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As I mentioned previously, the Creative Freelancer Conference was very inspirational, and gave me a new perspective on life as a creative small business owner. I am a member of the listserv for the American Medical Writers Association, a group of people who, for the most part, are hard-core medical writers. These are people with […]

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Creative Freelancer Conference 2008

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Last week, I attended the first-ever Creative Freelancer Conference in Chicago. I tend to be a little bit skeptical about conferences in general because they require a pretty significant financial investment in travel and conference fees, take you away from three days of billable project hours, and you never really know how much you’re going […]

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Losing Things

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I rarely lose things (missing socks in the laundry notwithstanding). While my desk may not look orderly, I can find any file in milliseconds. I can track any email that I’ve received in the last two years. I always know the whereabouts of my car keys. Maybe this explains why I have a weird fear […]

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Trying to Find the Silver Lining

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I’m having oral surgery tomorrow morning. The waiver makes the process seem so appealing — possible loss of feeling in the lower half of my face, possible fractured jaw, chance of nasty infection, possible permanent loss of taste, permanent uncontrollable drooling or maybe death from anesthesia. They’ve recommended that I don’t work for three days. […]

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How to Anger Loyal Customers (I Can Hear Steve Jobs Laughing At Me)

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I’ve been in the market for an iPhone. Even prior to the iPhone 3G announcement, I had decided that I needed something like it to enable me to keep up with email and clients when I’m offsite at meetings for half a day. Unfortunately, I made this decision in the days prior to the new […]

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Concerts

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On Wednesday night, we went to see The Police and Elvis Costello at the Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord, one of the more absurd corporate naming experiments for public venues. I love music. According to the Distorted Tunes Test from the NIDCD, I’ve got a really good ear for it, something I’d long suspected. And […]

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Socks

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It was a particularly bad week for my laundry. I have three different kinds of socks for my workouts, and in one load of laundry I managed to lose one of each kind. I now have three mismatched socks, sitting on the dryer, looking forlorn and forgotten. I had a good run. I had whole […]

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Phobias

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I have one phobia in life. It lacks a name. It’s something between iatrophobia (fear of going to the doctor) and ommatophobia (fear of eyes). Really, it’s a fear of eye doctors. Yeah, it seems like a weird fear to have. Most people are afraid of the dentist, but I have a semi-paralytic fear of […]

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Stranger in a Strange Land

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I have always made it a point to be nice to tourists, and hope that others would extend the same courtesy to me. This isn’t always the case. I recently had an experience where I didn’t speak the language, and the natives quickly lost patience. The other day, I was forced by circumstance to meet […]

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Social Surplus

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I found a fantastic speech that discusses the role of television and our collective available time as a society. People often ask me where I find the hours in the day for freelance work, parenting a toddler, contributing time to a nonprofit, exercising and reading books. The answer is that I don’t watch TV. Don’t […]

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