Been Busy, Busy, Busy. How About You?

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.That happened to me recently. I’ve been writing a new manuscript for this site, to share with you, and I’ve been working on a fiction book. I have also been building a new website for my works of fiction. Busy, busy, busy.

Sometimes I get a little carried away with things. How about you? It’s good to be busy, but we also need to remember that downtime is essential. It can bring you back to reality enough to realize that you may be neglecting other things, like posting to your blog.

It happens every so often, and I don’t worry about it too much. After all, I’m still creating things for you.

Does this happen to anyone else? It’s something I’m working on, for sure.

So, about those projects.

  • I’m creating a series of eGuides that should help you balance the important parts of life, from your career to things personal.
  • I’m working on a new book! Fiction this time around. I like to switch things up sometimes.
  • I made a new website I’m so excited about! It is for my works of fiction, and you can check it out here. Please do. You’ll learn more about me, and find some short stories to enjoy. This site is more professional in nature than the old blog.

What have you been up to lately?

Shannon L. Buck

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Green Your Freelance Business (eBook)

Kindle Cover Green Your Freelance BusinessGreen Your Freelance Business is a helpful book for the freelancer or anyone with an office. Discover many ways to green your business activities as well as your office. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, or if you’re looking for more greening tips, this is the eBook for you.

Green Your Freelance Business has been edited, updated with new information, and provides action steps to help you along the greening journey.

A bonus section at the back of the book offers three creative projects for freelancers. Have fun!

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Organize Your Space and Stuff (eBook)

Organize Your Space and StuffOrganize Your Space and Stuff is a compilation of many articles from How to Live the Freelance Life. Each article has been expanded on for this book, with updates on how things have changed, and action steps to guide you in setting up and keeping up with your office or office space.

A bonus section at the back of this eBook gives the reader creative projects that will aid in furthering their career and brightening their day. These projects are not to be missed. They are fun!

Organize Your Space and Stuff provides take-aways such as ideas for organizing projects and record keeping, as well as keeping track of successes. Organizing the way you do business does not have to be difficult. The eBook offers advice from someone who has tried many things, before beginning to get it right. It also offers recommendations for having a ‘greener’ office environment, and advice for keeping what you need on-hand, so it is available when needed.

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Why I Wrote for Examiner.com

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright May 2016.While my main goal is to be earning a full living from my writing at some point, money is not the only reason I write. I also write to help others. By getting information out to people who may need it, I feel like I’m contributing to a greater good.

I had three channels with regular readers, but these channels did not really earn a lot of money. Not enough to live off, any way. It was only a revenue share site. The three channels weren’t meant to earn much, because they were meant to help. They were: Bangor Easy Meals, Bangor Frugal Living, and Bangor Single Mom. They aren’t only for readers in the Bangor area, people in different countries read them. You can too, but only for a limited time.

Examiner.com emailed their writers at the beginning of the month to let them know the site will be closing on or around July 10, 2016.

So I’m doing a few things:

  1. I’ve already went through my documents and the site to be sure I have a copy of each article.
  2. I’m deciding which articles, after some editing and adding to, I might be able to use on Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy or Frugal Is Fabulous! These are my blogs.
  3. And I’m deciding how I might reuse other content, also after updating and editing. Maybe an eCookBook, an eBook for single moms, and some eBooklets or mini eGuides.
  4. I’m also considering starting a new blog for single moms. Or single parenting in general.

There’s plenty of material to do any and all of these things. I’ve had two of the channels since 2011, and the other since 2009. I’m going to miss writing them, but times are changing. It’s time to do some new things with all that information, after updating each.

This has added a little extra work on my part, but I think everything will work itself out in the end. While it was nice getting paid some here and there, I never counted on that money for anything important. It was not a reliable source of income each month. No set amount for payments.

Reclaiming my articles, and re-purposing their content, will allow me more freedom with any writing projects I use them for in the future. Freedom to do what I want, write what I want, is a huge plus.

While writing for those channels was fun, I’m looking forward to other things now.

If you wrote for Examiner.com, make sure you have copies of everything so you, too, might do something bigger and better with the content.

Happy writing!

Shannon L. Buck

Book Review: How to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life

indexHow to Do It All: The Revolutionary Plan to Create a Full, Meaningful Life – While Only Occasionally Wanting to Poke Your Eyes Out With a Sharpie
Linda is one of my favorite authors on the topic of freelance writing and building a freelance business. It really wasn’t a stretch for me to buy this ebook, and I’m glad I did. I’ve read through the book, and am now working through the worksheets, and I can’t wait to get things in my life more organized and on track.

I love this book. It will be helpful no matter your career choice, and deals anything in life you want to accomplish. The ebook is well-written, and easy to follow along with while filling out the worksheets. On the days I feel like “poking my eyes out with a sharpie”, I can look back at this book and my worksheets, and know that everything will be okay and I’ll be able to get back on track in no time.

As a person who always seems to need to be busily working on something, How to Do It All is helping me to stay on track in each area of life. Thank goodness. I need all the help I can get.

This book, by the way, is a keeper. It gives advice on how to fill out each worksheet, as well as coming up with your own ideas when you want to do something else.

Write Now, Publish Later

Organize Your Space and StuffThis article was originally posted to the blog on January 13, 2013. It has been updated and was added to the content of my recent eBook, Organize Your Space and Stuff. All of the pre-2015 organizational articles, with the exception of What is Your Theme Word? Mine is Prepare were deleted from here, then updated and put into the eBook.

Here is the updated version:

My schedule is a hectic one. I don’t have the opportunity to write every day, but I want to start keeping somewhat of a schedule for my blogs and Examiner.com channels. Doing so will allow me to stay on track, and give my readers for each venue something to look forward to.

Each blog and channel allows me to write posts or articles and schedule them to publish on a specific date. By using these features I’m able to get as far ahead as I want with my writing, and have everything scheduled to post when I want. I’ll be utilizing this feature much more this year than in previous years.

During the busy season at the inn, I don’t have enough time to write regularly. In November (NaNoWriMo month!), I do not have time to blog much at all, and certainly no time to write articles.

By using this type of feature, I can keep everyone reading by doing all my work during the off season and scheduling it for later.

This means that, for the next two or three months, I’m working triple time: At the inn, writing current posts and articles, as well as doing marketing tasks, and writing for the on season.

Let’s see how it all works out for me.

How do you handle busy times?

July 2015:

It is possible to get all blog posts for a two week period written in just one day, scheduling each to publish on the desired days. If you write a few posts or articles each time you have a chance, you will be ahead of the game in no time. Simply write the post, edit, add a photo, and set the schedule.

If your blog is set up to do so, each post or article will also automatically post to specific social and professional networking sites. All you have to do is respond to comments.

ACTION STEPS:

  1. Write and edit a blog post, adding an image and whatever else you like.

  2. Schedule the post for a specific day, as well as a specific time if you have that option.

  3. If you have a day or two a week to set aside for writing blog posts, go ahead and do your best work creating a variety of posts and schedule them to publish every other day or so over the course of a couple of weeks.

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Is it Time to Reevaluate Your Goals?

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2016.At the end of each year, I write down the things I hope to accomplish throughout the next year. Usually, I go overboard. Way overboard. And I rarely accomplish even half of what I want. I did the same for 2016 but, for some reason, I seem to be completing far more of my goals. Maybe I’m just really ready to get things done at this point in my life.

And because I don’t put enough on my goals list each year (Oh, the sarcasm.), my brain also spits other ideas out to me throughout the year. I end up with even more goals; more things to do.

Some years, around this time, I take goals I haven’t decided to work toward off my list. But not this time.

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More stuff to do. I’m not sure I’ll be finishing everything, but I’ll be trying pretty darn hard to get as much accomplished as possible.

How about you? Are there things you need to delete from your list? Things you want to add? Things you simply need to change the timeline for, extending because you know you’ll finish the projects after the new year, rather than before?

Go for it.

  1. Take out your list and a pen.
  2. Start a new list for 2017.
  3. Start a new list for things you are putting aside for now. Remember, you can go back to them next year, or the year after. There is no true deadline if it is your own project.
  4. Decide what projects you will put aside, and add them to the ‘putting aside’ list. Cross them off the original list.
  5. Decide what projects you’ll continue to work on but know wont be completed until next year. Add them to the ‘2017’ goals list, crossing them off the original.
  6. Brainstorm for new ideas, adding them to the list they need to go on: ‘2016’, ‘2017’, or ‘putting aside’.
  7. Make an action plan for the current list and schedule when to do things.
  8. Make an action plan for ‘2017’, scheduling what you want to work on somewhat this year.
  9. File the ‘putting aside’ list.

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This is possible when they’re our own goals, so take advantage of the freedom to work on what you want. After all, when writing for others you don’t get to make these calls.

Screenshot of freelanceponderingsandadvice.wordpress.com, June 15, 2016. Shannon L. Buck

Screenshot of freelanceponderingsandadvice.wordpress.com, June 15, 2016. Shannon L. Buck

I decided this year to finally get a couple of things done, so I recently added these goals to my 2016 list:

  1. Move the archives for Freelance Ponderings and Advice to a new platform that will give a more organized, clean-cut, reading experience. (Done! Visit the archive site here! And tell me what you think.)
  2. Start an email newsletter for new issues of Freelance Ponderings and Advice. (Done! Join the newsletter list here!)
  3. Move the archives for Frugal Recipes Happenings to a new platform that will give a more organized, clean-cut, reading experience.
  4. Start an email newsletter for the new issues of Frugal Recipes Happenings.

A lot, considering what is still left on my 2016 list. I’ve finished 1 and 2, and started 3. Also, I’ve set up the Lulu store to sell old editions of ebooks at a discounted price of $1.99 until I’m ready to discontinue them. (Be sure to take advantage while you can.)

Here’s to hoping I can get it all done.

Organize Your Space and StuffI’ve already accomplished so much, from publishing 7 short stories and 2 nonfiction ebooks to setting up an ‘office’ area in the room I rent, and even switching from the old laptop to a new one. Oh, the downloads and manuscripts! And I’m working on getting everything ‘in the cloud.’ So my goals for a more organized personal writing experience are being achieved. I’m happy, to say the least.

And I’ve still got more I’m doing. Between 2016 and 2017, I will:

  1. Re-write and publish a number of nonfiction books.
  2. Publish a bunch of short stories I wrote from years ago.
  3. Finish writing the stories I’m working on.
  4. Create a new website.
  5. Complete and publish at least four eGuides in a series I’m writing for Live the Freelance Life.
  6. Write and publish at least three eGuides for the new site.

I am one busy lady, for sure. I’d be completely bored without working toward these goals, though. I’m one of those people who always needs something to work toward. How about you?

Now that you know where you’re heading, I want to wish you luck in meeting your goals – and say congratulations for the goals you’ve already met.

Want to share? Email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Shannon L. Buck

It’s Time to Check Out the New Freelance Ponderings and Advice

Yesterday I told you I was going to be announcing how to get the new issues of Freelance Ponderings and Advice as each are written, so you wont have to wait so long for the seasonal issues to be posted to the archive site. This post is to introduce you to that email list.

Screenashot from the Freelance Ponderings and Advice newsletter. June 15, 2016. Shannon L. Buck.

Screenashot from the Freelance Ponderings and Advice newsletter. June 15, 2016. Shannon L. Buck.

This screenshot is from the spring issue, Expand Your Writing Career: Fiction, and you won’t want to miss it. Yesterday I explained I was looking for a clean-cut platform, and I’ve found it through Mailchimp.

This issue is all about expanding your writing career by adding fiction. So many freelancers have a wonderfully creative side that is screaming at them to be allowed to express itself. Why not let it out?

Because each new newsletter will be emailed to you through this mailing list, they will not be posted to the archive site until later, when the next issue is published.

If you want to receive current issues during the proper season, and the special editions as soon as they come out, sign up for the email list now.

  • Subscribe to the Freelance Ponderings and Advice newsletter for new issues as they are published. Do this here!
  • To read the archived issues of the newsletter (always useful) Go Here!

Enjoy the newsletter!

Shannon L. Buck

P.S. I’m working on a few more things for the blog as well, in my spare time. I’m sure you will be pleased.

Freelance Ponderings and Advice, The Archives

I’ve been wanting to move my newsletter, Freelance Ponderings and Advice, from Tumblr for quite some time. I love Tumblr and plan to use it in the future, but I needed a little more creative freedom with the newsletter. I think the new platform will work better.

I chose to go with WordPress for the newsletter archives, and am happy with the outcome. I hope you will be too!

Screenshot of freelanceponderingsandadvice.wordpress.com, June 15, 2016. Shannon L. Buck

Screenshot of freelanceponderingsandadvice.wordpress.com, June 15, 2016. Shannon L. Buck

This is just an archive site, and wont house the current issue (spring) until the next issue is published. It’s simply a place to collect all the old issues in one place, but WordPress lets me do this in a more clean-looking, organized manner. I’m pleased, for sure.

What do you think? Visit Freelance Ponderings and Advice, The Archive to read any issues you may have missed over the years. I know many of you weren’t on this site in the beginning, so you’ll glean much information from the archive site. Here is a list of the newsletters over there. See anything you missed or would like to read again?

As each new issue is published, I’ll move the previous one to this site.

You’ll notice that I recently cleaned up the sidebars here on the site, deleting a lot of links and such. The old newsletter links were dismantled. I’m still doing some tweaking, but I think the blog is looking a bit more organized these days.

I also made a post on Tumblr, sending people to the new Archive site.

Happy reading!

Shannon L. Buck

P.S. I’m also setting up a new current newsletter platform, and will post again soon about how to sign up for each current issue of the free newsletter. It will be an email newsletter, rather than an email telling you to go to the blog.

 

Back to Working Outside

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright May 2016.Have I mentioned how much I love working outside? I’m sure I must have. All winter long I try to be as patient as I can, waiting for spring when I can finally get back outside with a manuscript or other project to work on. And this year, it seemed to take forever for spring to truly present itself. Even now, the wind is blowing when the sun is shining. But I’m making the best of it, and getting out to work on things when possible. After all, there are benefits to working outside.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright May 2016These photos were taken at Littlefield Garden at the University of Maine, Orono. It is a beautiful area. After walking the bike paths out behind the university, I like to walk through the gardens snapping photographs before settling down for lunch and work.

As you can see in the first photo, I was getting ready to have a sandwich and some green beans. I filled a canning jar with water before leaving the house. After spreading out the blanket, taking off my shoes and socks, and spreading out my food, I enjoy sitting for a bit while taking in the scenery of that area. There is something serene about working at here.

My project folders were on standby, so I could finish up edits while I was there.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright May 2016. 13335858_10154441958192668_5120671637813814311_nWebster Park is another place I like to work. It’s near the river, and has pretty views. Sometimes a bench or a picnic table are available, but I always bring a blanket just in case. I also bring my laptop, on the chance I’ll get to use a table. I don’t pick up enough of a signal to get online most of the time, but I can work within my folders and documents.

Both areas are beautiful, and usually quiet. Great for getting work done.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright June 5, 2016.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright June 5, 2016.

Aroma Joe’s has an outside area for sitting. It’s just a few tables with chairs, but the cushions are comfortable. I’ll have to get a photo of the area at some point.

I like to go there for breakfast (note the oatmeal) and mint or vanilla tea, sometimes adding fruit to my order. This is my all-time favorite place away from home for the tea and oatmeal. I can get online there so I bring the laptop and a list of things I need to get done, working while enjoying my meal. Then I get my free refill of tea and work another hour or so. There are others who go there to work, and many students from UMaine study there.

Now is the time of year I try to arrive there early enough to get a table outside, so I can enjoy the nice weather while getting down to business. As a matter-of-fact, I’m considering making it a priority that the next area I move to will have an Aroma Joe’s I can walk to.

And at least one beautiful park.

I need nature.

So, I’ll be working outside whenever possible this year. How about you?

Shannon L. Buck

shannonlbuck@gmail.com

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