The Adventures of a Freelance Writer and Editor

Archive for June, 2011

5 Reasons I Love My Job

Well, my writing and editing work has been keeping me very busy the last couple of week, but I’ve still managed to find time to enjoy the perks of working from home. Here are five reasons I love my job.

1) I can bake cookies on my lunch hour.

2) My commute equals a short walk down the hall, a stop in the bathroom, a few minutes at the coffee pot, a right into the living room, and just a few more feet to my desk.

3) This morning, I got to listen to the rain and feel the cool morning breeze. Much better than being stuck in an office building.

4) Permission to take an afternoon nap when I can’t keep my eyelids open.

5) Working bare foot. Bye-bye uncomfortable heels.

Now that I made myself sound like a hippy who loves to eat and sleep, here is what I’ve actually been working.

I finished writing web copy for Mita Productions, and Mita posted my wedding planning blog. Every week, I will be writing a post about wedding planning. Stay tuned for my next post about current flower trends.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Virgina Tran, the editor for Hamptons Chef Society. The finished post should be up soon.

Music by Design posted two of my blogs (Something Blue and Something Old…). I also wrote two other posts that will be posted soon.

Most of the week has been spent editing a crime mystery novel. It is a very captivating story. Best of luck to Bill Riveron. I hope to see the book in print one day.

I’m very excited to announce that I have started a new series on A Garden Party blog. Every week, I am featuring a vendor that A Garden Party frequently works with. This week I had the pleasure of talking to Stephan from The Sweet Life Bakery. He and his wife are very inspiring. Click here to check it out.

Well, I better get back to work. I have about 30 pages of the crime novel left to edit, and I am hoping to finish it tonight so I can work on grants and blogs tomorrow. Toodles.

What I’ve Been Up To

Well, it has been a little over a week since my last update. Life has been crazy. I’ve been working extra hours at my other jobs, and I’ve been working on some fun projects. I started editing a crime mystery novel by Bill Riveron. I am a little over halfway through my first read-through, and I can’t wait to find out what happens; I feel like I am reading a script for CSI. I also have been working with Mita Productions, a South Asian wedding planner in California, to update their website copy; I also wrote a post about planning a wedding for their blog. As usual, I have been working on some grants for CFW and Habitat for Humanity, and I have also wrote a few blogs for Hampton Chef Society and  A Garden Party Florist. Here is my recent posts.

An Indepth Interview with Michael Giusto – Thank you for the interview Michael. It was a pleasure talking to you.

A Garden Party Review: Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Plans – Guess who much her budget is? You will be jealous; I promise.

A Garden Party Review: Niecy Nash’s Wedding –  This might be my favorite celebrity wedding so far.

I have some more exciting articles coming soon.

Good night!

 

If You Love What You Do, You Will Never Work a Day in Your Life

When I was in high school, I didn’t believe the cliché “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” Instead, I was convinced that unless you were Oprah or some other superstar, you were destined to hate your job. I wasn’t excited about college because I didn’t want a stuffy, grown up job. I hate driving, so I didn’t want to commute. I work best barefoot and half-dressed, so I didnt’ want to wear a suit. And, while I love to socialize and I get some of my best ideas from others, I do my best work alone.

When I was in high school, I didn’t realize that people could make a living writing, and I definitely didn’t know that people could work from home. After a lot of independent research, I finally stumbled upon my dream career— freelance writing and editing. Every since I was a little girl, I have loved to write. I use to “publish” fake magazines, and I was always writing in my journal. Some days I was writing short stories. Other days I was writing poetry, and plenty of days I just wrote down observations. It didn’t matter what I was writing; I just loved to write.

I started freelancing last spring. I wasn’t sure I could make it work. I read plenty of books and articles by people who make a decent living as freelancers, but I doubted that I could do it. Why would anyone want to hire me? Yet, I am one of those people who when I set a goal for myself, I do whatever I have to to achieve it. So I started small. While I am nowhere near my goal yet, everyday I get a little closer. Six months ago, I would have never guessed that I would be writing grants as well as guest blogging for three clients.

This week, I wrote three posts for Music by Design (Wedding Butterfly Release,Butterfly Themed Weddings, and Wedding Wishing Lanterns). When I wrote the three posts, I didn’t feel like I was working. I was getting paid to do what I love — write. Plus, I was lucky to be able to write on a topic that interests me. (I am a little obsessed with weddings.)

So, here is my thought of the day: whatever you love, do it. You will be a happier person everyday.

My Two Favorite Florists

My Beautiful Wedding Bouquet by A Garden Party Florist

As many of you know, I have been writing a celebrity wedding blog series for A Garden Party Florist. It has been a pleasure working with Dawn and Mary, the owners; their enthusiasm is contagious. They prove the theory “if you love what you’re doing, you will never work a day in your life.” These two talented women inspire me to pursue my own passions, writing and editing. They prove that it is possible to own a thriving business in a small town, and they do it  while juggling a family. Receiving their positive feedback about my services was a great compliment.  (To read their testimonial, click here.) Thank you Dawn and Mary for the feedback. I look forward to our continued partnership.

A Sincere Thank You

This week I’ve been updating my website. To help showcase the work I have been doing, I asked some clients to provide feedback on my services. I would like to thank Peter Cooke from Hampton Chef Society and Evelyn Leverett from Habitat for Humanity for the complimentary feedback. My job is much more satisfying when I know I am making my clients happy. Thank you Peter and Evelyn. To view the testimonials, click here.

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