Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The moment I knew I wasn't satisfied...

The moment I knew I wasn’t satisfied with my stupid job, I looked into freelance writing. A few short months later, in October of 2008, I had quit the job and freelanced full-time. To say it was grand would be a gross understatement. It was the bomb.

I did that for five years and, with the bottom dropping out of most the markets, I found myself doing more free than paid work. Companies began to go under and/or let most of their writers go, ESL articles were beating out well-written stuff by good writers, bots were taking over. In short, though I did have some real neat jobs during those five years, I didn’t find one (or a few) to actually support myself for the long haul.

So, then, the moment I knew I wasn’t satisfied with my article writing career, I began looking for local part-time employ. I finally found a decent job just a couple blocks from my home, and am still there today. Of course, many times I look back on when I was making good money from home and wonder what the hell happened. It’s just the way of things. I still get the occasional gig, but nothing like it was when I really beat the streets, so to speak.

And so, here I am, in exactly the same position I ended off in 2008, only making less money, if you can believe that. Do I think my foray into writing was a mistake? Most assuredly not. I gained some real life, valuable experience doing what I did, and besides, I get to tell people I was a professional freelance writer for five years. That’s kinda cool.

In a nutshell, life continues to throw its spices at me with fervor. It continues to surprise me, beat me down, and let me get back up, most of the time higher than I was before the initial beat down. One can literally only guess at the next twist and turn I’ll encounter. The only thing for sure is that I’m ready for it.

I’m always ready. 

Actively Inactive

I hardly blog at all anymore. I don’t hit many forums, I have almost zero online presence other than some shares on facebook because I finally got a camera phone that will connect. I’m still active in real life, just not online at all.


Well, I have a JAY OH BEE, for one, that has me caught in a crazy, unpredictable schedule. I no longer freelance regularly, and make no money online, so I’m a cash cow at this point. It’s neither here nor there, but it’s a different lifestyle than I’ve lived for the past five years, I can tell you that.

I’m still writing. I write a lot. Hell, probably more than I did when I had all day every day to write, and that’s the way it goes, sometimes. We all cry that we don’t have opportunities for this or for that but then we don’t do anything with them when they arrive. Welcome to human nature.

I actually scored a day off here and got to sleep in and even snuck in some extra coffee, so I’ve the energy/time to share a quickie with y'all, just letting everyone know I’m alive and okay. This entry is thanks to a blog post challenge type thing Michelle Devon made up. Thanks for that! 

With extremely limited time, my priorities shifted in a hurry. Now, my main concerns in life are work, my Ramcharger, my writing craft, reading stories, and getting as much ME time in as I possibly can. I just realized I sound like a single mother. Good grief.

It’s not that I don’t care or that I’ve disappeared, but I just simply can’t be the person I used to be at this time in life. I even let my author site lapse, mostly because I have no Paypal cash but also because I just don’t have the time to do anything with it these days.

I wish I could tell you that all my efforts were getting me rich, but truth is I’m making crap pay in an entry level position I just happen to enjoy and be good at.  I’ll never give up on my writing dream and I’ll never stop writing. And I’ve said this a thousand times, but I’ll say it once more: YES, I write because I love it and enjoy escaping into my own head, but I’d also like to make a little jingle selling stories. Any author who says they don’t is probably lying or a little crazy.  :P

Peace out for now.  I hope this all pays off somewhere down the line.