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Demands of the Trade

Since I started freelancing I’ve been writing more and more….interesting things. I have done product reviews, I have done articles on tech support and skin tags. I have a job coming up where I need to write 8 individual articles about Home Renovations to fit the style of the 8 destination websites. And they’re due in 25 hours.

I know I can’t pick what I write about, which is kind of sad. I’m not established enough to do something like that and I don’t even know how I would go about doing that. I have applied to do an intern-ship writing for a site that I actually use and enjoy. They won’t review the application until the deadline is up, which is in December and it’s not a paid position. But that’s okay. The more experience the better.

I guess today I’m just feeling overwhelmed when it comes to writing. I have personal writing I want to do, freelance writing I need to do and writing for work that I need to start thinking about.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a bit of a break and the articles aren’t due for quite some time. It’s the occupational hazard of the craft. I’m sure many people would agree with me on this as it can be crazy.

I submitted a draft blog-style post to my co-workers for them to pick apart and suggest changes for. I know they would only be giving suggestions from an unbiased and constructive viewpoint but it still makes me nervous. I wonder how much they are expecting and I worry about not meeting those expectations.

It will get better and I will get more confident. I suppose it’s just been a long time since my writing skills were desired and potentially respected.

I will brave the storm and see where this takes me!

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Bringing Writing to Work

I was asked to write a blog-style piece for my job the other day. Part of what my Day Job is involves providing customer service via online chat, e-mail or telephone to users of one of our websites. We have a section where we wanted to write more blog-style posts to help connect with our users and offer them support and tips with their educational goals.

So I wrote a piece and I am now nervous as hell to let my co-workers read it. I get the honour of working with very talented people and I am just deathly afraid that my post won’t be good enough. I don’t take criticism well sometimes, especially with writing and especially when I can put faces to the critics. I know I’ll get over it but I’m still nervous nonetheless at this point in time.

I’ve been slyly working on TAK during my lunch breaks. Like I mentioned before I had the mapping for the novel roughly written out. I think I’ll spend some time today to make that more solid. I’m not used to mapping as I usually just write and see where it goes. Not that that’s a bad thing, but mapping isn’t a bad thing either. It helps me flesh some stuff out and notice any potential inconsistencies.

I’ve gotten some more freelance work which makes me happy. I also applied for an unpaid internship with an anime website I frequent regularly.

It’s actual lunchtime now, so I’m going to go get started on that mapping. I have a new pen for the job and everything!

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Close One Door

So the “Another World” contest with Inkitt has ended and sadly, my stories didn’t quite get up there.

HOWEVER.

Inkitt is having a new contest! I’ve updated my sidebar Contest menu to reflect that.

The links are the same, and if you voted at all last time you can use the same account. I’m hoping that since I jumped on this quicker my stories will have a fighting chance!

When I get home tomorrow after work I plan on selecting a great excerpt from TAK and uploading that.

You can vote for more than one story, so if you want to vote for both, you can. Or if you want to vote for one of mine to show support and then vote for another story, that’s okay too!

If you vote on my stories and you have stories of your own posted, leave the link in the comments section and I’ll check it out to return the favour!

We should all help each other when we can.

Sorry in advance for the irritating posts that are going to NAG YOU TO VOTE in the coming weeks.

Well, maybe I’m not that sorry 😛

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VOTE FOR MY STORIES!

Please? Could you please vote? I want to thank all of those who have! It means a lot to have people outside family and friends believe in my work.

If you want to vote, you can do so here:  &

I haven’t won anything in terms of writing contests since high school so it would be so cool and a huge boost of my self-esteem if I were to even get into the top 10! Right now I’m sitting at 52 and 62 I think.

Please, find it in your hearts to boost this poor little fledgling writer 😀

On the flip side, I’ve applied for a couple freelancing jobs. Mainly just data entry but it’s still extra money. One of the jobs seems to be ongoing which would be nice. It would bring in an extra 100-200 a month. But I have to win it first!

I also submitted my first article for the Parent Life Network blog. I’m waiting to hear about that. This one is a volunteer job but I thought it would help me build my portfolio 🙂

Hopefully something works out!

While I’m working on TAK I’m going to see the effort involved in getting Black & Red published in paperback form. I might be able to reach more readers that way.

This, of course, is when I think I have time. I teach tonight and I have kickboxing again tomorrow (I’m gonna die, I swear).

I’ll find time…..somewhere….I could always sleep when I’m dead, right?

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

This was pretty cool to read! Thanks to all those who made it possible 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The Joys of Early Work

It’s not even 8 am and I’ve been in my office for about 10 minutes already. The Day Job doesn’t technically start until 8:15 am but I am physically incapable of rolling in at 8:00 am or 8:10 am like my colleagues. Some of them don’t come in until 8:30 am citing ‘traffic’ as being the cause.

Every. Day.

But, when I come in, I know I’ve missed the bulk of traffic, I can take my time getting ready for the work day. Locating my tools for my trade, setting up my computer and making sure everything operational. Checking my voicemails.

AND. I can crank my music.

This morning has been a Billy Joel kind of day. Not sure why, but it is. Right now it’s “Uptown Girl” and right before that it was “For the Longest Time”. Not sure what else I have on my phone since I don’t often manage the music tunes on there. I might throw Bill Withers “Can We Pretend” next because it makes me happy.

I can sing and dance out loud to my hearts content and not give a damn about who might hear me.

It helps me transition from Family life to Work life and I like it.

 

LONG LIVE GETTING TO WORK EARLY!

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The Journey

Someone on the Twitter asked me how I decided to publish and what steps I took as they are thinking of doing the same thing.

I’ve written before that I’ve been writing since about age 13, so for 17 years now. I had always secretly wanted to be published, but I am afraid of rejection and didn’t want to send my story, my piece of myself, out there all over the place and have people say “no, it’s not good enough”.

In the days when I first thought about being published ebooks and ereaders were not as huge, or even existed, as they do today.

In the last 4 or 5 years I started looking into it a bit more seriously. I started writing on this website this year in February 2013 after meeting a singer through my job who has done so much for herself. She’s Nuela Charles and you can find her link on the right hand side of my page if you’re interested in checking her stuff out.

So I started small. I took a story I had already ‘finished’ and that I liked and went about editing and dressing it up. I posted on this website every day and tried to seek out other authors and read about their adventures in the publishing world. I knew about KDP but I had never heard of Smashwords before. So I did some research on the Smashwords website and reviewed all the terms and policies for both (ugh. My eyes hurt from reading so much text).

At first I thought I had to choose one, but then I realized, through reading about others, that I could do both. A few of the ‘web-friends’ I have published with both, some have even done the paperback copies with CreateSpace. I’m not sure if I want to do that, but it’s an idea.

These people are far more advanced than I am, because most of them have been working at this for YEARS.

I set myself a flexible deadline for editing and formatting. I missed my first one as I was very sick in April and didn’t have the time to work at my Day Job, let alone work on my story, but I managed to keep my second deadline.

For those looking for any sort of advice on what to do: RESEARCH. Check out all there is to use. Talk to other writers, follow the blogs of those that have done what you want to do and read their posts and comment on them. Most likely, they will reply! I didn’t think they would have the time for someone like me, but they did! Makes me feel special 🙂

And don’t be afraid. I am my own worst enemy so that was the hardest thing to overcome.

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