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Looking for work

The recent tragedy in the U.S. has had repercussive effects, as you all know. One is the major downturn in the stock market; Jeff and I have been having several intense talks about our finances lately, especially now that our sabbaticals are nearing an end.

Unfortunately it's going to be impossible for me to focus as much on my fiction writing as I had originally planned. Either I need to find enough freelance assignments to make a living fairly soon, or I'm going to have to find an office job again. I'm prepared to do the latter, of course (heck, most people have 9-5 office jobs; I know I've been very lucky thus far). But to be honest, I'll do nearly anything to stay a freelancer.

So...I'm brushing off my electronic resumé and diving into job search mode. If any of you hear of any paying telecommuting editing/writing opportunities in my realm of expertise, I'd deeply appreciate you sending them my way. I'm starting to regularly comb online job databases, particularly writing-related resources.

Ironically, I could really use Inkspot right now. :-) Since I no longer have that option, I'm compiling a list of writing-related job resources from scratch and adding them to the resources I already have for my Writer's Online Marketplace book site. I'm putting together column, articles, and nonfiction book proposals, browsing for short-term writing and editing assignments, and basically looking for anything that will enable me to earn money through writing and editing.

No matter what happens, however, I'm still going to make sure I have at least a few hours a day to work on my fiction writing. I'll go nuts otherwise. :-)

Many thanks in advance for any help any of you could provide!


Spent this past weekend at the cottage with my sister and her family. Despite the steady drizzle, we still managed to find many things to do indoors and out. The focus activity was fishing...both Annie and Sara were very keen on doing some fishing, perhaps prompted by Sara's positive memories of the same last year. They ended up catching about half a dozen fish, but decided to keep just one. Jeff showed the girls how to clean a fish...Sara was fascinated by the process from a scientific process (Jeff was pointing out different anatomical parts, etc.), Annie got upset and insisted on letting her fish go.

Annie slept with me one night. She's a very athletic any of you know of young children like that? She turns to toss and turn quite a bit, and it's not unusual for her to end up sleeping at a 90 degree angle to the adult sleeping beside her, her head rammed up against your ribcage. I try moving her sleeping body into a more comfortable position, but inevitably I end up clutching the edge of the mattress to avoid falling off. Sometimes Annie will curl up and cuddle against me in her sleep, making sleepy noises. My heart melts during those moments, of course, making me easier fodder when she starts into her athletic routine again. From time to time, she'll reach out and pat my face very gently, as if to reassure herself that I'm still there.

Today's Blatherpics:

Sample of the unusual flavour of potato chips I saw in Tokyo.

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Have you been in the same job for more than ten years?

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