The Perils of Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is the coolest job in the world. Some people seem to think that. Sometimes, I believe that wholeheartedly myself. There are days, however, when I am made aware of just how perilous freelance writing can be. I would even go as far as to say that this perilous state applies to other types of freelance jobs as well.

perils of freelance writing

Writer gone mad or happy writer?

These past two months have been both the best and worst of my freelance writing career. I only say worst because I have realized – and come face to face – with those pitfalls associated with freelance writing. Allow me to share them with you. Maybe you will be able to relate. Maybe you’ll learn something. Continue reading

The Bookworm Shelf Is a Space-saving Solution for Bookworms

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Bookworm Bookshelf

Bookworm

A cozy-looking bookshelf that’s perfect for condo-dwelling bookworms who do not have a lot of space to spare. Called The Bookworm, I think it does not look too bad in terms of aesthetics. It could use some more cushions to make that nook more comfy.

On a totally different note, it also makes me think of hamsters running non-stop!

What do you think?

Via Holy Kaw!

Freelance Writing Rates: There Is a World Beyond Your Little Corner

Freelance Writing Rates

I have been writing as a freelancer for almost a decade now, and I have long resigned myself to the fact that my rates are difficult to pin down. Coming from a developing country, I have to struggle with the extremely low freelance writing rates usually associated with writers from my part of the world. On the other hand, I have been fortunate enough to have been given the chance to work with a vast network. Additionally, I consider my work to be worth more than what many clients offer to non-native speakers.1

So where does that leave me? Somewhere in between.

No complaints here, to be honest. I consider myself well paid for what I do on a regular basis. It is only when I occasionally deal with new clients that I have to come to terms with the differences in freelance writing rates.

Then there is the fact that I also work with one of the biggest freelance writing blogs – Freelance Writing Jobs. Its audience is mainly based in North America, although we cannot ignore the fact that freelance writers are emerging more and more all over the world.

This brings us to my point: what do we consider a fair rate? Continue reading

  1. Not to be arrogant about it, but I know I can give many a native speaker a run for their money. []

My Petition to Be Allowed to Enter the Byte Cellar

Ultimate Man Cave

Byte Cellar


Dear Mister Blake Patterson,

Will you please consider opening up the “Byte Cellar” – which some people have dubbed the ultimate man cave – to a tenant?1 I promise not to be a slob. I promise to keep liquids a foot away – at least – from your wonderful machines. I promise to be so quiet you won’t even know I am there.

I also swear that I will not change any settings on any machine. I will not even rearrange the icons on your desktop(s).

I simply want to bask in the pleasure that your museum-like man cave will surely give. I want to see with my own eyes and touch (with supervision, if it pleases you) those machines that I have only ever read about.

Please, Mr. Patterson?

Yours truly,
The Digital Hobo

P.S. I am a reasonably good cook, and I clean up after myself.

[UPDATE] The petition has been read!
via Lifehacker

  1. Although I have my misgivings about the use of “man cave” as opposed to [whatever] cave, I am not a feminist. I am female though, so I’d rather change the label just so I can be allowed to enter. []

The Beauty of Uncertainty in Writing

Uncertainty

The Mirror of Uncertainty


Uncertainty.

It is something that many people feel, especially if they have the need to know that they are in control of their lives.

They say human beings are creatures of habit, and the more certain we are about what’s going to happen, the more we know about our future, the more peace of mind we have.

While that may be true in some cases, there is also something to be said about uncertainty. Continue reading

Shoot ‘em Lamps

Shoot em Lamps
Sometimes, you just feel like shooting things. Of course, with gun control and everything, you just have to settle with shooting things on the PlayStation 3. Or whatever you use to play games. Now here’s something that might just help you blow off steam while having fun and doing something useful: shooting at lamps to turn them on and off. The thing is, you’ll probably have to spend quite some money to change busted lightbulbs.

See the lamps in action at VidAddict.

Digital Hobo Takes Care of the Trash

Digital Hobo Trash

Digital Hobo Trash


Taking the trash out is one of my least favorite chores. Of course, Pepper Potts’s line about occasionally taking out the trash for Tony Stark made me chuckle. Not that I would ever want my Tony Stark to have trash of that kind!1

This t-shirt is pretty cool, though, especially for Digital Hobo. You can get it at GlennZ Tees for $21.95. They have tees both for men and women in various sizes.

  1. As if I had a Tony Stark! []