Losing focus or seeing opportunties?

We deal with a lot of frustration in life. Getting beyond the immediate consequences and deciding how to keep moving forward seems a bigger challenge each time.

Case in point: I applied for a copy editing position a few months ago, had a couple of interviews and was a finalist. But, as you guessed, someone else was offered the position.

It’s not the first time and likely won’t be the last. But every time it happens it seems to get harder to move in a direction I’m certain is the one I want to take.

Do I want a full-time position with benefits? Yes. But having enough freelance clients Continue reading “Losing focus or seeing opportunties?”

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Practicing what I preach

With so much time spent on my freelance writing efforts, I’ve recently noticed I’m taking a closer look at the words I write. Kind of makes sense, right?

If I’m telling people everywhere I go that I’m a freelance writer, I guess I should make more than sure the content I produce reflects my best effort and abilities. So I’m taking a little longer when I tweet something. Although I’m still getting used to having so many more characters now that Continue reading “Practicing what I preach”

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”

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”