Happy National Rubber Ducky Day 2015!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy — it’s National Rubber Ducky Day 2015! And yes, this awesome day warrants the rare use of an exclamation mark. Because these squeaky little sweeties totally deserve their own day. Not that I’m biased or anything. Although I clearly am.

These National Rubber Ducky Day posts are like snow days for this blog. It’s when I break from being all professional and productive and stuff to revel in the joy that rubber duckies have brought mankind over the 100+ years they’ve roamed the earth.

If you’re looking for productive writing tips and such, I’ll try to make it up to you with my next post. Or peruse my archives. They’ve been fairly helpful lately.

Last year, I shared some fun facts about rubber ducks, including the fact that the correct spelling of rubber ducky is up for debate.

I still opt for rubber ducky  because rubber duckie looks like the incomplete spelling of the plural form, rubber duckies. To my knowledge, the AP Style Guide has yet to weigh in. I’m almost profoundly disappointed in AP for this. Almost. Still holding steady at average disappointment.

Okay, now that that’s out of my system, on to…

Rubber Ducky Awesomeness 2015

(*and the crowd goes wild*)

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Rubber Ducky’s Writer’s Resolutions for 2015

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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important
as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Henry David Thoreau

In my last post, I took an honest look back at how well I kept my writer’s resolutions for 2014. I did pretty well. I kept most of my resolutions and have been writing my little fingers off all year, mostly outside of Rubber Ducky Copywriter.

Now it’s time to unwrap my new set of writer’s resolutions for the coming year.

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How I kept my writer’s resolutions for 2014

Keeping my writer's resolutions for 2014New Year’s is closing in. Time to take an honest look how wellI kept my 9 Writer’s Resolutions for 2014.

My writer’s resolutions boiled down to one thing: shut up and write.

This meant not waiting for the muse to show up or for my writing conditions to be just right. I’m not Goldilocks. My one directive was to attach my butt to my chair, close my mouth and pony up some words. Anything I learned along the way that helped me do that needed to become a habit.

2014 has been a big year for me.

I married the most wonderful man I’ll ever know. We went on a dream honeymoon to Disney World. We adopted one of the most adorable and obnoxious cats we’ll ever know. Without getting too personal, my family dynamics have changed beyond how I knew they would and in many respects, it’s been more painful than joyful. I’ve also developed some close friendships, and my working environment has had its changes, challenges and fortune.

You know—life happens while you’re busy planning ahead.

Still, looking back at my writer’s resolutions, I’m impressed with one thing — through all of the tumult, I kept writing.

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Happy Thanksgiving (2014 Edition)

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Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers.

Last year, I made a list of why I’m thankful to be a writer. This year, while I’m gearing up to fix a big dinner and give thanks for all of the awesomeness in my life, I’d like to take a moment to thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog.

Thank you for every comment, tip, pointer, joke and perspective.

Thank you for every time you tweet or share one of my posts.

Thank you for “following” and inviting me into your inbox.

Thank you for helping make it worthwhile to keep this blog up.

Thank you for the insightful, helpful and sometimes humorous posts you’ve put up on your own blogs.

Thank you for your support, well wishes and occasionally pointing out a typo.

Thank you, new followers, for stopping by and coming back.

Thank you, longer-time followers, for keeping up this long.

Readership of any size is a privilege, not a right. And I appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Erica “Ducky” Hayes

10 crackerjack proofreading tips, and then some

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Image courtesy of DIRECTV and the super-hunky Robe Lowe.

“I’m a professional writer.”
“And I’m a professional writer who doesn’t proofread very well.”

Typos make professional writers look like hacks.

And we’ve all had those awkward moments when someone points out our errors even though we could have sworn we went through that document at least a dozen times.

So, here’s some tips (and some bonus links) to help you up your accuracy and reduce those awkward moments. Because no one wants to be that writer.

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