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The Assignment that Never Ends…

never ending wood board road

In the past, I’ve had work assignments that were big, and seemed like they’d never be over.

The one I completed last night took the cake.

While it was technically due by 5pm yesterday, most writers working on the numerous parts (myself included) were finding the articles to take significantly longer than expected. Our overlord (a very nice guy, incidentally), allowed us until today to finish, and you could hear the collective sighs of relief from our various remote locations across the country.

Perhaps it was all the Dutch names. Maybe it was our general unfamiliarity with the Dutch landscape. Or it could have been the monotony of the keywords. I like to think it was all of these, tossed in with some characteristic writer procrastination.

Whatever the case, I felt as though I’d be writing these pages for the rest of my life. Even as I chipped away at the individual pieces, the pile never seemed to diminish.

Sadly, there are times when being a writer is the primary thing that destroys my inclination to write. Specifically, professional freelance writing sometimes leaves little energy for the screen time and thought process of personal creative writing.

By the end of the typing marathon, all I wanted to do was eat carbs and watch Dracula.

Still, it’s worlds better than limited lunch time. There are always those green patches on the other side, but I’ll continue to graze over here for a while.

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Free Your Mind – And the Rest Will Follow

walking with butterfliesJust another little reminder that working for yourself can be sooooooo worth it.

I had lunch this week with two former co-workers. Of the three of us, only one is still working in the office I most recently left.

Chatting with her once again reinforced that I made the right choice in leaving full time employment to make my own way.

Before I get any further, please understand that walking away from full time and benefits in this Michigan economy is not usually a good idea. I only did it because the job was taking a larger toll on my physical, mental and emotional health than the paycheck was worth. We were no where near a balance. Also, I knew I could make some cash right away working as a freelance writer.

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