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June 3rd, 2013 01:46 AM #1201
@casilayne I write mainly for kids as well! Grant writing sounds challenging. I just got really lucky with freelancing, so I'm not much help. I happen to have an aunt in the industry, and several friends who have been able to help me. I have gotten some work off of Elance, though, some of it good, and some of it not so good. I'm a little jealous that you're a teacher! I came so close to going into education, but decided against it. I think it was one of those things where no matter which profession I chose, I would have wondered "what if" about the other.
June 3rd, 2013 10:46 AM #1203Senior Member
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@Casilayne, do you teach at a church school? I went to a church school all my life--kindergarten right on through twelfth grade. It was in the basement of my little country church. We didn't have real teachers, though, as we used a homeschool curriculum. Also, you said you've written children's books? Do you mean chapter books or stories for younger kids? If the latter, do you do illustrations?
@Cambria, it's funny to hear you ask what beat I'm on--that sounds so hardcore, but this newspaper is too small to even have topics divided up among writers. It's is based in my childhood hometown, which is quite like Walnut Grove in Little House on the Prairie. The paper has been around for decades and is well-read by most people in town and in surrounding towns, but it really is a small, quaint publication. We don't even have a website. I write from home (I live 30 minutes away now), and I just drive around to get interviews and photos (yep, I'm a photographer for the paper too...that's how small it is, but actually I do dabble in photography for leisure anyway), and to be honest I don't even know how many other writers we have--I think two, plus the editor who writes pieces without a byline. Our paper consists of local news (annual town fair and parade, local oil spill, local school bus gets run off the road by motorist, etc.) and human interest stories (local little boy fighting rare disease, local soldier returns from Afghanistan, local man finds hoards of antique photos in basement, etc.). I write both types--whichever the editor assigns to me each week, or whichever I can come up with on my own. Each weekly issue really only has about two or three articles, then pages of social announcements, obituaries, births, press releases submitted by locals, and our most-loved feature is the completely free Classified ads section. You can call in a Classified ad as often as you want and it runs at no charge. You can find anything in there. Free roosters, lost cow, you name it.
I also write creative nonfiction on the side--I am only interested in writing about real things that happened and real people that exist in my life or that I read about in snippets of antique newspaper articles (the latter ends up being historical fiction but based on true stories). I write mostly with a humorous spin. Your YA fantasy book sounds cool. The Narnia series is my only real experience with fantasy, but if you have the imagination for it, I imagine it would be super fun to write in that genre.
Oh, and Softcups...lol, can you guys tell that I'm bored with TTC topics at the moment?...well I've never bought Softcups, but they're some kind of thing that you insert vaginally immediately after sex to keep the semen from running out. If you put that in, you can get up, walk around, go to the bathroom, sleep, whatever, and not have to worry about the sperm not having a solid chance to make it in. Here's a link to the website. Also, several people on here highly recommend the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. I have not yet gotten it.
June 3rd, 2013 11:49 AM #1205
Welcome Cambria! Wishing you the best of luck on your TTC journey!
I finally have my Clomid (to make me ovulate) and Provera (to induce a period)! I will be starting the Provera on Wednesday and then will take the Clomid on days 5-9 of my cycle (whenever it gets here!). I'm really excited to get this thing started and hope it works! I had been waiting to start both drugs due to a billing snafu (which is still unresolved btw) and because I was counting hypothetical days in the calendar - there is a 4 days timespan later in June when I will be away from my husband so I wanted to make sure that wouldn't be my ovulation window. Anyways, that's where I'm at right now.... I need to reign in my excitement, because I know it takes many women several cycles to get pregnant on Clomid (if at all). However, I can't help but feel optimistic.
I've been following the last few posts about being a writer and let me tell you - that has always been my dream job! I have always dabbled a bit and done well at writing in school, but now with working full time and life..... it has gotten pushed to the back burner. I would love to start up again. I'm feeling inspired and with some free time this summer, I just might return to a project I've been working on for a while.TTC #1
June 3rd, 2013 12:00 PM #1207Senior Member
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- Des Moines, IA
@Poppy - Yay!!! I'm so happy that you have a plan! Good luck!
@Alzora - feel better soon!Mom to Weston Christopher, b. 2008
Expecting TWIN BOYS January 2014!!!
Baby A: Keegan Nathaniel
Baby B: Sebastian Miller
~ Emerson ~ Eden ~ Rosalind ~ Caroline ~ Matilda ~ Gemma ~ Hadley ~
~ Landon ~ Kellan ~ Asher ~ Griffin ~ Archer ~ Edison ~ Holden ~ Harrison ~ Elliot ~
June 3rd, 2013 01:13 PM #1209
It's so hard waiting to get pg when it seems like everyone around you is pregnant! I need to get this baby fever under control.. It's driving me nuts! Lol
Also, am I the only one who on top of wanting this new chapter in my life to start, desperately wants to have a child so I can use my favorite names before others around me do? Every time someone has a baby I hold my breath until I find out the name, anxious that it isn't the ones I have chosen! It's silly!