Category Archives: Career Moments

It’s All In A Day’s Work

I love my job.  I love everything it stands for, and I love that every day I get to help people.  Fingers crossed, this will turn into something more permanent, and I will be able to continue working with this organization.  However, writing is my passion.  Ideally, I would love to have a stable job as a writer.

My book sales are great, and every penny from that helps.  But it’s not exactly consistent.  So, I’ve been looking into some freelance writing jobs for extra income.  My pride has been my downfall on this task.  I know I’m a great writer, and I know I can be a success story.  But all the logistics behind finding a freelance writing job are insane!

1)  You HAVE to have a portfolio!

There is no getting around this one.  How have I made it this long without having a portfolio?  I suppose I just never needed one until now.  This is a good thing, though.  It’s forcing me to tread into new territory and go back over all my work, really discovering which pieces are the best.

2)  You should definitely update your resume periodically.

I made a resume years ago, but the types of jobs I’ve worked, they didn’t ask for one.  Then I forgot about it and hid it under a pile of dusty papers that should probably have been filed 5 years ago.  So, now here I am completely redoing a resume just so I can apply for these jobs!

3)  I am not the greatest writer in the world.

For some, this concept is a given.  But a creative person has a bit of self-absorption.  This is a must seeing as no one would ever continue to create art after all of the negative critiques.  You have to believe you are great in order to keep going.  But the other side of this is (for me at least) I am usually in this bubble of my own words, and I don’t recognize other’s talents.  Then when the blinders are removed, and I began actually noticing who I will be competing against, I become instantly intimidated.  This causes me to want to tear up everything I’ve written and start again.  I know, I’m dramatic.

So, today my day will consist of piecing together a portfolio and updating a very old resume.  Yes, this girl is a party animal! 🙂

Extra Extra Read All About It

As I have mentioned briefly before, I am a writer and now a published author.  Unlike many, I was never confused about what I was going to be when I grew up.  It was simple, I was going to be a writer.

THE STORY OF HOW MY BOOK CAME TO BE:

My son has always been a bit different.  He was very verbal, but he had trouble with being socially awkward.  He never had any interest in others, and he was always particular about his routine, even to the point of having panic attacks if any change whatsoever occurred.  I just thought he was quirky.  I had never heard of Asperger’s Syndrome until a lady at a playground asked me if he had it.  I was offended.  “Of course he doesn’t have that! (Whatever that is)”

Not long after, I took him to his four-year check up.  His doctor, who I came to find was a 30 year autism specialist, asked me if I knew what Asperger’s Syndrome was.  I almost growled at him.  Why does this term keep creeping up?  He explained that it was a neurological disorder that was basically high-functioning autism, and he wanted to test my son for it.  We made the appointment for two weeks later.  I, as a very curious mother, decided to google everything I could that had anything to do with Asperger’s.  And guess what?  I cried every day for two weeks.

After he was officially diagnosed, and I had come to terms with the fact that I needed to get educated as well as my son, we went on a search to find children’s literature about Asperger’s.  I wanted my son to understand why he is the way he is, and I wanted him to be able to explain it to others and not be ashamed of it.  So, we searched and searched…and searched.  We came across one book and so not to say anything negative about this book, I won’t mention the title.  I will only say that it wasn’t for us.

My mom, knowing how much I love to write, told me I should write my own children’s book about it!  And I did!  The rest is all a bunch of miracles and perfect timings, but to make the story short, it is now published!

So, just to show you guys my very proud work of art, here it is:  the first book of the Aspie Hero series, Counting Jacob.

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It is available on Amazon, and I hope you enjoy it!  🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Counting-Jacob-Abbey-Perry/dp/193655478X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407036594&sr=8-1&keywords=Counting+Jacob

http://aspiehero.com/

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