Happy 2010, peeps! The new year’s already looking like it might bring lots of fun and surprises. Let’s make it a good one!
Listing my accomplishments is possibly the hardest thing for me to do each year, especially publicly. I know, to some, it makes me seem egocentric, but I get over the feeling that people will think I’m full of myself in order to keep a yearly record of what I’ve achieved (and haven’t). I started out […]
I don’t do this exercise every year, but maybe I should? The idea is to list down all the failures of the year and see what was learned from them, and then note down all the successes of the year and celebrate those. And okay, I’m calling them failures, but they’re really just minor setbacks […]
Yesterday, I rolled over in bed and thought, “I’m going to start painting again.” I don’t know where that came from. Or maybe I do.
I talked a bit last week about the feast or famine syndrome of freelancing. I was referring specifically to the amount of work, but the same tends to apply to paychecks as well. When they come through, they come through at once. When they don’t, they don’t.
So let me tell you what I know now that I didn’t know 7 years and 256 articles ago. A lesson learned for every year in the business.
So it’s the day before a big deadline, my first assignment for an international newspaper, and I’m nervous. Really nervous. I do what every sane journalist does in this situation– I spend hours, days, almost a week, hunched over my computer, trying to knock out that perfect first sentence, that perfect second sentence, that perfect […]
People assume that because I’m so sure now of what I want and seem so focused on getting it, that I always have. This isn’t true.
I received a beautiful e-mail recently from a reader of this blog who is having some confidence issues. Here’s part of what she wrote: Following your advice, I started to send queries out. Three a day for a while until I snagged a magazine and managed to get a few credits to my name and […]
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