Freelance rules

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If you’re fast, I’m fast. If you’re slow, I’m slow. If you’re nice, I do extra work for free. If you’re a pain, I’m expensive. Your project is the most important thing I’m working on right now. Until I start working on something else, that is. If you’re trying to save the world, I’m delighted … Continued

No place like home (office)

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I was featured in an article in The New York Times today. The point was that some people have actually felt more comfortable during the pandemic than with their lives before — a sentiment that applies, at least partially, to me. My ability to control my environment and be close to my immediate family is … Continued

“You really should charge for this,” said the tech bro

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So, I’m lined up to do a consultation with this guy from Silicon Valley. He’s very well connected there, so he tells me. This is a pretty typical session for me — a 30-minute discussion of needs and publishing alternatives with an aspiring author. I typically do three of these a week. And they’re free … Continued

The politically incorrect editor

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I get complaints about how my advice is insensitive to certain types of humans and living things. I will not turn my advice into mush. I like it crunchy. Most of you do, too. If you don’t like it, read somebody else. Here are my responses to the complaints people have made or may be … Continued

Misfit

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Here is a story that will tell you something about me. I am in my first month at a new job. I am surrounded by a few colleagues who are the smartest people I ever worked with. The conversation turns to people’s history. We come to realize that all of us have felt like a … Continued

Making mistakes

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I am making many mistakes this year, almost continuously. It’s a good thing. I am learning two new skills right now that I am bad at. And keep in mind, I am doing these things at age 62. First off, my family received the gift of a 100-year old grand piano from a family friend. … Continued

I have one hope for 2021

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It is that our health officials and our government can accomplish enough to allow each of us to achieve our creative goals. When you are worried every day about your job, your loved ones, your relatives, and the state of the nation and the world, it’s difficult to do anything more than cope. Consider for … Continued

Merry crisis

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Stop reading this. If you’re home, give your family a hug. If you’re not near family, give whoever you’re living with a hug. (Ask permission first.) If you’re alone, give a friend or family member a call. If you know someone who is alone, give them a call. Even if things are difficult between you, … Continued