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Steve Sweeney

Freelance Newsletter Writer & Comedy Writer

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Number 6 in the Block Buster... on the couch series. Hope you like it.
Over 30 days ago -
Creative Writing portfolio item
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Funny stuff..you have a good sense of humor..
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Thanks Cirrelia. These are fun to write. I do one every two weeks or so and it puts me in a great mood for the rest of the day!
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
So true...writing must produce endorphins in the brain to enhance happy feelings...I love to the feeling as well..
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Aint it great when you just nail an article or story? It's invigorating!
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Yeah, Steve, I can't agree more...just love to complete an outstanding piece :) It's a rush..
Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
That's exactly how it is in all creativity I believe! Then there's that of never feeling like a piece is finished!
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
You know, I can look at a piece of writing I did years ago that people have universally said positive things about and think to myself, "****! How did I make that mistake?" And, it would seem, to others the 'mistake' is small. But to me... it's gargantuan!
A smart person told me a while ago... the only person demanding perfection is you. Via the ageing process I have learnt to agree.
Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
Aha Steve, you are so good with writing your philosophy! I totally agree!
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
How cool and profound, Steve and Janet...The lone perfectionist principle is true...I believe it...people always make it harder on themselves than it really is....
Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
Touché Rabbit!:-)))
Steve Sweeney - Added portfolio item
This is number 5 in the Block Buster...on the couch series. If you didn't like the first four, then this won't be any better.
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Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
I've got to try this "feliny" :)
Steve Sweeney - Added portfolio item
I can't explain this series. Just make sure you read them in order... A Bex and a Good Lie Down A Fox in the Den An Evening with Reggie this one above is number 4. Hope you like it.
Over 30 days ago -
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Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Thanks, Janet. There's another on the way soon...
Steve Sweeney - Updated status
Said "Working on a weird series - it's about a guy on a psychiatrist's couch with a sleeping disorder that sees him conjuring some hallucinogenic ideas about cats and foxes and chickens. I can't get him outta my head. Note to self - seek help."
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Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
It's called - BLOCK BUSTER... on the couch.
If you have a mental problem - give it a go! It'll make you feel normal.
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This is the third in the Block Buster... on the couch series. Please read A Crock of Doodle Doo first then A Fox in the Den second. This one will make more sense if you do. and if those tow creeped you out - don't read this one!
Over 30 days ago -
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This is the second in the Block Buster... on the couch, series. It follows on from A Bex and a Good Lie Down. Hope you like it.
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This is a longer episode in the Block Buster series. My editor loves it anyway as it demonstrates Sam's (my) propensity to get into trouble with the ease of a virgin in a ********.
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First in the Block Buster... on the couch series. I took a risk with the style but it seems to work(?). It still makes me giggle even though this series gets a little weird.
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This one's a bit sad. Your best friend dying is like that... It's been published in 2 continents several times.
Over 30 days ago -
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Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
So sentimental..I have had to bury two lovely dogs...It is a sad event...this writing helps one to deal with the wounds of losing a pet...
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Yeah that was a bad day and sad end to a problematic life.
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This one hasn't been published yet. I wrote with Nurture in mind and will send it to my editor closer to my next deadline. Here's a sneak peak!
Over 30 days ago -
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Jack Calvett - Over 30 days ago
Haha! Glad I don't have kids mate ;)
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Your day may yet come...
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This was my first article for Nurture, a parenting magazine. It's all about the fun to be had when travelling with your kids.
Over 30 days ago -
Travel Writing portfolio item
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Sounds like you had fun...
Steve Sweeney - Added portfolio item
Here's another in my Block Buster series. In this one, the ever helpful Sam gets a rush of blood that very nearly strands him in the bush...
Over 30 days ago -
Comedy Writing portfolio item
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
I'd like to get behind the wheel of a Landcruiser myself--what a rush!
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This is another article published by Nurture, a parenting magazine. As a result of excess success, we opened a stall at the bottom of the driveway but, as usual, things didn't always go to plan...
Over 30 days ago -
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Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Clever storytelling, Steve...I like your characterizations...witty and very refreshing.
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Here's one of my articles published by Nurture, a parenting magazine. In it my character, Sam, misjudges the tenacity of a little plant.
Over 30 days ago -
Article Writing portfolio item
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Great writing..delightful to read...
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Thanx! My kids are a great source of fodder for my writing. You got any?
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
No kids of my own...I do work with them when I substitute in my school system....I know what you mean..kids can be very inspiring..
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
They certainly can be though, perhaps, this isn't a good reason to have them! My wife and I started with a pot-plant, graduated to a puppy then a cat. Along the way we killed a goldfish. These were also great sources of inspiration for writing and a lot less work. Maybe we could have considered sponsoring an animal at the zoo too!
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
:) Yes, they are bundles of joy that need so much caring and love....So, I can understand...Dogs and cats are far less demanding...I love dogs (don't have one now) because of their devoted nature...Soon, I'll find a dog to adopt...
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Another in the Blockbuster series so popular with Grass Roots readers. In this episode, Sam (aka me) just doesn't connect the dots fast enough...
Over 30 days ago -
Comedy Writing portfolio item
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Nice comedic overtures with the character Blockbustert!!!
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Thanx. He's a bit mixed up, isn't he?
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Aren't we all...Most people are full of idiosyncrasies...it all makes us human....
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Block Buster is a character I have created, based on me, who routinely doesn't think his exploits through to conclusion before commencement. He lives on a small property and always finds a way to make life harder than it has to be...
Over 30 days ago -
Comedy Writing portfolio item
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
I have created a character named Block Buster who is a city guy living on a country block. Some of these articles have appeared in various magazines and newspapers and they document Sam's rise to shame...
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These articles trace my family's travels in Europe and America. They have been published in 5 newspapers and are still running in 1. There are 33 articles in total and my editors are wanting me to go away again so I can write more. If they fund it I'll go! The editors tell me that as well as seeing Eiffel Towers and Colosseums, travellers want to have fun and the fun inherent in these articles inspires many to travel. Advertisers in newspaper travel sections like that.
Over 30 days ago -
Travel Writing portfolio item
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
I like these travel scenarios. They are very engaging in terms of your strong characters. The beautiful settings are also very attractive...Fine work!
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Life is good on the Amalfi Coast, so why am I sneering?
Over 30 days ago -
Comedy Writing portfolio item
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
That's me in Italy. The expression on my face indicates the trip is coming to an end.
Jack Calvett - Over 30 days ago
Nice pic! Wish I was in Italy! I can't seem to see any of your other files though? Only as thumbnails and I can't read them :(
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Hmmm... Thanks. I'll get on to it.
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Have you gone into Portfolio and brought them up that way? Then you can use Google dox to open them in full screen by clicking on the diagonal arrow to the right of the +magnifier at the top of the article. Anyway, see how you go!
Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
Love to get there too!! Some friends went there and were there just as the avalanche happened last year!..And reading the above have seen that before on other writings,..You may need to update your browser Jack. I am on Google Chrome and it works fine... Forget internet explorer...Some use Firefox and have used that, but have stuck with the Google Chrome...Try downloading that and switch browsers and I learnt from a geek son that not all things work perfectly on different computers...Depends on what you are running system wise...Have a great day and hope all works out for you.
Jack Calvett - Over 30 days ago
All good! Seems to be working now. Not sure what happened? I use crome as well so maybe it was just a minor glitch with the website? Anyway, love your work Steve!
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Thanks, Jack. I'll be adding another in the Block Buster... on the couch series next week if you're interested.
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Wow what a gorgeous shot!
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Yes, My wife and our two kids were lucky enough to travel there two years ago. The Amalfi Coast is quite spectacular. You're probably sick of reading my stuff but if you want more about this part of the world you can visit my travel blog site at www.quirkyquests.com.au From memory it's covered on page 23 or 24. There are more photos there too. It was originally written for friends and family so there's quite a familiar tone you may have to forgive.
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Just visited your blog...you've got quite a collection...I loved the LA spot....Being that I am not a traveler, it's always exciting to read about new places...I did go to Anaheim, CA for a convention in college years ago...But my team had to forgo a visit to Disneyland...I'll plan to visit your blog more to get experience more cities..Thanks for sharing it with me :)
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
No troubles. I had a lot of fun writing it.
Paper Doll Eve - Over 30 days ago
Beautiful place, love mountains
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Perhaps the Amalfi Coast and you would go together well. Mountains falling into the Mediterranean. It was spectacular.
Paper Doll Eve - Over 30 days ago
Yes we would :)
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Yes,Eve, Steve is quite the humorist...I recommend his travel blog to all his readers on Freelanced :)
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Thanks, Cirrelia. You're in my will. Don't expect much though. You know we artistic types must be dead a hundred years before we start getting wealthy.
Em Gee - Over 30 days ago
LOL...Pay that one Steve...lol...That is if the polies don't wreck the world first........Why not come up to the bikie state..lol...
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Appreciate the invitation but feel more secure in Australia's underworld capital. Down here we find avoiding stray bullets and knifings easier than dealing with vengeful bikie lords. It's just what you're used to I guess.
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
Hey Steve, I just uncovered some facts about Mathew Jones...he lived in the 1700s on the James River...His house was preserved by Fort Eustis as a national historic site...Here's a link with more juicy details :D http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/jamesriver/jon.htm
Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
Thanks Cirrelia. I'll get onto the link! Bit busy right now. May have picked up a new client. Go me!
Cirrelia Thaxton - Over 30 days ago
It still doesn't really give a good bio of this Jones guy...I am now very curious about his life and why his house is so sacred..
Steve Sweeney - Updated status
Said "Working on a series of articles for a parenting magazine which demonstrate that a light-hearted and fun approach to daddying can yield great results."
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Said "Just finished a series of travel articles for Flight Centre. These are on websites all over the world and demonstrate that writing about the humorous side of travel can motivate people to travel."
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Steve Sweeney - Over 30 days ago
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Steve Sweeney - Updated status
Said "I have recently written two articles for Nurture, a parenting magazine published in Australia. My editor compliments me with words like, "I love it – you write in such an entertaining way!!" The comments section of the blog page would indicate I have also found some fans amongst the readership who seem to be engaged by my light-hearted, comical style."
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About Me:
The two words my editors consistently use to describe my writing are entertaining and humorous. My works have been published in various newspapers, newsletters, blog sites and magazines. Editors always give me favourable feedback as I seem to easily strike a chord with readers.

My other area of expertise is corporate newsletters. CEOs are discovering their newsletters are actually being read when I write them. They give me the topic, word count and a deadline and their employees are informed via the power of humour. Workplace morale also improves as workers have a common thread to engage in over a coffee.

If you need an engaging, light and humorous column about anything please contact me. Just give me the topic, a word count and a week and you'll have what you're looking...
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