freelancing

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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Calling All Allies

Have you ever felt like no matter what you do something is bound to go wrong? Maybe I’m just tired (that’s probably it) but I am feeling so goddamn defeated lately.

We need to put about $5000 worth of work into our house just so that we can sleep in our bedroom again. My husband is getting ready to go back to school. If I take my freelancing jobs into consideration I am working one full time job and three part time jobs right now. I am feeling so stretched that it’s starting to get to me.

Thankfully my husband is a great person and isn’t taking the fact that I’m working so hard to put him through school for granted.

But today, I feel like I’m over the edge.

I backed into the convertible car of the Executive Director at my full time job. Did I mention he’s the former Chief of Police in my town? He was very nice about the whole thing and insurance will sort it out but it’s just one of those things that really didn’t need to happen right now. Like I am so over the fact that ONE. MORE. THING. has just gone wrong and we’ll have to pay for something when we’re trying to scrimp and save.

I do kickboxing twice a week which is helping me keep a level head lately. But I haven’t played a video game in over a month. I have written anything worth reading in over 5 months. I feel like crying because I’m so tired and feeling so guilty right now about the car.

I just want SOMETHING to go right. Anything. I want my kids to stop screaming and freaking out every ten seconds. I want to be able to afford or even FIND a babysitter so my husband and I can go on a date. But then a date costs money so I talk myself out of the idea.

I miss my friends. I miss my PanTron and my Wifey. Because my emotional mind is in control I`m FAR more whiny than I need to be right now. I know I`m just being a pest but if I can`t vent into the virtual world I am going to freaking explode.

I`m hoping a payment for one of my freelancing jobs comes in soon so I can feel a bit better about my money situation.

Yeesh.

Who`s got a hammer? Wanna practice nailing into my coffin?

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There's a Reason My Eyes are Green

You’ve heard the phrase “My eyes are green with envy” before, right?

It seems I’ve got a bad case of the envy bug. I don’t like it, but when I get stuck in ruts it comes out more than I’d like it to.

I overheard a coworker talk about her recent house-hunting trip as she’s moving up north with her boyfriend. Apparently while she was up there she was essentially offered a job as the guidance counselor of the school there. This turns me green with envy as that has been my dream job (aside from being a writer, of course) for a long period of time. I am super happy for her and hope she goes for it if she wants it. I have nothing against her as a person, it’s the situation I’m jealous of.

For me to do that job in the current area I live in I need to have a Bachelor’s of Education and a Master’s of Education. I’ve already priced it out (because I’m crazy prepared, okay?) and that would cost me around $15,000 for the entire go ’round. This coworker of mine has experience working in the local women’s shelter and also possess a diploma in Applied Counselling. It still makes me jealous because it seems like far less education and, for lack of a better term, red tape for her to do the job I’d love to do.

So it gets me a bit green. And blue. There has been A LOT of crap going on at the homestead lately. My husband is gearing up for college in the Fall and we’re going to have to put out around $5,000 in the next few months due to an issue in our house that needs to get repaired sooner, rather than later.

Maybe it’s because I’m an education geek and would spend all day at school if I could. I’m not good with research and thesis’s but I love learning. Sounds a bit silly, doesn’t it?

I have finished teaching ESL for the foreseeable future which means I have extra time. I’ve been doing some freelancing on the side so I will be able to bring in some extra cash. I’m hoping that I can get started on this next project I’ve been hired for as soon as possible as it’s pretty decent pay.

Until then, I will have to make due with what I have, which isn’t really bad at all, and try to work on my next book. That might keep me happy for some time so we’ll see how that goes.

Thanks for putting up with my whining 🙂 You know you love it 😉

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To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn

I’ve been undergoing some changes lately. This summer I’ve lost my extra source of income as an ESL teacher at the local college in my town.

But I’ve found something interesting out of that.

After reading a post on LinkedIn I read about some Freelancing websites that seemed legitimate and safe. I started doing some research and I ended up joining elance.com.

At first I was a bit nervous applying for jobs. I looked to see which employers had a good reputation and which ones had confirmation of payment. I didn’t want to get stuck doing so much work and putting a lot of effort into something and then not get paid for it.

I am happy to report that I have completed 4 jobs for one employer quite successfully and they are planning to use my again. I also won a job creating articles based off of key words provided by the client and another one which is basically the same thing. I’ve also applied for a job I really want to get which would almost replace the income from teaching! It would be very nice to be able to do these things in the comfort of my home.

I have been noticing that my children are missing me and are acting out as such. I need to spend more time with them, but supporting them is also important. As my husband gets ready to change from his full-time job he’s had for about 8 years and head to College our income is going to drop considerably. We’re trying to pay off as much debt as we can before he stops work and he has been looking for jobs.

Sometimes I have to find the positive and I have been working really hard at that. I’m doing my best to be understanding and supportive.

So things are looking up!

My book, on the other hand, is going to start calling me and threatening me if I don’t pay attention to it. I haven’t touched it in sooooo long! I am hoping the spare/extra time I should get when classes end on the 28th will help with this.

Then I’ll need to full on manage my time better! I can do!

Right…?

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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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