Tag Archives: write

Top 10: Seattle Places to “Work from Home”

23 Jan

Seattle Coffee Shop ChocolatiYou probably know that Seattle is a coffee town. But you might not know that hordes of nomadic workers use its cozy, caffeinated haunts as offices.

Whether you’re a fellow Seattle freelancer (like me), a local looking for a good place to read the day away, or just someone daydreaming about Seattle coffee culture, this Top 10 list is for you.

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Write It Down

2 Jan
"Super Mom Syndrome"  by Our Kooky Life

“Super Mom Syndrome” by Our Kooky Life

You’re lying in bed and can’t get to sleep for all the to-do’s in your head:

Write it down.

You’re confused about a next move on a project or in your life:

Write it down.

You have something bugging you that you just can’t shake:

Write it down.

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Why Blog?

20 May

Work Desk

“Why don’t you blog about it?” That was a common joke between my husband and me, long before my friend Geraldine (a.k.a. The Everywhereist) encouraged me to embark on this endeavor.

I thought back then (and often still do), that many blogs take themselves too seriously. Let’s face it: blogging is not exemplary journalism, literary excellence, or even (for most of us) our profession.

So, why blog?

It’s a valid question, and certainly one I scrutinized before jumping in. But I have to admit, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the results of this 1.5-year experiment, and that’s why I keep doing it.

If you’ve ever wondered, “What’s the point?”—or even considered trying it yourself—here are some benefits for three groups in particular.

Geraldine Pipe

And this would be The Everywhereist. Don’t let her fool you. She’s a smart cookie and a crazy-talented writer.

1. Writers

When was the last time you had regular, devoted time to write, when the topic was of your choosing, and you had an audience to hold you accountable? College maybe. Even then, I’m going to bet you wrote what you had to and not what you wanted to.

The writing practice alone is worth it. Writing talent is not something that “comes to you” like an image of the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast. Continue reading

Soul Food

25 Apr

Soul Food

Sometimes you just need a little soul food, a breadcrumb from the universe, a taste of that dream ever waiting beyond the bend.

Sunday I enjoyed some much-needed soul food at the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators conference—along with these tasty morsels of encouragement. May they help feed your dream, too. Continue reading

9 Secrets to Being Great

15 Apr

Shirley Picture PuzzlesToday I’m remembering a great: a great grandma, mom, wife (of 50+ years), friend, community leader, youth mentor, bowler, shorthandist, cook … just an all-around great woman.

You know that phrase, “They don’t make them like they used to.” That pretty much sums up Shirley.

ShirleyWeddingWe lost her a year ago today, and I’m been feeling a bit melancholy, I’m not going to lie.

But there wasn’t anything about Shirley that was melancholy. Heck, the day she passed, she went out with friends to see a barber shop quartet and have cocktails. She was 91, mind you.

So, I’m doing my best to direct my energy toward the positive things about Shirley—and there are a lot of them to choose from.

Even if you didn’t know her,  here are nine Shirley-inspired ideas for living life to the fullest, from someone who spent nine decades doing just that.

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National Poetry Month

1 Apr

NationalPoetryMonth

Love poetry? Hate it? Don’t get it? Now’s the perfect time to give it fresh look. It’s National Poetry Month!

Here are a few quick ideas for anyone: readers, teachers, parents, kids, writers, and even the “I’m not really a writer” word dabblers (you know who you are).

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Want to join my “poetry club”? Browse or add to the My Castle Heart Poem Share on Poets.org. To add to it, log in as MyCastle, password: myheart. Then browse or search for poems. When you find one that you like, click the “Add to Notebook” link at the top to add it to our shared list.

More ideas for bookworms:

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So You Think You Can Freelance? Part 4: Q&A

4 Mar

In Part 1, we discussed the mindset. In Part 2, we explored the ground work, and in Part 3 we talked money.

Now let’s get down to specifics. Here are some questions I received from others taking the plunge. Both new and experienced freelancers (and their clients) should find good info in here. So let’s dig in …

Photo courtesy of Scott McLeod, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Scott McLeod, Flickr Creative Commons

Wishy-Washy About Payment

Q: A client approached me about a project, but ducked my questions about payment. What should I do?

A: It’s okay to gather details about the project without talking numbers. Certainly don’t let that stage drag on, and never confirm your participation or sign anything until that is a part of the discussion. Work, by definition, pays. This is your livelihood. Good clients will understand and respect that.

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