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Archive for October, 2010

A Peek Into My Sunday

First of all, let me say that I am thrilled because I was accepted into Demand Studios to write short articles.  I’ve been scouring all of their requirements and picking out titles for my 3 probationary articles, and I hope to write those later this afternoon.

Meanwhile, we’re getting ready for another Sunday at the Scoville household.  The Sprint Cup NASCAR race is on in about an hour, so we’ve got our popcorn ready to be microwaved, and the fabulous (and super easy) cheesy chicken enchilada soup is in the crock pot.  Later tonight, we’ll dress the boys up for Halloween and head out Trick or Treating.  This year we have a Vampire and an Iron Man.  The evening will end at the in-laws for  chili dogs and more candy.

What does your Sunday look like?  Do you want some delicious cheesy chicken enchilada soup?  Here’s how we make it:

1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup

1 can Nacho Cheese Soup

3/4  soup can of milk

1 can Medium Enchilada Sauce

1 large can of chunked chicken breast (drained)

1 bag Fritos

Combine cheddar cheese and nacho cheese soup in a crock pot with the milk.  Stir until creamy.  Add enchilada sauce and chicken.  Stir until blended.  Heat in crock pot on medium heat until hot.  Ladle into bowls and top with Fritos.  For a less spicy version, use 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup instead of 1 cheddar and 1 nacho, and use a mild enchilada sauce.  For a more spicy version, use 2 cans of nacho cheese soup instead of the 1 cheaddar and 1 nacho, and use a hot enchilada sauce.

Possible New Gig

Well, finally, one of the resumes I’ve sent in over the past month or so has finally panned out for me.  I finally got a response from a test prep company looking for a science writer.  They gave me a sample assignment and a deadline that I’m working on now.  My fingers are crossed that it will work out and I can start making some more money.

Do you ever wonder where you should be going to look for these types of jobs?  I’ll tell you my preferred sites.  If you know of others, let me know in the comments!

For my education writing jobs (which are the ones I apply for the most since it’s my area of expertise), I use http://educationwriting.blogspot.com.  A group of people update it a couple of times a week with education job leads.  It’s nice not to have to sift through a bunch of jobs I’m not interested in or even qualified to do.

For other types of writing jobs, I check out http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com.  It just changed ownership, but it seems to be keeping the same types of job links and job boards running, so I think it will still be good.  There are also articles about freelance writing on the site that can be interesting and/or useful.

If I am looking for a blogging job, I also check out http://jobs.problogger.net, although most of those that advertise there are not the types of blogs that would interest me enough to actually write for them.  Every now and then, an entertainment geared blog pops up that catches my eye, though, so I check that site every now and then.

Where do you find your jobs?  Let us know in the comments.

Someday…

Someday I will be independently wealthy.  I know this.  I’ve worked too hard to always be behind in bills and in debt up to my eyeballs.  I believe in Karma, and I believe I have good Karma.  I’m generally a good person, and gosh darn it, I deserve to be rewarded.

Waiting for that money to come rolling in leaves me in a tight spot, however.  I already have a full time job teaching and tack on extra curriculars like yearbook and dance team and I actually work overtime.  Then, of course, I write in my “spare” time to make a pittance just to be able to cover some of the bills.

If I could just land that “one” gig out there that would make me not necessarily independently wealthy, but rather comfortable, I would be satisfied.  If About.com would just finally get around to reviewing my applications for them (I currently have 3 sites I’ve applied to be a guide or a contributing writer on and I keep getting the “we have not had a chance to review your application…” messages when I check the status), I know they would hire me and that extra income would solve some of the drowning in bills problems I have.

I’m willing to work for my money.  I don’t expect it to just fall in my lap with no effort (although I’d be okay with that if it were to happen).  I just need that “break”.  I need a good lead and affirmation of my skills by actually being hired.  Or maybe I need a marketable and lucrative idea of my own.  If you have any ideas, let me know!

Long Time, No Blog…

Well, hello there little neglected writing blog!  I almost forgot you existed.  Life got really busy, like writing 3 blogs, having another baby, switching teaching jobs, and of course all the other crazy stuff I do on a daily basis.  I’m back now, though, because my finances are, once again, overwhelmingly in a downward spiral.  That means it’s time to get back out actively searching for freelance writing jobs and sprucing things up around here to send potential employers when they are looking for my published clips.

I started with a new theme for the blog.  Do you like it?  I love the colors.  They are bright and unusual for a blog.  Hopefully, I convey the same things with my writing.  I like to market myself as bright and unusual.  The goal is to make the company I want to write for think that they can’t live without my outstanding services.  We’ll see how that goes.

I also briefly contemplated starting a resume writing service.  My only hesitation is that I’ve never created a resume for someone I don’t know.  I think I have a real talent for writing cover letters, but I realized that I’ve only written cover letters (and resumes, for that matter) for myself and my husband.  I think I know both of us pretty well, so it was a natural thing.  I’m not sure how I would do trying to talk up strong points of strangers unless they are really good at conveying who they really are and know themselves well enough to know what to highlight as a strength.  Anyway, it’s something for me to think about, I guess, and it seems it can be a pretty lucrative gig if you’re good at it.  Anyone out there had experience with resume writing that would want to share some tips?  Let me know in the comments!

And, of course, if you want to hire me (or just give me lots of free money…), let me know!  I’m back and ready to write!

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