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The End of Summer

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I grew up in a baseball family, albeit a nontraditional one. It was my mother and grandmother who had season tickets to the Phillies games, fantastic seats that were quite literally seven rows behind home plate, next to the scouts. I grew up in the concrete donut that was Veterans Stadium, never appreciating it. I […]

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13.1 Miles in Philly

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On Sunday, September 21, I finished the ING Philadelphia Distance Run, a half marathon that starts in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, snakes through the city past Independence Mall, and comes back out along the Schuylkill River past Boathouse Row. The weather was fantastic, the course was scenic and it was an all-around […]

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NaNoWriMo

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I’ve entered and “won” three of the past four years of NaNoWriMo. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a month-long event held each November in which you have to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Quality doesn’t matter. There’s no time for editing. The very important point of the exercise is to put your butt […]

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A Shocking Revelation

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After much talk about it, much internal debate and much worry that the world was going to fall apart, I’ve done what was previously unthinkable: I said no. Then I waited for the fallout. In the first few days after the big event, I was in a panic. What if the only thing keeping my […]

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More CFC08

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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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