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Video and Audio editing and creation DON’T need to be a HEADACHE…

Back when I still had two real legs I did a great deal of audio transcription. Sometimes the audio would come in an MP3 file or a video and the client would want a Word file of the content. I found a terrific product called AVS4YOU. It has many great features that helped make processing audio and video so much faster and cleaner.

When I traveled the country on my motorcycle during the original B.R.O.A.D. (TM) journey I gave up transcription because honestly there isn’t much money in it and it was more equipment to tote around.

After I was hit and lost part of my leg, I began a video series of what life was like for me missing part of my leg. These videos were about showering, managing my living space to suit my needs, traveling with a wheelchair, trying to cook, and more. It was then that I needed to find a program that would help me put together quality videos in a user friendly manner. Again, I turned to AVS4YOU. The video series called, “Doing It With The B.R.O.A.D.” (TM) was a huge success and folks really appreciated the private understanding of what my life had become. I do not claim to be a guru at making videos, but thanks to AVS4YOU, they turned out pretty decent.

Now, a year has passed and a new video series is in the making. I am getting better and faster at managing AVS4YOU and creating the videos that will become “The Amp’d Rider Project”. This project, similar to the other project, is about sharing what life is like as an amputee but I’m taking it a step further and encompassing the love and passion I have for motorcycle riding. I am interviewing amp’d riders, professionals that modify motorcycles for amputees, and professionals that make it their careers to assist amputees medically and also with prosthetics.

And so I share with you these tidbits, but for this article I really want to share with you AVS4YOU because it is a wonderful cost effective tool for anybody that wishes to edit and create terrific videos and audio for any project you may have in mind.

Now, if you have an interest in the video series called, “Doing It With The B.R.O.A.D.” (TM), you can certainly find them on YouTube.

By the beginning of February 2015, “The Amp’d Rider Project” will begin on YouTube as well. In the meantime, you can see some of the one legged adventures…

 
 

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Day Late and A Dollar Short? Maybe…

Well, it’s been a while since an update has come out for The Write Hand. Sorry for that but all from due cause. I’m still working hard for my one VA client, East End Business Solutions, and I’m constantly bidding on more jobs on Guru.com. A few more transcription files have come through and of course, I’m still doing some miscellaneous side work, like cleaning houses and working local events for tips.

I’ve done a proposal for another VA client (Oginga Carr), but as the story goes, he’s so busy that he needs my help, but we are both so busy we have to find the time to get together on things.

All in all, I’m still plugging along. So why am I so late with a post???

Life moves at an incredible speed one day and drags on others. I was able to take a brief 4 days to visit Wisconsin thanks to a silent auction I won in 2011. For the Love of Ellie helped raise funds for a very young child in our town whom is suffering from a terrible disease. She’s gone through many treatments for such a young child. I was able to finally enjoy the cabin I won at the end of May and first weekend in June.

Upon my return I had one heck of a week when I lost two very special and dear friends. One from a freak accident as he worked on his Jeep. This is my friend Mike Morris, owner of Saffron and Cedar Wellness. You may recall that I wrote his blogs for his company. The other friend Isaac Perez I spent about 8 years of my childhood with on the military base in Charleston, SC and kept in contact with his family since then. The sadness still lingers and certain things will set me off, but I have no choice but recall the good times and pray that I meet them again someday in a better life.

And then yesterday, my dear sweet grand daughter was baptized into the Catholic faith. My father and step-mom visited for the occasion all the way from Georgia. So I must say, after such a terrible week, the ending was ever so sweet.

I am still looking for another VA client, ghostwriting opportunities, transcription jobs, and so forth. I am managing my garden as best I can with this heat and riding my motorcycle less than I would like, but often enough to appreciate my freedom.

I realize this particular post doesn’t say too much about my business, but sometimes despite the need to earn a living, there are just more important things for the moment. May you all be well, appreciate your loved ones, cherish your blessings, and be thankful for your freedom.

Bhyre Lake, Fifield, Wisconsin – The motorcycle riding there is amazing but I really loved waking up to this view.

Mike Morris – aka Mike Motorbike – I Love You Buddy!!

Isaac and I are the two big kids. I Love You My Friend!!

Me, My Step-Mom Ms. Patti, Tina my son’s fiance, my grand daughter Kylee, my Dad Roy, and my Son Nathan

 

 

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Growing (Slowly) but Growing INDEED

My new client for Virtual Admin work is a real gem and I’m learning a great deal from her. Paula owns and operates East End Business Solutions out of Long Island, NY. I was blessed when she hired me as her VA, not just for the obvious reason that I finally have a recurring gig, but because she is the ideal 1st client for my full-time venture into entrepreneurship. Paula has proven to be an up-beat, kind-hearted woman with a deep desire to succeed and flourish. She has taken the time to recognize that I am a very smart and eager individual and while I do not know everything she needs me to know, she has given me guidance and sent me along my way without micromanaging and with intent to see that we flourish together.

New New New and Good Good Good ~ Despite the slow rate of speed at which my clients are growing, they are growing. My capital will be all gone as of the next round of personal payments, so very soon it’ll be skin of the teeth, praying harder than ever, and getting creative with Ramen Noodles (hehehe). I have always believed in the barter and trade system, and now I’m actually making it work in one instance. You see, I sit at my desk for hours and hours, sometimes 10, 12, or more hours a day. Needless to say, it can be grueling and painful. Since being laid-off and being on a strict budget, many luxuries have been cut (case in point: my massages).

Here’s the barter and trade… My massage therapist (and good friend) is also building his independent business because he’s giving more to chiropractors in fees than he’s keeping himself for his services. His company, Saffron and Cedar Wellness, much like my business, needs some marketing. So I have created his blog and write his content based on subject matter he suggests. This takes me about 2 hours a week and in return I get an in-home 1+ hour massage session to help what ails me. Now, if only I could find a trade-off for somebody to steam clean my carpets (hehehehe).

That’s all for now… Time for a snack ;-)~

 

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A Blessed Week and Another Week of Self Employment Underway

I sure hope that everybody had a wonderful weekend and blessed Easter. I sure did. Saturday and Sunday were both spent doing a lot of riding with people that mean a great deal to me. Saturday we rode about 250 miles (scenic route of course) to go see the Red Covered Bridge in Princeton, IL. It’s one of five remaining covered bridges in Illinois.

I filmed over four hours of riding on my GoPro camera mounted to my windshield. I love my camera that my riding friends gave me for my birthday last year. It’s totally awesome although I’m still learning how to use it. 🙂   I spent a little over five hours Saturday evening (until 1:00 AM) creating the following video our of the footage and photos I had taken from the day.

It’s Monday evening and another productive week is taking shape. I had a phone interview for a VA position with a very nice lady from New York. She found me on Guru.com and said she was impressed with my skills and recommendations. YAY!!

I did another ghostwriting session for a blogger. ARGH – how I wish I could tell you more because it’s very fascinating stuff.

I’m bidding on more jobs and submitted a test scenario for a husband/wife team that needs a VA. Hopefully I’ll hear more about that soon. I have an accounting project in the AM as well as a transcription project setup for tomorrow PM.

I’m not getting rich yet, but my name is getting out there and that’s really what will make this come to life for me.

I have been corresponding with a lovely lady that has some great inspirational women that she features on her blog. She goes by LadyRomp and her blog is quite refreshing. I recommend it for a light and uplifting read.

Other than that, my Easter with my son, grand daughter and their family was pleasant. My son and I rode our motorcycles for a while Easter afternoon which is always a blessing and a treat for me. Now that he’s grown with a family of his own, I don’t see him much so the time I get I cherish immensely.

Easter breakfast with my grand daughter Kylee, her Mommy Tina

(and of course my son and more of Tina’s family).

Easter Sunday Motorcycle Ride with My Son Nathan and other friends.

 

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Tuesday is Over?? Oh My!!

WOW!! What a busy two days. Between finishing up some ghostwriting for a blog, transcribing, and job bidding on Guru and Freelancer … I can’t believe it’s almost Wednesday (well it will be in 2 hours).

I am really enjoying the opportunity to ghostwrite for a blog that is related to bartending. This is not an area that I would normally have an interest, but it’s fascinating to me to research the ‘behind-the-scenes’ info of the career of bartending. I go into an establishment, order my beverage, pay my bill, tip well if the service is good, and continue about my socializing with friends. But oh my goodness, there’s so much more to the industry that I never knew before.I cannot detail the blog I write or the company for which I produce it, but it has certainly been a wonderful experience.

As busy as I am, I don’t get a lot of time to read books for leisure or study areas of interest outside my immediate desires. For this reason, I find what I do for a living a very welcomed way to expand my knowledge.

As such, I have been blessed to create a great rapport with Sean of Page21 Magazine. As of yesterday, he assigned me three more interviews to transcribe by tomorrow. Yesterday I completed an interview with Tichina Arnold; she played Pam on the sitcom Martin. She is a fascinating lady and I love her take on life and career. But to really get a feel for who she is, you’ll have to check out the interview with Page21 Magazine.

Then today, I completed an interview with Rob Lewis. We’ve all heard, never judge a book by it’s cover. Well, Rob is the end-all, be-all to that cliche. This dude grew up in Chicago, less than 20 miles from where I sit now. His story is nothing short of amazing and his success has not begun to slow. I so wish I could share the details because I found him inspiring, articulate, funny, and well naturally… full of talent. He has worked with some of the biggest in the biz and he’s promoting his newly released album, The Masterpiece. This is not your kids’ hip-hop or the R&B of our high school years – this is totally different. You have to hear it to appreciate it. And YES, I already bought the album. I love the horns, the strings, the bass, the drums, and the whole way it all comes together for a sound that joins generations and awakens the senses. You really must listen to The Masterpiece Prelude – it’s a tasty sample of what the album has to offer you.This interview is scheduled to hit the April edition of Page21 Magazine.

So as I listen to my new album, I conclude this blog post and wish you all a successful Wednesday. Tomorrow, I’ll be transcribing an interview with Rudy Currence. Looking forward to it…

 

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Rico Love ~ Interview Transcription

I woke up this morning with only one ghostwriting project on my plate and it was mostly finished other than jazzing up some verbiage, proofreading, and linking. So when I saw an email in my guru.com inbox from Sean Williams at Page21Magazine, I was tickled to have work from him again. I’m really diggin’ this new subject matter and I enjoy checking out the artists and hearing new songs as I transcribe the interviews.

Rico Love used to make his coin rapping and singing … now he’s gone big time as the CEO of Division1, writing songs, developing talent, producing for and collaborating with artists like Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs, Emjay, Cherlise, Teairra MariAmeriie, Usher, Beyonce, and many more.

Rico Love has certainly taken his talent beyond rap music and is making his way to the top of the charts in what is bound to be a successful career. And as always, I cannot divulge the content of the interview but there’s plenty to be excited about, so follow Page21 Magazine for the latest greatest buzz …

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Transcription

 

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Day 26 Interview Transcription – Complete with Lots of Laughs

I tell you what… I sure did enjoy transcribing the video interviews with Day 26 for Page21 Magazine. The guys from Day 26 are super personable and quite funny indeed. And LaToya the interviewer from Page21 Magazine did a great job and really made the interview flow well. I certainly cannot divulge the content of the interview but let’s just say that Day 26 is coming back stronger than ever with their new album.

I listen to all sorts of music but honestly I had not heard of Day 26 until now. As I researched some of the necessary subjects to complete my transcription, I saved a couple YouTube links for their songs. In particular (so far) my favorite is Made Love Lately. I love the way these guys have a new spin on 90s R&B meets Hip-Hop. I look forward to seeing and hearing more about Day 26.

I’ve transcribed more words than I could count in a life time, but they have always been in person or on voice only audio. On this particular project I learned a little more about transcribing video. The biggest learning was the process and time it takes to download and convert the videos to suit my transcription software. I’ve always had the ability to do this, just not the clientele for it. Well… now I do thanks to Page21 Magazine.

This particular project was by invitation on Guru.com and I’m ever so thankful that Sean Williams found me. I definitely look forward to working for him again. His review on Guru.com was exceptional and I’m proud that he enjoyed my quality.

Until we kick it together again, I wish Sean, LaToya, Page21 Magazine, and Day 26 much success.

 

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Transcription

 

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