Category: Blog

Perused Internet Episode 1: SSH, A Vegas Tunnel, And The Freaky Future

This is the first post in my new series (so exciting, I know), based simply on what I find and spend time reading online. Let’s jump right in. See if you can find any common idea between all of the links because I can’t. SSH and security deep thoughts by Daniel Messler One of my …

Financial Literacy Month: keeping track of payments by client

April is Financial Literacy Month so I wanted to share some things I’ve learned after working as a freelance writer for a few years . Running your own business requires managing your accounts and keeping track of it all for taxes, too! Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today. Herman Wouk …

Financial Literacy Month for freelance writers: tracking business expenses

April is Financial Literacy Month and even though I’m a writer, this is an area where I am passionate. I’ve even taught a class on some areas of tracking finances (more on that in a post scheduled in two weeks). As a freelance writer, I realized that the number of cats I was herding increased …

My system for getting things done (GTD): a physical board, Google Drive, Trello boards, and my notebook

Getting things done (GTD) makes an impact for me as a freelance writer, but also, as a human. Clutter hurts. It’s hard to admit that because I’m often sitting at a desk with piles to my right and left. I clear enough space to put down my coaster and caffeine of choice (Dr. Pepper Ten …

How Airtable rocked my world with a payroll database, magazine editorial calendar, and easy, secured forms!

I am a new convert to the gospel of Airtable. Amen. It’s true. It makes me happy. Also, I am reminded that I miss the challenge of working with a database. I’m serious. I used to work with databases every day as a Business Analyst and it was my favorite part of my job. I …

More sweet Christmas gifts for the writer in your life!

Last Christmas, it was fun to put together a list of Christmas gifts for writers. Let’s do it again! Stop back to the last gift list because those are still excellent ideas. Then, take these ideas and add them to your Santa list. You’re welcome. My favorite pens: Pilot G2 Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens …

How writing makes me happy (and why that matters for my success)

“Do what you love, and put your whole heart into it, and then just have fun,” Tim Cook once told a reporter. He was answering a question seeking advice on achieving personal success. His words were similar to Warren Buffett: “In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are …

Unique Trello boards for writers — how to organize your craft

Looking for the powerpoint or printable from my #Trello4Writers class? You found them! Click here for the powerpoint and here for the handout. Trello is an excellent tool for project tracking, whether individually or with a team, but the beauty of it is really in its simple customization. You can set it up to do …

Project management for writers and entrepreneurs

Keeping track of projects is a skill. It’s a taught and learned skill. Project managers, who have trained and tested and certified in this, are paid big bucks. Keeping track of it all and doing it well matters. As an entrepreneur and freelance writer, I’ve had to adapt systems to what works best for me. …