Writer. Thinker. Strategist. Creative Tight Rope Walker.

“Happiness, hit her like a train on a track”

So said Florence + the Machine.  In many ways, I’m still waiting for the train to even leave the station let alone hit me, so said the early forty-ish something female word player. Maybe I’m even a bit worried that it has crashed somewhere down the track and will...

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Giving Thanks x2

By N.A. Taking a mental health break — yet, my mental health is still questionable — had me spending time with my two boys as they had the entire week off from school.  And, after spending more time with them outside our usual routine of school, homework, and activities,...

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Oh, How I Wish I Knew from the Start: Why There Should be a Guide to Freelancing

By Joshua Utley Let me start by saying, I am not writing a guide to freelancing. What I learned the hard (yet easier than most) way you will all have to learn on your own in a most likely harder way. Seriously, it can be a nightmare and I...

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Writing Sarcasm: It Can’t Be Taught

By Josh Utley [and his perfectionist boss] Anyone who tells you they can teach you to write is a liar. Sure, they can help you to make better use of your words and easily spot grammar errors. At its core though, writing is not a teachable skill — the...

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Being a Freelancer

By Joshua Utley There’s up’s there’s down’s some might have you turn around. When I first started writing I was 15, I was going to have a novel done in 2 years and be rich by the time I was 21 so that I could concentrate on having fun...

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Reading for Attitude Adjustment

It’s easy to conclude that, as a writer, I spend a lot of time writing — that’s if I’ve been handed a lot of projects, sure, yes, busy writing even if it is upteen status updates on Facebook or virtual conversations with friends. And, while writing helps me to...

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The Beauty of Gray

So, once upon a time, I really liked this song by Live called “The Beauty of Gray.” The lyrics went something like this:  ‘This is not a black and white world. To be alive, I say the colors must swirl.” Right, so swirling black and white results in some...

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Just Because

Your children often offer the purest opinion on subjects primarily because they have yet to be influenced to the point of adding to much ‘known’ or ‘heard’ information into said opinion. Instead, they most often just tell it like it is — they like it or they don’t like...

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Things I Would Rather Do When Clients Don’t Pay or Potential Ones Offer Me Nike Shoe Factory Wages

Originally, this was going to be a vent(i) post about another recent experience I had along with inspiration from a conversation this morning with a colleague about the moving target deadlines for paying out on invoices despite our hard and fast deadlines from which we are expected to deliver...

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The Story Changes with Every Choice

Each of us writes a story whether we actually think about it or not. Every choice is based on a dilemma or a decision that presents itself — and each one can create even a slight variation that could then alter the story’s course — sometimes for seemingly good...

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