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Staying Focused

I have applied for several jobs here in my new town… the town I hope to settle down in permanently. I have been applying for everything I can hope to get, but there have been a couple that I feel I would be extremely happy with. One in particular would be great. It’s a part Member Services position and part Communications Representative. The Member Services is pretty much just customer service for members of the electric co-op. The Communications Rep duties include publishing the annual calendar of events for members, publishing the newsletter, handling the scholarship, and even writing press releases among other things. I handle many of the duties already with several of my freelancing clients so I hope I get the chance to interview for the position.

I have been visiting often with a couple of friends and yesterday they took Grandma and me out sightseeing which was fun. She was adamant about not going but they talked her into it which I’m glad they did as otherwise she would’ve just stuck around the house all day and moped because it was my dad’s birthday.

I think I need to call to make an appointment with my doctor sometime soon though as I’ve been feeling a tingly, sharpness in my feet sometimes… Almost like they are falling asleep but worse. It actually woke me up tonight. It has gradually gotten worse over the last week and a half to two weeks and I’m getting a little concerned.

There have been a lot of major updates to my freelance website. In fact, the only pages that I still have left to update are my Portfolio page with links to online samples of my work, and the Testimonials page where I will post some feedback that I’ve received from some of my clients. My writing rates, editing rates, contact, about, and blog pages are all up. I do need to write and post a new blog entry though just to make sure it’s current. Check it out HERE.

Well, I should get to work. I want to get a lot of writing done today as I really need the money at the moment. I have goals!

Something I’m Proud Of: Everything about ME!

Three Things I’m Grateful For:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Fresh starts
Beauty of Writing

Writing, writing, writing freelance!

Yup, I’m writing freelance again!

I have been for a few months now and I’ve slowly been building up my clientele. It’s been nice having some of them come back to me for more work and giving me compliments on the work I give them. It makes me feel accomplished as a writer.

Not only that but it makes me feel appreciated as a human being, which is always nice.

I have also been branching out into higher paying jobs, and into niches I haven’t written in before. I wrote an eBook on Mindfulness. I had written about Mindfulness before, but never an eBook that long before so I was quite pleased with myself on that one.

I have been (mostly) getting on the computer every day to at least submit proposals to make sure I have steady work coming in (which is even more important now that I have a team.

That’s right, I have a team again! One of them worked with me last time and I enjoyed working with her very much. The other woman is someone I am sponsoring through a challenge on a creative writing website and we are working very well together at that and she is a great writer so I invited her to the team. She accepted and we are all working together to get some big projects done!

I hope this is a very successful venture for all of us and that our efforts will be fruitful!

I have been fairly stable. Just little ups and downs but that’s to be expected. No major ups and downs, especially none that last awhile.

The spells (stress induced seizure-type things) have ramped up a bit though and I have actually fallen and hurt myself a couple of times so I am trying to reduce stress as much as possible. The biggest stressor right now being my financial situation, I think that I can fix a lot of that just by focusing my attention on my freelance writing like I am and really making this my career goal like I have always wanted it to be.

Well, I have work to do (I have actually been writing this in between doing other projects – multitasking! HAHA) so I’d better get going! Nice to be blogging again!

Something I’m Proud Of: Working so hard toward my goals

Three Things I’m Thankful For:

  • My boyfriend
  • My friends and family who support me (including said boyfriend)
  • The beautiful weather

No, I Didn’t Drop Off the Face of the Earth!

As the title says, no, I did not drop off the face off the earth. It has been a while since I’ve written, and to be honest, I don’t really know what I’ve done with all that time. I know I’ve done some reading, and I’ve been tossing around ideas for creative stories, but I hadn’t been freelancing until just this week.

However, I went out of town with the hubby and my brother for the 4th. We went to Boston to catch a Red Sox game and we did some sightseeing around the older part of Boston. My favorite parts were Cheers (the bar from that ’80s sitcom), and Paul Revere’s house, and ye olde Union Oyster House (which is the oldest restaurant in the country). It was so much fun!

The only bad part about the trip was there was a lot of walking and stairs involved and my knee is messed up right now. I don’t really know how I messed it up but I know I made it worse when it went out on me and I fell on it. I’m sure all the walking and whatnot didn’t help either. But I have an appointment with an orthopedic doctor on August 12th to see what they can do about fixing it, if there’s anything to be fixed, that is.

Oh, and my friend Courtney also dyed my hair for me. It’s now black with dark aqua highlights. I love it. It was black before but the highlights were purple. It had been months since I’d dyed it so my roots were showing big time. But I look so much better now! Thank you, Courtney!

Right now I’m just doing laundry and watching the Red Sox game. I think I need to go fold some laundry. I’ll try to write updates more often!

Cabin Fever, Here I Come!

I knew that cabin fever would set in eventually. I was pretty sure it was going to happen once hubby got his job and couldn’t take me anywhere during the day, and I was right. I know I have things to do here, like homework for instance, But all I can think about is getting out of the house. *sigh*

Oh well. I guess I will just have to get used to this until I can drive again. Maybe my cabin fever will spark an idea for a short story or something? That would be nice, since I have to write one this week for school.

Maybe I will be inspired by all the Food Network shows I have been watching? Eh, I think that’s just making me hungry! 😀

It’s Been a While!

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted here. So much has happened since the last time, too!

My doc added a new med (well, an old med, as I was on it before) to my medication stack before. I think I might’ve mentioned it. Anyway, he’s been slowly increasing that (it’s Lithium, by the way, the gold standard in Bipolar treatment) and soon he will start to decrease the risperidone, which is what I had been on before as a mood stabilizer. I am hoping all of this goes smoothly, as I can’t really afford any more manic or depressive episodes like I was having before.

Class is going well right now. We’re in week 3 of the 8 week class and I’m all caught up. I have two more classes after this and then they will send me my degree in the mail (I have to take them both at the same time – it was a stipulation of my walking in the graduation ceremony last weekend). And yup, you read that right! I graduated! Well, sort of. You know what I mean. 😀 Wanna see a picture?

Krysha's Graduation

Krysha’s Graduation

Yup, that’s me and hubby outside after the ceremony. There were over 1,300 people graduating so it took a while!

Oh, and before I forget, I have a flash fiction piece published! You can read all about it HERE. Don’t forget to tell me what you think of it!

Reading Like a Writer

I have to do some reading before I write my short story for this week in my writing workshop class. The reading is only a few chapters from the book, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.).

I read this book a very long time ago when I first bought it but it’s been years and I think I need to re-read it. Basically, it teaches you to be on the lookout for good writing in the books that you read so that you can learn to write in similar ways.

Now, there are many awesome ways to write and this book isn’t another one of those how-to writing books that shows you one way and says “that’s it, that’s the only way to write.” This book teaches you to go out on your own and look for good writing and learn from it, which is exactly what we need to be doing.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy of Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) and give it a read! I bet you’ll love it just as much as I do and it will be your go-to writing book for quite some time.

I should probably get to reading, since it’s already Wednesday night and I haven’t even thought about what I want to write my story about. Oopsies! Have a good night, all!

Helping Out @ the Writing Center

So I’m going to be helping out at the writing center sometimes now. This month it’s Tuesdays. I will try to help when I can. Right now it’s easier because Quay comes down here for school but that stops next month and my car’s turn signal and brake light are still out so I can’t drive it anywhere without getting a ticket (since I’ve already gotten a warning). But I will still do what I can.

I am still attending the writing workshop at the writing center on Fridays. I have to read this week’s material so I’m ready for the discussion on Friday morning. So far there is only one person signed up to submit work. I would submit again but I think it’s too soon. It’s only been a few weeks for me. So I will let someone else go who hasn’t gone lately.

There are many benefits of visiting a writing center. The first and foremost is that you have a quiet space to write. This is definitely important if you are at all serious about your writing, and it can be hard to do if you have things at home that just can’t be avoided while you’re there. Have someone come over to watch the kids, or have hubby or the wife take them for a bit and go to the writing center for some peace and quiet. It’s better than a library because it’s more relaxed as well.

The second reason to visit a writing center is that you’re around people who understand you and what you’re trying to accomplish. Try asking someone to read a few paragraphs and tell you what they think? Try asking if it’s okay if you read something aloud to see how it sounds? Most of the time, people will be willing to help you out!

And as if you needed another reason to find a writing center useful, the workshops that they offer can be quite fun and you can learn quite a bit from them not only about the writing you read for the workshop but also about your own writing as well, as you begin to reflect back on what you write.

So find a writing center near you, and if there isn’t one, START ONE!

Entering Writing Contests

Usually, I shy away from professional writing contests because of the fees associated with them. You usually have to pay a small reader’s fee to have your work read which goes to pay the judges and to awarding prizes. I can understand why they do it, I just don’t want to get tangled up in them and spend more money on entering contests than I do winning them. I am absolutely sure this would happen when I first start entering writing contests and I’m not ready for it. Perhaps once I have a steadier flow of writing income coming in?

However, a friend pointed a writing contest out to me that I just couldn’t ignore. For one, the prompt of the contest spoke to me. For two, there was no entry fee so there went my only means of defense against entering. Would you like to see the contest? Click HERE.

I should have blogged about it sooner so that any of my readers could have entered if they wanted. I suppose there is still time until the first for a last minute entry. I am still making tweaks to mine but it’s mostly done. I hope to have it submitted by tomorrow afternoon.

If you are looking for more places to submit your work to, I suggest looking at Duotrope. It only costs $5/month and it’s a steal for the value you get out of it if you are serious about publishing your work. It takes some time to go through all the publishing venues to find the one that’s right for each piece you’ve written, but sometimes you find a venue that inspires you to write a piece just for them! It really is an amazing site, so try it out!

Now, I am getting manic and that usually means good writing, so I am going to plant myself in front of a keyboard until the magic happens! Either that or I get irritated and yell at my husband. Either one. *laugh!*

Writing Critiques are SO MUCH FUN!

The writing workshop yesterday was very fun. I contributed my two cents worth and it was worth a conversation. I felt like I missed some things while I was reading that others were clued into but I think I will get better at close reading the more I do this. The writing critiques I did for them were fun and I feel like I learned a lot from doing them so I guess that is always a good thing.

I also had to write a couple of writing critiques for class this week. These critiques were for students’ stories that were written last week. I did two of them. I liked the writers’ work that I did last week so I chose the same writers this week and I was surprised by the improvement in both writers’ stories. And I learned a bit from doing the critiques for these writers as well.

I think that by doing these writing critiques, I am learning how to critique my own work better. That’s always a great skill to have and you can never been too good at it!

On a personal note, we got a new couch yesterday. Well, it’s a used couch. We got it at ReSource. They treat all of their furniture so you don’t have to worry about bugs or anything like that. It’s really comfy, with recliners in both ends. I am sitting with my feet up now! And it sure is nicer than the couch that was in here before that was busted practically into pieces. And since this one has a metal frame I don’t think it will break as easy as the other one either!

Anyway, I think it’s time to get started on the novel outlining that I want to get done today. At least two chapters is my goal! I can’t wait until I can start really fleshing out this novel!

Writing Workshop Fun

So I am attending a writing workshop tomorrow. I can’t wait! I read the two stories we are critiquing and they are both great. I love getting feedback on my writing but part of that is GIVING feedback on the writing of others as well. With the writing workshop in Burlington I can do both.

Last week I had my short story for school critiqued and the feedback I received from the writing workshop was amazing. It really helped me to get my story where I wanted it to go. The professor even commented on my changes to the story and I told her about the writing workshop. This week, we are reading a story about two settled down hitchhikers and a young writer who needs a friend and finds one in an older writer she admires the work of. I thoroughly enjoyed both stories and had lots to say about both of them.

But I am really interested to hear about your own experiences with writing workshops. Were they good? Bad? Did you learn anything? Did you have fun? Did you enjoy meeting new people? What was the experience like – take us there!

I have to get up early for the writers workshop so I am sorry this is a short entry. I will let you all know how the workshop goes tomorrow!