Writing Services: I Now Have Five Websites – And You’re Gonna Love ‘Em!

Break out the bubbly – I now have five websites. How about you?

I never thought I’d have more than one website, so it’s a little like having one child and then giving birth to quads – and almost as painful, considering I designed these babies myself and I have no design or technical skills whatsoever. (I’m a writer, dammit!) While ellyklein.com will always be my online home, I’m now the proud owner of four new websites – and I think you’re going to love them! Here they are in a nutshell:

Elly Klein – Your funny, cheeky and fearlessly honest wordsmith

ellyklein.com: My personal website, it’s where you can read my blog, buy my book/s (yes, I intend to have more than one), see where I’ve been featured and published in the media and peruse my resume and various writing services. Here, I’ll always write in my signature style – funny, cheeky and fearlessly honest. Become an email subscriber (over there –>) and you’ll receive the funniest, cheekiest and most fearlessly honest piece I’ve ever written. Warning: It’s racy! Definitely R-rated.

Online Dating Profile Writer – Helping you find love online

onlinedatingprofilewriter.com: Single? Need a swoon-worthy online dating profile? You’ve come to the right place. With my writing expertise (I’m an advertising copywriter by trade and the author of a humorous relationship advice book, which has turned me into somewhat of a dating expert in the media) and empathy for the online dating process, I can help you find love online with a well-written profile that captures your best self. Just head to the website to find out more and read my cheeky but helpful article: 7 Reasons Why Your Online Dating Profile Sucks (And What You Can Do About It).

Unique Love Story – Your professionally written love story

uniquelovestory.com: Getting married? Have an anniversary coming up? Need a special gift for a gorgeous couple? Unique Love Story offers professionally written love stories for weddings, anniversaries or precious family keepsakes. When you’re caught up in the mind-boggling details of planning a wedding, it can be easy to lose sight of what’s important – the love and commitment you’re celebrating. Having your love story professionally written is a beautiful way to anchor all the festivities and, if you choose to share it with your guests, get everyone emotionally invested in your union. It adds depth and meaning to your wedding, and is something you can keep forever and hand down to your children. Please visit the website to find out more and read some heart-warming love stories.

Off-Site Property Copywriting – Rocking the real estate world

propertycopywriter.com: Are you a real estate professional? You might be interested to know I’ve been a property copywriter for over 10 years. I honed my skills in the prestigious Sydney real estate market. Now, I work off-site only, writing slick property descriptions for residential listings in Sydney, throughout Australia and all over the world. All I need to craft engaging copy my clients love is the address, photos, floor plan and a few key selling features. I can turn copy around in as little as 1 – 2 hours, as long as I know the materials are coming. But the best part? The price! Around half what an on-site copywriter charges. For the secret to real estate ads that sell, as well as further info about my services, come on over to the website.

Fair Dinkum New Yorker – Your up-to-the-minute guide to NYC

fairdinkumnewyorker.com: Living in or visiting New York? You’ll never be stuck for things to see, do, eat or drink if you follow my Big Apple blog. Unless you’re Australian, you’ve probably never heard the expression ‘fair dinkum’ before. It means ‘real / true / genuine’ in Aussie slang. The blog is currently on Tumblr, but will be moved to a more functional platform soon.

The Night I DIDN’T Sleep with a Rock Star

This piece was also published on the famous Huffington Post. CLICK HERE to check it out.

I’d always wondered what it would be like to hang out with a big, international rock band. I’d grown up around boys who were more into guitars than cars, and I got into music, metal and moshing at a young age. So, when one of my favorite bands booked a gig in my city, there was no question about it – I was going.

The only problem was they’d become so popular that their gig was at a stadium rather than one of the smaller venues I preferred, where you could weasel your way to the front (my high school boyfriend taught me how to do this) and practically feel their sweat spray onto you as they head-banged to the beat. I conceded that if I didn’t make the effort to go to the stadium, I’d never get to see them live. So, I booked my ticket and off I went.

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Robin Williams Did What I Didn’t Have the Guts to Do (Thank Goodness)

Over the past week, in the wake of legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams’ death, I’ve seen a lot of articles and blog posts pouring in on the subjects of depression, addiction and suicide. And as someone who’s had first-hand experience with all of the above, you’d think I’d be immersing myself in these pieces. Well, for some reason, it’s been the complete opposite. I’ve been distancing myself from them. Why? Perhaps because I’ve been clean and stable for four years now, and I’d prefer not to relive the nightmares. But mostly, I think it’s because, for me, these pieces are preaching to the converted. I already know suicide isn’t a cowardly act. It takes guts to kill yourself – guts I, thankfully, never had.

I spent over 15 years entertaining suicidal thoughts – from my late-teens to early-30s. The main thing that deterred me was the possibility of messing it up. Messing it up and living would be way worse than dying. Who wants to add nasty injuries (and/or lifelong institutionalisation) to their tales of woe due to a botched suicide? If I knew I could take a pill, drift off to sleep and never wake up, I probably would have. Good thing I’m a bit of a pussy, as chances are I wouldn’t be here.

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Integrity: The World’s Most Underrated Quality, and Why You Should Care About It

I’ve enlisted the help of some BIG NAMES to create the largest user-generated integrity resource online. Please read all the way through – then contribute!

Kids say the darndest things. My sister occasionally posts on Facebook some of the funny things my 4-year-old nephew says. Most recently, after being out of his mother’s sight for a moment, he emerged from his room and sheepishly uttered, ‘I hope Santa didn’t see that.’ Ha ha! My sister’s not exactly sure what he did, but she’s guessing he hit his 18-month-old brother.

I lightheartedly encouraged my sister to keep up the pretense that Santa knows if he’s been ‘naughty or nice’ for as long as possible, as she could use all the help she can get in wrangling her eldest son’s feisty (yet adorable) nature. I know for a fact that people behave better when they think someone’s watching – even if that ‘someone’ is a supernatural presence…

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The One Thing No One Ever Seems to Tell You About ‘Living Your Dream’

I’m a writer, author and entrepreneur. I work for myself and I work from home (or a local cafe). I’m one of those people who are attempting to live their ‘dream’ – the dream being to make a living not only from writing, but writing I’m passionate about: Books, blog posts, cool projects… I live to entertain, enlighten and deliver outstanding results for my clients in my various writing niches. But I sometimes get a little annoyed with the bombardment of messages that everyone who chooses this kind of path will be: a) successful, and b) happier. Something’s missing from the dialogue that I’d like to add.

There’s a great scene in one of my favourite TV shows, Entourage, where the feisty (and that’s putting it politely) Hollywood agent, Ari Gold, attempts to explain to Turtle, best friend of his movie star client, how hard it is to ‘make something of yourself’. It’s hilarious, especially the line about ending up on the street doing heroin with the ‘two Coreys‘. Gold! (No pun intended.) You can watch that here…

Anyway, there’s a serious, unglamorous and often deflating message underpinning all the hilarity – and that is that making something of yourself, or ‘living your dream’, is really hard!

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Dating with Dignity Part 2: How I Dated with Dignity and am Now in a Relationship with the Sweetest Man on Earth

When I wrote Dating with Dignity Part 1: The Case of the Disappearing Man – Solved, I had no idea it’d end up being one of my most popular and impactful columns. Women continue to find and comment on it, and the general feedback has been that my words have helped them in some way. Talk about turning a negative experience into a positive one! It’s been about 18 months since I wrote Part 1 and I’m excited to share Part 2 with you, so let’s get started.

Now, I know 18 months might seem like a long time, but please bear in mind that after I wrote Part 1, I didn’t really date at all for about 12 months. I was in Sydney working on getting myself back to New York and, as I saw my future in the USA, I didn’t see much point in dating in Australia. But once I was back in New York – this time for three months instead of one – I hit the ground running and pretty much made up for all the dating I didn’t do over the past year. Let me take you through step-by-step how I dated with dignity and ended up in a relationship with the sweetest man on Earth. (Okay, I might be a little biased there, but you know what I mean.)

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Can Love Grow? Or Does True Love Begin with an Instant Spark?

This piece was also published on The Huffington Post. You can view that here.

I’m a few months into a relationship that began in a most unusual way – at least for me.

We met online (that’s not the unusual part) during my recent three-month stint in New York City. (I’m planning to move from Sydney to New York in early 2015, and this trip was a reconnaissance mission – or ‘reccie’, as us Aussies say.) Although better late than never, the timing was a little unfortunate, as it was three weeks before I was due to leave. Weary from the notoriously arduous NYC dating scene, and running out of time to meet and get to know someone new, I responded to a Jersey boy who emailed me. He looked cute, seemed nice, and appreciated the Goonies quote (‘Goonies never say die!’) in my profile. ‘First you gotta do the Truffle Shuffle’, he opened with. This was a good start to things.

Within a few days, we were face to face having a drink at a speakeasy-style bar near Washington Square Park. Thankfully, he lived up to his profile – he looked cute, seemed nice, and we talked and laughed easily. Our first date led to a second date led to a third date led to no longer keeping count. He kept asking me out – and I kept saying yes. While we were enjoying each other’s company, we had a talk about not feeling as though this was necessarily going to go anywhere. But we liked each other enough to hang out until I left, and keep in touch thereafter. By the time I left, though, we’d become closer than I think either of us expected. Not ‘crazy in love’ Beyoncé-style close. But close.

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You Heart NY? Here Are 17 Tips for Improving Your Relationship with New York City

Ah, New York City. Like the one that got away, it’s charismatic, seductive, full of promises… and totally dysfunctional.

Yes, despite our salacious on-again-off-again affair for a number of years now, New York and I have reached the point in our relationship where we’re starting to see each other’s flaws. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love it, but I’m beginning to question if things are going to work out between us for the long-term.

Of course, because of my deep affection for this magical place, I won’t be letting go without a fight. New York and I just need to get to know each other a little better. We need to learn how to communicate and work as a team. We need to give it some time.

I realize my relationship with New York is a polyamorous one – I’m not the only person who’s enamoured with this town. And New York, being the big slut… err, apple… that it is, opens its arms to everyone within its orbit (including the poor, tired and huddled masses, as it says on the Statue of Liberty). If you’re one of those people, even if you’re just visiting, here are 17 tips to help make your relationship with New York a little more harmonious. Hey, I’m not a jealous person. If New York and I are meant to be, we’ll be.

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How to Come Up with an Idea for Absolutely Anything – A World Domination Summit 2014 Attendee Story You May Have Missed

It’s my last day in Portland, Oregon, where I’ve just attended my first World Domination Summit. (Finally! I’ve been wanting to attend since it started in 2011.) If the name of the conference sounds kinda lame, creepy or arrogant to you (a little Dr Evil, perhaps), let me explain. World Domination Summit is a warm, welcoming and inclusive gathering of around 3000 entrepreneurs, humanitarians and creative people who are inspired to live a life of non-conformity (usually away from traditional employment), and want to impact the world in a positive way with a special project – or ten. The three pillars of World Domination Summit are service, community and adventure.

A couple of months ago, Chris Guillebeau, the humble genius who started it all, sent out an email asking for attendee stories. There were so many great submissions that, unfortunately, mine wasn’t selected. But I’ve written it up as a blog post for y’all to enjoy. Whether it’s a business idea or birthday party idea, I hope the following helps you come up with a great idea for absolutely anything…

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Dating With Dignity Part 1: The Case of the Disappearing Man – Solved!

When you’re finished with Part 1, you can read Part 2 here.

I recently had a boyfriend of two months totally, utterly and completely disappear on me. Despite my extensive dating history, this had never happened to me before. I later found out it’s extremely common. So common, in fact, there’s a whole chapter dedicated to it in He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. I remember reading it years ago and thinking, ‘Ha! That’ll never happen to me.’ Ha! I’m such a idiot sometimes.

Anyway, MDM (Mr Disappearing Man) and I had something really good going – or so I thought. First and foremost, we just clicked. We were the same age and from a similar background, had loads in common, got along famously, had great chemistry and seemed to want the same things in life. He called me every day, took me out a few times a week and always had a lot of energy and affection for me. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, and we had a long way to go to get to know each other, build a little history and make some memories. But, on the whole, it looked very promising. I hadn’t had ‘promising’ with someone in years…

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