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Written, Read, Seen: Why Creative People Need Supportive Partners

As anyone who’s managed it can attest, the process of disentangling oneself from a full-time job is beset with practical and philosophical questions. Going freelance requires a raft of methodical preparation, the cultivation of a decision tree or two, an exit strategy, and, eventually, a bold leap into the unknown.

It’s a life transition also liable to stir up crises of emotion in your closest personal relationships: what if you get a slow start and you and your partner are forced to rely, temporarily, on a single income? What if you’ve misjudged the market and you never quite find your financial feet? What if you’re taking a major pay cut? What if you become depressed, or distracted, or riddled with doubt? If kids are in the mix, what kind of stability are they owed? Who has the health insurance?

These are big questions—big enough to rend an already-shaky union clean in two. I have this on personal authority.

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Sick Days: Self-Care for the Underweather Writer

* UPDATE: Four days after publishing this post, I was diagnosed with pneumonia. And that means everything I said below now goes double… Perhaps even triple! *

It’s a radiant Sunday morning here in Portland, a Sunday much like any other, which can only mean one thing: I’ve got a bit of work to do!

It’s beyond boring to rag on about one’s workload, or one’s general busy-ness. Or, at least it used to be.

Seems to me much ado is made in popular media lately about The Cult of Busy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it: we’re harried and hurried and overbooked and undervacationed to within an inch of our lives, and we really, really relish the opportunity to tell other people alllllll about it. We invoke our inescapable busy-ness so regularly and with so much ex post facto emotion in casual conversation that it’s starting to seem as if we might even sorta like it that way.

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Coming Clean: The Tricky Business of Writing Your Way through Loss

I have been debating how much of the personal it is appropriate to share on this blog, which is, ostensibly, a blog about writing. Two pieces of advice I frequently give out to those who wish to start a blog are:

  • Post consistently.
  • Stay on topic.

I’ve failed at that first mandate, pretty spectacularly, over the past two months, and I’m also about to unapologetically break ranks with the second.

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