January 19, 2011

Freelance focus

Today, in addition to trying to slog through a 1,500 word freelance article--due tomorrow afternoon--I also put the finishing touches on my newspaper humor column and sent it for publication next week.

Writing a humor column can be a challenge in the best of mental states; writing my most recent column with the haze of all the current drama playing out in my mind required flipping a mental switch I didn't realize I even had. Granted, it wasn't the funniest thing I've ever written, but considering everything, it wasn't that bad.

Freelance writing and editing is another beast entirely. Toggling between home responsibilities and then trying to focus on technical material is downright painful; it's like having the worst case of writer's block imaginable while simultaneously being slapped in the face by invisible hands. It has to be done, though, because it pays the bills.

Or, at least it pays the bills as I've known them up to this point. Eventually the medical bills will start flowing in, ushering in a new financial reality that will have me sustaining myself on ramen noodles and government cheese. I'm not sure what my wife plans on eating. Maybe we can get our 16-month-old son interested in breast milk again. It's all about keeping options open.

Posted by Ryan at January 19, 2011 05:12 PM | TrackBack

Sending positive waves in you and your family's direction.

Posted by: Douglas Bass at January 20, 2011 01:50 PM
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