I dig digging in to find a story

Truth be told, I never found writing breaking news stories that hard. You’re really just telling what happened where and, if possible, why. It’s an important role for a journalist but it never really lit a fire under me.

Not so with most of the stories I’ve written over the last several years. As a freelancer, I get to pick and choose the stories I write. My clients are not interested in breaking news, although some probably wouldn’t turn it down if I learned of something that merited immediate coverage. They’re more interested in features and details, so I get to dig deeper and find an angle and a story.

My most recent case in point involves Continue reading “I dig digging in to find a story”

Ready for the next step

Optimism and growing motivation with a little touch of apprehension.

That may sum up my outlook towards my freelance writing career as a new year approaches. This year has been a pretty good one. I’ve stayed busy with writing projects and assignments, although I know it might have been better if I’d done more marketing and networking, getting my name out there some more.

I’m optimistic I have a good idea about where I want to go with my writing in the coming year. I’ve mentioned before on this site that my goal is to get a full-time work-at-home writing job so I can continue to enjoy the freedom and efficiencies of not commuting. I think this will continue to be the direction many professions move in the coming years. It just makes sense for employers and employees.

So I plan to seek out these opportunities next year, Continue reading “Ready for the next step”

Close to the boiling point

Screaming 1I’m going to scream.

I’ve learned a lot since I decided more than a year ago to make some personal and professional changes. Most of them have been hard lessons, a few were of the more palatable type.

But as I continue to look for the job that will move me forward into a new arena, I’m constantly running into SO MANY others like me. Continue reading “Close to the boiling point”

What’s going on with Denver housing costs, salaries?

I did not expect to be in the same place more than six months after moving across Colorado, back to my home town. I thought I’d be able to find a job that would allow me to either buy or rent a place in about half that time.
But this strange, out of control Denver economy fooled me.
I read with great interest every story about area home prices, apartment rental rates and how many jobs are being created in the metro area. Until recently, I thought the jobs stories were missing an important point: the vast majority of the jobs don’t pay enough Continue reading “What’s going on with Denver housing costs, salaries?”

Roan Plateau settlement: Final or not? Who won? Who lost?

Roan Plateau RainbowThe Roan Plateau, in a way, is the best of both worlds. And therein lies the problem.

Rising about 3,500 feet above Rifle and Parachute in Western Colorado, with the Colorado River near its base, the plateau is rich in both energy and natural resources. The plateau and surrounding lands may hold about 15.4 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas on federal, state and private lands.
Conflicts arise over the use of the more than 73,000 acres of lands on and around the Roan because Continue reading “Roan Plateau settlement: Final or not? Who won? Who lost?”