Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, and the rest of my cohort

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You are going through life with a bunch of celebrities. Surely you must have noticed this. You read news items about famous people and say, “Hey, she’s the same age that I am.” And after a little while, you realize that you’re part of a cohort — a class of celebrities who share your birth … Continued

60 years of dreaming

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Follow your dreams. Is that a good idea? A case study . . . When I was ten, I dreamed of being an astronomer. I read everything in the library on stars and planets, and then asked to go to a new library to find more. I could close my eyes and see the Hertzsprung-Russell … Continued

Are transgender people people?

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Someone you know is transgender. They deserve to be treated like a human. Look. My job here is normally to pick apart public statements by people, to show you how things can be written better. I try not to get into taking political positions. But I am making an exception today. If this bothers you, … Continued

Somebody else’s book party

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I am one of the most egocentric people you ever met, because I am so talented. (Modest, not so much.) It’s always been this way. So how did it feel to participate in a somebody else’s party for a book I helped write? More than a year ago, Dave Frankland and Nick Worth asked for … Continued

Rage as a business tactic

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Today I attempt to answer the question, “Is it ever appropriate to berate someone in your workplace?” with an example from my own experience. Note to readers: there is more profanity in today’s post than usual. Let’s start with a bit of background about me. I’m not the model get-along-with-everyone employee. Among the things I … Continued

The price is the price, and other principles for freelance work

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I never compromise on price. Among editors or writers for hire, I am among the most costly. The number of leads I receive is low. The number who go forward with me is even lower. Still, I am busy doing work I love, and I get paid well for it. Much more important to me … Continued

Needing help

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Someone I love dearly is having surgery today. You were probably starting your day by thinking about what happened 17 years ago. I will be starting my day thinking about what will happen this afternoon. I am a very public person in my professional life, and a very private person in my family life. So … Continued