Friday, July 18, 2008

Well, it's official

Posted by Mandy at 1:34 PM
I can officially call myself a paid writer and a work at home mom. Wow... this is weird.

I have been applying to different writing jobs for 2 months now, and for two months I've heard nothing. Not a word. Do you know how hard it is to be patient and keep applying to jobs when you have no incentive from anyone hiring to keep trying? Well, it's hard! In the meantime I kept writing to publishers and getting things picked up here and there. I kept building my portfolio that way and finally, FINALLY, I just got my first real writing gig!

Now, let's not glamorize this. It's not my dream job and it's not what I really want do be doing. (how many of us have those jobs, hu?) It will generate a steady pay check, and a fairly good one at that.. I am so excited!! To describe what kind of writing job this is would be to say I'm in charge of coming up with questions and answers to them (like a FAQ section of a website) based upon keywords sent to me for a big company. I get to use my creative side and my research skills... so it's not terrible. But, I'm not writing the inspiring kinds of works I'd like to be. To compare it to a different job...

Let's say your dream is to be a chef at a 5 start restaurant... and instead you're flipping burgers at a fast food joint. Yeah.. pretty equivalent. You'd be grateful for the opportunity to get your foot in the door, and the paycheck twice a month... but you're not exactly living your dream. Ah well, I'll keep applying to other jobs in the meantime. Having one good writing job under my belt can only help get me another, better paying, more fulfilling job in the future.

So, my life is taking a bit of a spin! Clayton is thrilled, to say the least. I think he's really appreciating all of the hard work I've been putting into not only making extra cash for the family, but generally bettering myself. I think he sees my confidence rising each time I sell an article and put money into the checking account, and he likes it. Hey, I like it too! It's cool to feel like I'm not only good at being a mommy and a wife, but I'm good at other stuff too. Who knew?! ;)


Anonymous said...

Hey, congrats on the writing, gig!! That's excellent - and you just never know what lies just around the corner. Today's grill can easily turn into a 5 star restaurant all your own. ;) Way to go girl!

Amanda & Justin Dreyer on Friday, 18 July, 2008 said...

Yeah! I'll be sure to keep reading. I already miss you guys!

Mandy on Saturday, 19 July, 2008 said...

Amanda! Email me when you get the chance and let me know how your work orientation went. Missing you already, too!

I read something in the paper about the dog pound being discussed at the city counsel meeting, and how no action was taking on it (again!) and you were the only person I could think of that would really care. lol

Anonymous said...

yaaaay! very cool!

Jenny Sipes on Wednesday, 23 July, 2008 said...


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