Category Archives: Writing My New Year

My New Year plans collapsed four days after the ball dropped. That has to be some sort of record.

A few days into the New Year, I received an unexpected phone call from the manager of a volunteer organization of which I had been a part. He told me in a brief two-minute call that I was no longer part of the ministry.

They were cutting me loose. They didn’t want me to write for them anymore. They were telling me no. I think the word “fired” was even used.

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That freelance career

A couple things are changing in my writing career in 2015. I’m working on a piece at with all the details of what’s happening and what’s coming next, but for now, all the change reminded me how unpredictable freelance can be.

I’m always sending pitches out. Someone always owes me money for past work. I’m constantly looking for creative stories, and a lot of the time, my inbox has rejection emails in it.

It isn’t an easy line of work, and some days I long for the daily grind of a reporter life. Not that it was any easier, but at least I knew how to handle it. Freelancing has a steep learning curve, and I’m still learning so much about it.

For now, I’m writing because it’s in me, because I have to, and as things change, I’m holding out hope that maybe one sentence in everything in 2015 that I write will make a difference somewhere.

Freelancers- how do you deal with the unpredictability of our line of work?

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LATERPOST: Why I Can’t Finish My Book

A few months ago, I finally said it out loud (and online) that I was working on a book. If all goes well and according to my tight deadlines, I should be finishing up a first draft of the book within the next six weeks.

That means all those medium vanilla Dr Peppers, all those words, all those naps/brainstorming sessions on my office couch, all that work will finally see the fruits of labor and at the end, I’ll have a rough manuscript.

But I have to be honest. I can’t finish it. I’m stuck.

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