AC lifer’.

S: What is your most popular article, and your inspiration for writing it?

F: It has to be the Top 5 Most Dangerous Countries in the World with 33,538 hits to date. I wrote it because I realized there was not a compilation like it or similar it to AC. One day I was just skimming this chart at NationMaster.com which showed the most dangerous countries and why (crime, rape, etc) and decided to research each one a little more in depth. And voila! I created my most controversial article…

S: Another CP’s article that has really inspired you?

F: Actually, all of Expat_2003’s articles are inspirational. He is an American expat living in Mexico writing so eloquently about how life is there. He opens the door on the border and let’s us see an insider’s view. I love his writing style and personality! But if I had to choose my favorite article of his, it would have to be “What is a Real Friend?”

S: Three CPs who you think deserve a mention and why:

F: Well, first of all, my younger sister, Melanie Hernandez because she has not had much exposure, but really enjoys writing for AC. Expat_2003 for the aforementioned reasons in the previous question; and Jeremy Still for the smooth way he writes and his groundbreaking ideas.

S: Name a website you visit at least once per day:

F: Besides AC? BBC News International — to catch up on my news, uncensored and unbiased.

S: One reason why everyone who’s anyone should read your work?

F: If they want fresh ideas that go against what is expected. I basically slammed the country of Portugal in one of my articles and have gained many “haters” from that. *sigh* But I also had tons of people agree with me and brought up many questions to the table. Go figure.

S: Your favorite form of caffeine?

F: Great question! Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino in a bottle.

S: A favorite hobby when you’re not writing for AC?

F: Either listening to trance music or watching the Travel Channel.

S: One pearl of wisdom for any AC Content Producer?

F: Be yourself — make up your own words if you have to! But try to get into the reader’s perspective. Throw punch lines. Have witty beginnings and endings. And throughout your article to keep your reader’s attention, ask a lot of questions. And my best advice of all: write about something controversial, people love that.

S: Your favorite quote about writing or otherwise?

F: “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” ~Elmore Leonard

The Daily Find: So Easy! Decorate Cupcakes Like a Professional

In The Daily Find on March 10, 2008 at 6:00 am

The Article: So Easy! Decorate Cupcakes Like a Professional

The Author: C. Jeanne Heida

Why It’s Worth a Read: You’ve been asked to bake a batch of cupcakes for that next event, and have no idea how to get started. Follow the helpful tips from this simple guide for bakery-style cupcakes in no time.