January 2014 stats: Total earnings: $3,300.91 Completed pieces (all types): 150 Essays published: 3 Novellas rejected: 1
I've been a full-time freelance writer for just over a year. I track everything. I post my freelance income to my Tumblr every week, and am always taking notes on who's hiring and who's paying.
In January, for example, I got one new client and two new sub-client relationships that pay through an existing client. I got each of these new jobs the old-fashioned way: by having a current client recommend me. These are the jobs that aren't advertised. This brings my number of current client relationships up to six. [...]
Vanessa hates tax season.
LOGAN: We're approaching a very painful time of year for you.
VANESSA: I don't like to talk about it.
Ha, I know. But you said that you would, with me, just this once.
To help people.
Right, to help people. Because it's important that people not know they're alone, in their fear of taxes.
It's not a fear, it's more like a natural reaction to one of the most terrible things invented by man. And I hate that word, please don't say it.
Yes. That word.
Describe the feeling that you get when I say "taxes."
Revulsion. Terror. Rage. My stomach drops, my heart [...]
Logan: Mike, on a scale of 1 to 10, how obsessed are you with TRUE DETECTIVE?
Mike: Hah, well I started watching it because of you—literally, you gave me access to your HBO GO account—and you've brought it up so much around these parts, that I wanted to get an understanding of why you were so obsessed with it. It's a really good show! The camera work is really good! The storyline is really compelling!
Logan: Mike that wasn't a rating. WHAT IS YOUR RATING?
Mike: Hah, okay, hmm. Eight? Nine. I'd say nine. I'd hate to say 10, only because when something is a 10, it really [...]
Marnie Gallowy! The Internets told me that last week—eight years after you graduated from our ol' alma mater—that you paid off the last of your $48,000 in student loan debt. IS THAT TRUE? Are you a wizard?
Hey JShine—you found me out, I'm a wizard! My student loan debt totaled $48,000 and change ($33-ish from undergrad, and $15K from a poorly advised year in grad school). The bulk of my undergrad debt was federal student loans, but bundled in there was a nasty $8K Sallie Mae with a 12 percent interest rate. My grad school debt was also a mix of federal and private, but the private loans I got [...]
I'm currently finishing up two video projects—both of them are for a couple of friends, so naturally I'm not charging them anything. Both of these individuals are looking to build brand new business enterprises, and one of them is a person whom I’ve known since he was a child; it's crazy watching him run his own LLC.
While cutting footage, I can’t help but reflect on the many other free projects I’ve done over the years. These days, with all our plebian digital resources, anyone can be a graphic designer or media producer, making it easier to find people willing to do free work for a chance to break into [...]
In 2009 the economy was tanking, and I had my first real job at an internet startup, though I wouldn’t have known to call it that. I was an aspiring writer who desperately needed a job and was thrilled by the prospect of getting paid to hang out on the internet all day. I'd heard about stock options before, but really just that back in the day even the secretaries at Google got rich.
When I signed my contract and went full-time, I got my stock agreement in an email. Along with it came an offer from my boss to sit down over coffee so he could explain how [...]