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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dipping My Big Toe in

So, last week I left town for a total of two days—an afternoon, a full day in the middle, and a morning on the back side—yet for some reason, I feel like I’ve been gone a lifetime. Perhaps it has something to do with returning home at the end of last week to—gulp—work. Don’t worry; it’s the same old deal. I’m still here trying to network my way to a productive freelance business-writing business, and since I was away for a portion of the week, I entered the house Friday afternoon feeling guilty enough to jump right into edits on a brochure project that has been trickling along (not by my choice). Then I granted myself a weekend off.

I dove head first into yesterday after receiving word that my proposal for a good-sized job has been accepted. Then came a networking call to learn about a specific business network, after which I began writing a new brochure, featuring the resume writing portion of LCS Writes. A kind friend told me if I create the piece, he’ll display it in the lobby of his employment firm. As I muddled through all this, I asked myself, “What about Middle Passages?”

Phone interviews take preparation though, so I jotted down questions for a scheduled conversation with a resume candidate—followed by a trip to the post office to open a business PO Box. Then it was on to more back-end work—writing proposals and invoices and updating spreadsheets, after which I conducted the actual phone interview. It all has to take priority.

I had a dread, when I took a short break last week that it would be difficult to dive into the Middle Passages routine when I returned, and I was right. As a result, yesterday’s post was a poorly edited regurgitation of one of my first essays, written when I was just beginning to understand the phrase “compelled to write.” Today’s post is that much worse.

Bear with me as I rediscover how to swim.


glnroz said...

"You" are the most important in all this. It sounds like your efforts toward a "new you" are paying off. "You" will do great, you owe us no apology. We will follow along.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

We all need to balance the blogs with life. Just write posts when you have time and feel inspired or just enthused about something. Don't stress about it. I think we all need to cut ourselves some slack in this endeavor.

Tamika: said...

Even when you struggle, I walk away with a deep appreciation for your journey.

Praying for all that you are emarking on!

Sharon said...

Glad to hear that your freelance business is picking up. I love your posts and am happy to wait until you have time to write them. Go get 'em!

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations on the new freelance business. You're moving forward. Don't worry about us, we're tagging along. As Sharon said, Go Get 'Em!

Straight From Hel

Robyn Campbell said...

Hey, we are always here. No matter what. I will always check in to see what Liza is up to. Don't worry. And DON'T STRESS ABOUT THE BLOGGING. It's not worth that. And blogging is supposed to be fun. Connecting with other writers. So only post when you have something your gut is busting for you to say.

I have started posting only three days a week. I had to. With all our hospital visits and my writing and home-school.

So we have enough stress in our lives. Be at peace. =)

Liza said...

You all are so kind. Thank you for your words of wisdom and for calming me down.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Darling, you're doing a fine job! But yes, blogging can be tricky for all of us with actual lives! And you have quite a lot on your plate. Congratulations on landing the jobs! Looks like you're heading in the right direction.

By the way, I left an award for you at my blog :) So you KNOW I think you're doing something right.

J.B. Chicoine said...

You can call it 'poorly edited regurgitation,' but I still liked it!