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Maryan Pelland
Works at Ontext
Attended NIU, U of I
Lives in Northern IL


After the lonnnnng Chicago winter, I just want to sit outside and read a great book. But I can't find a great book to read.
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Looking for the perfect career? I always wanted to be a lawyer and the NY Times seems to think the right time is now. 
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Attention: Mirriam Webster says "apricot" rhymes loosely with "astronaut" and "avocado" rhymes loosely with "bravo" (at least the "a" does). There is no "r" in the second syllable of "sherbet." "Realtor" has only two syllables, not three (as in "reel let ter." Carry on.
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Mirriam needs to get out more.  There are ads running here that say "let a 'ree all tore' help you".
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Random sound bites run on my system in Chrome. Tried ev scan known and cant get rid of. Any ideas??
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Hillary said at the end of your life, what matters is your relationships...all of them. She said she has loved and been loved—and the rest of it, ALL the rest, is just background music.
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This is my current project. It's from a kit, but a kit so poorly made that you just aobut have to redesign the entire thing to get it to work. About half done, and not unhappy with it.
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Give this blog pos t a look. We found some interesting legal careers you didn;t think of. There' good money attached, along with strong experience to build resumes. A three minute read.
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A review:
Angie's List online is on the edge of worthless.

 I found a discount to join it when I was looking for a new doctor. Very glad I didn't pay their full rate; I spent ten bucks and I wish I had bought a couple of cofees instead.

The site is buggy and unreliable. The reviews, many of them, are one liners and written very vaguely. The free reviews on sites like Google are more helpful if you dig past the obvious nutty ones. Angie's list sends a bunch of spammy emails everyday, and though you pay to access the site, the amount of pop up advertising is tres annoying. I read that consumer reporting agencies have also said the site can be skewed by the businesses listed. Pass on this.
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Well, good morning eveyrone on Google+. For those wondering where the heck I've been for a month..I'll tell you. I have three new book contracts pending, one starts next week. I took on two or three social media, SEO (today's SEO, not stuffing keywords). Doing web content for an attorney.

So I'm busy up to my eyelashes and not much time to do my own social media, which I know I will regret as time goes on. Also decided to take an in depth pottery-building class and began a new dollhouse project for my grand daughter. 

As much as I love exchanging info and keeping involved with digital publishing and the new SEO, I simply can't do much of it right now. Keep me in your loops, I do read everything that is directed at me. Let me know if I can help you with anything.

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Mentor, muse, and resource for authors, writers, non-writers, and ghostwriters
I help authors, writers, ghostwriters, and self publishers make sense of the complications in our 21st Century book industry, with emphasis on ebooks of all kinds. You can see my home on the Web at and discover the Your Life Story project or tweet me - @mkpelland. Everyone has a book in their head or heart - let's find it!
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World's first digital grandparent. Three decades book industry experience. Twelve books, even more ebooks. Nearly 1k bylines in major publications. Prize winning authors in my stable of clients. I've almost found the definitive secret to e publishing photography-rich ebooks. Keep watching and I'll show you how.
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    Author mentor/owner, 2002 - present
    I bust my derierre helping authors succeed in today's publishing and helping non-authors and non writers get their brilliant ideas into books.
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Heartfelt high five to Geogia's restaurant in Algonquin where we had lunch today. They close at 2:30pm - shortly after that, they asked each guest if they'd care to take home some of the soup of the day so it wouldn't have to be discarded. Not at a discount, just as a gift. What an awesome way for business people to behave! I will go there every chance I get for the very friendly service and the perfectly lovely attitude. The food? We had mousaka and spanako. It's competently cooked, though, for me, it could be seasoned and flavored better. But at those low prices, it's fine.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Had an appointment for grooming, but my mother-in-law died and I lost track of time that day. The groomer called me, I apologized over and over, said I'd come right in, and I got my a** chewed for being late. I'll never go back.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
This was, for ages, our favorite place, Mexican or other. Recently, we've observed some staff issues that are causing poor service and a loss of the friendly atmosphere. We seldom stop in any more, but we miss the good food, well prepared. Maybe they'll get it ironed out. (4-5-2013)
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
5 reviews
I went to the Barn because their past reputation was good. But I'm unhappy. I purchased, among other things, a package of something labeled "Fairy Mulch" for fairy gardens. About 2 ounces for $3.00. Turns out it's cocoa chips, plain old, which sell for around $3.00 for a couple of cubic feet. I used the stuff to make a path through a fairy garden that took hours of work and many good plants and collectible accessories. Next day (24 hrs after adding it to the garden) the fairy mulch had a one-inch thick coat of hairy mold on it - the entire path was a sea of mold. I am in the process of replacing plants and resetting the garden. I feel so ripped off and so gullible. A pleasant girl at the Barn said they have never had a quality issue. Well, guess what? Now they do.
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Quality: Poor to fairAppeal: Poor to fairService: Good
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
I have icky hair - fine, flyaway. I always look for a stylist who has been in the business for a while. I called here, asked if I could make an appt w a stylist who has been in the business for at least ten years, they sd yes. When I came in, they assigned me to a very young girl who rolled here eyes when I told her what my concerns were as far as shape, texture, style. she called another stylist over who asked, "what's your problem?" She was cold and curt. I was embarrassed by this time and pretty sure I wouldn't get a great cut because they were annoyed already. The staff here seems to be easily annoyed - I wonder if they're overbooked and feeling too tired? Anyway, this isn't the place for me. I went to another salon that day, asked the same questions and expressed the same concerns. They couldnt have been nicer, and my hair ended up looking terrific. Ladies, listen to your customers!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago