For the longest time I avoided book clubs. I had a bad attitude about them. I mean, with hardly any time to read for fun, why would I let someone else pick the books for me? What about my ever-growing list of books I wanted to read? I saw book clubs as a deterrent to finishing my own reading list, but then I got a little lonely. Suddenly, book clubs became a way to spend an evening with a group of interesting and intelligent people, talking about so much more than books. I was hooked, but I...Read more
It’s inevitable that as a freelancer you’ll meet other freelancers and start making friends. Someone will ask you what you do for a living and then tell you about their other friend who does something similar. One friendly email exchange later and you’ve promised to share leads and work when you can. This is great. A casual collection of freelancing friends creates an instant network. When one of you gets too much work, you pass it on to someone else. The referral, and approval, of a fellow...Read more
Even before we found ourselves sheltering in place and spending way too much time at home, interacting with potential employers was changing. The last time I went for a proper interview, almost 20 years ago, it took almost half a day. I met with three different people, each in their own office. It was like running a marathon. I was exhausted by the time I walked into the elevator to leave.
The rigorous interview process was there because, back then, all potential employers had to get to...Read more
Now that we have to do both
When news of the school closings and social distancing procedures hit Atlanta, I was bummed. As the coronavirus sent everyone home for the potentially long haul, I couldn’t help feel a sense of anxiety. How was I going to get anything done? It’s not that my whole routine changed, I’m always home for work, I freelance. The issue became whether or not I could work from home and be at home at the same time.
Working from home
People joke all the time about how those of us who get to work from...Read more
Is anyone really be on the right side?
I decided to write a blog post on this single topic because of my own personal interest. The very idea that a simple comma could create such controversy is both amusing and fascinating. How does this even happen? Why does this even happen? How can something be right and used everywhere one day, to simply become a matter of opinion the next? I decided to explore the issue, and here’s what I found.
Right or wrong
Interestingly enough, using or omitting the Oxford comma is neither right nor...Read more