Toasting to an Already Busy 2012

Hello everyone! Happy 2012! I hope that your new year if off to the same busy start that mine is!

As I’ve gotten into the groove of balancing all of my freelance work along with my full-time job, my hope is that I will be able to post more content on this blog again! Look for more frequent posts.

I’m also looking for guest bloggers who want to share their love of writing with the world and for suggestions for my seven questions segment.  I look forward to continuing to share my writing experiences with you this year and I hope that you will continue to share your with me as well.

HAPPY WRITING!

Day One

This post is brought to you by confusion. My confusion.

Today is the first Sunday off I have had without a personal commitment in many, many years. My first instinct is to lounge around all day and do nothing. Then I remember why I have the day off.  WORK. My own personal work that will hopefully bring my career to it’s next stage. Work that I enjoy doing.  Work that exhausts my brain because it forces me to use the creativity that had been mostly tabled for so long.

I love this.

Today is day one of a new routine, which I am sure will be tweaked as the weeks go on. Having an extra day gives me more flexibility. I hope this will end the late night writing sprints. I hope it will give me the affordability to take on more of this work I love. Hopefully this will lead to bigger and better things.

But hey, I’m not one to put all my eggs in one basket, even when the chicken produces a lot of them.

Why It’s Important to Stay in Touch with Your Network

In an earlier post, I talked about the importance of having a strong network and how my network has helped me gain new experiences. Yesterday, my network helped be secure a new contract position that has the potential to move my career in a new direction.
 
While my skill set, experience and desire to learn and write secured the offer (in my opinion), I would have never have found out about the opportunity without the help of Samantha, my former editor at Center Square Journal. She recommended me for this position and connected me with the right parties.  As a result, I interviewed and secured a new contract opportunity that has the potential to fulfill the desires I shared with you in my last post
 
I spent a lot of time this wk pimping friends & recommending them for paid gigs. We shld all do this more. @jeannevb
 
Keep in contact with your network and pay it forward. You never know if you can help enhance someones career by recommending them for opportunities. It can make a world of difference to them.
 

Moving Forward: My Decision to Break Out of my Comfort Zone

A lot of writers that I know have one (or several) side jobs that provide a sort of financial safety net. I have one of those too, but I made the decision this past weekend that it was time to move on; not immediately, but I set an end date that I plan on sticking to. I’m breaking up with my past.

Part of the decision comes from boredom. I’m tired of the routine and the fact that this side job takes up the entirety of  my Sunday. The other part of it comes from being frustrated with my writing, or lack there of.

I started to wonder two things: how my career would advance if I spent those Sundays writing and pitching and how much more money I could make that way.

Why I should I hold myself back from something that could be potentially better and totally awesome for the same routine I’ve had for the past five years or so. I believe that part of moving forward is letting go of the past. Here’s  hoping that it doesn’t backfire.

Have you made the decision to breakup with your past?  How did it work out for you? Let me know in the comments!

What Would You Ask?

I’ve decided to introduce a new features to my Person of Letters blog. As writers, we all learn from one another and their experiences. Many times when I read my writers, I wonder what made them start writing , what their inspiration is and other thoughts. Then it dawned on me that I should start asking them.

Once a month, I plan on asking my favorite writers the same questions and I will share their answers with you all. But I need your help.

What would you ask your favorite writers? Is there something that  you are dying to know? Share you questions with me in the comments sections below and chances are they will appear in next month’s inaugural post.

I look forward to your ideas!

Sisterhood of the Blogging Pants

Last Friday, I attended a going away bash for the fabulous Ruffly and Sweet and her husband. I was honored to meet many of the people that I had heard so much about.

As we sat around making small talk, Jackie asked me what I did and I said that I blogged and that I was on the lovely RufflyandSweet’s blog roll. Come to find out that Jackie, Nicole and I were her entire blog roll.  It was a lovely coincidence that we discovered ourselves and I’m honored to be listed with these lovely ladies. We’ve dubbed ourselves the Sisterhood of the Blogging Pants.

It continues to amaze me how wonderfully easy it is to connect with fellow writers. It was an honor to meet these ladies and I can’t wait to see what they blog about next. I encourage you to follow the blogs of my new foodie friends, For the Loaf of Bread and Foodie Reflections. And don’t forget to follow RufflyandSweet!