The Pre-Writing Has to Stop

So it's been a year — and then some. But hey, I was busy trying to become who I am. I'm embarrassed to say how long I've had this draft open in my browser (it was a week and a day). Twenty-twenty was undoubtedly a rough year for the universe, but I don't really want to rehash all of that. What's sad is I could have been using that time more effectively to reach my personal goals, but I didn't. Again, there's no point in wallowing in all of that ~time wasted~.

In other news — I'm back, baby. 

This isn't one of those accountability posts. It's more like a "rip the bandaid off and publish something" post. I did a lot of what Hannah Horvath would call "pre-writing" in the last year or so. Now it's time to get those ideas out into the ether. Because that's what this space is for. I used to think I wanted it to be something for everyone else to pore over. Now I realize the immense and invisible pressure that puts on a person like me. 

Recently, I've been inspired by a lot of the creative people I work with. In fact, my boss was actually the one who inspired me to sit down and reflect on the things that I'm passionate about outside of work. Because we shouldn't be defined by what we do for a living — we should be defined by the things we want to do. 

When I'm not publishing whatever the heck I want to on here, I'm likely doing a few other things elsewhere online. My creative ooze is everywhere! 

Staff writing for Showbiz Cheat Sheet  

You can find most of my writing on Showbiz Cheat Sheet because I'm a staff writer now. I've been with the company for a year, but I've taken some recent inventory, and I've been writing about entertainment for like, six years. Good for me. 

I'm excited to share more about that journey (I've been watching too much of The Bachelor) here as well. From getting the job to celebrity interviewing tips to my not-so-great reality star encounter — it's all on my list of 'things to write.' 

Lights, Camera, No podcast

Then there's the Lights, Camera, No podcast. Every week, my internet pals and I talk about a different movie in the horror or thriller genre. Every Friday, you can listen to us on SpotifyiTunes, and pretty much every other podcasting outlet. We're also on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Plus, Lights, Camera, No live streams from Twitch every Wednesday while we record new episodes. Come hang out with us sometime! 

Freelancing for POPSUGAR

Ironically, I got the freelancing gig with POPSUGAR by applying for a full-time job. At the time, I think the hiring manager was looking for a digital editor (maybe?), and the position wasn't remote. I still managed to land a phone interview thanks to my background in writing for SEO. Unfortunately, they weren't willing to commit to a full-time remote worker, but they offered me a paid spot as a freelancer instead. 

I don't get to write as frequently as I would like for POPSUGAR, and there are many reasons why. For starters, most of the writing I'm capable of or interested in overlaps with what I write for Cheat Sheet, and that always takes priority. The other thing is that I actually have to submit pitches, and those don't always get the green light. I'll do a whole post about freelancing for POPSUGAR, how you can do it too, the types of pitches they're looking for, and all of that good stuff. Like I said — 'things to write.' 

But this is where I'll continue to host my musings. 

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