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08-01-2009, 04:40 AM
Can you believe August is already here? WOW! On the plus side, in mid-September, I'll be in Eureka Springs for a few weeks, so it's that much less time I have to wait. :)

July was torture on writing in general, so I'm not going to post a end-of-the-month wrap-up like I usually do. I'm wiping the slate clean and starting again for August.

So, here are my August goals:

Query/submit $80/day (potential income).
Write two posts a week & one article a month, minimum, for The Visible Dentist (http://www.thevisibledentist.com) (first post due tomorrow, but more about that in a minute).
Write a post a week for my blogs.
Finish DEVOTED TO CREATING by the end of the month and send it to the editor/publisher.
Find a writing/day job/Avon compromise/schedule that works for me.
(Non-writing-related) Finish the prayer shawl I'm making for my aunt and give it to her by the middle of the month.
Give at least one speech at a Toastmasters meeting toward my Advanced Communicator Bronze goal. (Working in the Toastmasters' Public Relations and The Professional Speaker books for this one. Not entirely up to me, other than being ready with a "hip pocket" speech; depends on scheduling.)Now for more about The Visible Dentist gig: Don't underestimate the use of Twitter, other social networking opportunities, and your website. I got this one because the guy behind TVD saw me on Twitter, looked at my website and blog, and sent me a direct message on Twitter asking if I was "for hire." We talked on the phone and I got the job. It has the potential to be long-term and will include blog posts, articles, web site critiques, and possibly more (including web site design work) later on if I'm interested.

The point? On social networks, regardless of platform, keep it professional but personable.

08-01-2009, 05:29 PM
I can't believe its August . . . ALREADY!!! That's okay, though, because I love back to school shopping sales. :D It's a great opportunity to fill my well and replenish (and feed my fetish for office supplies without being too obvious).

NOTE: I wasn't able to meet all of my goals because I was in the hospital (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/it-feels-like-forever-since-ive-written.html) with my husband for a week.

Here's my list:

1 blog post for With the Grain (http://www.panoplycorp.com) per day
Plants Through the Seasons (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/01/plants-through-the-seasons/)
Attend Home Improvement Workshops (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/02/attend-home-improvement-workshops/)
Help Keep Your Home Free of Allergens (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/03/help-keep-your-home-free-of-allergens/)
There's Mold in my Bathroom! (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/04/there%e2%80%99s-mold-in-my-bathroom/)
Are Pests a Problem? (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/05/are-pests-a-problem/)
Are You a Home Improvement Novice? (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/06/are-you-a-home-improvement-novice/)
How to Clean Dirty Screens (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/07/how-to-clean-dirty-screens/)
End of the Year Maintenance (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/08/end-of-the-year-bbq-maintenance/)
Professional Paint Tricks (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/09/professional-paint-tricks/)
Block it Up! (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/10/block-it-up/)
Get in the Shade! (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/11/get-in-the-shade/)
There's Paint on My Pane! (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/12/there%e2%80%99s-paint-on-my-pane/)
Carpet Tiles Galore! (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/13/carpet-tiles-galore/)
Go Granite! (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/14/go-granite/)
Quick & Simple Interior Changes (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/15/quick-simple-interior-changes/)
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Prepare (Repair) Plaster for Paint (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/17/preparing-repairing-plaster-for-paint/)
Dress Your Windows for the Weather (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/18/dress-your-windows-for-the-weather/)
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Fix Drywall Dents (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/28/fix-drywall-dents/)
Chat About Home Improvement and DIY (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/29/chat-about-home-improvement-and-diy/)
Maintaining Your Septic System (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/30/maintaining-your-septic-system/)
Start Thinking About Fall (http://www.panoplycorp.com/2009/08/31/start-thinking-about-fall/)
10 articles for With the Grain (http://www.panoplycorp.com) per month

Appliances (http://appliances.panoplycorp.com/):
Climate Control (http://climate_control.panoplycorp.com/):
Decorating/Design (http://decorating_design.panoplycorp.com/):
Electrical (http://electrical.panoplycorp.com/):
Flooring (http://flooring.panoplycorp.com/):
Gardening/Landscaping (http://gardening_landscaping.panoplycorp.com/):
Interior/Exterior Painting (http://interior_exterior_painting.panoplycorp.com/):
Plumbing (http://plumbing.panoplycorp.com/):
Room by Room (http://room_by_room.panoplycorp.com/):
Windows/Doors (http://windows_doors.panoplycorp.com/):
3-9 articles for Examiner (http://www.examiner.com/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner) per week

Week one: Finding educational events in Maine (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d1-Finding-educational-events-in-Maine), SAT: Is it important? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d1-SAT-Is-it-important), Homeschooling in Maine: are there fees? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d1-Homeschooling-in-Maine-are-there-fees), Encourage early reading (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d2-Encourage-daily-reading), What are you doing to prepare? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d4-What-are-you-doing-to-prepare), English Tutoring in Maine (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d4-English-Tutoring-in-Maine), Make back to school fun (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d4-Make-back-to-school-fun), Heading off to middle school (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d5-Heading-off-to-middle-school), Is high school really that different? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d5-Is-high-school-really-that-different), Do You Need a Certification to Homeschool? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d5-Do-you-need-a-certification-to-homeschool), Are you a victim of bullying? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d6-Are-you-a-victim-of-bullying)
Week two: Creating Educational Craft Corners (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d10-Creating-an-Educational-Craft-Corner), Supplies for educational craft corner (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d11-Supplies-for-educational-craft-corner), Recyclables in your educational craft corner (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d11-Recyclables-in-your-educational-craft-corner), Do you want to improve your grades? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d12-Do-you-want-to-improve-your-grades), Terrified About Standardized Testing? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d13-Terrified-by-standardized-testing), Does your child have a learning disability? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d13-Does-your-child-have-a-learning-disability), Preparing immune systems for back to school (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d13-Preparing-immune-systems-for-back-to-school)
Week three: Mommy, I don't know what to write about (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d18-Mommy-I-cant-think-of-what-to-write), Does your child need some writing prompts? (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d18-Does-your-child-need-some-writing-prompts)
Week four: I don't know what my teacher looks like (http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2575-Maine-Education-Examiner~y2009m8d30-I-dont-know-what-my-teacher-looks-like)
5 blog posts for Suite101.com (http://www.suite101.com/blog/Poemwriter1) per week

Week one: Balloon Animals Are Art, Mommy (http://www.suite101.com/blog/Poemwriter1/balloon_animals_are_art_mommy), My Youngest is Art Journaling (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/my_youngest_is_art_journaling), Does Paperwork Count as Art? (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/does_paperwork_count_as_art), I Fought the Urge, and WON! (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/i_fought_the_urge_and_won), Setting Goals For August (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/setting_goals_for_august)
Week two: Kids Craft Corners (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/kids_craft_corners), Viewing Math as Art (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/viewing_math_as_art), At the Library (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/at_the_library), The Table Was Covered! (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/the_table_was_covered), Another Day of Creative Explorations (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/another_day_of_creative_explorations)
Week three: Making Everything Right Again (http://www.suite101.com/blog/Poemwriter1/making_everything_right_again), Rewarding Yourself (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/rewarding_yourself) (didn't meet goal)
Week four: Mixed Media Art Lesson Plans (Planning) (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/mixed_media_art_lesson_plans_planning), It's the Last Day of August Already! (http://www.suite101.com/blog/poemwriter1/its_the_last_day_of_august_already)
1 article for Suite101.com (http://mixedmediaarts.suite101.com) per week

Week one: Art Journal About Change (http://artjournals.suite101.com/article.cfm/art_journal_about_change)
Week two: Mixed-Media Cardboard Bangle Bracelets (http://altered-objects.suite101.com/article.cfm/mixedmedia_cardboard_bangle_bracelets), Art Journal About Chaos (http://artjournals.suite101.com/article.cfm/art_journal_about_chaos), Back to School Collage (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/Back to school is right around the corner, and that means lots of sales, lots of anxious feelings, lots of dread about the summer ending, and the incorporation of new routines.)
Week three: didn't meet goal.
Week four:
1-5 articles for Demand Studios per week (or more)

Week one: 1 submitted, waiting for approval, approved, waiting for payment Complete
Week two: didn't complete
Week three: didn't complete
Week four: sent in nine, seven approved, waiting for approval on rest
1-3 articles for Internet Brands per week

Week one: 4 submitted, waiting for approval 3 approved, 1 rewrite needed
Week two: didn't complete
Week three: didn't complete
Week four:
5 blogs for "my" blog per week

Week one: It's AUGUST Already? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/its-august-already.html), Where Has Jenny Been Writing Today? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/where-has-jenny-been-writing-today.html), Jenny's Querying Again (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/jennys-querying-again.html), Where Has Jenny Been Writing Today? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/where-has-jenny-been-writing-today_02.html), Mondays Come Around Fast (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/mondays-come-around-fast.html), Lot's, But Not Lot's, Done (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/lots-but-not-lots-done.html), The New (MySpace) Me (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-myspace-me.html), Bad Night's Sleep (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/bad-nights-sleep.html), August Income Goal Worksheet (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/august-income-goal-worksheet.html), Is the Weekend Really the Weekend? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/is-weekend-really-weekend.html), Focus, Jenny, Focus! (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/focus-jenny-focus.html), Goin' With the Flow, Yo! (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/goin-with-flow-yo.html), This is Ponderous (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/this-is-ponderous.html)
Week two: Puzzle Pieces of Life (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/puzzle-pieces-of-life.html), Working on Location (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/working-on-location.html), On the Road Again (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/on-road-again.html), Locked in the Bedroom (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/locked-in-bedroom.html), Planning For 10th Anniversary (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/plans-for-10th-anniversary.html), Can You Sum it Up in 500 Words? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/can-you-sum-it-up-in-500-words.html), I Won an Award and Didn't Know it! (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-won-award-didnt-know-it.html), TGIF! And, No Rain! (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/tgif-and-no-rain.html), Interesting Coincidences (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/interesting-coincidences.html),
Week three: How do you define and find success? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/how-do-you-define-and-find-success.html), Smoothing Out Rough Edges (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/smoothing-out-rough-edges.html), Sharing Some Leads (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/Sharing Some Leads http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/sharing-some-leads.html), Some Things Are Worth Fighting For (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/some-things-are-worth-fighting-for.html), Do You Believe in Writers Block? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/do-you-believe-in-writers-block.html)
Week four: It Feels Like Forever Since I've Written (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/it-feels-like-forever-since-ive-written.html), Tying Up Loose Ends (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/tying-up-loose-ends.html), Are You a Working Writer? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/are-you-working-writer.html), Do You Ask For Network Support? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/do-you-ask-for-network-support.html), Work or Errands First? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/work-or-errands-first.html)
BrightHub.com (K-12 Channel): Complete 3-5 pieces per week for the rest of the month

Week three: didn't meet goal.
Week four
I'm considering bringing my Epinions.com (http://www.epinions.com/user-poemwriter1) account back to life, too, because I've been receiving a considerable amount of materials to review from various sources the past few months. That decision is still up in the air, though. I'm also in the process of building up this Squidoo Lens (http://www.squidoo.com/mixedmediaarts) if you have a chance to check it out from time to time.

There are a lot of challenges that forced me away from writing in July, and I'm hoping to resolve them this month. So, I need to be realistic about the fact that this list may not be completed this month. However, the funds generated from this list would certainly aid in the solving of these issues (court fees), so I'm going to work hard at it ALL.

Matt Willard
08-02-2009, 03:47 AM
Er, well, my goals aren't so detailed and comprehensive, but I do have some :V

Besides figuring out my new weekly goals, I did some work on a video project, and learned some vital new information. A good day. I expect tomorrow will be spent doing some commentaries, so I'm not going to plan that day out so much.

08-02-2009, 04:10 AM
Wow, jumping right in with August! Jenn and Jen, your detailed, comprehensive lists, as always, are an inspiration. If either of you accomplishes only half of what you shared, I bet you'll be doing better than about 90 percent of the population toward meeting your goals!

Okay... so I JUST graduated, this week, from the Secret Abundance Files e-course. :) (link in sig if you're interested). BIG things are happening and a lot of my goals are related to that. I've been staying up to date pretty much on my goals.

Many of you know I used to share money-related goals... I won't anymore, but they are still there. so that's first:

1. Achieve my $ amount goal, whether per day, week or month it doesn't matter. :)

2. Send out 15 queries or LOIs, all to high-paying markets. (ie, equivalent of 50 cents/word or more.

3. At least 8 BOL posts for the month

4. At least 4 Anything that Pays posts for the month

5. At least 8 Future-tarot posts (readings count!) www.future-tarot.com (tarot readings, getcher tarot readings here. LOL)

Right now, the ongoing work I have lined up includes:

- Article for S&C
- Three Helium articles

So yeah... I'll be busy querying and lining up more work. I also signed on a new client that I'll be doing ghostwriting for.

Oh, AND... I'm working on an ebook. Details TK. :)

08-02-2009, 04:32 AM
Jenn, your lists always make me feel like mine are puny-ish. lol

Matt. the size of the lists/goals doesn't matter. What matters is that you stretch yourself and Just Hit Send. Sometimes that's the hardest part. :)

Congrats, Cat! I'll check out your link when I have a better connection Monday. (I am *SO* sick of dial-up, but there doesn't appear to be an alternative in sight, still.)

I got my review sent in to TVD earlier this afternoon. Hopefully he likes it and will use it and will want more from me. I am *so* hoping this turns into a long-term gig. I wouldn't have expected it to come from the dental industry, but, hey, I'll take it! :)

I have another devotion done, so I'm up to 21 and 9,000 words. (I need closer to 70 and about 30,000 words.)

BTW...I forgot to mention a couple days ago, I have a new post up at Nylon, Wire, & Yarn, Oh My! - Prayer Shawl Progress - at http://nylonwireyarn.wordpress.com.

I'm going to log off and crochet a bit while I watch some TV and be back later to do another devotion and other writing-related tasks. Oh, and some Avon tasks, too.

08-02-2009, 08:18 AM
Hello my friends. I am back. Sort of. I noticed some new names while checking out some of the other threads. Hello to you too, always enjoy meeting more writers.

I see Jen and Jenn are busy at it again with their goal lists. Jen forgot one, at least I think she's still writing for Oklahoma Writers Federation.

As for me, my goals are simple - to keep writing. More specifically:

write daily on a fiction book an editor has expressed interest in reading.
send out 4 queries
send out, really send it out, proposal for nf book
build (?) a website, with a newsletter
figure out what I'd put in a newsletter
come up with a signature for here, and for my emails.

That doesn't look like much, but for me it's plenty.

08-02-2009, 08:35 PM
Yes, I did. I forgot to add that to the list. My column for the OWFI Report is due August 15. Thanks for reminding me about that. :)

08-03-2009, 12:04 AM
Thanks, everyone, I call it my OCD list. When I work from it, I'm able to accomplish more. I'm very much "LESS" productive without this tool. LOL! Plus, I need to make it work because I have a lot going on between now and Christmas financially . . . so, each month will look like this and each month my fingers will be crossed in hopes for completion! :D

08-03-2009, 09:47 AM
wow everyone is so ambitious! The farm has kicked my butt the last week here, but I should be getting back on track here shortly. I"ll return as soon as I get a handle on the month with my goals.

08-03-2009, 05:04 PM
I don't want to nag but now that you're back in action - are we resurrecting the contest?

08-04-2009, 07:31 AM
I have a very, very big goal this week. I don't know if I'll achieve it, but I'm going to come as close as I can. I'm trying to earn $1,000 on Demand Studios in one week. It's meant working long days every day, but it will be worth it. The money is earmarked to pay a large bill coming up soon, so I thought I would see if it could be done this way. Wish me luck, gotta get back to work!

08-04-2009, 05:10 PM
GOOD luck!!! The most I've made in one week was $450.00 over there, but that was mixed with other gigs. So, I think you can achieve this goal - we'll be here to cheer you along the way!!! ::hugs::

08-04-2009, 08:21 PM
Whew! You guys wear me out with your amazing goals. :D July was a bit of a wash for me, mainly due to the fact that my day job is slowly sucking the life out of me... err... I mean, is wearing me out. :) I'm going to be taking 2 classes this fall (one online and one in the classroom), both starting in 2 weeks, so I'm still figuring out what writing goals would be good for me to pursue this month. I'll be back later to post 'em.

Happy August, everyone, and good luck with some great goals!

08-04-2009, 10:42 PM
No goals for me yet. We'll see.

08-05-2009, 12:42 AM
I'm trying to earn $1,000 on Demand Studios in one week. The money is earmarked to pay a large bill coming up soon, so I thought I would see if it could be done this way. Wish me luck, gotta get back to work!

Kick butt, Plaid!

08-05-2009, 12:52 AM
July was a bit of a wash for me, mainly due to the fact that my day job is slowly sucking the life out of me... err... I mean, is wearing me out.

You, too, eh?

I'm putting any hopes of freelancing and all of my fiction writing on hold for right now while I straighten out other things in my life. I am working on blogging for right now. Just odds and ends on my mind.

08-05-2009, 01:39 AM
Blog Post up: Fresh from two days in Seagull Heaven (http://www.mindovermullis.blogspot.com)--the Instructions for My Pet Sitter that I left as I fled.

Matt Willard
08-05-2009, 04:35 AM
Finished up my blog post and recorded the entire script for a video project. But I got really distracted otherwise and ended up going to the mall...not a good idea. Tomorrow it's back to building those vital connections with others.

08-05-2009, 05:00 AM
I don't want to nag but now that you're back in action - are we resurrecting the contest?

Dawn, I posted to that thread a few days ago to see if anyone still wants to do it. There haven't been any replies yet. Maybe that's my answer?

No goals for me yet. We'll see.

You, too, eh?

I'm putting any hopes of freelancing and all of my fiction writing on hold for right now while I straighten out other things in my life. I am working on blogging for right now. Just odds and ends on my mind.

Heiddi & TJ, sometimes you have to step back and take a break. Despite everything else, sometimes you just honestly need to take a breather and take care of you. We're here, goals or not.

08-05-2009, 06:55 AM
I just wanted to comment how helpful posting goals is. (Regulars probably know this, but for the new people). I've been working hard most of the day, but when I looked back at my goal list, I only achieved two things actually on my list! Granted I was working on an assignment for a new client, then I sent apps in for a handful of jobs. But I haven't gotten the Helium articles done yet, started my S&C article OR blogged. And now I'm sitting here playing around, thinking about going to bed. Bad, right?

I'm so grateful for this thread to keep me on track!

Matt-after recording an entire vid, you deserved a break at the mall! :) Sounds like you got quite a bit done.

Jen- hmm... I didn't see that post-- how do I keep MISSING the stuff right at the top of the forum? DOH! but yeah I guess that's the answer. Maybe in the future when people aren't stressed/busy/working on other stuff!


Matt Willard
08-05-2009, 07:41 AM
Matt-after recording an entire vid, you deserved a break at the mall! :) Sounds like you got quite a bit done.

Eh. I could've done more. And when I only do three big things a day, then putting them off is a problem :V But I think now I've got a firmer grip on what I need to do, so I don't anticipate any more problems.

08-05-2009, 04:53 PM
Hiya everyone!! I hope your week is fabulous! I'm swinging through to say hello and share a bit of a funny....

Saturday afternoon my sister arrived. As we were discussing and making plans for her full week here, Simon needed a bottle. I got up and made it. As I walked back into the living room, I avoided a toy, strategically placed by Simon - I'm sure!, I caught his bouncy chair with my right foot. The little bar went between my third and fourth toes - snapping my fourth toe. Ouch. One trip to the emergency room and three x-rays later, my toe was reset and stabilized, but the hope of wearing my beautiful satin slippers down the aisle was crushed. Yes. It could only happen to me. I broke my toe so bad, another 2mm and it would have been a compound fracture. Looks like my footwear for the wedding will be an orthopedic shoe and a sandal. I'm sure I'll laugh more later, though I still see the humor in it now. :)

August 8th is coming QUICK! I'll see you all around more after that!!

08-06-2009, 02:06 AM
Mysti, congrates on all counts. Well, except for the toe thing. No one's going to be looking at your feet with your face all glowing and everything anyway. Happy to see Simon looking so happy and well.

Matt, sometimes we are our own worst critics. Take it easy on yourself, you're doing fine.

Cat, you are so right. Posting goals here is a productive tool for us to use. Even when I don't make my goals (a regular happening for me, as most of you probably remember I've posted about sending out my nf proposal before) it helps to have my cheerleaders here. Plus, I know you all are going to want to know how I do, so I don't procrastinate quite as much, maybe. :)

Go Plaid Go. You'll hit that $1000 and maybe more. I have faith in you!!!!

After I reminded Jen about her article in OWFI REPORT, I forgot to add mine to my goal list. So that's on the agenda too.

Matt Willard
08-06-2009, 04:17 AM
Okay, this week isn't going that well :V I keep succumbing to distractions, ruining my networking efforts. Well, I'm going to keep going at it bullheaded until I'm satisfied.

Also, my script recording sucked, so I need to redo it when I have free time. Maybe this Friday, though I expect to go shopping then for stuff I've needed to replace in a while.

Tomorrow-script writing and some damn full-fledged networking. Yeesh, I'm frantic.

08-06-2009, 06:35 AM
May I offer some advice about networking? (I'm going to assume you're nodding your head, "Yes, please, I could use some.")

You're thinking of networking as something you do, separate from, well, life. Kind of like, "Okay, I'm going to wash the dishes now." "I'm going to go network now." And you're viewing it with the same enthusiasm I view washing the dishes. LOL If I'm wrong, you could probably disregard the rest of this and be fine... I'm judging it on the words you chose to describe it.

The BEST networking... the most effective (possibly *only* effective) networking happens as you live your life. It's not something you turn on and off -- "networking Matt and non-networking Matt."

Simply TALK to people. In fact, networking is something I do WHEN I'm procrastinating, not something I put off doing. It pays off and permits me to justify all that time I spend on Twitter and Facebook. :P

- When you read blogs and leave an insightful comment because the writer impressed you -- that's networking.

- When you go to a party, with some friends you know and some people you don't, introduce yourself and tell them what you do -- that's networking.

- When you IM or call an acquaintance, not someone you speak to every day, and ask what they're up to, that's networking. (Some pros call this "pinging" people.)

- I went to a comedy club Friday night with a friend I hadn't seen in MONTHS. Not only did I introduce myself to the people at the table behind us, I'm writing about the comedian and I found out my friend wants to start a home business... you guessed it - networking (and wine-- what could be better?)

Most importantly, networking should take place wherever you are, at any time -- ALL THE TIME, even.

I'm not saying to be shmoozy or sleazy or always looking out for your interests. In fact, all networking is (as described in the other thread) is taking a GENUINE INTEREST IN OTHER PEOPLE AND THINKING OF WAYS YOU CAN HELP EACH OTHER.

Please forgive the caps -- I'm not shouting, my life & business coach does that for emphasis and I feel like it worked here to set apart those very important words.

Probably the only time a successful writer shouldn't be networking is when they're actually *writing*. And both are equally important to success.

As far as goals, I've gotten two BOL posts done and am working on a third, I think this post may turn into a post for my blog, posted two F-T posts... considering it's the end of the first full week, I think I'm doing okay.

I'm off to work on my 3rd BOL post now, and then maybe the Helium articles. Going to be a late, late night.


Matt Willard
08-06-2009, 07:02 AM
Thanks for the advice. I wasn't exactly dreading networking when I described it, I just have a weakness for people offering to take me out to eat :V But I like your way of doing it better-not as a seperate task, but as a lifestyle. It'd take some doing for me to adopt that mindset, but I'd like to do it that way.

(And I know you weren't shouting with those caps, but I can't help but feel I got owned just a tiny bit :VVVVV )

08-06-2009, 09:21 AM
Well, who did you go to dinner with? Unless it was your parents--you were networking! Even if it was... well, did you talk to anyone while you were out? Presumably beyond the waitress, but hey, even the waitress may be an entrepreneur by day. You just never know. I often land gigs in very random ways and places just by telling people that I write. The problem with networking as a 'lifestyle' is you tend to grow to love it so much that you spend a lot of time doing it--probably more than is profitable. (ie, it's 1:30 am and I'm back here! LOL)

I DID get another BOL post done and realized I missed the deadline for Helium (that's okay, I've earned all of 13 cents with four articles so far, may give that up all together or only write when I feel a burning desire about a topic, which clearly I didn't or they would be written).

Part of my problem right now is I have so many ideas it's tough knowing where to turn or how to implement them all.


Matt Willard
08-06-2009, 08:56 PM
It was with my mother and sister. No, I didn't talk to the waitress. I'll have to remember to do that next time.

08-06-2009, 11:15 PM
Okay, we're nearing the end of the first week of the month (I track every 7 days, rather than Sunday through Saturday). So far, I feel like I'm holding steady. The only thing that's really hitching me up is time management - the kids don't start school until September 2nd, and my courses don't end (I'm taking 4) don't end until August 22nd. So, I feel like burnout might be a reality if I'm not careful. I certainly WILL NOT be making the mistake of taking courses through the summer semester next year . . . there's just NOT enough of me to go around! Anyway, how is everyone else doing with their goals??

M.R.J. Le Blanc
08-07-2009, 02:43 AM
Is it too late to set some? I'm starting small, but hey it's starting somewhere :)

Matt Willard
08-07-2009, 03:28 AM
No time like the present, Le Blanc!

Anyway, today I wrote some lines for my other video project and hung around in forums. Yes, that was my day. But as I learn more about networking (thanks to Dawn and good ol' Steve Pavlina) I realize I don't have to devote most of my workdays to making connections, which is good, since I've got other stuff I want to do. So tomorrow, I'll have a chance to re-record that one script, write some more lines, and maybe FINALLY reschedule my college orientation.

08-07-2009, 05:17 PM
:welcome:M.R.J., Welcome this is a great place to hang out and get support. Matt is right, it's never too late. Jump in an post your goal(s) so we can all cheer you on. Remember, no goal is too small either. Speaking of cheering:

:e2cheer:Go Plaid Go. :e2cheer: you can do it :e2cheer: you can make your goal.:e2cheer:

08-07-2009, 05:38 PM
Welcome MRJ! Excited to hear your goals! :)

Matt-you're welcome. :)

Plaid, how's it going? (And go, Plaid, go!) that is an inspiration to all of us contributing to content sites! $1000 in a week is not shabby. I'm excited to hear how many hours you put in to get there, if you're keeping track, and how many articles you write, what sort of promotions you do. (No doubts you'll get there.) ;) Hey, you could actually write an article "How to make $1000 in a week on DS." Lots of people would find that helpful!

M.R.J. Le Blanc
08-07-2009, 07:12 PM
Thanks guys :) Well my goals are pretty simple:

- finish most if not all of at least one of my stories. I've got at least two going at once.
- start writing for a couple of content sites. I've never done freelance before so I'm basically jumping in with no experience and it's a little nerve-wracking
- really get my soap business out there
- bring in an income

Okay maybe those aren't so simple, but I gotta try

Matt Willard
08-07-2009, 10:47 PM
That reminds me...you think content sites would be okay for humor? Most of them seem to be how-to, and you know, everyone can write how-to, but I'd rather just poke fun at stuff. Dunno if I'll focus on it, but I'm just wondering.

08-08-2009, 01:34 AM
congrats to all on their accomplishments.
welcome to all who are joining

The month started out pretty fast and furious for me on the farm and I wasn't sure I would have time for any writing other than what is due this month. Then yesterday while we were wrestling bulls to make them steers (first stupid mistake was not setting up the chute because they were "little" 300lb calves) I tackled one of the older ones and heard something crack. At the time I thought it was just his hooves clacking together when I rolled him to expose him. Turns out I may have broken my foot.

On the bright side, if I did, it means I will have plenty of time for writing - or at least reserch and queries. I have a call in to my mother who is a nurse and my uncle who is a doctor, so once I get some advice from them I may or may not head to the doctor in town. I just hate spending the money for him to tell me what I already know.

as for goals for the month:

- Send out 10 queries for the month
- Send out 5 short stories
- Blog twice a week
- Send recipes to Cooking Light and Taste of Home magazines
- Do some serious editting on my novel

08-08-2009, 03:04 AM
WOW!! It's August goal-posting thread already!! :)

Good luck with the goals everyone!!

I wasn't sure if this thread was just about hitting send (which I didn't much inbetween, as was busy with reading books I got from Amazon, in case any of them needed to be returned) so I kinda avoided it :)

I meddled with revising the article from before & then 'finally hit send' yesterday (not sure if it's any better? also skipped a line that might need to be put in again? & not sure whether to send the 'new' new version or not?) kinda obsessed about it & then told myself to go find new markets to stop fretting..

Was inspired by Jenna's & Kelly Enger's book & came up with quite some ideas for new articles, which still need to be fleshed out fully..

My targets for August: read the books, make notes & apply knowledge where possible

I started editing my old WIP novel, cut out some scenes.. Still to edit it further..

Not quite sure how to combine article writing, novel editing & maybe short story writing/finishing in one day - it seems best if I physically do something else inbetween? (& have time limits)

I am now totally jazzed to find a market where I could earn 1.000$ or so for one article, lol!! :) So, that would be a challenge.. Find a market I could write for (a number of articles in the future) & actually come up with stuff I could write..

Have explored Writer's Market database a bit :) There actually seem quite some markets like this, thing is to study them proper & find stories they can't resist! :)

Would LOVE to find both TRADE & CONSUMER magazines to write articles for.. And do preliminary research, find experts & send queries etc.

08-08-2009, 08:42 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! I didn't quite make the $1k goal, but I did make $700. Not shabby for seven days! It was a long week, and I really felt pressured to do well, so I stressed myself out a bit. (OK, a lot!) But, on the positive side, I've seen that content writing can be a well-paying job, especially on titles I know well. I spent approximately 60 hours on 50 stories; that includes rewrites, finding photos, research, and posting time. Had just a few rewrites come down from the copy editors, and the more articles I plowed through, the less rewriting I had to do. I've been writing more and more each week, and I think I have a bead on time management for this, so I'm setting up a more realistic schedule; I can comfortably write 8 a day, 5 days, which is 40 a week and $600. But you have given me an idea about a blog post, Catmuse, because there have been many positives in this experiment, and only a few negatives.

Plus, I received another assignment tonight from a regular client; it seems like the economy may be picking up, ever so slightly!

08-08-2009, 08:43 AM
Oh, and sorry to anyone who was expecting new horoscopes at WZ this week...the experiment ate all my Internet time. I'll be posting at Wisecrack Zodiac on Sunday, maybe even some other new stuff to make up for it. :)

08-08-2009, 03:31 PM
WOW, Plaidearthworm! Congratulations!

I had no idea juct content writing could be so lucrative!

You have to be really quick to write articles though, it seems!
Do put up a blog post about it, I think many of us will be interested to read it!

No writing today, but I did clean a shoe closet & hopefully this week the shoes will get under control! Which is a huge step toward being able to use the room in the first floor as a home office ! (The attic room can get too hot during summer!)

Matt Willard
08-10-2009, 12:58 AM
Did extensive notes for my next blog post and worked on video project jokes. Still figuring out what to do tomorrow.

08-10-2009, 05:08 AM
Well, thanks to a 'call for pitches' and a story idea from someone I've worked with before, I am close to halfway to my goal of 15 pitches for the month. I sent 5 ideas to one editor, and one to another.

Now I have to get to work on some radio show promos (which I forgot to list, but is a weekly assignment) and transcribing a one-hour interview.

On tap tomorrow? More radio promos and working on the book.

08-10-2009, 05:38 AM
Hiya everyone!!! (waves)

I'm officially wed! I'm willing to share our photos (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=8641&id=1669716257&l=4ae952516c) with you all for a short while. I'll make the album private in the next week or so. These are just digital pics that have found their way to my email. :)


08-10-2009, 05:43 AM
when I rolled him to expose him.

See, that's just not words I usually come across in this. . .or any other. . .forum. That's what makes this place exciting! (Hope your foot is healing nicely, though.)

Got a couple more podcasts done. I need to find out when they'r going to air. I guess I forgot to ask that part.

Blog post up. Living in a duplex for ten years, I know more about neighbors (http://www.mindovermullis.blogspot.com)than Pamela Sue Anderson does about flotation devices. Check out the guy with the goat. . .

08-10-2009, 05:58 PM
Amy -
"Check out the guy with the goat..." Another phrase you don't come across very often in forums!

I blogged and would love some feedback from everyone... should I change the name of my blog? (Suggestions welcome, although I haven't quite gotten THAT far yet.)

http://allcotmedia.blogspot.com/2009/08/on-word-choice-and-blog-titles.html (http://allcotmedia.blogspot.com/2009/08/on-word-choice-and-blog-titles.html)

08-11-2009, 02:29 AM
I commented at your blog, CatMuse.. :)

Amy, lol!! Goats, seriously? lol! You must have some fun neighbours!! :)


It was too hot today again, & I spent hours researching something that I then didn't add into the article after all.. Aahh..
But I found lots of new info, so that's probably okay..

I also organized the shoes into the pre-existing shoe closets.. (nobody believed it was possible! x:Dx) one step closer to a cool (non-hot!) home office! :)
Mum & I had taken some stuff from there to charity last week (they're pretty full & not currently taking much more though)

Still not sure where to put all my article-writing/NGO-related binders & folders.. I emptied out a shelf, not sure where to put that stuff though, sigh!
Hopefully more stuff can be donated to charity from the attic..

It doesn't help that I've had a couple of different educations, proffessions & interests/hobbies in my life & have kept most of the paperwork, books & stuff from all!!
(much of that may still come handy..)
And then there's 'other people's stuff' lol..

Will have to venture into the 'depths of the attic' I suppose.. (where the mice are/may be..?) And put some of the old stuff there..

On a happier note, I found my brushes! (that I thought had been lost since 2000! YAY!! :))

Matt Willard
08-11-2009, 03:27 AM
Trying to get ahead on my blog posts, so not only did I finish my draft of the next post, I made notes for the one after that. I think I'll go without an update this week so I can get some room to catch up. I also found a bunch of interesting local events to hit up, so I can mix things up and make new connections.

Anyway, after some good advice on this forum (thanks, guys :V ), I figure I need to quit pussyfooting around the things that are holding me back from developing my freelance career. Tomorrow I'm going full throttle-gonna hit up want ads, draft up a query, and find some new markets. When my next weekly progress report rolls around, I'll redo my goals so I can grab for the balls.

08-11-2009, 05:29 AM
Thanks for visiting my blog! The goat man is an actual entity. Fortunately he's in my past and not my present. He was a good one for providing story material, though. Kind of a shame the sheriff had to get involved.

Dawn, I read and commented, if you can wade through it.

Just checking in to let you guys know I'm alive and rootin' for ya. Keep on keepin' on! You're doing great things.

08-11-2009, 06:07 AM
I know I give you a hard time, but it's only because I see a lot of potential in you. Your blog is funny as hell. I'm proud of you w/ your new goals. :)

Also, I don't write humor and stand a bit in awe of people who can--such as yourself and AmyDoodle.


Matt Willard
08-11-2009, 06:27 AM
It's cool, Dawn. It keeps me in line and on-track. And I'm glad you like the blog. Are you really into that nostalgic stuff, or are the jokes enough for you to laugh at?

08-11-2009, 08:23 PM
Amy - glad I could help keep you amused :D
Mysti - congrats on the wedding! the photos are beautiful

So the foot is not broken, but I did tear the tendons so the pain issue is still there, but it seems that isn't enough to keep me from work. I have been so busy that I haven't gotten any writing done and I'm terribly behind on my goals. And to top it all off, I have no ambition. I have an assignment due the first of September, but can't find the energy to begin it. I think I need a few days in the mountains. That usually helps. Anyone want to come take over the farm so I can get away??? :D

08-11-2009, 10:58 PM
Ravenlea, would love to come over & take over the farm - only I'm half the world away & have no idea of farming-?! :)

Mysti, beautiful photos indeed! Your man looks very kind & loving, reminds me of a friend's husband! Love your dress & bouquets!! - The cakes look splendid too!

I managed to upturn all the cabinets & closets, am working on reorganizing the files & binders & everything.. so everything is in sort of a mess right now.. hope I'll emerge the winner.. :)

I feel calmer now that some stuff is put away.. Ideally, it would all be away-puttable, the binders & folders & everything! :) Have come up with another idea for a book & some articles, lol!

Matt Willard
08-12-2009, 03:59 AM
Well, I've begun looking for some writing work in addition to revising the next blog post. I wanted to write a query, but going through the markets I already had in place, I was concerned that I didn't know the magazines well enough to submit to them. And I couldn't swing up to the library to do some research then and there-I had to go up to the UPS store and ship a package.

I am fairly sure I read a snippet from The Renegade Writer that basically said that I didn't have to know the magazines all that well, but I don't have the book on-hand...yet. That package was a bunch of stuff I sold, and with my money I can pick up the book.

Well, I'll head to the library tomorrow and continue trying to get ahead on my blog posts. I don't expect to get everything done tomorrow either-since my constant attempts to get a college orientation schedule have failed, tomorrow I'm heading up there to get it done right then and there.

08-12-2009, 05:10 AM
plaid, congrats on your success and new plan. $600 a week, yowser girl, that's $2400 a month. More than a lot, and I mean a lot, of teachers make. You go girl.

Andreya, on the off-chance you weren't joking earlier; weedeating= cutting down the weeds and grass the lawnmower couldn't reach. Btw, good going on your cleaning spurt, wanna come help me?

ravenlea, sorry about the foot, and sorry no takers here on coming to your place so you can go to the mountains. Me and cattle not on the best of terms. And if I have to get close to 'em, well uh, no.

Mysti, loved the pics, don't know how I missed them first time through. I think my favorite was all four of you and Simon looked like he was looking up at his daddy. Too sweet. You my dear looked gorgous.

Matt, I hesitate to mention this but it bothers me. I like your site, you've done a great job with it. However, (you knew that was coming, right?) I'm not sure about boldly stating your rates. You could be undermining yourself. I mean, what if you get a project that literally takes you ten hours, yet winds up only being 500 words. Now you've committed yourself to $35 for ten hours work (if my math is right). That's low, less than minimum wage. I'd suggest something like "rate sheet available on request" or "rates negotiable." I don't do work for clients so I could be way off base here. Cat, what's your thoughts?

08-12-2009, 05:52 AM
Thank you all for your kind words!! We truly enjoyed our day - that went with almost no hiccup. We managed to leave the house without Simon's formula and cereal, but a friend went back and retrieved it for us. That was the worst of it - we did stop our parent's from lighting the unity candle, thankfully!!

So school is starting up in just a few weeks. I'm not going to devote much time, if any, to writing between now and then, but I do have a single, solitary goal for August.

Work out our new daily schedule based off the school calendar. Our schedule will include:

Meal Times
Nap Times
Therapy Schedules
Writing Times
Meal Plans by week
Financial goals by month
Special activities for Jaden (school related)
Craft activities for upcoming birthdays
Christmas gift making

I am hoping to have our daily routine figured within the next couple of days and then will begin moving forward from there. It's going to take some work, but my ultimate objective is to ensure I have time to write and get back to writing. I miss taking a pen to paper and fingers to keyboard. It's an amazing feeling when you complete something - and I MISS that feeling!

08-12-2009, 06:55 AM
Mysti, scheduled naptimes? hahahahahaha... <Dawn picks herself off the floor, brushes aside her jealousy, and admires Mysti's parenting skills.> Really. About the last part, at least. And might I add, what a cutie he is in that pic?? He's getting to be such a big boy.

Ritin' & Matt - Well, I hate to pick on you still more, but I would definitely agree not to post rates. You might turn off those who don't want to pay that, but would be willing to pay, say $20 for a blog post (which is still okay, as most only take, at most, 2 hours to write and some may take 30 minutes). And you're seriously underselling yourself for others. If you apply for a job and they're willing to offer more, they may go to your Website and then offer you that rate, instead of their higher one.

Incidentally, when I set client rates, I determine it by a number of factors. (Which I'm happy to share with anyone via PM, but not publicly.)

Re: Renegade Writer, The book DID say that, and it surprised me, as every other bit of advice for writers says "Know the magazine." And if you ask an editor "How do I get into your publication," that's their FIRST piece of advice. But that's why LindaF and Diane(??) ARE the Renegade Writers. (Linda's on this board and may even weigh in here with some firsthand advice!) :D

It's a matter of knowing the rules and being able to break them well. Do you feel as if your pitch is good enough that you can get away with not knowing the publication? And also unique enough that they haven't run it within the most recent issues? (6 - 12 mos. is a good rule).

Actually, I broke exactly that rule recently. The editor sent me back a VERY nice note within 20 minutes of my pitches, saying that she LOVED the ideas, but needed a pitch with (x) as a slant and directed me to the similar links to read. I was able to re-slant 3 of the 5 pitches and re-send, with the confidence of knowing she DID like the original pitches. (I'm hoping to re-pitch when that's what she's looking for.)

So... yes... not crucial to study each magazine in-depth BUT if you find yourself getting a lot of rejections with that method, go back and re-evaluate, especially if a lot of the rejections are either "not right for us," or "ran something like that recently."

Also, if you go by the assumption that writers read -- a lot -- then why not read the markets you want to write for? I "study" markets with my leisure reading, because I write what I, personally, would want to read. (ie, parenting mags, paintball mags, etc.)


08-12-2009, 07:12 AM
Congratulations Mysti. So glad it went well. And Raven, I'm glad that foot's not broken, but I'll just bet it doesn't feel the best ever.

Got a blog post up at Stage of Life. Toxic Baby Poop (http://www.stageoflife.com/StageHavingABaby.aspx)brings parents together.

Matt Willard
08-12-2009, 07:51 AM
Well, since I can't afford any magazine subscriptions now (or even buying off the rack) I'll have to use a day in the future to sit at the library and study them in one massive go.

08-12-2009, 11:48 AM
Well, since I can't afford any magazine subscriptions now (or even buying off the rack) I'll have to use a day in the future to sit at the library and study them in one massive go.

Check out free magazine racks wherever you find them; many libraries have them. Thrift stores and yard sales can be great places to pick up back issues for study; you might have to pay a dime an issue. Don't forget to look at the magazine's website as well--if they don't list complete stories, at least many will list the table of contents for the current issue, giving you an idea of what they're publishing. A day at Barnes and Noble, even if you don't buy anything, is a day well spent. Thanks to those comfy chairs and a liberal reading policy, you can scope out current issues. You'll make it up to them when you go in and buy several copies of a magazine with your article in it. :)

08-12-2009, 04:01 PM
Plaidearthworm, great ideas!

Matt, the libraries (or bookshops) with more international magazines are half-an-hour drive away from us, or more, & with the summer schedule of different opening times, I'm still getting round to going there & reading or borrowing some too!
I used to love going to the British Council as a student (in the capitol), to read magazines! :) They had comfy chairs too..
So if you have a library close by, that's fab! (or maybe there's a good one on campus & you can combine the trip?)
I'm planning more days than just one, & borrowing some if I can.. (Also borrow Jenna's book if you can, she gives good advice on how to analyze the mags!)

I agree with what others have written about the rates.. You may wish to find out first what kind of project it would be, & then adapt the rates to necessary work, or talk to clients (or other freelancers who had worked for them) first what rate range they had in mind.

Do report what you find in Renegade Writer, still haven't got that one!

Amy, Toxic Baby Poop, lol! Have you guys heard of diaperless babies yet? :)

Mysti, good luck with getting routines in order! I've read a bit on the subject & believe setting routines is important & doable - even if I don't have kids myself yet.. I've helped an online friend with advice on how to get her baby to sleep & it worked :)
(may take a bit of time, there are good books on this too..)

Ritinrider, glad to come & help! :)
/Another way to avoid actually writing & sending queries, lol!! :) Wanna discuss airplane tickets? ;))
No, I wasn't joking - okay, maybe just a little - never heard of weeding being referred to this way!! :)
/Remember I am not a native speaker of English :) It just gave me a hearty chuckle!/

08-12-2009, 05:52 PM
Mysti, scheduled naptimes? hahahahahaha... <Dawn picks herself off the floor, brushes aside her jealousy, and admires Mysti's parenting skills.> Really. About the last part, at least. And might I add, what a cutie he is in that pic?? He's getting to be such a big boy.

You are funny, Dawn! I know you have your fair share of issues with naps and that beautiful daughter of yours, but Simon is still pretty routine in his naps and their duration. I'm going to need to tweak them just a bit to fit Jaden's school schedule, ensuring that he's not sleeping during drop-offs and pick-ups. :)

Congratulations Mysti. So glad it went well.

Got a blog post up at Stage of Life. Toxic Baby Poop (http://www.stageoflife.com/StageHavingABaby.aspx)brings parents together.

Thanks Amy!! It was amazing. And Toxic Baby Poop??!! I've got a sneaking suspicion I'm about to roll on the floor, laughing until I've got tears in my eyes.

Well, since I can't afford any magazine subscriptions now (or even buying off the rack) I'll have to use a day in the future to sit at the library and study them in one massive go.

Have you checked out freecycle, Matt? I always put in for magazines when they come up and generally get them too. All it takes is a bit of driving to pick them up and my stacks have grown tremendously!

Matt Willard
08-12-2009, 06:32 PM
Have you checked out freecycle, Matt? I always put in for magazines when they come up and generally get them too. All it takes is a bit of driving to pick them up and my stacks have grown tremendously!

Freecycle, eh? Looks intriguing. I'll have to look into that more deeply later.

08-12-2009, 09:29 PM
A blog post up - Beautiful Day followed by Scheduling Craze... (http://adventuresofmystilinne.wordpress.com)

08-12-2009, 10:08 PM
I finally have time to day to sit down and do some work. I realized that after spending all morning digging up the lilies that my husband brought to the farm from the old ranch in 1978 I do have some ideas kicking around in my little brain. We've been redesigning the dog kennels, transplanting lilies and daffodils, and working on little fixes for the coming fall.

I came in to write down my thoughts and came up with sixteen ideas. (One idea I managed to slant six ways!) So now it is time for me to take those ideas, do a bit of reserach and write up a query or two or three. I just might make the goals for the month after all :)

08-12-2009, 10:54 PM
YAY Ravenlea!! :) Fingers crossed for the writing plans!

I gave up & spent too much online & at Writer's Markets again (it was too hot!), but we decluttered the downstairs office & soon it will be workable!! YAY!!

I may need to check our Freecycle too, there were some good magazines a few months ago.. Great idea! Are editions from a few years ago any help though? Or just more recent (2008+?)

08-12-2009, 11:24 PM
I've found with the more established magazines, very little changes from year to year unless they go through major changes in their corporate ladder. The more new the publication, the more changes occur. :)

I love freecycle!

Matt Willard
08-13-2009, 04:08 AM
Ugh. Who knew this college transfer was going to be such tiring work? I FINALLY took care of my orientation online and went to the campus to get advising, but now there's so much else to do that I STILL feel like I'm getting nowhere. And I couldn't get to the library because of it-I had to wait an hour to get into advising. Yeesh.

Besides that, looked for work, made some blog notes. Since tomorrow will not be a good day for library adventures either, I'll just try to finish those notes and the next blog post.

08-13-2009, 04:16 AM
A recap of my goals

Meal Times
Nap Times
Therapy Schedules Simon's three therapists are on a regular schedule. I'll be calling Jaden's counselor to do a static appointment on Tues-Thurs at 4 pm.
Writing Times
Meal Plans by week Week one and two done. Blog posts coming associated, still need weeks three and four.
Financial goals by month
Special activities for Jaden (school related) I've found the school calendar online to begin planning accordingly
Craft activities for upcoming birthdays
Christmas gift making I've decided on doing photo books for each family in our families. My siblings, his siblings, parents, etc. I need to get busy taking a few more photos though.

08-13-2009, 05:15 AM
Well, I've been working on interviews for the eBook, getting lots of blogging done and realized I'm revamping my entire blog at some point in the future, turning it into a portfolio/Web site, and moving the writing-advice related blog posts over to www.abundantwriter.com.

Tonight I'm going to finish up some transcriptions to make some room on my DVR (digital voice recorder) for tomorrow's interviews.


08-13-2009, 05:34 PM
I've realized that I need a second job to bring in some extra cash, so I'm going to have to get out there and apply for some gigs. I can't see any reason not to make my side income from what I'd like to do full time anyway.

08-13-2009, 06:02 PM
Is it terrible that I'm literally counting down the minutes until the first day of school? It's strange because, when my children were really little I couldn't wait for them to get a bit bigger so I could get some work done. Now, they're a bit bigger . . . and it's not any easier. Rawr. So, yeah, I've been trying to get help from others in the family because this is just crazy . . .

Anyway, I'm managing to hit most of my goals so far this month. I need to replace a gig (okay, a book contract) that I lost because I was spread WAY TOO THIN and I waited too long to ask for help from family with the kids. Lesson learned. They're willing to work with me again in the future, so it's not a complete loss . . . just, an immediate one (that was a hard blow, needless to say).

08-13-2009, 08:35 PM
not strange at all. I have a calendar on my wall that I have been marking off since school ended. It's not that I don't love my daughter, but summer is no vacaction for me! I get very little done due to farm work and the bunchkin. I'm down to ten days (and counting!) plus dance will start for her again which means I will have an extra hour of free writing time all winter long!

Matt - I remember doing that college transfer thing long ago. Hopefully things will smooth out for you soon.

Mysti - I love the photo idea! I envy and have great respect for anyone who is creative enough to do their own christmas gifts - or any gifts for that matter! Sounds like a fun idea :)

Andreya - I admire your dedication to organizing. I keep telling myself I need to clean out the office - again - and clean out all the piles that accumulate during the summer when I'm too busy to put everything away where it needs to go.

I started on a few essays yesterday that I hope to submit by the end of the year, and worked out an outline for two article ideas. Today we are putting up the dogs' kennel with the hopes they won't dig out. Speaking of which both dogs are out and running loose, so I have to go and round them up. Check back in later!

08-13-2009, 08:53 PM
Okay, even though it's three months away (almost), I decided to start planning:

Plans for 10th Anniversary (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/plans-for-10th-anniversary.html)

I can't believe a decade has (almost) gone by since I first "just hit send." I don't want to let it slip by without celebrating or doing a silly "me" thing to somehow mark the occassion. :D

08-13-2009, 11:33 PM
WOW Jenn! Congratulations for the anniversary! - You have some big & awesome plans!

Fingers crossed all goes splendidly! :)

Ravenlea, lol - I'm not so dedicated - but really need a cooler office! (& more organized space! :) )

Not any writing or organizing today, but Dad & I managed to fix half the roof of the old beehive! :)
/Then it rained or we would have fixed more, so we just went to sort the potatoes! per Aunt's instruction! really good potatoes this year.. Glad Uncle still grows his own & our potatoes.. If only he could be persuaded to have a sheep or two...? Ahh, a girl can dream!! :)/

08-13-2009, 11:38 PM
Thank you! :) It will be my own little party...sort of...hehe...in my OCD work-aholic own little way....

I wrote yet another blog post you guys might enjoy checking out (or not, whatever - I go with the flow - hehe): Can You Sum it Up in 500 Words? (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/can-you-sum-it-up-in-500-words.html)

I'm going to give it a shot and see what I can come up with.

Matt Willard
08-14-2009, 02:14 AM
This has been a bad week so far. I'm fed up with a lot of stuff right now, so I didn't accomplish much besides finishing more blog notes and working on my video project. Since I'm going over to my aunt's place on Saturday, Friday is my last chance this week to actually go to the library and look up the things I need.

Matt Willard
08-15-2009, 04:30 AM
Ah, a much better day. Everything went pretty well-got everything done and found a lot of good markets at the library. I lucked out and found that they had a 2010 edition of Writer's Market, so I rummaged through that and picked up more market ideas from magazines and small papers. (Okay, I still have to read the small papers, but I'm doing that tomorrow.)

Even better, I managed to set up a deal to write one-liners for a fan! It's not for much (and in fact, may be too little) but it's a good start. (If you're curious, it's $1 for a one-liner, and apparently he wants a good selection of them.)

Anyway, tomorrow I'm heading to my aunt's (I'm not due to start the job til Monday, so this won't be so bad) so I'll take care of my last bit of stuff and use Sunday as a relax day. (Trust me, at my aunt's house I probably won't get any work done :V)

08-15-2009, 05:20 PM
Enjoy the weekend, Matt, and congrats on the gig! You are living proof that when you put yourself out there, look for work, make active motion toward your goals -- good things happen! It's no coincidence that after you spent the day at the library hunting down markets and reading, someone came to YOU with a gig (that you didn't even have to go after). That's how it works.

All the effort pays off -- not always in a direct, "send a pitch: get a job" way, but it pays off when you let the Universe (substitute God or whatever you believe in) know you are serious about work.


I, too, am taking a day off today... pool party shortly. :) I am bringing my business cards though, just in case. People I've never met will be there. LOL

Matt Willard
08-15-2009, 06:24 PM
Yep, that's true! As I go on I discover more and more that the universe reflects what we want, as long as we put out the positive intention and strive to achieve it. I know this is true because I'm stumbling onto a lot more comedy writing gigs during my job searches-since I've decided that's what I primarily want to offer, the universe has responded in kind. All I have to do now is keep it up.

08-15-2009, 06:42 PM
Sent out a few cover letters/resumes this month. Some answered back, refused the low end stuff, except for one that's on topics I really enjoy.

Have an advertiser coming on my Not Enough Coffee blog.

Had one submission accepted at Freelance Writing Jobs, too :-), Deb also accepted a pitch for another post-I wrote it, sent it in and judging from Deb's response time, it won't be long before I hear back. (she's awesome about that)

08-15-2009, 07:02 PM
I've been trying to keep on keeping on, but deadlines and high stress with the day job are making that difficult.

I did get my column written and sent in for the OWFI Report....today. So hopefully I got it in in time.

08-15-2009, 11:28 PM
Great to hear you got the Writer's Market 2010, Matt!! :)

Been browsing it myself - the US version is muuch more helpful than the UK version, as approximate pay rates are stated etc.
Am with letter 'P' for consumer mags of UK version, & have browsed through the most important US mags (for me) too..

Next step is to look at them online, & especially to single out the ones one doesn't need published clips for..

Matt & CatMuse, have fun relaxing!! :)

Julie, so cool to hear about the advertiser!! :)

Jen, hope you manage to find some time to relax too! You're doing so much as it is!! Am impressed!

08-16-2009, 07:49 PM
Hiya fellow writers. I think I've been on strike from writing. I've completely stopped writing anything for the blogs and my parenting site at examiner. :/ I did start a new writing project. A book of letters to myself at different ages. The first one is to me at five. So far so good. I'll be writing them all out and the editing. So no writing goals for me. I've also applied for a new day job doing mental health in a school. I find out this week if I landed it. I hope I do. I'd like a more set schedule. :)later pals.

08-17-2009, 01:47 AM
Hope you all are enjoying a nice weekend. Mine has turned decidedly lazy today. Yesterday's funeral took more out of me than I expected. Oh well, this too shall pass.

Everyone seems to be making progress, good going. Jen, you probably got it to him on time. I did write half my article for my column in the same newsletter. Had planned on profiling 2 people but ended up with one, but it was a little longer than I usually write, so I don't feel bad about dropping the other. Besides, I have all the info, now I can write my next column way early. Probably won't, but I could.

Also on the agenda for this month, and into next month, is to put together two booklets for classes I've signed up to teach. They said I could make up the booklets and sell them to the students as part of the class. Whoee, money for me. Now, to write them, and then hope students sign up for the classes.

Right now working on two quilt projects. One is waaaaaaaaaay overdue, I still have a little time on the other one.

08-17-2009, 07:53 AM
Quitting writing, Heiddi??? Why? Day job taking too much out of you or just... what? Wow. I'm very surprised.

Life goes on. Seem to be spending more time focusing on the Law of Attraction course I just finished taking than actually *writing* but nonetheless, things are going well. Tonight I'm finishing up a lengthy audiovisual installation story. Have several things in the works. Blogging not going too badly either. And eBook interviews are getting done, slowly.

On tap tomorrow? A friend is visiting from Brooklyn and we'll take the baby to the park, etc. Will finish up writing in the evening. May plow through until the screen starts to blur tonight. we'll see.

08-18-2009, 03:02 AM
What a day! I spent nearly the whole day cleaning and still feel as though I've only just begun. I did recieve some good news. The article I had due a couple months ago will print with no rewrites. Yay! And she wants another one due first of October for December's magazine. Double yay!

Other than that I've been pretty lazy. Most of my time is spent getting the bunchkin ready for school next Monday. I only have one goal today that I must do: after feeding and cooking dinner, I will sit down with my notebook and get some outlining done for some articles. I think it is time to branch out from the horse magazines, so I will be working on some canine ideas as well as getting back on track with my recipes.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

08-18-2009, 04:17 AM
My writing day is starting 12 hours later than it usually does because it's been so freakishly hot here! It's Maine, people! It's supposed to cold here!! What the heck? Anyway, I'm going to be rolling out my regular blog posts and content for various sites until I'm too tired to think straight. At least it's a bit cooler and a lot quieter than earlier, so that's a plus!!

08-18-2009, 04:42 AM
So that's why you've been on my mind lately, Heiddi. I'm thinking of you.

Just realized I never advertised my last blog post.

Hubby would live a lot longer if he would just listen to my advice (http://www.mindovermullis.blogspot.com).

08-18-2009, 11:21 AM
I'm having a crazy fun week already! On top of all the scheduling mayhem in my house, I have managed to create a new website! Frightening! Actually, it's all.... never mind, you can check it out for yourself (http://lifesapprobation.com)... And who ever said that Mom's Cake (http://lifesapprobation.com/archives/date/2009/08/18)wasn't special....

08-18-2009, 05:51 PM
For anyone who hasn't taken the time (and why haven't you?!), check out Amy's blog. It's funny. Really funny. And I'm a tough audience.

And no, Amy isn't paying me off in stale Hostess products. I just love her writing.

08-18-2009, 11:21 PM
I second that! :D

08-19-2009, 02:05 AM
And no, Amy isn't paying me off in stale Hostess products. I just love her writing.

I tried. Nancy holds out for the good stuff. I'm keeping the Girl Scouts in the cookie business for this chick.

Thanks Nancy and Jenn! This was a reallllly good day for me to get a pat on the back. :)

Matt Willard
08-19-2009, 03:51 AM
Whoo, man, I've been pretty tired lately. Maybe after my attempts to get rid of sugar from my diet, I should thinking about adding a walk to my daily routine, just to keep my energy up.

Anyway, I worked on my video (boy, it's taking a long time :V) and read up those papers I've been meaning to read since, like, Saturday. Now with that done, I can start tossing out some queries. I just hope I'll be able to land something. I also tried to make more progress on my college registration and got...well, nowhere. It's still hard to actually talk to a human being. I guess I'll try again tomorrow.

Otherwise, I guess I'll draft up a query and start throwing together some one-liners to sell for Reader's Digest and greeting cards.

08-19-2009, 02:57 PM
Yup, Matt a walk would be great!! I feel much better after a walk usually!
(Now if only I could heed to my own advice every day, he he! The timing still bugs me, when.. It's too hot during the day, definitely!)

I've looked at some new markets online yesterday, not sure what a reasonable goal would be - to review & check online 5 a day or 5 a week? (the first seems too much for every day, the second too little?) So maybe 5 at least 2x or 3x a week?

How are you going to 'attack' your markets & how have the others done it?

What kind of one-liners will you write for Reader's Digest - humor?
I've started drafting stuff for greeting cards too.. :) Report if/when you have any success!!

Things just seem really off-balance here with the funeral the other day, & work to be done at Uncle's farm just when I'm feeling up to writing etc, ugh.. How can I write inbetween??

08-19-2009, 05:16 PM
I tried. Nancy holds out for the good stuff. I'm keeping the Girl Scouts in the cookie business for this chick.

And we thank you for that... ;)

Okay. We're mid-month-ish and I never stated my August goals because:

I did well in July and didn't want to break my streak by jinxing it
I've been busy back-to-school shopping and knocking kids out of the way for deals on pens and notebooks (for myself)
zombies ate my WIP
Why do I have a hankerin' for a ho-ho?

08-19-2009, 06:34 PM
I hope everyone is doing well!! It sounds like some fun has been happening! Writing fun, that is.

I'm still mid-knee in website design. I'm actually opting to run a b2evolution blog system on my site instead of WP. Am I crazy? Maybe... not. I've done the research and can't believe I'll be able to run ALL of my blogs on one site, through ONE control panel!!! I'm totally stoked about it. Meanwhile, I'm still posting on Life's Approbation. There's a new one up... Finally Friday? (http://lifesapprobation.com/archives/category/its-so-important-to-remember-you)

08-19-2009, 08:19 PM
nothing new to report here other than I think I get the day off today. Hubby is out baling and plans to swath this afternoon, so my day is free. I don't even think I need to go to town. That means I get the whole day to myself. If I can force myself to stay off farmtown, I could get a lot accomplished today.

08-20-2009, 02:05 AM
I'm swinging through to report a spectacle! (http://onewomansheart.wordpress.com)

08-20-2009, 02:10 AM
Mysti, I love the look of your blog! Life's Approbations look fab!

No idea how to post a comment though? Can other people comment there? (Or is it still 'in the works'? - I know I and other people had quite some trouble with commenting in Blogger for a while too..)

08-20-2009, 02:42 AM
I've had some comments, so it is possible. I'm working on it though, so it might just be a glitch while I'm messing with some code. I'll check into it. :D

Thanks for the compliment!! I'm hoping that I've figured out this upgrade for b2evolution so I can start transferring everything from all of my blogs. *crosses fingers*

On a side note, I'm so happy to have a wonderful husband who's willing to let me "play" while he fixes supper. :D

Matt Willard
08-20-2009, 03:22 AM
I was going to write a query today, but I couldn't bring myself to do it-I haven't even read most of the prospective markets I have. (The ones I have read...eh, I was probably just lacking in courage.) Nonetheless, I need to read up on them, so I have to look into finding more free magazines besides the ones I already have.

So instead, I applied to more stuff today. Decided to spread out a bit and see what editing jobs I could pick up, but I completely boned one application when I forgot to send any writing samples >_< So, yeah, I kinda felt like a twit. Beyond that, I also wrote up some lines for Reader's Digest and sent them in. Here's to hoping one goes through!

Actually, since I have one gig lined up and potentially more by announcing that I was available to do edits on Facebook, I can anticipate some starter cash in which to invest in magazines. (At least, the cheapest ones I can find :V) So I'm not too concerned about that.

Tomorrow I'm going to try and figure out how to get to some of the local events in my area so I can socialize and stuff, among with the typical other stuff.

M.R.J. Le Blanc
08-20-2009, 04:12 AM
i've been kind of floundering on my goals. Depression makes it hard to get anything done. But the month's not over yet, and I'm back on my antidepressants so once those kick in hopefully things will change.

Matt Willard
08-20-2009, 07:36 AM
By the way, what do you do if you apply for a gig and the info you get back makes you realize you're not fit for the job? Do you just...let it go?

08-20-2009, 08:28 AM
By the way, what do you do if you apply for a gig and the info you get back makes you realize you're not fit for the job? Do you just...let it go?

Depends. If they were kind enough to reply, it makes sense to reply with a 'thank you but no thank you' email. A lot of people are still very sensitive to politeness, though others aren't. I don't like to take chances, so I reply-unless-

If it's totally an obvious scam or someone writing to tell me it's one of those $1 per 500 word gigs, eh-no reply.

08-20-2009, 04:11 PM

I think someone may have mentioned this, but do you have a major chain bookstore near you? All the magazines you can read! I sometimes bring a notebook and take notes (editor's e-mail address, major departments, type of features--ideas I get). It saves probably 100s of dollars a month not buying all the magazines.

And yes, I reply if I feel like the gig isn't a good fit. It's polite and who knows, they may have something in the future that IS a good fit. (Esp. if the gig is good but the pay is too low... )


Matt Willard
08-20-2009, 04:47 PM
We USED to have a bookstore in the nearby mall, but the crappy economy got that closed down. I dread when the store space is used again-I imagine they'll turn it into yet ANOTHER clothing store, which is what happened to the KB Toys that was also in the mall. (Being a massive Transformers geek, I tend to pick up new figures whenever I can :V)

So, right now the closest option is Books A Million, which isn't that far of a drive. It shouldn't be too hard to go up there for a part of the day and check all the stuff out.

As for the replies, I've got two gigs that look good but wouldn't work for me, so I'll reply back to them.

08-20-2009, 07:52 PM
I actually did something progressive yesterday! I managed to do a rewrite for a magazine that wasn't sure they wanted a peice and low and behold, they took it! I also got all my short stories ready and did the researach into markets, so they will go out today as long as farm issues do not arise.

08-20-2009, 11:25 PM
Go, go ravenlea! Yay!

08-21-2009, 01:03 AM
I've applied for three writing gigs today. I've already heard back from one. They filled the positions, but will keep me on file if one of them doesn't work out. Aside from that, I've scheduled a couple more blog posts and have been reading another book to review.

08-21-2009, 01:05 AM
WOW! Ravenlea!! GO you!! :)

Mysti, great to hear! Such husbands are definitely worth keeping!! :)
Fingers crossed for the writing gigs!

Matt, yup, if it looks like a company/biz/editor you might work for later, a polite note would be good, I suppose.. You could maybe also say you're currently busy with other stuff (?) and would be happy to hear from them on any other jobs, especially any gaming-related (or whatever would be more relevant to you).

No writing work today but I read Kelly's books for freelancers and took notes (!) which totally inspired & energized me again - Matt, I advise you to do the same!!
You need to find the ones you are uniquely qualified to write for!! :)
(Reading Writer's Markets & exploring markets just exhausted me too!! :))
And I did some socializing, he he, & some farm-related 'fitness'!! :D - & got a great story idea inbetween! :D

Matt Willard
08-21-2009, 02:17 AM
No writing work today but I read Kelly's books for freelancers and took notes (!) which totally inspired & energized me again - Matt, I advise you to do the same!!

Yeah, when I can actually buy them :V

08-21-2009, 02:35 AM
Way to go Raven!

Mysti, I can't help but grin every time I see a picture of Simon and think how far he's come. How can we help but believe in miracles?

Blog post up. Elvis (http://www.mindovermullis.blogspot.com) was spotted all over Memphis last weekend. And he's only been dead for 30 years or so. That guy sure knows how to throw a going away party.

Matt Willard
08-21-2009, 02:40 AM
Found four good jobs to apply for today, and I'm just about finished with my video project. Methinks I might start working on that and the blog in the evenings while I attend to more important matters during the day. I also made some plans to attend a local expo at a nearby mall, so I can meet with others and network.

Since that video project is so close to being done, I'll finish it off tomorrow, and maybe think of ways I can work quicker for the next installment. I'll also do some more blog notes to get further ahead on that. I also got linked to a very nice 31-day series on freelance marketing, and I want to read through that and take notes, figuring out some more things I can be doing to improve my marketing. This way I can also prepare for next week, when I'm planning to dedicate whole days to specific kinds of tasks-I want a day devoted to marketing.

08-21-2009, 03:48 AM
Mysti, I can't help but grin every time I see a picture of Simon and think how far he's come. How can we help but believe in miracles?

I know I believe in them each and EVERY day!

08-21-2009, 01:48 PM
Matt, have you checked your local library, & your college's library? (Or if it's possible to get a cheap/free inter-library loan?)
(I'm from Slovenia so I had to buy them, US libraries may be better stashed! Or you could put a suggestion on their list, so THEY'll buy 'em! - Libraries here take suggestions too, but mostly for books in Slovenian!)

Another thing I thought of, colleges often have newspapers & some of them pay quite okay! Does your college have one? (It might be easier to get published there!) There's a section on them in Writer's Market!

08-22-2009, 01:53 AM
Squeaks by... I have a confession! (http://onewomansheart.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/i-must-confess/)

Matt Willard
08-22-2009, 03:33 AM
Matt, have you checked your local library, & your college's library? (Or if it's possible to get a cheap/free inter-library loan?)
(I'm from Slovenia so I had to buy them, US libraries may be better stashed! Or you could put a suggestion on their list, so THEY'll buy 'em! - Libraries here take suggestions too, but mostly for books in Slovenian!)

Another thing I thought of, colleges often have newspapers & some of them pay quite okay! Does your college have one? (It might be easier to get published there!) There's a section on them in Writer's Market!

Not at college yet-getting in is proving to be as hard as actually doing college work. Also, my library sucks. Will consider inter-library loan.

Matt Willard
08-22-2009, 03:36 AM
Sometimes I have my good days, and sometimes-like today-I feel tired and old. It's a natural valley, so I'm not too concerned. Yet I just get weary of everything I'm trying to do. This is why I think I'll make Saturday an easy day, so I can take a bit of a break.

Anyway, I finally finished the script for my video project! (I really need a quicker way to write them in the future.) I also managed to take a lot of notes on this helpful blog series about freelance marketing. When I figure out plans for the coming week, I'll have an even better idea of how to really promote my stuff.

Besides that, no good jobs found today, and I really hate bureaucracy. I guess that's why Douglas Adams made a game about it!

As I said, tomorrow will be an easy day where I take care of minor tasks that have built up. I'll also try to clean my bathroom, if outside forces permit it.

08-22-2009, 09:46 AM
Mysti-that's wonderful news! So glad Simon's doing well. Matt, hang in there...if you feel old now, you'll have nothing to look forward to in a few years. ;)

I've made my goal list for the week, I have a freelance assignment to work on, and I'd like to rack up some extra cash with DS.

But I do have a new post up at www.plaidearthworm.com, and it's a quiz!

Matt Willard
08-23-2009, 01:46 AM
I don't even know why I schedule anything for Saturday, I know I'm never gonna do anything except goof off :V The trick is to do non-work stuff besides surf all day, which I will definitely have to devote attention to later.

Tomorrow I figure out my plans for the week, work on some notes, and look into finding some copyediting resources-I can see myself doing that as well as writing humor, and I'd like to learn more about it. My plans for this week involve dedicating each day to a particular brand of tasks, so we'll try it out for a bit and see how it goes.

Matt Willard
08-24-2009, 03:43 AM
The bulk of today was used to clear out a chunk of minor tasks. I also figured out my plans for this week and made some more blog notes. I also realized that I'm going to need some hard copy reference if I want to pursue freelance copyediting, so since I plan to go to Books a Million on Wednesday to do some research, I'll also pick up a book on the subject.

I'm also dividing my tasks by certain days. We'll try it for a bit and see how rigid it is. Tomorrow is Monday, so that means I work on some marketing from my handy list. I've also got to refill out my FASFA and get it to FCCJ.

08-24-2009, 07:48 AM
Received a kind, personalized rejection on a non-fiction book proposal, but in turn, they invited me to send in my horror novel when the darn thing gets done. The non-fiction was just because the market is saturated with pregnancy books, but I may try someone else.

Nearly finished with a copywriting gig...then was asked to do more for the same client.

Invited to contribute to an anthology!!!! I've had one thing accepted by the 'recruiter', so being asked specifically to contribute made me feel special. Trying to shift my focus to my fiction, but this thing about needing to live keeps messing that up ;-)

Catching up my blog, was asked to do some reviews on my personal one-not the Family Resource gig! I have a link in my signature, wrote a review on an ebook for newer/part time freelancers. Giving away a copy, too.[hint hint]

It is cool to think that a personal blog on freelancing and random bits of life caught the eyes of anyone other than friends. :-) I need to buy a domain for it, I guess.

OH, we're moving to West Virginia, Bluefield to be exact. Now I can perfect the secluded author persona! Get long, black skirts, silver dangly earrings, bangle bracelets and smell like cookies and incense. lol, one day I swear I'll be in a magazine dressed that way just so ya'll can laugh. We're giving away/selling most of our stuff to make a fresh start. Most will go free, I'm sure. This economy-no one can afford knick-knacks!

Matt Willard
08-24-2009, 05:38 PM
Wow, people sure came to you for a lot of stuff this go-round. Especially the copywriting thing, but that's to be expected-I bet the first job didn't take so LONG. HA HA! Multiple entendre.

08-24-2009, 06:12 PM

Congrats on recent successes and good luck with your move.

I have to say, also, that I love the look of your blog (picky former graphic artist here). Forgive me if the changes aren't recent, I just don't get to visit all the blogs I want to regularly.

Take care,

08-25-2009, 04:05 AM
Hi all! Want to add my congrats to Julie for all her successes, and to Plaid for her new article and her new post.

I've been doing some blogging, as well, http://blogs.babiesonline.com/news/car-seats-a-risk/ and, I guess the big news...

I've signed on as a staff writer for "Shooting Hot," the new digital paintball publication. I already have three assignments so it should turn into some decent income. I'm pretty psyched, especially to be back in the paintball world, AND I was interviewed on that topic here:

Keeping busy. :)


Matt Willard
08-25-2009, 04:27 AM
Hey, that's really great, Dawn! By the way, do you shout "WOLVERINES!" when paintballing? If I ever play that, I will make sure to shout that and other movie war references.

As for me...found out I didn't have to do nearly as much work as I expected with sending the FASFA to my new school, so I used the extra time to draft out a new blog post. Since this was Monday, I worked on some stuff for marketing. I think I'm really beginning to understand the "unique selling proposition" freelancers toss around, and how it should be used to focus your marketing. Since I've decided I'm primarily a comedic writer who focuses on entertainment like games, cartoons, and tv shows, I can market that accordingly and narrow down what I apply for.

Since I now know what to shoot for, I'm going to take another look at those local papers again and craft a pitch that takes advantage of my unique selling proposition. Tomorrow is Tuesday, so that means I want to do some selling/networking stuff-this means I'll actually participate on those forums I've been meaning to go on for a while.

08-25-2009, 11:24 AM
Great interview, Dawn!! :)

Julie, congrats & fingers crossed for the horror novel! :)
Yup, I love the look of your blog too, muchly! Did you design it yourself?

lol about the silver earrings.. :D
am wearing a long blue dress - cheers to you!!

Matt, dividing days by task seems a great idea! so I did some online networking yesterday too... & cleaned my new home office some more, put pretty pics over the ugly old stickers & such.. even Dad is impressed

I'm trying to put together dailies & weeklies.. to print on my schedule, as I do more with that (& just checking the boxes - lol I'm silly I know!! :))

The attic home office is looking better now too, though still has some way to go...

was up before 6 am today.. hope this sticks..?

EDIT: Got the old PC to the computer shop to get an internet card for DSL connection.. So I can put it in the downstairs office (flood area and steam-from-making-jams area, so the new computer better stays elsewhere).. It's really old (just 9 GB memory lol, the guy in the computer shop was slightly shocked! :)), methinks okay for typing still.. We'll see if memory can be updated too.. The other idea is to get a laptop, possibly.. They're said to be only 300 EUR now, though I wonder what quality that would be..? Good to have a backup computer anyway.. or a few..

PS Matt, did you find the Greeting Cards etc sub-forums yet? There's LOTS of info on markets etc in the super-secret forums!! :) /those with the password, just e-mail one of the excellent mods to get in/

Matt Willard
08-25-2009, 04:25 PM
PS Matt, did you find the Greeting Cards etc sub-forums yet? There's LOTS of info on markets etc in the super-secret forums!! :) /those with the password, just e-mail one of the excellent mods to get in/

REALLY. I will have to do that later.

08-25-2009, 10:11 PM
*puts mod hat on*


Dear gentle freelancers:
While the purpose of JHS is to show off our successes and grind our teeth at our rejections, it's been noted in PMs how the thread wanders off and causing some frustration. I'm going to reinstate our beloved JHS/Freelancers Chat thread so y'all will have a shiny new place to talk. :D Please continue to contribute to the monthly JHS thread but let's keep it on target.

Now it needs a new name. ChaosTitan has her SciFi thread of various names, Haggis has his Horror Hounds, what should we christen the new chat thread?

Matt Willard
08-26-2009, 03:10 AM
Drafted a query letter today, and man, is it horrible :V To be fair, it's a draft, so I'm gonna revise it anyway. But still, it feels really bad. I guess it's an art I need to get used to. Besides that, I spent some time on niche forums, as well as other standard stuff.

Tomorrow I'm heading up to Books a Million to read magazines and get more markets and story ideas. Besides that, I'll probably pick up a good copyediting book. The change left over should provide me the fare I need to attend the mall expo I'm going to on Saturday. Beyond that, I need to make a phone call about my loan, and I imagine that'll take longer than needed.

08-26-2009, 03:38 AM
*puts mod hat on*


Dear gentle freelancers:
While the purpose of JHS is to show off our successes and grind our teeth at our rejections, it's been noted in PMs how the thread wanders off and causing some frustration. I'm going to reinstate our beloved JHS/Freelancers Chat thread so y'all will have a shiny new place to talk. :D Please continue to contribute to the monthly JHS thread but let's keep it on target.

Now it needs a new name. ChaosTitan has her SciFi thread of various names, Haggis has his Horror Hounds, what should we christen the new chat thread?

Well, there was the Tower of Babel, why not the JHS Thread of Babble? :-D

08-26-2009, 05:34 PM
Well, for me this thread was about tracking progress & 'small steps' accomplished relating to any aspect of writing biz.. including finding markets or setting up a home office or such..?
(It was too hot for writing & I focused on these two in the past few weeks, so I showed my successes with decluttering & such :D)

The title of this thread is extremely motivational, as all these efforts are meant to show off future article successes too!!

I apologize for breaking any rules, I didn't know it was strictly for sending articles and queries only.. A lot of people wrote about blogs etc..

Hmm, what if it were called something like 'This Writing Biz' or 'Accomplishments - August 2009' or 'Getting Things Done/GTD - August 2009' (even if it's a title of a book & system not everyone adheres to or has read), or even 'Discipline for Freelancers' lol??!
If this is called a Chat thread it won't be a means of discipline for me anymore!!

Any other name recommendations welcome!!

/Especially if they induce fear & discipline!! :)/

08-26-2009, 06:14 PM
The other thread is the chat thread. There's really not 'rules' so to speak, but the JHS always was for encouraging us to talk about our goals for that month. It's not about any aspect-it's 'Just Hit Send', which was shortened because we were too lazy to keep typing Just Hit Send, lol.

We used to bog it down with idle writing chat, things that had nothing to do with that month's goal(s). This thing's been around since...what, Wyntermoon...2006? 2007?

08-26-2009, 07:19 PM
two rejections in as many days, and I still haven't heard back from an editor that tentitively assigned me a piece last year for this year's December issue. I don't know if she still wants it. Should I write it up and send it even though she hasn't said, your article is due on XYZ date or that it will even still run.

Still researching dog magazines, but I have my recipe for Taste of HOme ready to go. It will send today.

Well, there was the Tower of Babel, why not the JHS Thread of Babble? :-D

Extra cookies for Julie because she made me smile today

08-26-2009, 08:59 PM
Well, for me this thread was about tracking progress & 'small steps' accomplished relating to any aspect of writing biz.. including finding markets or setting up a home office or such..?
(It was too hot for writing & I focused on these two in the past few weeks, so I showed my successes with decluttering & such :D)

The title of this thread is extremely motivational, as all these efforts are meant to show off future article successes too!!

I apologize for breaking any rules, I didn't know it was strictly for sending articles and queries only.. A lot of people wrote about blogs etc..

No apologies needed and as a newer member, you had no way of knowing how JHS was started years ago. :) Julie's correct, however, that this was intended to be a thread for posting your goals and subsequent successes (we'll just shove those rejections under the rug) and it's gotten away from it in some ways. In other ways, it's right on target. I've definitely been guilty of chatting it up in here myself which is one of the reasons I wanted to start a separate thread so members can find information they want quickly instead of skimming due to extra chatter.

I don't see any problem with putting blog posts under JHS, are they not as worthy to need a little support as for an article or query? As a freelance blogger, I put those in my goals and have no problem adding them to my final list at the end of the month. What I'm hearing from members is that they'd like to see a thread which is non-writing specific within the Freelance forum.

You started a thread on organization for writers, think of me splitting this as my Mod way of keeping things organized. ;)

08-27-2009, 01:47 AM
Speaking of blog posts, I haz one. When you have 18 six-year-old free range goalie-wannabees and one soccer ball, you have Unorganized (http://www.mindovermullis.blogspot.com) Sports.

Maybe I can explain to newcomers in a tedious and convoluted way why it's important to include blog posts here.

In humor writing such as I hopefully do, the writing has to stand on its own merits. It is rare that you query for such a piece. My blog is my resume and writing sample for editors who are interested in me. I keep my blog active through my accountability with these kind folks here. I don't post every month that my goal is to keep the thing on track, because most of these guys already know that if they don't see those blog posts, they know I'm in need of some serious hiney-kicking. And many of them are not only qualified, but excel in that capacity.

You may return to your regularly scheduled accomplishments. Thank you and good grief it's suppertime!

08-27-2009, 01:55 AM
lol Yeah, I understand...

Of course I'm okay with blog posts, video scripts etc being here.. Would just like to clarify what is & isn't acceptable in this thread... :)
So blog posts & videos are okay, together with queries & articles sent & rejections.. anything else?

I'm not a natural born organizer or de-clutterer (think more along the lines of messy artsy packrat!) so I definitely need support for that too, lol!! :) /more than for my blog posts, he he!! :)/
Or do I keep that all in the organizing thread/s? (which I wanted to keep as 'fountains of knowledge & ideas', not cluttered with daily small steps..)

What about excellent article ideas or fascinating people agreeing to be interviewed, are these okay in this thread too, or not?
And what about market research or such newbie stuff - that would go in the newbie thread now? (Maybe it will be easier to just blog about these things then, instead of writing 3 different posts.. :))

08-27-2009, 06:28 PM

ANYTHING writing-related pertaining to achieving our goals (or not) belongs here. So yes, decluttering your office as a one-off wasn't a bad thing.

If you continuously posted about housekeeping and then that evolved into a lengthy, multi-person discussion on the best green cleaning products--at that point we should shuttle ourselves off to the chat thread. :) (Not saying you did).

At least that's my opinion on it.

The last time we started a chat thread, 3 AW regulars were pregnant and we tended to drift back to that topic, sending everyone else off-course w/ discussions of chocolate and cookies and various other life adventures... none of which belong in JHS.

There is an accomplishment thread, btw.

So... back on topic-- I just got another new steady gig and must publicly thank Julie for it!! Two in one week... I'm just as happy as a pig in sunshine. :) Details n link to come--now I need to write! LOL

08-27-2009, 09:37 PM
WOW, great to hear about it - congratulations!!

lol about pregnant women & cookies & chocolate!! - I bet you had a lot of fun with that!

No intention to publish lengthy discussions on eco products here.. There are other venues for that! I've even started posting some organizing stuff into the thread on organizing, so I hope others will too.. (?) Or I will have to join Steve Pavlina forum too..?! ;)

My other (old) computer is now online, which is quite an accomplishment too! Will come handy in the new home office..
No writing again today, but after messing with the computer for half a day I did find some good info and article ideas in the pile I half-decluttered! And tomorrow I'll call the local mag and propose the article ideas my Mum gave me yesterday! (PS I even got my Mum to declutter now, he he!! :) Now THAT's an accomplishment! :D)

PS Where's the accomplishment thread?

08-27-2009, 10:12 PM
PS Where's the accomplishment thread?

Right here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95808). The stickies at the top of the forums have great information that is often overlooked. I bet we'd all be surprised at what we find up there!

08-28-2009, 03:21 AM
I've fallen out of the loop, and off track with my JHS goals list! I've been in the hospital with my husband (http://jenngreenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/08/it-feels-like-forever-since-ive-written.html)for a week, so I've completely dropped the ball on several gigs. However, I did land a new gig right before we went in. So, that'll help me get back on track! Tomorrow, my nose will be back to the grindstone and I will be writing! :D

08-28-2009, 12:51 PM
Right here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95808). The stickies at the top of the forums have great information that is often overlooked. I bet we'd all be surprised at what we find up there!

Isn't it mostly just about stuff that got published & such?

(Maybe it would be good to write a short re-cap of the different threads to tell newbies what is and isn't acceptable - even if it's just a line under the topic title?)

Jenn, sorry to hear about the hospital thing - hope things are getting okay now? (will take a look at your blog..) Good luck with writing!!

08-28-2009, 04:04 PM
Andreya, I think most of the thread titles are pretty clear on what they encompass. JHS is a special case.

08-29-2009, 07:06 AM
RE: Wyntermoon & "JHS is a special case."

Yes... very special... here's a little story. ;)

The Roots of Just Hit Send

Hitting send – meaning, quite literally, clicking the mouse over the send button on an email or, in rare cases, dropping a query letter or article in the mailbox -- is not easy.

It is, in fact, the different between a professionally-published writer and a dilettante. Market research, interviews, clean desks and daily schedules are great. I admire those who have them. Many freelance writers could not survive without these things.

But a writer could wake up at 6 AM every morning, research her dream publications over coffee and eggs, move to her clean desk in her Feng Shui’d office, and follow the plans on her daily calendar every single day for a year. A year later, unless those plans included writing an article and sending it off to an editor, this writer would still be unpublished and struggling.

At some point, that writer has to think, “What’s keeping me from hitting send?” And we can look around our clean offices, immaculate homes, and piles of magazines neatly organized by genre and date, and realize we did all this as “productive procrastination.” (Doing something distasteful or scary to avoid doing something even MORE distasteful or scary.)

Just Hitting Send is often the scariest part of our job. We may do anything to avoid it. We’ll re-read, proofread, re-write, proofread again. We’ll wash the floors. Scoop the cat box. Call friends. Find another source, interview them, and re-write our article again.

Sometimes writers need a helping hand. Sometimes, we need a friend to literally click the mouse button for us. Other times, we need a virtual kick in the butt to do it ourselves.

Since this thread was started, an ever-evolving group of writers has been doing this for each other. When we’re scared, hesitant or need a boost in confidence, we remind each other of the formula for a successful freelance writing career. Here it is. Read carefully.

“Write. Send. Repeat.”

When we’re done, we come back to let our colleagues know that we did it and celebrations abound. We come back later, still, and share the outcome (an acceptance or a rejection). Rejections result in JHSing that idea to another editor, and a new, different idea to the first editor, again with the support of our writing pals.

Sometimes, life gets temporarily in the way of our hitting send, and we feel the need to explain to our supportive buddies why we didn't reach our goals. But the most successful of us get back in the game -- be it the next week or the next month. We eventually get back to Just Hitting Send.

Networking, market research, interviews, even organization are ALL important aspects of a freelance career. And people need a helping hand in these areas, too, which is why we have so many different threads on this forum. But the most challenging for most of us – the reason a whole, entire monthly thread was launched – is to Just Hit Send.

So here, today, as a long-time JHSer with multitudes of acceptances and rejections to show for my efforts, I ask everyone reading:

Did you JHS today? If not, what’s holding you back?

08-29-2009, 04:00 PM
CatMuse, fabulous post! :)


I admit it was partly 'creative procrastination', in my case!

I was just too afraid to query & submit other stuff (still am to contact other markets :))
Mum made me call the editor I've been working with yesterday & query by phone, so now I've got another assignment, with an interview today! (from what I've mentioned before already)

I realized a big problem was writing about complex (environmental) stuff (that required a lot of research and multiple interviews), so this is something completely different, but equally fascinating! (with only 1 interview needed & that's it!)

Reading Kelly James Enger's book made me realize this could be done in a simpler way, so now I'm trying to come up with 'simple & easy' (yet equally fascinating) ideas!

08-29-2009, 06:05 PM
Swinging through to discuss Simulating the Senses (http://lifesapprobation.com/archives/68) in writing... Now, I'm off to increase those same stimulating senses - with a movie this time!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

08-29-2009, 08:25 PM
Thanks, Dawn, for that eloquent and thorough explanation of the JHS thread.

Those of us who've been here awhile can always use a little history lesson as a reminder. And those who are new, should now be clearer about what we do and don't do here.

Thanks again,

08-29-2009, 10:21 PM
Blog post up. They said I couldn't do it. Write about feet, they said. You should be able to write about any subject we throw out there, they said. Well, Something's Afoot. (http://www.mindovermullis.blogspot.com)

08-30-2009, 12:32 AM
:D Amy, Loved the post. Pedis are one of my guilty pleasures. I'm long overdue for one, too!!

Well, I got up the nerve to JHS on my first column for Long Island Exchange. (I'd share the link but it's not up yet.)

I actually *needed* the support of a fellow JHSer for this one, asking her to read it over to make sure it had what I was going for. :)

Don't know why I was so nervous... I think because the column is mine, all mine (mwuah hahaha) and I get to determine the direction etc. I'm pretty psyched because not only will this be read locally (and by local - well, I live on an island with 6 million people LOL) BUT it could open the doors to a lot of thing in a lucrative niche market. Plus all sorts of tech perks comped! :)

BTW, I'm also offering everyone an opportunity to JHS *to* me... my latest project is listed in a call for submissions in the Paying Markets thread. If you're a woman who's ever taken a pregnancy test, you may have a story for this personal essay anthology and/or its companion website.

I'm happy to offer more details and/or answer questions in the thread where it's listed or via PM.


08-30-2009, 02:40 AM
Congrats on your column, Dawn! I also read your post at Becca's site, great stuff!

Well, I received a rejection today, and it was for something that I thought had a real shot at publication. There aren't a lot of paying humor markets out there for general essays, but I'll keep looking. And if it doesn't sell, it will probably end up as a blog post, LOL. At least the Demand Studios articles are steady; I tried the new Quick Guide format, and whipped through five of them last night!

08-31-2009, 11:30 PM
You should write nan ebook or something on the secrets to making $1000s on DS! Just sayin'. ;)

I feel like I need to check in with some of my more immediate goals. Things are progressing so quickly right now. I have so much going on in Sept, will be making lists akin to Jen Nipps' and checking in frequently to report progress.

By the end of this week (which, of course, will flow into September):

- Write copy for two Websites
- Finish radio show promos for all of Sept. (that's tonight's job)
- Write an essay for Women Re-invented Anthology (half done, need to tweak)
- Launch website to promote my new pregnancy test anthology
- 3 Paintball Articles (feels good to add THAT to my to-do list again)

...and of course keep up on my blogging commitments.

Also, I noticed a TREMENDOUS amount of jobs posted at www.freelancewritinggigs.com today. Which, of course, is always the way. Some are so tempting I absolutely have to apply.

My new editor at www.longislandexchange.com liked my first post, now I just have to get some paperwork into him. Oh fun.


08-31-2009, 11:43 PM
The end of the month just snuck up on me so quickly that I don't think I even posted goals for August. However, this past week has been crazy busy so I'll hit the high points:

Submitted ghost story contest entry
Submitted zombie love story for anthology
Tarot article for future-tarot.com
New gig at local small biz organization as editor
Blogging is back on track at http://flibbitygibbet.blogspot.com
Plotting and planning for NaNo: Zombie Dating Guide

Bring on September!

09-01-2009, 04:00 AM
My oh my has everyone been busy!

I can't remember all my goals for the month but here's what I did accompish:

6 queries sent
5 short stories sent
1 recipe to Taste of Home sent
1 chapter of Elemental Assassins editted

here's hoping to do better in September