As a freelance writer, finances are always on my mind. People don’t realize it, but a freelance writing business, unlike chemical investment banking, is categorized as a small business. Although sometimes I curse myself for taking on such a task, given the state of the economy, I feel like I’m pretty lucky. After all, I get to work from home in my pajamas, if I prefer. (Not that I ever do.)
Looking over the finance pages of the New York Times website, the state of business over all seems shaky, except for the world of chemical mergers and acquisitions. Chemical companies seem to be stable these days, probably because everything that gets manufactured these days has one sort of chemical compound or other. Look at the ingredients panel on a Twinkies package or on the back of a paint can! They’re unescapable, and, therefore, chemical manufacturing is an important business.
But, I digress, I was talking about business, wasn’t I? Oh yes, running your own business can be difficult, but is completely worth it. I get to do silly things that post cat pictures and write blog posts. I don’t think I have it in me to run a larger business, but I manage well with what I have. How can I ask for anything more?
It always thrills me to see my name listed in a byline. It could be something as small as a 200-word online article… I still get excited about seeing it officially printed. It makes me feel like all of my hard work was worth it.
As of yesterday, I am now listed in the Amazon Kindle store. No, it’s not an eBook, but it IS equally cool.
You can now subscribe to this blog on the Kindle for $1.99 a month. Yes, you can still read it online for free, but now you have other options, just in case you’re on the go and don’t have a computer handy.
The link to purchase it is here: The Random Thoughts of Crazy Mandy for the Kindle.
No pressure or anything.
I’ve started a blog on Food Blog. Here’s my first post, A quick introduction. It’s going to contain quick reviews of individual dishes, recipes, and my thoughts on food. I’m still going to keep the restaurant news and reviews for Examiner.com.
Also, I’ve taken the Goodreads 2011 Challenge. I’m going to attempt to read 100 books this year. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
I feel cold just looking out my window. You have no idea how good it feels to know that I don’t have to go out there and freeze. It’s nice just sitting in my little apartment all warm with my bottle of Pepsi. (You were expecting coffee? Ew.)
In other news, I’ve been invited to become a contributing writer for FanSided’s Cleveland Indians Blog: Deep Left Field. Once I get my first post up, I’ll let you know.
Coming this week on the Cleveland Examiner, I’ll be reviewing Angelo’s Diner in Garfield Heights, and Tequila Pancho’s in Hudson. Links to those will be posted when I get them completed and posted. (It might even be today for the first one!)
I have a bunch of other stuff in the works, too, so keep checking back!
I made it! One post per day for a whole month. YAY!
I’ve been busy writing for the past few days (minus Thanksgiving and most of the day before it.)
Here are some new reads for you:
My thoughts on today’s Ohio State versus Michigan game: Disrespect and unsportsmanlike conduct reign during OSU vs Michigan game
and my Examiner post from Tuesday: Sample cheeses and brews as Winterfest takes over Public Square
November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) as well as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.)
NaBloPoMo Goal: write one blog post every day for the entire Month of November.
NaNoWriMo Goal: write 10,000 words of a novel during the month of November. (Or in my case, 10,000 words of a non-fiction book.)
Are you ready? I am!!!
Local Iron Chef, Michael Symon, has a new tv show on the Food Network called Food Feuds.
Photo courtesy of the Food Network. Used with permission.
Thanks to my local Restaurants column for Examiner.com, I was given the chance to interview him the other day. Not only did the interview go smoothly, but he was really nice! My article on the show can be found here.
(And I will definitely be eating at and reviewing the places featured on the show.)
When I was in college I took a class called Advanced Composition. My first assignment was to read Annie Dillard’s “The Writing Life” and write a paper in response to it. My paper started out with the basics: I wrote my first short story at age 7; went to my first writing workshop at 12 (a summer-long playwriting workshop at the Cleveland Playhouse); participated in the Power of the Pen essay competition at 13 (and didn’t win squat); blah blah blah… The gist of it is, writing for me is like breathing. It’s just something I do.
Since I have minimal drawing skills and a very weird imagination, if I weren’t a writer, I probably would’ve turned to crime or something.
Seriously though, it makes my day when I get a bit of recognition. Like when this happens: Original Steaks and Hoagies (the restaurant I reveiwed last month for the Examiner) put a link to my review on the home page of their website. Check it out here. It’s the little things and small accomplishments that make my day.
I figured out long ago that writing fiction isn’t for me. I’ve tried to write short stories (actually, I’m not fond of reading them, let alone writing them) and it’s just something I can’t do. My attempts at fiction stand out like personalised number plates in a parking lot. Not particularly good, not horribly bad – just different!
I’m more of a non-fiction/memoir/news story/article/blog person. I’ve been writing for over 20 years (that sounds scary, until I realize that I’m only 31 and am some sort of weirdo “prodigy” or something), and I’ve only recently been able to admit that to myself. Imagine what I’ll be writing 20 years from now!
(We’ll probably all be “wrtng n txt spk” by then.)
Earlier this afternoon I had the opportunity to interview two local Clevelanders who had taken part in a competition on the Food Network.
Both Matt and Ryan, Rocky River natives who own and operate the Los Angeles based food truck, Grill ‘Em All, were as nice as can be. Our 20-minute chat was more Cleveland nostalgia and less The Great Food Truck Race, but it was still a blast. (And quite a coup, I might add, lil’ ol’ me getting to interview people who are on the Food Network! THE FOOD NETWORK!) I might not sleep for a week, I’m still so excited.
However, I did get enough info for a long Examiner article, and hopefully, if they progress far in the competition, I can score a follow-up interview.
Anyway, enough blabbering, here is the link to my article: Cleveland natives Grill ‘Em All hope to make roadkill out of competition on new Food Network show.