Last week was successful in some ways, not so much in
I did get another Chicken Soup for the Soul story submitted.
Writing these stories always brings a sense of accomplishment to me. Some are therapeutic,
like getting through grief. I have a few more ideas for other calls for
submissions and will work on them over the coming weeks.
I’d hoped to get another query or two completed and
submitted. I managed the basics, an accomplishment in my eyes. The best part of
the week was free advice. I love free advice especially when it comes from
someone whose career I’ve followed and supported.
I’ve bought her books and used a lot of the information she’s
given to freelancers over the years.
Last year I spent money on a freelancing class. It was a
good course and after having been out of writing for a few years, due to health
issues, new baby and adjusting to being a mother later in life, I felt I needed
a refresher course. You know, just in case things have changed. *things change
all the time*
Eight weeks I went through the course. I did get some useful
advice that I’ve used. BUT one email last week and I received more information
than I did in the eight week course.
That is priceless as far as I’m concerned. I hit the freelancer’s
lottery last week. :o)
Last week marked the first full week back to the daily 9-5
work grind for me. With it brought the first full week of restarting my
freelancing career. I normally launch a fresh start in September when school
begins, but in all honesty 2012 was one of the hardest years I’ve had in a long
In 2012 I continued to struggle with postpartum depression…I
fought to overcome a flare up of my Crohns disease (something I’m still
fighting, but winning the battle). At the day job I lost my co-worker of six
years. It was to retirement and I knew it would come eventually, but it still
hurt. That meant taking on an additional work load. Add to that I was learning
two other jobs to help others who couldn’t take a vacation because they had no
back up. To say I was overworked would be an understatement. So redoing my
freelancing schedule just wasn’t in the cards.
I’m pleased to say that I was recognized at my day job and
things are starting to settle down. My boss hired someone to help me and I see
relief in sight. YAY
I took the time to map out my first week of work and I had
two to-do lists. I accomplished everything on my lists, except to find a
primary doctor. It wasn’t from lack of trying. The doctor’s office was very
short staffed and having difficulty staying on the line while jumping back and forth
to patients. It seems the flu hit the office hard. I decided it best to call
back this week.
At five o’clock on Friday evening my to-do list was complete
and I had three queries out to editors. I was jumping up and down with the
progress. I also submitted a Chicken Soup for the Soul story.
My health is on the mend and my energy levels are coming
back up. I see a light at the end of the tunnel and even though a few of the
magazines I wrote for on a regular basis have gone by the wayside I’m
determined to find new homes to write for in 2013.
13 has always been my lucky number, so I feel the whole year
will bring me new luck and new adventures!
My Kindle Fire bit the dust a few days ago. I called Kindle for
support and they were very helpful. In fact, they’re sending me a new one as I write
this. They weren’t able to fix it over the phone…being in technology I knew it
needed hands on support. Either way I should have a new one in a day or two.
In the meantime I’ve been catching up on my magazine
reading. I have a large pile. I subscribe to the large women’s magazines and
some other ones. Here’s where the problem begins. As I’m reading them lately I realize
I’m skipping half the magazine. Why am I spending so much money on magazines
that I’m not reading cover to cover?
Wasting money has never really bothered me before, but
suddenly it is…a lot.
Well, I’m not any longer. Two were up for renewal and
instead of sending them a check I sent a cancellation notice. I’ve decided I can’t
continue to spend money on magazines I’m not reading, even if they are subject
to a tax deduction.
There are a few that I’ll continue because I do enjoy
reading them, but I’m cutting back in 2013. I’m trying to be sensible – living within
Is it a resolution? Maybe…right now it feels more like a
challenge and I love challenges.