I’m supposed to be writing an opinion piece about the Indian travel industry’s reluctance to accept a solo female traveler, and I swear, right about now, I’ll do anything but tackle that. The article is not difficult; it’s practically written. It’s just that I’m still sick, and instead of just taking a day off and […]
In a moment of strong-headedness today, I plopped down in my chair, told myself that I was going to write come hell or high water, and just got down to it. I didn’t have anything concrete to work with at first, but I did have a few vague goals in mind: a couple of entries […]
I’m struggling to stay motivated (a never-ending to-do list will do that to you), so I’ve recently been trying to spice up my work day with small and achievable goals. What can I say, I’m a geek. I have to make to-do lists in order to get anything done, and crossing the items off really […]
In 1969, a 32-year old American reporter came across what seemed like a cover-up. He called and wrote to editors to ask if they’d be interested in funding his investigation, which would require travel to a foreign country. No one was interested.
A few years ago, I posted the following on a message board for writers: I have a story that I think is fabulous. I’m excited about it. I have a semi-outline that could use a bit more padding but whatever. I have characters I love. I know where I want to go with it. Most […]
“There’s a fundamental contradiction in being determined to wrench out a living by writing alone, and being unwilling to do certain not terribly entertaining but adequately remunerative writing jobs. I have no right to complain about money when I choose not to do some of the things that would make money but would be unpleasant– […]
During my cyber adventures today, I came across three separate articles bemoaning the end of the world. Or maybe just the end of journalism and publishing.
So. One month of the year, already gone. How are you doing on your goals? By now, you’ve probably got a system going in order to keep up with what you want to be doing. You’ve figured out which goals you’re going to keep, and which ones, despite your best intentions, may have been too […]
So now that the first week of the year is behind us, I’m looking at some of the firsts that I’ve had so far: First assignment of the year: Query, and you will receive. I sent out a few ideas on my first day back to work last week, and an assignment’s already in the […]
Happy New Year, everyone! So starts another blank slate. It isn’t quite literally a blank slate, but it is a chance to wipe out those bad memories, dust off those disappointments, and start a new plan of action which includes the things that have been working for you, and letting go of the things that […]