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”

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”

Math is my kryptonite

Someone, or maybe it was some study I read, said people who write use one half of their brain more often, while those who work with numbers use the other half of their brain. You know, the left brain-right brain thing, I think.

As someone who has made his living with words, I definitely find truth in that saying, or study, or whatever. I can write with complete confidence that the vast majority of my words, grammar, spelling, etc. will make sense to readers. (But don’t ask me Continue reading “Math is my kryptonite”

Conquering this writing challenge

Blogging 1It’s not like I haven’t been writing since my last post (in August, really that long???). Since I resumed my journalistic career, the stories have flowed. But since they’re all political or local stories, I didn’t think they would make good blog material. I know others probably disagree and love to argue politics. As an old-school journalist, though, I hope my stories don’t tend one way or another. I’ve prided myself on others telling me they thought my stories were fair and balanced.

So conquering this blogging challenge has included taking a few steps back, catching my breath and now Continue reading “Conquering this writing challenge”