How to Get Paid to Blog for Companies: The No-Gimmick Strategy for Serious Writers

You can make a living as a paid blogger (spoiler alert: but maybe not in the way that you think)Believe it or not, making money as a blogger is probably easier now than it ever was....more
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How to Take Charge of Your Pathetic Freelance Writing Career

The secret to making a predictable monthly income as a freelance writerWriters are an interesting breed. Most of us are one-half idealistic dope and one-half pragmatic cynic....more

Freelance Shouldn’t Be Free. Take the PAYlance Pledge

Can you really make a living as a freelance writer?Are you trying to get work as a freelance writer, only to continually run into ads that say things like this:"As Much Work as You Can Handle: The project involves profiles of 500 to 1000 words. Samples are based off of our work log, so accepted ones will be compensated. Each accepted sample will be paid for at a rate of $12 each.”Oooh. As much barely compensated work as I can handle? Sign me up!...more

The Downtrodden Writer's Guide to a Kickass Freelance Writing Career

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The Power of Saying No

I have a kitchen calendar that's pretty much the nerve center of our home. The kids scrawl all of their activities into the proper date boxes -- yes, even the 5-year old, who painstakingly forms each letter as I slowly spell whatever word he needs to publish on the family agenda. Doctors' appointments, meetings, conference calls ... it all ends up there. I never make a hint of plan without checking it first.This weekend, though? I have mentally stamped a big NO across both days....more

Overachieving mommies: Stop ruining Valentine's Day for the rest of us

 Overachieving mommies, I beg you: Hands offa Valentine's Day....more

To all the recovering alcoholics and drug addicts: Thank you

This article popped up on the sidebar of a news article about Phillip Seymour Hoffman. It's by Russell Brand, whom I've always thought is incredibly articulate and hilarious. (No comment on the Katy Perry thing.) Brand is also a recovering drug addict. In this article, he talks about life after getting clean....more

Why I don't care if you like me

Apparently I like to give advice. Lots of advice. (And I'm also pretty good at flingin' the old eff word around while doing so. Go me.)So here's the thing about me: I really don't care if you like me. I actually really and truly don't. ...more

What else can go right? My trick for not wallowing in despair

Complaining can be an art form, doncha think? I really appreciate a well-worded kvetch. But it can also be dangerous if you act like it's your second job.Hippie Trish wants to tell you to KNOCK THAT SHIT OFF.I was thinking that this morning, as I read yet another excellent post from Ralph Marston, The Daily Motivator. (Like him on Facebook to get a nice bit o' wisdom and insight every morning -- the man blows me away.)...more

My Insurance Company Called My Son Fat

I can't stand hearing people discuss healthcare reform in a theoretical way.I don't think you can truly make a case one way or the other unless you have some skin in the game. If you have health insurance through your employer, it's like you're living in your parents' basement -- you might know something is going on and you might have some thoughts on it, but you're insulated from feeling the full impact of the dangerous and expensive mindfuckery involved in getting your own health insurance....more