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Writer's Block: When the Muse Develops Laryngitis

collage Beethovan music, Shakespeare portrait, Gettysburg address, Michelangelo angel Many writers allude to listening to their muse. But what do you do when the muse goes silent? Just consider that she‘s still around somewhere, that she just has a case of laryngitis, and write on without her. Many times when you‘re beset by writer‘s block, your brick wall may be self-imposed.

14 Years of Beautiful Tomorrows

I once went to a party with a friend. The snow had just started falling and it was the first time I had ever driven in snow. The party was at a house rented by several young men. One of them owned a female dog that was half Golden Lab and half German Shepherd. Another had a male dog that was half Doberman and half Greyhound. The two dogs got together and ended up with a family of 7 puppies. The boys managed to find a home for 6 of them, but there was one left over. When I sat on the floor, it came running up to me and laid down on my lap. The owner of the female dog said that he was going to have the pup “put down” tomorrow. She was the only one that he hadn’t placed in a home. I immediately decided to take her.

Pricing Freelance

Many questions plague new freelance writers. One of the most confusing is how to price your freelance content services. Pricing freelance writing varies from pricing by the word to the hour, the page, or the project.

“How much should I charge?“

While the obvious answer is to charge what your market will bear, when you‘re new to freelancing, it‘s hard to know what that number is. Two resources I‘ve found helpful in determining my prices are the US Department of Labor‘s Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) and Neil Tortorella‘s simple spreadsheet rate calculator (just $2.50 USD).

All Cleaned Up


"I feel like I work on my corner; somebody else works on theirs and eventually we'll get it all cleaned up." unknown

A while back I saw the quote above. It exactly fits my philosophy and while I couldn’t source it, I am grateful to whoever said it first.

I believe that environmental awareness starts at home. While our changing environment is a worldwide problem, most folks can do little to solve it on a global scale. Yet, if we break up the environment into smaller chunks, we can do something to change our personal environments: the quality of life in our homes and our cities. We can each take small steps that will result in an improvement. For instance, clean water.

Who Owns the Copyright

who owns the copyright

One of the questions new freelancers often ask is, "Who owns the copyright when the work is done?"

Keeping in mind that I am not a lawyer, here is my view on copyright ownership and transfers.

With a few exceptions, any intellectual property that can be put into a tangible form is copyrighted from the time of completion by its author or creator whether or not it contains a copyright notice.