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Penclic R2 Wireless Mouse Review

Something a little different today. I was asked to review the Penclic R2 Wireless Mouse. The Penclic R2 wireless mouse has become my new best friend. This pen inspired mouse is designed to reduce RSI (repetitive strain injury) as a vertical mouse lets you have your arm and hand in a more natural position. I wasn’t sure I’d get on with this design when it arrived but I found that I adapted to the vertical mouse much quicker than I’d anticipated. I’m now a total convert and haven’t stopped using the mouse since!

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R2 Penclic You still push it around like a traditional mouse, so it’s not as strange to use as you might expect. The only issue I’ve had with the Penclic is that a couple of the buttons on the side are not quite as comfortable to use. That said the Penclic is light and really touch sensitive. The R2 is wireless thanks to the supplied USB dongle and has left click, right click and a scroll wheel. There are a couple of extra buttons that you can assign different actions to. It also has an on/off switch on the underside of the base that I never remember to use and am always surprised at how long the Penclic stays charged for!

The Penlic Mouse R2 retails at €79.99

comes with a velvet carry pouch, a small USB dongle, and a USB charging cable. No software’s required – it’s a case of plug-in-and-go for Windows, MAC etc If you suffering from RSI related to using a traditional mouse, or find using a traditional mouse causes you discomfort, which for me as a chronic pain sufferer is an issue, the Penclic R2 is certainly worth trying out! Moxie McMurder

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Why I’d Be Lost Without My Smartphone

I use my phone all the time. All the time.
I have no doubt that when I die I will have my phone in my hand.

Chronic pain makes it difficult for me to sit at my desk or use my laptop for any real length of time due to the discomfort, so my phone is invaluable to me.

Being able to work from the sofa or my bed means I can still earn a living even when I’m lying in something that resembles the recovery position. I’ve written whole articles, emails, blog posts, book chapters and short stories on my phone.

I use my phone for Photography, social media, invoices, online shopping, poetry and keeping my calendar up to date. I use my phone to do so many things I truly would be lost without it.
I even did some photography for The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London for three of their events using only my smartphone. You can take a look at them here (Lecture from Stephen Thrower) and here (Kim Newman Lecture). You can also see more of my smartphone photography on my Burn The Witch Art Facebook Page.

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Without my phone I wouldn’t be able to keep in contact with my friends in other countries and I also wouldn’t be able to bombard my best friends with endless RuPaul Drag Race gifs. Due to chronic pain I can’t always hang out with my friends, so my phone helps me stay in touch through Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp,Kik etc

I use an to use an app to help me remember to take my medications, I used to use an app that tracked how far I was walking when I took my dog out. I use an app to apply text to my photography and I use an app order my shopping. Technology really does play a large part in my life and I’m grateful for that. Without these apps and without social media etc I would be more restricted than I am now.

My phone is a Sony Xperia, pretty sure it’s the Z1 version which is pretty out of date by now but it’s still a good phone and when I upgrade I’ll be looking to get another Xperia.

Do you use your phone to it’s full capacity or do you try to limit how much you rely upon your phone?

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

Imposter Syndrome and Freaking Out Over Positive Things

Ever had something really good come your way and even though it may be something you’ve been dreaming about for some time, you freak out?
The anxiety hits like a smack in the face and suddenly you’re holding your burning hot post-slapped face and questioning if you deserve the good thing.
Are you actually ready for the good thing? Is the good thing really what you want? Suddenly you start self sabotaging. (Which I’ve written about before – Get Out of Your Own Way) and stalling.

Well, I recently had a serious case of Imposter Syndrome, the persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. It’s a horrible feeling but for the most part I can talk myself round, this time however I became seriously freaked out!

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You see, I’d had an idea for a book, very niche but I decided to approach a few indie publishers to see what, if any, interest there was.
Now, a lot of publishers won’t accept manuscripts or any unsolicited work and many won’t even speak to you if you don’t have an agent.
So, in typical Moxie fashion I just started emailing some literary agents and after a few back and forths with one agent, they asked to see the first 3 chapters of the book I’ve been working on (not the one I’d been shopping around) and based on this request, I freaked the fuck out!

Who the hell do I think I am? They’ll think it’s shit. Oh no. What have I done?
WHO THE HELL DO I THINK I AM? WHO AM I? WHAT AM I DOING? I’M NO WRITER. SHIT. FUCK. NO. NO. NOPE.

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I got this email about a month ago and I’d been stalling ever since. Telling myself I needed to do one final polish before sending it off – lies. Telling myself I wasn’t ready – more lies. All I was doing was making excuses. And dammit, if anyone is going to stop me from achieving my goals it sure as shit shouldn’t be me!

So, I got out of my own way, put my insecurities about my work to one side and sent over the chapters. Now, part of this was down to me having a Wonder Woman Day, and part of it was a decision to take control. What’s the worst that could happen? This one publisher could shoot me down, big deal. Or they might give me some useful feedback or any other number of endless scenarios. At least I know that I tried and I’ll keep trying. Even if it is as my own pace.

No one is going to give you permission to try and achieve your goals, only you can do that. Give yourself permission to try and give yourself permission to fail and try again.

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

I Self Published A Short Story on Amazon 

Someone tweeted earlier this week, I forget who, but they asked what we were proud of accomplishing this week/month and I said that I had taken the step to self publish one of my short stories.

I self published my short stories on Amazon Kindle and it was much easier than I expected. Self publishing on Amazon is free and there’s a simple step by step guide to help you. All you need is a finished manuscript and cover image. I created my own cover image by using free stock images and adding text via my smartphone!

My story Blood Sings is a dark tale based around insomnia and madness and while there are various sites I could have had it published on I decided to go with Amazon Kindle. Why? Because why not?
What’s the worst that could happen? No one buys it?
Well, a few people have bought it already and I cannot tell you just how happy that makes me but even if I didn’t sell a copy, at least I tried. You don’t publish your writing to make money, you do it because you want to share your story.

I have no idea how this will pan out, if I will self publish any more short stories or indeed self publish the book I’m working on. Only time will tell..

Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

How To Land Your Dream Job

First of all, do you have a firm idea of what your dream job is?
And are you prepared to start at the bottom? Potentially take a loss in earnings? Do you know exactly what your dream job duties will entail? You do? Great! If not, you need to get on that shit.
Find out everything you can about your chosen field. Learn everything and really decide for yourself if this is what you want to do.
Google, read articles, speak to people already in the industry you want to work in.

You can’t rely on applying for jobs online and then keeping your fingers crossed. If you don’t hear back about an interview get in touch! You’ve got to fight for the job you want, remind these employers you exist. And if you’re not offered an interview it’s perfectly acceptable to email or call to ask why. This kind of feedback can be helpful.

Make your cover letter work for you. Make it personal and passionate. It should highlight exactly why they need to hire you for the job/company. Take your time over it, don’t just bang out some generic waffle about where you live and that you have some experience. Make it so they want to interview you immediately.

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Do you have any contacts? Use them! Now is not the time to be too proud to ask for help getting where you want to be. Went to school with someone who’s now a make up artist and that’s what you want to do? Talk to them. Perhaps you think you don’t have any connections but a quick shout out for help on Facebook or Twitter can yield surprising results.
Network! Look for Facebook groups connected to the industry you want to work in and ask questions, that’s what these groups are for.

Go direct to the source.
There’s no shame, in fact I’d encourage it, to contact companies straight up. Find their HR department and email or call them directly. There are often career opportunities listed on websites, usually hidden down at the bottom of the site along with the contact and FAQ info, so take a look. Become a detective!

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You don’t always need experience but if you don’t then you need to dazzle your prospective employer with your skills and passion. Some jobs require a university degree and even with the best written cover letter and all the passion in the world cannot change this. I’m afraid at this point you need to decide if going to university to get the degree is what you’re willing to do to get this dream job of yours. Sadly of course this relies on being able to afford going to college/uni etc

Your passion is your qualification. It’s your leading qualification. – Danielle LaPorte (CEO of a seven-figure lifestyle brand)

So, with these things in mind, have I left anything out? What’s holding you back from going for it? Let me know in the comments what’s stopping you from getting the dream you’ve always dreamed of..

 

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto