Taking my temperature, as it were…

So how’s the freelance thing going?

It’s been about what I expected, sometimes it seems I’m moving forward, other times not so much. Pretty much like anything.

I’ve been focused on a twin approach to my next career step for about the last three months. Looking for a full-time job that would still let me use my writing and editing skills in a stable environment that pays me a livable wage. Not too much to ask, I don’t think. And the second approach has been to research, network and apply – or bid, as the case may be – for freelance work.

The later has been frustrating when I get a nibble on a bid and start negotiating with a potential client. This has so far been done through a couple of Continue reading “Taking my temperature, as it were…”

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You and I don’t communicate any more

If the internet and social media are so fast, why does it seem like it takes us longer and longer to communicate?

That conundrum, if you will, struck me some time ago, when I received an email from a friend I’ve known since junior high school. (Guess you can tell how old I might be, right? You don’t hear “junior high” much anymore, it’s been “middle school” for some time.) We’ve stayed in touch off and on over the years, but not regularly. I lived on the opposite side of Colorado, so it wasn’t like we could meet for dinner or drinks whenever we felt like getting together.

But despite the ability to immediately respond to my friend, I did nothing. For days Continue reading “You and I don’t communicate any more”

Do what you do best

My last blog post was all about how I wasn’t too inspired to learn some new skills and knowledge to take my career search in a certain direction. As chance would have it, fate stepped in soon after that to get me moving in another – and familiar – direction.

Someone in one of the Denver-area Meetup groups I was following sent a link to a three-part video series from a freelance web developer, Ryan Waggoner. While some of the tips, advice and recommendations he gave came from his profession, most of it can be likely be applied to a lot of other professions. Including writing.
Continue reading “Do what you do best”

Maybe old dogs and new tricks don’t go together so well after all

As part of my job search – or, as I like to call it, my career advancement – plan, I’ve been watching some professional learning videos on sites like Lynda.com. They’ve been well done, informative and educational.

But they’ve also pointed out the need for more education and learning, if I want to pursue jobs in a certain direction. In my case, Continue reading “Maybe old dogs and new tricks don’t go together so well after all”

Urban wildlife a life reminder

A hawk gets ready to take off as a nearby nest of baby finches beckons in the Denver, Colorado area on July 2, 2017. (Photo by Mike McKibbin)
A hawk gets ready to take off as a nearby nest of baby finches beckons in the Denver, Colorado area on July 2, 2017. (Photo by Mike McKibbin)

It seems like common sense, doesn’t it?

You live in a small town, where fewer people should mean more wildlife, right?

Well, I’m often witness to situations or just animal sightings here in the Denver, Colorado, area that I never saw in my two decades or so of living in a city of around 10,000.

Case in point happened the other day. Finches have made their nests Continue reading “Urban wildlife a life reminder”