INTRODUCTION

Just another writer with a cute snake.

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Why hello there!

Look at you stumbling across my medium profile. Thanks for popping by! My name is Victoria, I’m a freelance writer from Canada. Yes, of course, I have a website, but if you don’t want to click that, then you can read my introduction here.

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen in my hands. Poetry has always been one of my favourite genres, but I also love illustrating comics and children’s writing. During my teenage years, I dabbled in slam poetry and performed at festivals across in Canada on various slam teams.


PERSONAL ESSAY

How I reached my most successful month yet

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This time last year, I was on vacation in Cuba with my little sister for her 21st birthday. It was a needed break and I was working as a customer service representative in an office that sold faucets and door hardware. I thought I was happy, and I was, but I had no idea how much my life would change just a year later.

First, there was a pandemic, which uprooted a lot of our lives. I also switched jobs and became a 911 operator, but wound up unemployed shortly after that. …


FREELANCE TIPS & PSYCHOLOGY

Advice from a fellow Freelance Writer

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It’s hard to know how much you’re worth. We’ve all been there. Working for yourself means also working on your own self-doubt, and that can take time to develop.

For my first steady writing client, I charged only $18 US an hour. He’s one of my best clients, so I’m still working at that rate. However, with new clients, I’ve started charging more because I know what I’m worth and now I have the testimonials to prove it.

There is always a time and place to offer discounted rates, but once you’re established you need to raise them. …


Podcast Tips

Advice from Someone who used to Hate Podcasts

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Like many people, when I first started listening to podcasts, it was far from enjoyable. Now, I will admit I actually started listening to talk radio, which is a bit different from podcasts but still similar enough that they coloured my perception of podcasts as well. You want me to listen to people talking in a room? How boring. No thank you.

The first radio show I listened to was a sports network with an ex-partner of mine. During hockey season I suffered immensely. We constantly fought over who was in charge of the radio while driving places.

Eventually, I…


PSYCHOLOGY

It’s time to talk about misandry in society.

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While I’ve had plenty of bad experiences with men, I don’t personally subscribe to the “all men are shit” philosophy, and the conversation is as important now as ever.

I wanted to raise the question because of a new trend I saw online in the last few months. While scrolling on Tiktok, I noticed something that left me with mixed feelings and quite honestly disappointed.

Basically, there are tons of bisexual women and other genders saying that they “tolerate men” and regret being attracted to them. …


HUMOR

Just another Megacorp that loves your wallet

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It’s that time of year. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, the horny spiders are wandering into your house, and most importantly — the Gays are here! Of course, the gays are here all year, but June is pride month and that’s when they start walking around in their rainbow plumage.

Around the world, pride month is full of glitter-filled parades and other events to celebrate. And it’s all thanks to one brick-throwing badass named Marsha.


BOARDGAME B*TCH | EP. 3

No, the game doesn’t include face masks.

Welcome strangers! This post is the blog for my board game podcast where I review tons of different board games and give you advice on how to whoop your friends (or just fun strategies to try). If you’d prefer to listen, you can find a link to the episode at the bottom of this post or follow it now.

Hello folks! It’s another episode of BGB and I’ve got some more opinions and advice for you today! We’re going to talk about a very well-known game: Pandemic. This felt like an ironic choice since we are currently living in one…


A dive into the history of the coffee break

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If you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ve had the joy of sitting on a bench or in the lunchroom while browsing the news and drinking a coffee. Coffee breaks are practically expected. While they may seem like a cultural norm we’ve been doing forever, the history is far more recent than you might think.

From soldiers drinking it in World War I all the way to large unions going on strike, the history of the coffee break is a whirlwind. Let’s journey back in time to see how it happened.

Instant Coffee & World War I

There are actually a few significant moments that came…


And I’ve had enough of it.

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If you logged into Upwork recently, you may have noticed an update requiring your Business Number or they’ll start adding taxes on your freelancing income. Now, that wouldn’t be so bad, everyone should pay taxes.

However, legally they are ruining it for people who earn less and people who freelance as a side hustle. And so, I’m personally choosing to finally leave Upwork. There are a host of reasons I’ll share, but let’s start with the current problem.

Canadian Tax Laws

In Canada, if you earn less than $30,000 per year as a freelancer you aren’t required to collect taxes from your clients…

Victoria A. Fraser

Writer, podcaster, and nerd. BFA in Psych and Creative Writing. Follow along for humour, nerd stuff, psychology, podcast tips and my opinions! victoriafraser.ca

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