Tag: work

Career, Freelancing, Personal

“So, What Do You Do?”

Career Frog

I used to cringe whenever someone asked me, “So, what do you do?” at a party or conference. I never had a good answer because the true answer was and is, “Whatever I feel like at the moment,” which isn’t exactly socially acceptable. While I’m primarily a writer, that’s not all I do and, until …

Freelancing, Writing

There’s Nothing Dishonorable About “Selling Out”

Moneybag

A long time ago, I had high artistic ideals. I wanted my work to change the world, to bring awareness to important issues, and to be “great.” That lasted until I was out of college. That’s when I realized that I had to eat, pay rent, and fill up my gas tank. High ideals went …

Publishing, Writing

Publication Changes Nothing

Change

It’s funny how, once I got my book contract, all of my friends and fellow writers suddenly seemed to think that I had it made. I’d achieved the Holy Grail of writing and now everything in my life must be perfect. It was as if I’d been kissed by some god and was now in …

Freelancing, Writing

Stand Up and Be Paid!

Money

I’m a fan of Wil Wheaton. True, I didn’t love his character, Wesley, from Star Trek: Next Generation very much. But as the years have gone by, he’s established himself as a writer, defender of geeks and nerds, a supporter of tabletop board gaming, and advocate/inspiration for those battling depression. Last week he wrote of …

Productivity, Writing

You Have to Make the Good Stuff Happen

Luck

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon: It’s only the bad stuff that happens to you without effort. (In most cases; there are exceptions.) On the other hand, while bad things may rain down on you without your control or consent, you have to work really hard to make the good stuff happen. …