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Exciting News!


I’m not sure how many of my readers were aware, but I was writing for another website for almost a year now. Unfortunately the site is currently unavailable due to server issues.

In the meantime, I will be expanding this blog to include my past work, and to turn it into my very own media outlet. I will be purchasing a proper domain name and will seek sponsorship shortly thereafter. This will differ from the site I was working for in that it will focus on blogs, not podcasts. I will also be looking for writers in a few months to help contribute to the content and to bring great events and people to Ottawa’s attention.

I will also have a section dedicated to Vine, so stay tuned!

End of Sabbatical


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There’s nothing quite like having your behind handed to you. There I was, building up my freelancing experience when I submitted a big project only to be met with, “We’re going to just do it ourselves.” Ouch. Cue my ego crying in the shower. I turned my back on writing for quite a while. I even abandoned my friends’ website temporarily while I got my act together. Luckily, he’s very understanding and I’ll be happily writing away for them again once the server goes back up.

Now, I feel like I’m ready to take another crack at it. I had to step away for a while and focus on something else. Unfortunately that “something else” turned out to be an ultra addictive app called “Vine”. But I digress. I’ve been scouring the ads for work and my best shot right now seems to be in transcription. I’m very gifted at mindless work! And happy to do it!

Don’t be afraid to take a break if you feel like you’re not putting your best work out. Sometimes life gets in the way and there’s nothing wrong with taking a breath of fresh air every now and again. It’s never good to huddle down, nose in the computer screen for too long, after all…there is a whole real world happening out there.

Get Your Priorities Straight!


I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Make sure you have your priorities straight! I’ve recently hit a slump in my writing endeavors and it’s entirely my own fault. I have 3 or 4 things on the go. The most important is some web content I’m writing for a friend’s business. That needs to get done first. Then, I promised a musician a review of her album but it kept getting pushed back. I feel bad, it’s not a paying job, but it’s something that can help her. Then, there’s a blog that I’ve been talking about writing for the wonderful man who does my hair. Because I’ve had all these projects on the backburner, I’ve not had the presence of mind to actually finish any of it.¬†

What Are Your Deadlines and What Can Wait?

The no-brainer is usually to start with whatever has the tightest deadline. If you have 3 days to complete something and have other scattered deadlines for other work, make sure you get that first one done well in advance. I’ve had issues with juggling several jobs at once and have had to forego on sleep a few times to catch up. If you stay a day ahead of schedule, not only will you be well prepared for any rewrites, but you will also impress your client.

Does It Pay? If Not, What Do YOU Get From It?

I have realized that there are a lot of things that I don’t have in my portfolio. Music reviews being on that list, I’ve approached some people about their own work so that I can pad up that resum√©. Even if nobody ever reads your stuff or sadly, never visits your site, at least you have it. It will come in handy when applying for paying jobs of the same nature. But remember, just because something doesn’t pay, doesn’t mean you can’t get something else out of it. I’m bartering my services for my friends and in return, they will be designing my own personal website (stay tuned!)

What Will Happen If You Don’t Finish?

This should not be an option. As a writer, whenever I have work that seems to be too much of an undertaking, be it too technical or the pay is really not in line with the amount of research/work put into it, it hurts to have to turn the job down. In cases such as these though, if it’s not worth your time, don’t agree to do it. It looks bad on you if you have to cancel a contract. It looks even worse if you can’t meet a deadline. If there is no imposed deadline, MAKE ONE. I get nervous with looming deadlines and I like to keep a clean desk, so I crank the work out as fast as I can, while maintaining a concise, professional piece.

I am forcing myself to finish an outline this week. Once that is off my shoulders, it’s music review time. Then hair time. Then maybe I can go back to getting some more steady work? Time will tell! All I know is, I will be happy when I press the “send” button on all three.

Goodbye, my love


I would like to start this post off with a poem.

You were the light of my life

A shining beacon in the wilderness of the every day

Cutting bonds from which the coil of human misery

always thrives.

Come back to me.

Yeah, I wrote that for my computer. She died a few days ago.Let us observe a moment of silence for my Acer laptop. The next step is to obviously buy something new. The good news is that my hard drive can be recovered, it was a motherboard issue (still sucks though!)

A Writer’s Best Friend

My laptop was a very expensive gift from my partner. I had asked him for one, mostly joking because let’s face it, a laptop is an extravagant gift. He came through for me, and bought me a top of the line gaming computer. (I’m also a big gamer in case you haven’t guessed). It was fast, it had a ton of memory, and an extra large screen so I could enjoy the full effect, I guess. Because of this larger screen, I should be able to sell the pooched computer for parts, it’s just a matter of who wants it.

Portable Machinery

I’ve always liked iPads…they’re snazzy and you can do a lot with them. The only thing is, if you’re a writer, it’s not very practical. You’d have to get a keyboard hooked up to it and the screen isn’t that big. I’ll definitely be getting another laptop, but probably something smaller. Having something that I can take with me to meetings or coworking greatly benefits my business, as a writer.

Get What You Need, Nothing More

If I’m only going to use the computer to write, surf the internet, and play The Sims 3 on occasion, I will want to get a high powered computer, but only reasonably so. I don’t need a souped up, mega RAM, five billion KB per millisecond beast, but having SOME bells and whistles can be fun. The important things are internet and Microsoft Office 2007 (or whatever version you prefer). But if I can still stream Game of Thrones, I’ll be a very happy girl.

Wish me luck on finding the perfect beast of burden for my literary pursuits!

The frustration of finding writing work


Yesterday I looked in my bank account and wasn’t that satisfied with what I saw. You see, for the past month I’d been doing really well, getting steady work, buying some nice shoes, feeling a little overconfident…then I got lazy. I realized a little late that I hadn’t put many bids for work out there.

Keeping a schedule?

Schedules are hard to make when you freelance. You never know what your workload is going to be for any given week. If I can be punching out one 500-word article a night, I’m having steady work. If I have three articles per night, I’m officially swamped, but that’s only because I also work full time and have a family to care for.

Always bid

If you use sites to get work, such as Getacoder.com or Elance.com, make sure you keep consistently bidding. If you take a break and none of the clients choose your bid, you won’t have any work a few days later.

Don’t count on your repeat clients

I have a handful of clients who require my writing services fairly regularly, but I can’t wait around until they approach me. If I’m going to have a lot of work, I’m going to have to constantly get the ball rolling myself. Additionally, I have to make sure I don’t overbook myself with new clients, so I’ll be able to have room for the repeats.

Balance

Freelance writing is a balancing act. Some people prefer the steadiness of a full time writing job, while others like the flexibility of freelancing. Just make sure you keep everything well balanced and that you don’t stretch yourself out too thin!

Every writer has his or her own writing process. The real trick is to find a rhythm in your work cycle and making it work. I’m now off to put in some more bids, I want that bank account looking a bit better now!