Monthly Archives: April 2014

Resume humor

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Resumes can contain humor.

I think the people required to read stacks of resumes might like a break once in a while, so why not.

I recently saw a bio from a resume that made me laugh.

The creator of the resume had a bio and a “short bio.”

The short bio, meant to be tongue-in-cheek, says:

“My photography background is the same as a prostitute. It started as curiosity, continued as a fun thing that I did for friends, then I did it for money.”

This gentleman who created this is very talented and retired but I love the humor if this statement. I think you could put any word in place of photography.

 

 

A peek at pique

peek_pique_peakRecently, I was in the middle of writing an article for the Berthoud Surveyor newspaper.  I wanted to point out that someone was strongly interested in a topic.  I thought I wanted to say that his interest was peeked—or is it peaked—or is it piqued.

Time to look up the right word.

Peak is the topmost point of something.  In Colorado we talk about the peaks that are “14-teeners.”  This means their altitude is 14,000 feet-plus. It also can be used for the peak of a career.

A peek on the other hand is a glance or a quick look. Some would even say a furtive look is a peek.

Lastly, there is pique. I wanted this word. This word is used for someone who is excited or curious about something .

 

Autobiography or memoir — which is it?

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Autobiography or memoir? This question arose at a recent writers’ critique group I belong to.

When do you use autobiography and when do you call your work a memoir?

Autobiographies tend to cover the author’s life completely offering one’s life history. They tend to be factual using the who, what, when, where, etc. template.

Memoirs tend to focus on a point in a person’s life. The style of writing is usual more literary and creative.

The word “‘memoir” is used in the sense of remembrance or reminiscence. In both cases, the stories are true.

The above information was gleaned from websites. One of our writers’ critique group posed the question about autobiographies and memoirs to a noted writer at a recent Northern Colorado Writers conference.

Chuck Sambuchino, writer/editor at Writer Digest Books had a slightly different view of autobiographies and memoirs. Sambuchino said:

An autobiography is reserved for someone famous like a President, movie star, athlete, etc. and is about his/her whole life from childhood to whenever he/she became famous or his/her whole life if it’s someone like Ronald Reagan who has passed away.

A memoir could be someone famous, but doesn’t have to be and it’s about a short period in their life.  For example, someone could write a memoir about being prisoner in Africa or time spent in Africa, etc.