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What I've Learned as a Freelancer

I am no expert. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I took a leap and quit my job to do something I love and I couldn't be happier. I was thinking about the ways I have achieved success as a freelancer and thought some of these things could be of use to others looking to make profound changes in their own lives. So, here is a list of things I have learned over the last year.

Do Good Work.Be Consistent.Be Reliable.Network.Grass Roots Marketing. Some of these might be kind of obvious. And some of these ideas rely on other ideas to be successful. But let me share with you what I know about each bit of advice.

Doing good work means exactly that. You can't cut corners. Your clients will expect exceptional work. Write well. Edit well. Edit again. Don't submit something with errors. And if for some horrible reason you do, correct the information and resend it as soon as you catch it. If you are open and honest about this, your clients will be much more receptive.  Satisfied firs…

My First Book

I have been writing my whole life so when you really look at it all total I've probably written several books. I once wrote a 350 page hand written vampire novel. It was bad. It was really really bad. I don't have it any more but a sentimental part of me wishes I still did.

I have just finished my first book. As I mentioned, I was using the mass world-wide energy surge that is National Novel Writing Month to propel me toward my goal even though I was writing a non-fiction book that even at its most robust would have about 25,000 words total.

It is done. I have 120 ideas all typed out and ready for editing. I want to leave it be for a little bit so I am not so close to it when I try to make sense out of it. A second draft edit is the next step of the process. I also need to figure out the photos - some ideas are things that I've already taken photos of for our own house. Other ideas are new and will need different photos all together.

Then there will be a third draft.

I alre…

Write What You Know: Temporary Staffing

National Novel Writing Month

I'm a rebel. I never do things quite according to the rules.

Actually, this is not true. People close to me will tell you that I always follow the rules. But I am breaking a few of them this month.

I am writing non-fiction for National Novel Writing Month.

If you've never heard of NaNoWriMo, it is a contest of sorts to encourage writers to produce a 50,000 word novel over the month of November. Writers from all over the world started on Thursday, November 1st and will finish up one way or another on November 30th.

I decided to ride the wave of positive creative energy to work on the my book titled 120 Ideas for Tiny Living. As you might imagine, this idea came from our experience living in our tiny house since May of this year.

I'm on track with the word count. In fact, I am just a tiny amount over and the day is still young. However, I never imagined how it might affect my full time job. I write every day anyway. I have no idea how high my word count is on a typical basi…

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month.

I've participated in NaNoWriMo before with various degrees of success. This year I want to participate but it will be a little different. I've had this project I've been working on for a while. A book called "120 Ideas for Tiny House Living." This is, of course, based on our experience building and living in our 120 square foot house.

By the letter of the NaNo rules, my little project doesn't count. For one, it is nonfiction. The second is that I have already started it and the way NaNo is supposed to be done is to write something start to finish in 30 days. And it has to be 50,000 words. I've decided that I am going to use November to finish this project even though it doesn't fall under official NaNoWriMo rules.

So, stick with me this November and I may post some teasers over at Life in 120 Square Feet.


Versatile Blogger

Imagine my surprise when I saw myself mentioned on my friend and neighbor's blog last Friday. She has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award. 



Now, I have to pass it on. Here are the rules: 


Thank the person who gave you this award.  Include a link to their blog.  Next, select up to 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. If you don’t know 15, don’t worry- just pick one! Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.If you got the award, you can paste it on your sidebar.There are lots of deserving bloggers out there, but I wanted to go with just one - Jill of Making It up As I go Along.

Jill and I have been challenging each other to write for years and since we started doing it both of us have taken it to the next level. Jill's been published in several fantasy fiction anthologies and is working on a couple of novels. I, as you know, was able to quit my full time …

Front Page of CNN News

A friend of mine just kindly pointed out to me that our tiny house is featured on CNN Living Today. Go to the story and click on picture #6 in the slideshow at the top. That is our tiny house and a quote from me.

Check out the rest of the story on tiny living while you're there.

Small homes aren't for everybody, but those who embrace the lifestyle tend to become their most enthusiastic boosters. Most of the iReporters who shared their stories of living small with CNN.com also build tiny homes or run businesses dedicated to helping others build their own.

Tiny r(E)volution Podcast

Tomorrow, I am going to be talking with Andrew Odom of Tiny r(E)volution!  I am really excited about this. Check out the intro post he put up over at his blog.

More to the point though I am pleased to announce that this Tuesday (read: tomorrow!) we will be joined by Laura M. LaVoie - a freelance writer and blogger living in a 120 Square Foot Cabin with her partner, Matt, and their Sphynx cat, Piglet.  Tune into the Tiny r(E)volution Podcast tomorrow. And it isn't too late to ask some questions. Head over to this post at Life in 120 Square Feet and let me know what you want to hear about!  

What's With All The Mommy Blogs?

60+ Comments!

As a writer it is always rewarding to know that people are reading your work. When you publish online sometimes your work can be read but you may never see the results. Occasionally, something you've written inspires conversation. One recent post on Tiny House Talk currently has over 60 comments and quite a spirited conversation. It is really good to see that people respond to something you've said.

What is the permanence of the tiny house living? Do people move into tiny spaces and live there for the rest of their lives? Since the movement is still rather young I imagine that we have not yet reached that moment of maturity when first generation of tiny dwellers begin to consider their next move. I was certain that stories had to be out there of people who made the decision to leave tiny behind so I searched and found three tiny house builders who made the decision to move. Check it out over at Tiny House Talk and become part of the conversation.

Blogging for Tevice.com

I've just begun blogging for a new website called Tevice.com - Tech Devices and Tech Advice. You can check out some of my new posts there now.

I have one on MMOs vs. RPGs:

So, in my most unscientific analysis of whether or not an MMO or an RPG is better, the answer can be summed up in just two words. It depends. It boils down to a preference for stories that end or stories that are open. In either case, gamers are serious about whatever they are playing. And an anticipation of the MMO Track at Dragon*Con.

Now that another Comic-Con is in the history books, geeks all over the country are beginning to look toward the south and the Labor Day adventure in Atlanta Georgia known as Dragon*Con.

Dragon*Con is notably different from Comic-Con which is an industry run event. Dragon*Con, on the other claw, is a fan run event mostly driven by volunteers. Atlanta has seen upwards of 40,000 geeks in the 5 hotels downtown where the convention is held.

Other Websites I Recommend 2

I thought I might offer up a few more websites that I read to stimulate my own creativity. Today I have a couple of humor blogs, an adventure blog, and some amazing photographs to share. I hope you enjoy them.

If you are not reading The Bloggess I have no idea where you've been. Jenny Lawson's blog is witty and sharp and not for young children or people sensitive to foul language. I find her to be one of the funniest people on the Internet and I think you should go read everything right now. While you're at it read her book Let's Pretend This Never Happened as well. I'll wait. Also ridiculously humorous is Josh Fruhlinger's The Comics Curmudgeon. This has been a can't miss website for me for years. I usually read about once a week so I can sit back and enjoy it. Fruhlinger is currently working on a Kickstarter Campaign to fund a novel that is sure to be hilarious. A guy I kind of know named Drew Jacob is currently riding a bike from Minnesota to Brazil. He j…