Battling back to my passion

Detours. Roadblocks. Hurdles. Challenges. Life.

Whatever term you use, everyone has to deal with things that come up. A lot of times when they do, you have to slog through and continue to move in what you hope is a forward direction. But it can be hard.

I experienced — and am still experiencing — this over the last few months. My brother passed away in another state and I was appointed the personal representative to his estate. It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve had to undertake, Continue reading “Battling back to my passion”

I’m not an enemy of the people

Over the last year or so, I’ve often wondered what someone who isn’t a journalist thinks when their profession is repeatedly publicly ridiculed and vilified.

Law enforcement officers, lawyers and politicians would probably fall into that category. Those who work in these professions — and probably many others — as well as journalists have to have tough skins. They have to take criticism in stride and not let it stop them from doing their jobs to the best of their abilities.

For the most part, I’ve been able to keep moving forward in the face of criticism over the course of my journalism career, learning from my mistakes and taking steps to be a better writer and person. But when I heard about the shooting deaths of four journalists and a sales assistant Continue reading “I’m not an enemy of the people”

Woo hoo! I’m a dot-com, too!

What I mean is the name of my freelance writing and editing efforts is now what some have told me is official for an online business entity.

Notice anything different? Me neither, but it feels kind of good. If you haven’t figured it out yet, McKibbin’s Scribblin’s is now a website instead of a blog. Yep, I finally ponied up (a very affordable amount, actually. Thanks, WordPress.) to take their name off my blog. Now it’s just mckibbinsscribblins.com.

No need to change your bookmarks, unless you want to. The old address gets you here. I’ve also recently added several pages to hopefully explain Continue reading “Woo hoo! I’m a dot-com, too!”

Ending on a hopeful note

So, 2017 hasn’t exactly been my year. Like many people, from what I can gather, for a variety of reasons.

For me professionally, it’s been pretty frustrating. I knew setting out on a freelance writing journey would be a long one. My time most of this year involved research, job applications, setting up profiles on content mill sites that I quickly realized were not a good fit for me (or a lot of others, from what I keep reading) and taking a freelance opportunity that kept me in an industry I was trying to leave. Continue reading “Ending on a hopeful note”

Losing focus or seeing opportunties?

We deal with a lot of frustration in life. Getting beyond the immediate consequences and deciding how to keep moving forward seems a bigger challenge each time.

Case in point: I applied for a copy editing position a few months ago, had a couple of interviews and was a finalist. But, as you guessed, someone else was offered the position.

It’s not the first time and likely won’t be the last. But every time it happens it seems to get harder to move in a direction I’m certain is the one I want to take.

Do I want a full-time position with benefits? Yes. But having enough freelance clients Continue reading “Losing focus or seeing opportunties?”