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The Freelancer in You

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Working from home…….

Oh, how sweet it is when you can sit at your computer desk and know that you have an article due date coming up all because you found yourself a client to work for and they are depending on you to get the work done; and then before you know it….ching, ching, you get paid for doing what you love……Writing!

Now that part of the scenario sounds easy peasy, cool beans as the youngsters would say. Well, slow your horse down partner, before you get all excited and rearing up to go because there’s a lot of preparation that goes into this do -your- on-thing- niche. You have to take it step by step to get started in this particular line of freelance writing. Don’t think that just because you write that you will get hired on just because you are a wordsmith or that you just have a way with words. I am not telling you not to have confidence in yourself, or not to believe in yourself. You know and believe that you can do the work, but guess what… are going to have to prove yourself to your client and perhaps to the company that you want to work for. In other words, you are going to have to produce a bio, resume’ and a couple of writing samples to prove your worth and show your talent when you become a freelancer too, just like any other job. So, have these items ready to release when you are looking for freelance online writing jobs.

The Availability of Work

Once you do a search for the type of writing that you are interested in, you will soon find out that doing a Google search will bring up a lot of possibilities to wade through because there are hundreds of listings to sort out. Make a list of some of the ones that catch your eye and then explore them and do a thorough review. Find out their guidelines for applying and all the ins and outs of what is expected of you as a writer if hired. When it comes to becoming a freelance writer, remember to always write what you know and if you don’t know it, do not be afraid to research the topic to find out. With that I say, live and learn and enjoy the world of freelance writing because the work is out there. Be patient, stay positive and let the work keep you productive once you get started.







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Woo Hoo! Back in the Saddle Again!

colorful cartoon horseHey, hey, hey everyone. Guess what…..I’m back and getting a head start into my creative writing spirit. Time is up, summer vacation is over and time is on my side! Which means…..More Time to Focus and Write!  I am gearing up and rearing to go! I am back in the saddle again; after all, here I am blogging, haven’t done that for a while. Yep, I know….shame on me! So slap me with a wet noodle if you must.

It feels quite good sitting behind my desk again with things to do that pertain to what I love to do. Yes indeed, I am doing me!

I tell you, ever since I received my iPhone for Mother’s Day, being on this computer just took a backseat because I got into the habit of doing everything on my phone. But one thing for sure, I haven’t mastered writing long content, or manuscript writing on my phone, not with the one finger typing that I do on it, even though I do leave short messages on Facebook and Twitter. I was getting quite relaxed in promoting myself and my books by way of my phone. But it is much faster using my desktop. I wonder how in the world people text so fast and using both of their hands to do it, fingers and thumbs flying across the little keyboard. When it comes to texting, I have wicky-wacky fingers I guess. But oh well, I love my phone and all the things I can do with it and what I am learning to do with it. Yep, I’ve been upgraded. I even do the Snapchat thing now. Say what? Hey, I am cool like that.

This morning, I even decided that I was going to get started back into my freelance writing and editing again, yes I used to do that and I enjoyed it a lot. So, today, I scoped out the internet finding possibilities. There are quite a few opportunities out there waiting to be snatched up and I jotted down about 6 websites to look further into.  So, that is what is on the agenda today, wish me luck in this adventure. I will keep you posted on how it goes. However, I do have a good positive feeling about it. Hey, like I said before…..I am doing me!

Well, enough of that because this blog is getting longer and longer, so guess what I am about to do…… Promote some of my books because I don’t want you to forget about them.   Check them out




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Impulse Shopping

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Hey, guess who got a new cell phone upgrade for Mother’s Day last month. Oh yes, that would be me. And guess what, I like my Apple SE phone very much. I can do so much more on it than what I could on my old phone. I couldn’t even download games on it because there wasn’t enough space. So guess what….I just went crazy with the game apps from the iTune store. My daughter helped set it up for me, with my own little personalization. So now I am grinning from ear to ear with my new electronic device.

As you know, when you purchase a phone, it doesn’t come with a cover. Oh, the decisions I had to make in finding me something to protect my gift and make it look cute. My first phone cover came from the dollar store, a clear blue back cover that I was using temporarily until I could get the real deal because I was not satisfied.

But guess what, I am satisfied now because I hopped on over to my 1st favorite online store and found me a cute pink cover that looks like a wallet. Oh yeah, it arrived today and I placed my phone in it. It has the perfect size fit, and it has pockets for credit cards and a little bit of cash if you have. LOL So no, my new phone is protected in the front and in the back. This phone cover deal came with a stylus pen and a dust trinket thingy…a little pink glittery giraffe. Yep, it is a cute little trinket. But, guess what….I didn’t know what I was to do with the thing. So I Googled it and got my answer. I plugged it into the earphone slot, perfect fit, but the doggone thing dangles from the bottom of my phone…I don’t like that. It is supposed to dangle from the top, but my earphone outlet is on the bottom. Anyway, who would have thought that a cell phone with an earphone slot is supposed to covered to keep dust and such things entering your phone? I never heard of it before, or is it just another ploy to get people to purchase trinkets for their phones. I did a little research and found out that one person said that he couldn’t talk on his phone if his dust plug was inserted. Now, what good is that? Who wants to be taking that thing out every time the phone rings or when you want to make a call? That’s not a bright idea. So now my little dust do -Jiggy is sitting in my jewelry box. Perhaps I can use it on my iPad or my tablet. It is too cute to just throw away. Anyway, two more phone covers are coming so I can play switch-a-roo, you know give the phone a new look when I am in the mood. These covers are cute too…..and colorful….and so very affordable because I ordered them from Ebay, my 2nd favorite online shopping store. Front and back covers that will put a lively spark to my phone, one even has a Winnie the Pooh on the back of it…..Heck no I am not too old for Disney characters. It’s the youngster inside of me.  Anyway, that was a fun little shopping spree on Ebay, I couldn’t make up my mind, so I bought them both. I guess you can say that I will not be purchasing anymore cell phone covers for awhile now. But who knows, I tend to be an impulsive shopper at times. (Giggle giggle) Hey, it’s all for my electronic gadgets.ipone guy 2 cute








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Kindle Books for Kids

View these titles @  Short stories that will make your youngster smile and enjoy reading, even while on summer break.

  1. Saving Blueberry
  2. Where is Kirby?
  3. Kumani
  4. Along Came Jelly-Beanz
  5. Suspect!
  6. It’s a Doggone Shame!
  7. My Happy New Home
  8. OMG! Talez with Tailz
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Home Grown Books aka HGB

Now here is a little hint as to what I am doing and what I have been doing since my disappearance……a book is on its way. Just a little something, something that will keep young readers turning the pages. How about that? Spread your wings on this one. Yep, that’s another hint.

via Up to Something — HG BOOKS

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Well, if you have been walking through the pages of my website, you can see I was at it again this morning making changes and updates. It must be a female thing because I am always changing something around. Thank goodness I didn’t get inspired to move furniture. No, moving stuff, adding stuff, deleting stuff on a website is a whole lot easier and less wear and tear on my body; after all, I still act like I am superwoman around here, superwoman with powers.

The biggest change that took place on the website is the name…Yes, I changed it. The thought popped into my head last night while watching TV.  So I played around with it and now I am happy to say that Razzamatazz books is no more… is HGbooks. HG books stand for,  “Home Grown Books”.   Home Grown because my books are created and produced right here in…

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