Almost 40 and…

I don’t think I could say that I’ve ever been happier. I really look forward to my 40th birthday next week. Today we went and bought some new bake wear I wanted / needed (new loaf pans, new pizza pans, and new cookie sheets). I still need to get a crisping rack for the oven, cooling racks (those are available at Dollar Tree), and a few other nice-to-have things.  Read more

Confession #47

I have the strangest encounters with people…people that think that various forms of content (social media content, articles, web page content, video scripts, books, whatever) are left on the doorstep of a business by the word fairy.

Today, I went to pay the Internet bill in person. I usually pay online. While paying, I asked a question about how I would process a name change for my business account in the near future. I was told that I’d have to talk to the rep who started my account…and that was the answer I expected. Then:

Rep: So what does your business do, exactly?

Me: Provide written content for businesses.

Rep: People can actually make money doing that?

Me: Your company has several social media accounts, mails out flyers and sales letters to me weekly, has website content, has articles on their page, and they have commercials. They hire people to do that.

And right before I went in, my cousin sent me a screenshot of more poorly worded educational material from his continuing education course about how we all couldn’t live without “pop cans and CDs.” Really? Because while I do buy Blue Sky Soda in the can, I can’t tell you the last time that I used an actual CD for anything. My life is pretty much cloud-drive based.

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Critiquing Joan Didion in High School Turned Me Into a Copywriter

So, most of my regular readers know my primary bread and butter is non-fiction writing and editing. I write a lot in the legal tech / law office management space, business / law / criminal justice educational arenas, and I do a lot of editing. I’d like to think that I’ve done just fine for myself from the professional perspective. I mean, think about the number of people who say they want to work from home as a writer of some sort versus the number of people doing it. Read more

If You Want to Be Successful, Change Your Decision Making Philosophy NOW

If there’s one thing I understand, it’s how your immediate situation can affect your decisions. Because I’ve been in some shitty situations. Beyond shitty. Life threatening. Some not so life threatening and yet seriously fucking worrisome “pay the electric or buy groceries” situations. So, believe me when I say that I totally understand how your current environment can (and often should) play (at least) a (small) part in how you make your decisions.  Read more