History can be a blast

One of the things I’ve always tried to keep in mind as a journalist is the role the profession plays in recording history. That sounds a little high and mighty, doesn’t it? But in a lot of cases, it’s true.

News by definition is something out of the ordinary, the unexpected, the tragic. Yes, it can also mean something interesting without any of the more “hard news” aspects as a story. Feature stories fall into that category. Telling how something happened that may not have affected thousands or millions of people, the planet or any other species we share the earth with can still be important and worth reading.

I recently spent a lot of time looking back at some local history. Where I live on Colorado’s Front Range, Continue reading “History can be a blast”

Passion comes with doing what you love

There’s a lot to be said about doing what you love as your profession. Not everyone does just that or is lucky enough to find a way to make a little money as they progress through life by doing something that excites them and keeps them motivated.

I’ve been one of the lucky ones and I have been reminded of that fact many times in my life. Most recently, I had a little downtime in writing assignments. I used that time to do some personal organizing and downsizing, other activities I find I like and look forward to when I get the chance.

But two assignments since then reinforced my love for writing. The subjects are interesting and the people I interview and facts I research for the stories are Continue reading “Passion comes with doing what you love”

A quick but long side trip

Going above and beyond or the extra yard are clichés for doing something beyond expectations. But I’ve always thought every cliché stems from some truth. So maybe there should be a better, more positive, word than “cliché.”

This past month or so had me stepping outside my routine when it comes to writing stories. It was kind of a mixed bag of results. Yet I’m glad I did it. Continue reading “A quick but long side trip”

Taking my temperature, as it were…

So how’s the freelance thing going?

It’s been about what I expected, sometimes it seems I’m moving forward, other times not so much. Pretty much like anything.

I’ve been focused on a twin approach to my next career step for about the last three months. Looking for a full-time job that would still let me use my writing and editing skills in a stable environment that pays me a livable wage. Not too much to ask, I don’t think. And the second approach has been to research, network and apply – or bid, as the case may be – for freelance work.

The later has been frustrating when I get a nibble on a bid and start negotiating with a potential client. This has so far been done through a couple of Continue reading “Taking my temperature, as it were…”

You and I don’t communicate any more

If the internet and social media are so fast, why does it seem like it takes us longer and longer to communicate?

That conundrum, if you will, struck me some time ago, when I received an email from a friend I’ve known since junior high school. (Guess you can tell how old I might be, right? You don’t hear “junior high” much anymore, it’s been “middle school” for some time.) We’ve stayed in touch off and on over the years, but not regularly. I lived on the opposite side of Colorado, so it wasn’t like we could meet for dinner or drinks whenever we felt like getting together.

But despite the ability to immediately respond to my friend, I did nothing. For days Continue reading “You and I don’t communicate any more”