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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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”

Might have found a path again

I used to walk a lot. Really liked it, too. I was fortunate to live and work within a half mile, so it seemed to be a natural thing to do every day.

When I moved across Colorado to the way too-crowded Front Range and Denver, I didn’t have the same chance. So you could say I kind of lost my way on the path of my life. That applied to where I was trying to go professionally and personally as well.

Fast forward about three years to today and it feels like I may have found a path again. I’m still not walking as much as I did before the big move, but Continue reading “Might have found a path again”

Not just another buy out in the newspaper business

It happened again, at the end of May. Sadly, it’s happened so much in the last several decades, not many people knew it or – even sadder – cared.

The newspaper I had written for over the last year was bought out and has already lost its online brand presence. Later this year, it will lose its even more established print presence. Newspaper buyouts and the loss of jobs for journalists such as myself don’t usually garner much news of their own these days. You could maybe say there’s not enough reporters left to cover the story. Another sad note. Continue reading “Not just another buy out in the newspaper business”

A little different thinking can be a good thing

Growth and change are two universal constants, no matter where you live, what you do or aspire to be in your life.

At least that’s what I’ve come to believe over the years, as my life has ebbed and flowed through good times and bad times. When it comes to one personal constant – this, putting words together to form coherent thoughts – I like to think I’ve grown and changed, too. Hopefully for the better.

A fellow blogger, Wendy E.N. Thomas, on the “Live to Write – Write to Live” blog, talked about Continue reading “A little different thinking can be a good thing”