Think about some of your favorite books. What makes the story memorable? Was it the non-stop action? Maybe it was the extraordinary way a tired old plot was presented. Or maybe, it was the protagonist. Who were those characters? Why did they out in your mind? One of the most standout protagonists for me was … Continue reading DIY MFA: What’s in A Character?
I’ve spent the last months in a state of flux. I don’t feel like I’ve really had a solid direction, it’s more like I’ve been in a holding pattern of sorts. We’ve been living off my severance package and haven’t had to worry too much about getting the bills paid, but that money won’t last … Continue reading Living the Dream
I have been dealing with end-of-year stuff for the past couple of weeks. You know, doctor and dental appointments and such, before my insurance changes. For the most part, I’m pretty healthy for my age. I have one little issue to resolve that could require additional coverage—and even that “coverage” will be sketchy. I have … Continue reading Last-Minute Shopping
Ah, the American “health care” system. For the past forty or so years, the “health care” insurance industry in the United States has been a for-profit enterprise, and the CEOs rake in billions for their businesses. It’s not like they care about the health and well-being of the average American. It’s all about the money, … Continue reading The Health Care Maze
Ah, the freelance life. Work when you want, earn lots of money. At least that’s the myth. The truth is, you’ve got to earn your chops first. I've been "freelancing" for two months now. Admittedly, I haven't really been out looking for gigs, I've been trying to get my feet under me while I figure … Continue reading #FreelanceFriday: Building the Freelance Puzzle
Progress toward my new freelance career is going slowly, to say the least. I have managed to get one important piece installed, though, and that’s the sit-stand addition to my desk. If you sit for a living like most writers, being able to stand up while you work is invaluable. Sitting wasn’t as much of … Continue reading Standing for Progress
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger. Mostly, I’ve been catching up on those little things that get away from you when you work a full-time-plus job. (My career would have eaten my life if I’d let it.) I needed to talk to a financial advisor to make sure … Continue reading Starting Slow
I’ve spent the last several years preparing myself for retirement. After all, I’m not getting any younger, and I watched too many senior citizens struggle on a fixed income. I realized that I have skills I can use after the high-tech world was finished with me—or I was finished with it. And now that the … Continue reading I’m A Writer, Now What?