Thursday, December 29, 2011

List of Blogs in The Day The Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour

Take the Time to Stop by All of Them! 

Michelle Franklin
Andrew Bell
Davida Green-Norris (Dicey Grenor)
Marie Harbon
Georgina Kamsika

The Day The Sun Stopped Shining Blog Tour

Oh yeah, definitely late over here. I had almost decided I was too busy to be a very useful contribution to this tour, but here goes nothing. Unlike many of the other participants, I'm only an aspiring author (I have a rough draft now thanks to NaNoWriMo). I work as a freelance writer, writing primarily for businesses. Click here for a look at what I do on a day to day basis.

My Contest

Follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by midnight Dec 31st to be entered to win a free guest blog post (topic of your choice within reason) up to a thousand words or so.

Click here for other, less tardy tour participants! Visit their blogs and enter their contests to be eligible to win a wide variety of fun prizes.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


It has great potential, I think! I just finished my 50,211 word novel! Even with such a small margin, I am, officially, a NaNoWriMo winner!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NaNoWriMo is Almost Over!

In fact, it ends at midnight tomorrow, and I still have 4,374 words left to be more or less exact. Worse still, my story has stalled hard core. I think this is a last minute ploy by my "inner editor" that small voice in my head that likes to tell me how much my story sucks.

Still, there are some wonderfully encouraging people out there, who are urging me ever onward. I'm going to try to listen to them because 4000 words is really nothing in the grand scheme of things. If you're doing NaNoWriMo, keep typing and best of luck to you and your characters!

Now back to the website content I'm writing for an English web design company in order to pay my bills.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Four Months as a Fulltime Freelance Writer

Well, I did get a bit behind didn't I? The four month mark was actually somewhere around Halloween, but my participation in NaNoWriMo has completely thrown off my blogging schedule. Right now, all my extra writing efforts are going into my 1667 words a day. I'm now up to 24,300 or so.

This is how quickly I go through keyboards...
Generally, the freelancing has been going well. I picked up an hourly database entry job, which certainly isn't the most scintillating thing I've ever done, but the employers are cool, and it pays well. Oddly enough, I mentioned last month that I would have to have a conversation with Mr. Digital Photo Frame about raising my rates, and a few days later, he basically laid me off because his client cut back his pay. It actually worked out fairly well for me. Now, I just do the odd job for him instead of 25 weekly articles on digital photo frames.

Work at the Farmer's Market has picked up because one of my co-workers is out for a while she recovers from surgery. I'm actually up to 27 hours this week, which is a bit more than I want, but I think it'll go down again next week.

In all, I have just the right amount of work. I was about $5 short of my freelance income goal last month, so maybe this month will the be the one. Now, I should get back to writing about web designers so that I can work on the database before the end of the day.