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Archive for the ‘Freelance Writing’ Category

The WAHM vs. Daddy Blogger Dynamic Revisited

September 2nd, 2014

Although attitudes are certainly shifting, working from home is still a rather unconventional choice and it’s even less conventional to go into business for yourself. These were realities that I knew all too well when I decided to embark on this freelance writing journey. With the imminent arrival of my first child, my perspective on […]

What I Miss (and Don’t Miss) About Working a 9-to-5 Office Job

August 28th, 2014

It’s a little hard to believe that I have been self-employed for almost a decade. Working full-time as a freelance writer from the comfort of my home office is a privilege that I value dearly. I’ve learned a lot along the way–many of those lessons can be found in my book–and it feels strange to […]

The Best and Worst Parts of Being a Freelancer

August 12th, 2014

When you choose to strike it out on your own with your own small business, typically operating out of your modest home office, everything changes. It’s not just about your job or career anymore, because that decision impacts just about every aspect of your lifestyle. And what I’ve found over these last few years is […]

Grammar 101: On Parentheses, Commas and Em Dashes

August 7th, 2014

What punctuation you choose to use and where you choose to use it can have just as much of an impact on the meaning or interpretation of a sentence as the actual words being written (or said). Today, we’re taking a look at three different ways that you can add a little more to your […]

Grammar 101: Childcare, Child-Care, Elder Care and Elderly Care

July 28th, 2014

If you were to follow the journalistic style standards set out by the Associated Press, they’d tell you that you should be writing “health care” as two words and not as the single word “healthcare.” However, just as I typed those terms into my web browser, neither of them came up as a spelling mistake. […]

Grammar 101: Wreak Havoc or Reek Havoc

July 18th, 2014

It’s very convenient that most modern devices will automatically check and even correct our spelling for us. However, this has also led to many people using the wrong word under the wrong context, because it’s not technically a spelling error. Havoc can be roughly defined as absolute disorder, disaster or destruction. If you cry havoc […]

What Freelancers Can Learn from “Weird Al” Yankovic

July 17th, 2014

Amish Paradise. Smells Like Nirvana. White and Nerdy. Gump. “Weird Al” Yankovic has become something of a cultural icon through his countless song parodies and he is celebrating the launch of his newest album, Mandatory Fun, by releasing one new music video a day for eight days. And in many ways, musicians and comics like […]

Grammar 101: On Brackets and Parentheses

July 10th, 2014

It is important to realize that using the right punctuation at the right time can be just as important as correct spelling or proper word choice. In previous entries of Grammar 101, we’ve taken a look at colons and semicolons, for instance, as well as how a well-placed comma can completely alter the meaning of […]