Making The Transition

I’ve been busy getting set up for a new freelance writing gig, so I haven’t posted in a while.  Sorry ’bout that, but income always comes first.  I’ve been doing the Twitter thing, doing a bit of surfing, and generally just gathering information.  I am amazed at the amount of work that is out there.  My strategy is pretty simple.  I use Twitter along with Tweetbeep.com to find the information I am looking for.  This has been highly successful.  I’ve been involved with Twitter for a while now.  I never paid a great deal of attention to it until recently.  Actually, I’ve been pretty busy with my former freelance writing gig.  That pretty much dried up the first of the year.  The company I was working for took a big ding along with everyone else.  They made the decision to outsource to a third party for content.  I wish them luck.  I have the idea that they are getting content from some company in India.  As always, you only get what you pay for.

So that kind of left me out in the cold.  Armed with Twitter, I began my search.  To filter out my results, I used Tweetbeep.com.  I simply set an alert for “freelance writing”, and let the results roll in to my inbox.  Within a matter of a few days, the alert notified me of a decent gig.  I shot off an e-mail with my resume, links to my clipbook, and a letter of recommendation.  I started training last week.  That, my friends, is the power of the Internet.  The good thing about my search for a freelance writing gig was this – I found a ton more information than I needed.  I capture a lot of good resources, and plan on compiling this list in the form of a report.  When completed, I’ll offer it up to my readership.  It’s just my way of saying thanks for hanging around.

I’ve also been doing a lot of graphics work for clients.  Because I do headers and similar graphics on the cheap, I pick up beer money and have a ball doing it in the process.  I got into graphics as a source of R&R because writing all the time drains the brain.  My technical skills are pretty good, even though I have basically taught myself.  I enjoy working with Photoshop, and integrate it with other 3-D work that I do.  It is a great tool, and one that is of great benefit to any marketer.  Although the price is prohibitive, I have more than paid for it with the work that I’ve done in the past year.

I also picked up a new technique that has been very beneficial.  Because my eyesight is getting bad due to glaucoma, I sometimes struggle with seeing both the screen and the keyboard.  While browsing through the Share Zone at Wealthy Affiliate, I come across a tutorial by a gentleman who advocates using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to write articles.  Because I had a copy, I installed it, set up parameters, attached my microphone and went to work.  Because DNS comes with a text editor, I simply increase the size of the font and talk away.  Depending on my mood, I can whip out an article in 15 or 20 minutes, have it edited, and on the website in a very short time.  It has its drawbacks.  My doxie girls have a habit of getting a bit excited at times, and their barking produces some pretty interesting text on my screen.  Some of it almost makes sense!

So life moves on.  My wife is doing well in her store now, and things are pretty good.  At age 65, I’ve taken up blues guitar.  My wife, bless her heart, bought me a Fender Strat with amplifier, and I am slowly but surely picking things up.  I’ve made several attempts over the years to learn how to play the guitar.  I find that now, with all the information on the Internet, interactive DVDs, and a ton of stuff on Youtube, the learning process is a great deal easier.  Besides, I am a whole lot mellower than I was as a teenager.  Rosie tells me that the Strat is just one more excuse for me not to have to leave the house.  She may be right…

I am uneasy being in the transition stage.  I thrive on routine.  Routine is what keeps me stable.  Having suffered from PTSD for over 40 years, I find that routine is very important to me.  I think that this is why I am so capable of getting things done.  The downside to that is this – I know an awful lot about what is going on in the world, but have little knowledge of what goes on around me.  My choice of newspaper is the LA Times, and throughout the day I get a ton of information from alerts and Twitter.  At my age, it matters little…

Peace,

Charlie~

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