Could Be a Fortune Cookie

Do you want to hear something ironic? My freelance writing career is booming these days - a recent development, one that did not occur until after I found a "real" job that I love. And, just like when I was hired here, I wasn't even pursuing new work. They came to me. Universe, you amuse … Continue reading Could Be a Fortune Cookie

Flutter By, Butterfly

Earlier this week, I had a job interview. I didn't write about it before, because I am leery of jinxing myself. I wrote all about Groupon and that fell through, and then dished about my interview with my ex's company. I prefer to keep these things on the down low now, just on the off chance … Continue reading Flutter By, Butterfly

Punters Punt, Divers Dive, & Writers Write

If you're going to call yourself a writer, there's just a single prerequisite - one thing, and one thing only, that you must do. Write. Seems pretty basic, doesn't it? If you're a punter on an NFL team, you'll be lacing up your shoes following every possession and punting the ball. Your job description is right … Continue reading Punters Punt, Divers Dive, & Writers Write

Champagne Wishes on a Sparkling Water Budget

With my finances suddenly dwindling, I've found myself cutting more corners lately. Gone are the extravagant weekly steak and lobster dinners. I no longer take the Maserati through the car wash, I scrub it with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge myself. Worst of all, I had to fire the maid (although really, … Continue reading Champagne Wishes on a Sparkling Water Budget

Please Don’t Buy Me a Star

Last year, I subscribed to Groupon because I'd heard people talking about the really good deals you could find on there. I have to admit, there are some real bargains; I've purchased a couple of restaurant Groupons myself. But there are some real head-scratchers, too. Take yesterday's Daily Deal for Portland: for $29 you can … Continue reading Please Don’t Buy Me a Star

Running A Murraython

The good news? I don't have to worry about freelance writing screwing around with my unemployment benefits. After checking into this with the Washington unemployment office, I learned the state simply deducts the difference from what I'm earning part-time from my weekly checks. In fact, there's a rather complicated formula/chart wherein they take a percentage … Continue reading Running A Murraython

Hope I Get Old Before I Die

My hard work spent studying assisted living facilities paid off. They liked my sample article enough to welcome me aboard as an official Contract Writer! I will be assigned seven articles per week. If I feel comfortable enough to write more, I can increase that number to 14. Or 49. Or anything in increments of … Continue reading Hope I Get Old Before I Die