Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dream Come True ??? Work At Home as a Writer ???

Here's my dream: to make a living as a writer (meaning I would dearly LOVE to be paid to do what I dearly LOVE to do).

So imagine my response when I came across this article 10 Best (and Real) Work-at-Home Jobs that listed as part of those 10 jobs a WRITER/EDITOR position! Oh, how I have longed for a legitimate work from home – or work at home – writing gig. And how I have longed to write articles or blogs AND get paid for writing them (and by paid I mean more than $.0015 for every person who reads my articles – that's what I make on Associated Content – if you're not good at math, it translates to this: I make $1.50 for every 1,000 people who click my articles – if you're feeling particularly sorry for me right now, please click HERE and contribute to my "trying to stay alive" fund {thank you in advance}).

Anyway, when I read that article I was, in a word, flabbergasted (I love that word) and promptly fell to the floor.

I had such great expectations that FINALLY, I had found a job I could actually do! FINALLY, I had located a job that would PAY ME to blog or to write or to edit or to do anything related to writing!

I wondered, could it be true that after all these years, a genuine work at home job existed that could provide me with some financial security? I dragged myself up from the floor and returned to my computer. With expectations running so high, I could barely use the mouse, I somehow managed to click the link.

Guess what. The link didn't work.

Why didn't it work? I could say it was because I was attempting to connect with the web site, but I am trying to remain positive here. After all, I'm sure it had nothing to do with me. Even though I've never seen this message before (although now I've seen it at least a hundred times), I'm sure that everybody else is having the same problem too: "Safari can't open the page...because the server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the server is busy. Wait for a few minutes, and then try again."

Wait a minute? I've been waiting a minute for my whole life! YOU wait a minute – is Safari the problem? Has Safari lost its muscle? What does it mean, it can't open the page? Safari dropped the ball on this one and I have to pay for it?

Or, and this is a big OR, was the web site so overloaded with people trying to access it that it was ill-prepared for the number of people wanting the same thing I did – financial freedom and the opportunity to work at home by WRITING?

I have become morose. Before I read that article, I had hoped that somebody might actually pay me to be his or her own personal blogger. I now realize that I will be competing with zillions of people who overloaded the server dreaming the same dream I have been dreaming – of working from home as a writer.

(Slumped shoulders) if you are one of those writers who wants to compete with me and you can actually get through to this web site, Home With The Kids, please don't gloat. I would post a screen shot, but – as I said – I can't even get it to open.

Disregard what I said – if you can get through, please let me know. I'm dying to know what's on the other side.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ghost Stories


Today I finally published my article,

Spirits of Ghosts - True Ghost Stories.


I won't talk more about the article here, because you can read it by clicking on the link. What I would like to talk about in this blog is the photo I created to attach to the article.

I wanted to create a ghostly image of a person, so I took advantage of Photoshop's amazing array of filters as I played around with the photo. I couldn't choose just anybody, of course, because to choose a child or a grandchild, or even a parent or sibling would be just asking for trouble. After all, I wanted to make the photo look ghostly. And to attach a word like "dead" to any living soul seemed a little risky.

So imagine my surprise (love these kinds of surprises) when the image suddenly took on a ghostly appearance all by itself. I am not a whiz at Photoshop. I use it as a kind of playground. And this time, I had so much fun with it, I decided to utilize it more in the future.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Writer of More than just Blogs

I LOVE writing blogs. I love the fact that in less than a day, I can post my musings. Why does it take me so long to write something so short? Because of multitudinous interruptions that include children and the incessant ramblings that crowd my brain. This blog for instance, so far, has included four interruptions already. I will include the rest of the interruptions with an asterisk.

Today * I will focus on my "in-the-works" writings as I write around all of the interruptions (it may take me all day to write them * down):

1) I am currently in the process of writing two true ghost stories but again * OK- that was a long interruption and I lost my train of thought. I don't know what else I wanted to say about the stories, except that they are both true.

2) I am * also working on a screenplay. Originally it was about two women, long-time friends, going on vacation * in a Thelma & Louise type adventure, but without both of them dying at the end. But now, having already written half of the T & L type adventure, it has turned into something a little different, so I'm combining that idea with another idea and trying to find * little pieces of time to devote to everything. *

Story of my life in one word: interrupted. *

3) I almost forgot: I'm * also writing my blogs when I can put some time into them.

Not bad – got this done in less than 2 hours. * And now to post it!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

This Writer Helps YOU Make Money From Your Writing

I just showcased a blog on one of my other blogs, Your Blog Connection. If you are a freelance writer, a freelance home writer, or even just a freelancer who wants to make money from writing, I highly recommend reading this blog (link is provided above).

The writer of the blog I showcase offers so much information, along with "tried and true" examples of her efforts to make money from writing, that (as I write in that blog) reading her blogs is "like taking a class and not having to pay for it!"

So if you want to read more about the writer who wants to help you make money from your writing, read about the Freelance Home Writer at Your Blog Connection.

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