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Home Again March 3, 2010

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Home from the hospital nearly a week now. We’re working things out and still waiting. Waiting on tax refund, waiting on the doctor’s appointment tomorrow, waiting to see what happens next. I haven’t been writing stories yet this year. I haven’t been submitting, either. I was waiting for the markets to open back up, and then I got busy and then Rich ended up in the hospital. I bought a netbook and broke it a week later. I’ve bought a new screen to try and fix it. Life is running along at its usual crazy pace and I haven’t taken back control of the reins, yet. It’s time to get back in the driver’s seat and make my life what I want it to be.

Who am I? January 20, 2010

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What if I’m not who I thought I was? What if everything is different? What if I’m not meant to do what I always thought I was? Where do I go from here?

I find myself wondering about my purpose. I find myself wondering about the phrase “Writers Write” because I don’t really write any more. I mean, I don’t really write stories any more. I write about my life. I write in blogs and journals. I post flash fiction pieces on my website, but they’re not really stories, they’re just snippets that slipped out onto paper during the summer. I submit stories, but they’re old stories and they only garner rejection. I am tired of trying to polish them.

Job. Career. Passion. Purpose. What am I here to do?

New Year. New You. Who am I?

Will you miss me if I’m gone? December 23, 2009

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Feeling like this blog’s point has run its course. Next week will be thirty weeks, and the posts are even fairly boring to me these days. Does anyone find them interesting anymore? I hardly have any views in the stat block. One a week, maybe. Perhaps it should be relegated to the realm of random life blogging. I’ve got my webpage blog for writing blog stuff, so I don’t need to do that here. Alkaline eating is basically a habit now, though of course, I’m not as rigid as when I started this journey. I still think I’m doing fairly well at it, and weekly summations aren’t doing much one way or the other for will power. So I think, that’s it then. I’ll still post here, but just random life stuff.  Let me know if you’ll desperately miss my food reports. 😉

Life, Work and Everything October 1, 2009

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Two weeks ago, I stepped down to a part time shelving position at Barnes & Noble. This was not entirely voluntary, but it is a position I will enjoy more than Head Cashier. This had many repercussions, some were unexpected, and others were met with relief. All in all, I will stay there only as long as I need the money at this point, as health insurance is no longer a noose around my neck(it was taken away by my manager).

On the front of getting away from needing the B&N income, I have started working as a consultant for Bookup.com which is owned and run by my friend Mike Leahy. In this job I do website updating and upkeep, database upkeep, as well as managing advertising campaigns on Google, Yahoo and MSN. Not to mention keeping him more on task than he’s used to with my OCD nature. Thus far a lot has been accomplished and a lot more work still has to be done. I am really enjoying this opportunity to help him out and to learn more about small businesses.

I am also regaining focus on my writing career. Right now, I have nine stories submitted to magazine markets, with a tenth sitting behind me waiting for a read through and polish. I am looking into starting an informational blog for writers for another stream of income. I’m also considering a Masters or a Certificate in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. And, going along with the starving artist theme, I currently have an application in with the Ohio Arts Council for an Individual Excellence Award, a grant for the beginning of next year.

My health is fairly stable, but I’m back on all my drugs, including my shots, trying to get my elbow to calm down. I’m still on the alkaline diet, but quickly losing faith in my ability to limit my medicinal needs. It’s obviously healthier than what I was eating, but my elbow frustrates me. The rest of my joints are doing well, though and I have a lot more energy.

On a random lark that I haven’t the slightest idea how to capitalize on, I have come up with an interesting(to me) product idea for carrying around the massive amount of gaming books(and minis and dice) we are once again amassing as 4th Edition D&D keeps printing new books every month. On the D&D tangent, our Tuesday group is having a great time and we are all getting geared up for our next game as we finish our current one. Details for those who are curious may be requested via email. 😉

Speaking of random larks, I’m going to Chicago in October to attend Unleashing the Power Within, a Tony Robbins seminar. The website says participants will: Break through the fears that hold you back (including unconscious fears). Create momentum in your life to make difficult things become effortless. Develop the physical vitality and energy you need to passionately follow through. Understand and take advantage of recent changes in the economy to secure and build your personal wealth. Learn the marketing principles you need to take advantage of the economic crisis and revolutionize your business. I’m going because the aforementioned Mike has been working at Tony Robbins seminars for twenty years and he finally talked me into going. I’m hoping for inspiration and information to help me on my newly decided path.

Career June 12, 2009

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Is it so wrong to want a job, where I can work from home, and get paid for the amount of work I do, rather than the amount of time it takes to do it? This is where I’m at right now. I want a job where I can set my own hours. I’d still meet deadlines, but not have to sit around for 8 hours if the task doesn’t take that long. I’d like to think I’m an efficient worker, and that my typing, writing and editing skills would be up to such a task. Sometimes I think I could happily do data entry, so long as I had specific goals and didn’t have to go someplace else to do it.

I want to write for a living, I want to be able to sustain myself with my writing. I’ve been writing a lot of different things lately, mostly not fiction. I still say I can’t write nonfiction. There’s a difference. I’ve been journaling mostly, writing about my life, about people and events. To me, nonfiction, the kind that actually pays, involves research and interviews and boring statistics. So, I write what comes to mind, and wonder how I ever expect to make money that way.

New Here June 10, 2009

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I am curious what all can be done with WordPress, so I’m going to be messing around with this a lot. If you happen to wander by, please excuse the mess for a few days, I’m not sure what I’m doing yet. But this will eventually be a place where I will write about my life, my writing, my alkaline journey and anything else that catches my interest.