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{August 8, 2012}   Why I write what I do

“Marketing? Fashion? Ew.” people have said to me with a tinge of disdain when I tell them the majority of my clients. I smirk, because as great as I am at writing a compelling fantasy piece–I am enjoying where I’m at right now. Maybe someday I’ll write the next great lesbian high fantasy love story. (Oh, I will. You just watch.) but for now, I’m enjoying writing great copy and blogs to help other businesses succeed.

That’s the key word there, success. What’s it mean to you? What’s it mean to the people who are parting with their money and trusting me as a writer to deliver them something that will make people buy their product, or stay on their website enough to say, “I like these people. I want to know more.”

You don’t have to give up dreams of ever being a creative writer to write for the professional circuit. That would be silly. I feel that my humble beginnings in fiction and fantasy have lead me to becoming a better writer for businesses and professional clients, because as a creative writer–you need to know how to talk. To create meaningful, flowing dialogue between your characters that doesn’t sound like a bad Disney movie or a commercial. Everyone’s seen the blog posts that are trying too hard to be friendly, and heard the radio ads or read the taglines on Facebook. I was driving one day and I heard an ad use the word, ‘Nice’ about 6 times in their 40 second clip. I cringed. We get it, you’re nice. That’s great. I felt like asking, “What else are you?” but of course, they couldn’t tell me. Shame, too–because I might have needed their product. I wonder if that’s how their target audience saw it, too.

Your clients are relying on you–and mine are relying on me–to answer that question when they come to us as copywriters. “Who else are we? Why are we better than our competition, and what can we do to connect with you?” that’s what writing’s all about. Creating connections. Whether it be between two lovers in a fiction story, or a brand and their clients–we’ve got to make that work.

That’s why I ‘jumped ship’ and write for the professional spectrum. I don’t regret it. You’ll see me here for as long as my words can make someone’s campaign succeed.

At night, though…I might work on a daring tale of magic, intrigue, and romance; with two heroines destined to conquer the world. You never know. I just might surprise you.

Surprise your clients. Keep them guessing. Write things that are so spot on they wonder how they lived without you. Bring their ideas to life, and you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.

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{August 8, 2012}   All About the Words

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{August 7, 2012}   How bad do you want it?

So. New Zealand. It’s the land of LotR and kiwis, and where my partner of the last 5 years lives. I don’t know much about it, to be honest. I know it’s beautiful and my favorite show ever; Legend of the Seeker (with all its glorious femmeslash subtext) was filmed there. I know there’s a lot of sheep, and everybody’s nice there, for the most part. I know the beaches are beautiful, and the education top notch.

All right, apparently I do know some things about New Zealand after all.

I know who makes me happy, and I’m lucky enough to be doing what makes me happy and get paid for it. I’m going to turn that into a business platform soon.

Time to put my money where my mouth is, put up or shut up, whatever you want to call it. If someone asked me, “How bad do you want it?” and had my partner here in front of me…Well…Let’s just say I’m not going to be making excuses. I want to be with her more than anything, and to do that we both need to focus on our educations. I can’t, as much as I want to–justify moving 10,000 miles; and neither can she right now. We’re going to make it work.

Now, off to write and start designing this new website.

I’ll write more about how we’re toughing out a long distance relationship soon, and I’ll have an update with my shiny new business too! Yay me!



{August 7, 2012}   Craigslist and a miracle

I’ve been scouring CL for the last few hours applying to jobs while I tweak my writing portfolio. I am starting to wish I didn’t do so much ghost writing (no credit, boo.)–but that wish only lasts until I get paid. Having money and laughing all the way to the bank is a lot better at this point. I’m starting to get my name out there, so I can’t hope for any more than that.

If I want to get replies from companies right away maybe I shouldn’t reply to their Craigslist ads at Dark-o-Clock AM. That might be my first step to success and keeping my heart rate down.

I got paid from my freelancing gig today, nearly all that I’d been owed. Makes me pretty happy, but too bad it’ll be gone soon (my car has been broken for a while, but it finally hit ‘So broken I can’t ignore it anymore’ this afternoon.) Oh well, such is the way of money. Until I get a decent salary, I’ll have to do the best I can with the money I have. Saving to buy the parts and pay for the labor on the part, as well as fix a few other car related things and get new licence plates. This is all really exciting, I know. Not much else to write about at dark-thirty.

So, in lieu of that–here, have a kitty.

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He could win me anything with this face. Let’s start with the lottery, buddy.



I woke up this morning to my least favorite sight in the history of the world. Ants. Not just one, but quite a few having a buffet in my cat’s food dish. Not a fun way to start the day. My cat was staring at me like, “Mom, why is my food moving?” in my state of near terror, I threw out the entire dish. I’ll have to get a new one, along with ant traps–on Friday.

Thanks to the wonder of google, my woes have been solved: http://www.antproofbowl.com and I’m totally picking one up on Friday so poor Zevran can eat in peace.

Zevran!

Zev hates ants. They make him cry.

Would you deny that face food without ants? I didn’t think so. $15 is nothing compared to not dealing with ants, a happy kitty, and yeah…did I mention no ants? Good. Mentioning it again. No more ants.

It’s blazing hot here currently, and I’m watching the hours tick by before I have to go to job A for the evening. I’m writing some pieces for a client before I do, and hoping I get paid from my other job today. Freelancing is a tough gig, but I like what I do.

Anyway, off to write. I’ll be back later. For now, going to laugh at the corpses of the ants I killed earlier.

Revenge will be mine, ants. Soon your day will come. Soon.



{August 6, 2012}   Hello world!

This is my first post here. Seeing as how it’s one in the morning, I should probably go to bed.

Let it be known I hate distance. 10,000 miles is really far away when the person you love is upset.



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