What It's Like To Be
From postal worker to film producer, what is it like to do what you do?
A writer is born
My first ever written publication, although I use that phrase loosely, was in the Metro News. The local advertiser "delivered free to every household" in Manchester, from the people who brought you Manchester Evening News. Something had annoyed me! I wrote a letter and it never got published! But somebody else's wimpy letter on the same subject did!
Writing for the Dead
The first time my writing was published was in 1993, when I was the circulation manager for a small weekly newspaper in Detroit. The full-time reporters considered the job of writing death notices to be beneath them, and shoved it off onto me.
Starting a new job is always kind of rough but I felt that this time this was a job that I would really like. I had wanted to get into Detox Nursing for several years and this was the first time that I had actually taken the plunge, applied for and accepted a position in that field. I was convinced that this was going to be a major shift for me. I was excited when I got a call to work a full-time job there. I had just finished up a contract job at another location and I felt that it was time to take on a full-time job with better benefits.
Iced Rooms and Locker Cream
...WHAT did I just say? (But, whatever I said, I guarantee you that I have your attention now). Let's try this again, shall we?
So You Want to Be a Pilot.
So you want to be a pilot. Maybe someone inspiring in your family is a pilot. Maybe you’re a trust fund baby with nothing better to do. Maybe you just like airplanes. Navigating the aviation world as a rookie is tough no matter who you are, so I’m here to tell you everything an instructor won’t.
The Art of Cleaning
Who doesn’t love a fresh clean home? We stop and gaze at it in wonder and satisfaction. It’s relaxing and soothing because, if for no other reason, it’s done. The nagging chore checked off the to-do list. We’re aware we will have to do it again another day, but in the moment…this is bliss.
The Myth of the 'Respectable Job'
What even is a 'respectable job'? For most if not the entirety of my life, a recurring statement I heard from my parents, teachers, well-meaning aunts and uncles was: "Work hard in school so you can get yourself a respectable job."
How Old Do You Need to be to Write a Book?
If I were to ask you to name 10 big authors, who would you say? The first 10 who pop into my head are: J. K. Rowling Stephen King Margaret Atwood J. R. R. Tolkien James Patterson Neil Gaiman Dan Brown John Grisham Danielle Steel Agatha Christie
A Day In The Life Of A Writer
As a reader, you might think that we writers just go to Starbucks and just start writing on the laptop by enjoying our favorite coffee.
Britain's Got (No) Talent
Six years ago, I took a gap year. My plan was to eat an abundance of local delicacies, work a crazy job, get hammered with barefoot hippies and regularly wake up face first in a pool of my own vomit – I was, of course, moving back in with my parents in England.
Creative Copywriting in a Sea of Tech
Have you ever stepped into a boat and sailed out into the sea? The experience can be both exhilarating and terrifying. There are so many beautiful sights to see, but also many unknowns. What if you get lost or capsize? Can you really survive in these unknown waters? Stepping into the FinTech industry, a newly minted copywriter, was like paddling out to sea in a rowboat held together with duct tape.
How Much Can You Earn As A Freelancer?
I know many freelancers and although this does not mean it is a rule, they are all annoyed when they hear these questions: