Writing Tips

WordPress and Google Docs Integration

Several weeks ago, WordPress broke news that they had a Google Docs add-on that would allow you to send your drafts right to your blog. This was big news, especially since Google Docs killed the “Post to Website” function back in 2010 (leading indirectly to the rise of Social Media but that’s another story).

So hearing that it was back got me excited. Of course the first thing I did upon waking the computer was to add the Google Docs add-on and then… nada. It kept asking me to log in when trying to authenticate the Google Docs WordPress plugin to the point I just gave up. I even managed to trigger my WordPress’ “are you human?” security check. All this was happening while I was technically still logged into my site!

After two days and an annoyed review later, I sent in a support request. Thanks to timezone differences, it took me about 2 weeks to fix the issue, and it’s actually a very simple one.

Solving Google Docs WordPress Login Loop

  1. Deactivate all plugins except Jetpack.
  2. Disconnect Jetpack by going to Left Sidebar > Jetpack > Scroll down > Disconnect Jetpack text link.
  3. Refresh. Follow the steps to RECONNECT Jetpack. Visit http://wordpress.com/sites to verify your new site is there.
  4. Go to Google Docs > Add-Ons > Get More Add-Ons (if you have not already installed the WordPress.com For Google Docs Add-on) > WordPress > Open. You should see a “Draft to WordPress” bar on your right.
  5. Tap “Add WordPress Site”
  6. Follow the instructions.
  7. ???
  8. Profit!

It’s actually a very straightforward fix but it just didn’t occur to me because I was doing it one step at a time and not connecting the link between steps 1 and 2. We’ll probably see how it handles media later. But yes, thank you Carolyn S. for helping me!

Writing Tips

Moderating tips

I had a blast at the All-In! Young Writers Festival last week held at *Scape from 10 March to 12 March 2017. That said, it was also my first time moderating a panel of speakers. I moderated a panel on experiential marketing aka advertising. It was a surprisingly easy panel to moderate, mainly because I had excellent speakers, but I picked up a few tips that you might want to consider if you are asked to moderate a panel:

1. Research, research, research
Find out who your panellists are. Read their works. Check out their stance on issues, if needed. Craft the questions you want to ask them based on what you’ve read.

2. Introduce yourself
Depending on your organiser, you may be able to meet your panellists beforehand virtually. Introduce yourself politely, ask them about their planned topics and discuss the topics you may want to cover.

3. Prep speech and questions
Check the festival guidelines before preparing your speech. Familiarise yourself with what’s required and practice saying them out loud a few days before your actual talk. If needed, get a notebook and write the speech instead.

Prep your questions too, in case everyone is too shy to do so during the Q&A session.

4. Settle on a cue
Your speakers may ramble on. Make sure you speak to your panellists beforehand about cues to warn them if they’re going over the limit. It can be as discreet as a cough or another small signal.

5. Thank your panellists and sponsors
This should be in your moderator’s guidelines, really. Thank them and your sponsors. And thank those who attended.

And that’s it. Have a tip/idea I missed out on? Lemme know in the comments!


March 2017 Updates

Whee, this is the first post for this brand new site! March 2017 is shaping up to be a rather exciting month, and I’ve got two big announcements!

First, my super short flash fiction piece, Desperate Magic is being published in the inaugural Flash Fiction Magazine on Amazon! It has 50 super short stories written by 50 different authors, and I hope you will enjoy them all as I did.

My second announcement also relates to short stories; the Pulp Toast/Roti Bakar team will be attending the All-In! Young Writers Festival 2017 happening at *Scape this 10 -12 March, 2017! Join us for a “Snackable Fiction” session at 10am to 11am on Saturday, March 11 to learn more about writing snackable, bite-sized fiction.

I’ll also be moderating the “Life’s Guilty Pleasures” panel on the same day, but from 1.10pm to 2pm, which will explore using words to sell concepts and products featuring Zalora’s Head of Content, Joyce Chua, and Walter Panganiban, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Mead Johnson Nutrition Philippines.

You can get tickets here or follow the hashtag #ALLINSG2017 on Twitter and Facebook. See you there!