24 Apr 19

Benedetta Vistalli, studentessa del terzo anno della Laurea Triennale in Lingue Letterature Straniere presso l’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, sede di Milano Writing about the 2018 Yeats Summer School in Sligo is no easy task, as there are many subjects to write upon, many ideas and thoughts to express, which are herein only to be […]

24 Apr 19

EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features and Green Book producer Jim Burke are teaming up to produce music biopic Dreamin’ Wild, which will be written and directed by Bill Pohlad (Love & Mercy). Based on a long-read article by Steven Kurutz in mini-magazine True Story, the blue-chip movie prospect will follow the real-life story of musical duo Donnie […]

24 Apr 19
Ika Likes to Chew

As some of you dear readers may have noticed, I have a habit of shopping for makeup and skincare quite often, as I do hauls really often. When I was still a student, my sister buys me all my makeup and skincare so I didn’t really realize how expensive the habit was until I started […]

24 Apr 19
Beauty, Hair, Nail & Skin Tutorials

[ad_1] Hello Youtube Family, Here is another very requested video, my healthy skincare routine. I’ll be sharing my absolute skincare essentials and helpful tips to help skin be cleansed and nourished to the maximum. This has also been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Skin Inc. A while back, they sent me the Optimiser Voyage […]

24 Apr 19
The Ukiah Daily Journal
Still high from attending the IBPA Publishing Conference in Chicago where she received yet another award for her debut book Wordstruck! The Fun and Fascination of Language, Susanna Janssen is preparing for her presentation as the featured reader for Writers Read at the Grace Hudson Museum on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. She submitted Wordstruck! to the Independent Book Publishers Association to be considered for the Benjamin Franklin Award, and was thrilled to hear her name announced at the awards gala as the Silver winner in Education, adding to her first place award in Humor and finalist award in Education from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in 2017, a finalist in Reference from the National Indie Excellence Awards in 2017, and a first place in Humor from the New York City Big Book Awards in late 2018. Although the heart of her writing is the love of the written word, the more than 60 topics of Wordstruck! range from Shakespeare, earworms, and Cockney slang to English’s “inconstant consonants and sudden vowel movements.” All are nestled in personal stories of language and culture, making it a delightfully eclectic read, but a difficult book to categorize. “A lot of people don’t realize you have to actively submit your book for awards in specific categories,” she says. “The combination of Humor and Education is the sweet spot of my dreams!” It took two and a half years of research and writing about what she already knew and what she didn’t know but wanted to learn more about to complete the book. “I holed up from Friday through Sunday every other weekend and produced two chapters a month. It was heaven for my literary productivity, but hell for my social life.” The author’s journey began with her bimonthly column written for the Ukiah Daily Journal that ran for over four years. “I didn’t have the discipline to write without those looming deadlines. They got me to produce a big body of work, and I am very grateful to the UDJ for that.” When it came time to create a book, she edited and rewrote extensively so it would knit together and read like a book, not like a series of newspaper columns. “I believe it’s essential to hire an editor, proof readers, a text formatter, and a cover designer—to invest at least $3,000 in those preparatory steps—in order to create a book of high quality, that can be competitive in the market” she says. After that high degree of preparation, she used the free tools for self-publishing and distributing provided by CreateSpace at Amazon, publishing the first edition in December of 2016, and the second in 2018. The book is digitalized and is printed on demand as orders come in. She uses Ingram as her wholesaler for distribution to bookstores and libraries. “Self publishing gives one complete control of all aspects of the process. When a traditional publisher accepts your book it could be two years or more before it comes out in print. Further, they may not do much in the way of promotion for the author, and it’s marketing that gets the book before the eyes of readers. I invest a lot of time and money into promoting my book; when I don’t, sales lag.” As a world traveler and former professor of Spanish at Mendocino College, it seems only natural that her next self published book will be a travel account of four months spent in South America in 1979—exactly 40 years ago. “My experiences were stranger than fiction,” she says. “It was a time before the invention of cell phones, Twitter, Internet or luggage with wheels. I went from town to town and country to country on buses, occasional trains and sometimes pickup trucks. I fell in love with the gauchos, honed my Spanish, and did a lot of growing up.” She is also working on a handbook for intermediate and advanced Spanish students “to enable them to identify and eliminate the repetitive and very predictable errors that inevitable occur when we overlay Spanish on our native English. There’s a big market for this kind of book.” She has promoted Wordstruck! on tours throughout the state at bookstores and libraries and loves talking and interacting with audiences. “It’s so worthwhile communicating the message of the importance of making reading a big part of one’s life to people of all ages. I want to promote reading and the love of language, for they are the most faithful of forever friends. “My book excites the brain, warms the heart and tickles the funny bone; it’s where education and humor meet and fall in love.” And how does it feel to be an award-winning author here in Ukiah? “Pretty heady, no doubt about it. It’s a thrill, a wonderful feeling of satisfaction. It’s great to have won awards and they do help to sell books but more importantly I believe in what I write, that it’s worth reading, and that it can inspire even a reluctant reader to reach for another good read.” Writers Read presents featured reader Susanna Janssen at the Grace Hudson Museum at 431 South Main Street in Ukiah on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. Suggested donation $5 and refreshments provided. For more information contact Michael Riedell at
24 Apr 19
beauty brains

Summer is here and some extra care has to be taken for ur skin. The harmful uv rays can cause wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin. Due to hot temperatures in summer skin becomes more oily which further causes skin breakouts. Follow the best skin regime for the hot, sunny months ahead. Hydrate : One of […]

24 Apr 19
Sarah's Cup of Beauty

Hello my chocolate chip cookie ice creams! Yaaaaay, found myself another cleansing product :p. In my defence, I just finished the Peach Foam Cleanser and the Oil Cleanser (at the moment I bought it), both from The Face Shop. I’ve been holding myself in to get yet another cleansing product, as I still had a […]

23 Apr 19

Some time in 2014, Innisfree launched a skincare Jeju Orchid line which aims at anti-aging. They expanded the line last year, adding in Orchid essence, lotion and fluid. As I was looking for a new eye cream to try, the Orchid Eye Cream caught my attention 😉 which leads to this little review today. What […]

23 Apr 19
That Manila Girl

When it comes to make-up, especially face powders, people always recommend foreign brands like Innisfree, RCMA, and Laura Mercier. Local brands hardly get a mention. In fact, I have been wanting to buy skincare products from V&M Naturals but I did not realize that they also have powders until recently. This is all despite the […]

22 Apr 19
City Women & co

April 22, 2019 at 11:13AM by CWC What do you get when you combine K-beauty’s buzziest brand with one of the most antioxidant-packed ingredients on the market? A skin-care product that sells a bottle faster than you can say “10-step skin-care routine.”  The Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Serum With Green Tea Seed ($27) sells 11 bottles a […]