Florida High School Shooting

So, I was gonna just keep my mouth shut about the most recent school shooting involving a former high school student who was able to blend in after he shot almost 20 people. Why would I, a mother, not want to weigh in? Because people do not listen.  There are factors that most people tend to ignore because they are too busy playing armchair lawyer, armchair policymaker, and armchair expertRead more

Hey, Kids, This One’s for You!

I have the honor of (gently) editing a full-length YA novel that an old friend of mine sent me. His daughter wrote it. She’s a teenager. The other day when I stopped by a birthday party for my friend’s now two-year-old daughter, I was approached by another teenage girl who knows what I do. She asked me how she could write and publish a book.

So, kids (big and small!), this post is just for you. (Don’t worry, parents and other sensitive types – this post is profanity free and G rated for your protection!)  Read more

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

work life balance

Well, over the last few weeks, my life has clearly shown why I work from home: aging parents (one of which is still in the hospital and will likely still  be there for a few days), sick kids, field trip for Baby Bull, and the constant stress which tends to send me into sort of an obsessive-compulsive state of hypervigilence. Not sleeping well, constantly on the go, dealing with massive amounts of fatigue (had that fairly well under control)…  Read more

What I’ve Learned from a Week of Doing Profile Critiques

After Upwork was kind enough to feature me in their Spotlight piece through social media, I was inundated with Facebook friend requests, messages, and the likes. Some were well wishers and people already bringing in money from freelancing. Others were people who were struggling to make freelancing work for them.

So, I thought I’d be nice and offer to review their profiles and give them free advice on how to improve. I didn’t get that sort of help. I learned by trial and error. I’ve worked with enough clients over the last four years that I know what they do and don’t want to see and read on a profile.  Read more