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

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Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Easy Desk Decorations for Winter

I took my trees and Yule decorations down a few days after Christmas. I wanted my desk back, and that is where my trees were set up in front of the window. Each winter, after taking down holiday decorations, I decorate for the winter months.

Usually, the projects I post here are at least somewhat related to writing. But not today. These easy desk decorations for winter will spruce up your desk and leave it feeling a little more cozy.

And why not? We can be creative in more than one way. Why not let our creativity shine through by crafting and doing things other than writing.

As you can see, I did three projects for my desk. They were super-simple to achieve, and the overall effect is nice.

The Tea Light Candle Holders

I have three tea light candle holders of varying height. I always decorate these according to the season, and sometimes they end up on a corner of my desk. They are clear and each has an insert for a tea light.

I used light blue beaded garland from Yule, and let a strand nestle slowly at the bottom of each receptacle. Then I placed a pine cone in each. For the shortest one, I had to squish the pine cone down into the beads in order to fit the top in place. Once the tea light holders were in the receptacles, I simply placed a tea light in each.

Voila! A candle set-up for the corner of my desk.

The Filled Vase

Another super-easy project, this time using a clear vase. I let a strand of silver beads fall gently into the bottom of a vase, then added silver ribbon I had previously used for a wrapping project. Next I let another string of silver beads settle over the ribbon.

Such a quick project for the desk.

The Filled Snowflake Bucket

I have this bucket, brown with a snowflake design, that came to me as part of a gift a couple of years back. It isn’t very tall. The picture next to it is a 5×7. But I wanted to use it at one corner of my desk, opposite the tea light holders. I thought it would go well with the framed picture.

All I did was let a short strand of silver garland fall into the bucket. It came to the top. Then I placed a pine cone on top, at the center, and a little wooden snowman at the back. Before setting the bucket on my desk, I also added some beaded icicle ornaments (purple and clear) around the inside edges, being sure to push them down as far as they would go. This way you only see the tops of the ornaments.

Another easy-peasy desk project, to be sure.

Zero Cost Projects in No Time

These projects cost me nothing, because I used materials I already have on hand from the holidays. And it took less than 5 minutes to create them all.

I think the grouping of the vase, the bucket and picture looks lovely, and I like the grouping of tea light holders at the opposite end of the desk.

How are you decorating your desk for winter? Please share in the comments, or by emailing me at shannonlbuck@livethefreelancelife.com. And please send pictures!

Shannon L. Buck




Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Create a Fun Newsletter

I like to write newsletters. I have two that I write with each seasonal change:Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Freelance Ponderings and Advice

Frugal Recipes Happenings

I used to write a homeschool one as well, when I homeschooled my daughters, and had a parents newsletter for my daycare. They are fun to create, and a great way to keep in touch.

The two I write now are pretty basic, but people seem to like them. They are online, and I do not print them for people. One is done on LiveJournal.com, the other on tumblr.com, though you could use other platforms. Choose whatever feels right to you.

What type of newsletter should you create? Well, I was thinking you could try a fun one on something other than your freelance career. (Though you could certainly do both.) At least for this project, because it should be done for fun. Here are some possible topics:

  • Weddings
  • Proms
  • Anniversaries
  • Fishing
  • Scrapbooking
  • Crafting
  • Holidays
  • Hunting
  • Travel
  • Vacation
  • Books
  • Parenting
  • Gardening
  • Family Reunions
  • Food
  • Homesteading
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Myths
  • Spirituality
  • House Decorating
  • Stamp Collecting
  • Football
  • Hiking

The ideas for newsletters seem endless. Remember to choose something you enjoy, to make the process fun.

Maybe you love tiny homes, and want to create a newsletter about ways to cut back on possessions so you can live in one. Or maybe you have a hunting camp and spend a lot of time there, and want to create a hunting themed newsletter. Choosing topics you are interested in will help you stay motivated to complete the project.

What are the different elements of a newsletter? Well, it depends on the topic. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • A main article.
  • Two or three other articles.
  • An advice column.
  • A recipe or two.
  • Craft projects.
  • A reading list or book review.
  • Your favorite items from your tackle box and why.
  • Games and/or puzzles.
  • Q&A.
  • Lesser known trails in your area.

Whatever will go along with the topic of your newsletter.

When the newsletter is complete and edited, print copies to give out and/or offer it online. If you enjoyed the process, perhaps you will decide to write monthly or quarterly issues. If you decide against it, then at least you opened your mind to a new experience – and hopefully took something important away from the project.

Feel free to share a link to your newsletter in the comments, or email me a link at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I will be happy to check it out.

Shannon L. Buck

 




Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Contemplating Life’s Questions

Once in a while I look up questions online. Questions about life, success, 241243183_80_80whatever might be interesting to write about. I think it is fun, and I’m betting at least a few of you do as well.

Why not start a journal for life’s question. Get yourself a nice journal, I like a sturdy hardcover one, and use your favorite pen. Doodle on, or scrap, each page of the journal, if you would like.

Each week, find a little time to look up a question online and journal about your thoughts regarding that question. Or, answer questions you think of on your own, or ones you here from others.

I am now making this type of journaling a regular part of my life. A few days last week I was able to set aside time for this project. Right now I am using Journal Sparks: 300 Questions to Journal about by Shery Ma Belle Arietta Russ. Skipping around, I choose whatever question I find the most interesting each day.

Morning works well for me. When will you write? Let us know about your journaling experiences in the comments of this post, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I always answer emails.

NOTE: I bought this journaling book years ago. No one gave me anything in return for mentioning here on my blog. I do believe you can still get this book of journaling prompts.

Shannon L. Buck




Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Your Dream Article

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. You know, the one about world peace, hunger in America, homelessness, how the government and society are failing welfare recipients by not fully preparing them to succeed in life, or whatever you might find important. What you feel strongly about, be it controversial or not. This is about your dream piece. Choose accordingly.

Don’t worry about whether it is marketable. This project is not about making sure you can publish what you write, it is about having the freedom to write on whatever topic you feel is important or interesting.

Be sure to research well, and craft the best piece you can. Edit it. Make it presentable. Maybe even take a photograph having to do with the topic to keep with the article.

Once you have done all this, you are done and can feel good about accomplishing such an important task.

IF you want, try to find a market for the article as is, or with minimal editing. feel free to submit it but remember that the whole point in this project was to write what you want, not what others think is important or right. So please do not sacrifice a great article for a person or magazine who wants you to go against what you have worked so hard for.

If you want, share your experiences with this project here. Or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I would love to read your articles for this project. I always respond to emails.

Shannon L. Buck




Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Vision Boards

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.What do you want to accomplish with your freelance business? Your personal life? Education?

What are your end goals?

Where do you want to end up?

Take a good look at what you want your future to look like. Take notes over the next week or two. Leaf through magazines for pictures that match up to all the things you want to accomplish. Print things from online. Collect craft materials.

And the create your vision board.

Use color: Markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Even paints will work. Stickers, or scraps from your scrapbooking hobby would make great embellishments. Photographs of your family friends can be used if they fit into what you are working toward. The sky is the limit. Really. Hang the finished product in a place where you will see it each day.

NOTE: Rather than creating a lifetime vision board, you might consider a yearly or bi-yearly one. Maybe a 5 or 10-year board. Whatever you think will work best for you.

Just create.

Bonus: Create and print a bullet list of short points. What you want to accomplish. Hang this in a prominent place near your desk. Check things off as you finish them. This list could change frequently, when used to create baby steps for your end goals.

What will your board and list look like? Share with us in the comments, or email me and shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I don’t know if you can post pictures in the comments or not, but feel free to try 🙂

Have fun with this!

Shannon




Fun Personal Projects for Writers: Write a Short Story

 As freelancers, we are not always in touch with our most creative sides. It is sometimes fun to break away from the norm and do something new, so why not try to get more creative over the next few weeks by writing a short story. Or a novelette. Or a novella. Heck, you could even start an entire novel.

Not sure what to write about? I have plenty of ideas that will be of interest:

52 Writing Prompts for the Freelance Writer Plus a Bonus Prompts for the Fiction Writer

And you can find many more writing prompts here.

Do not worry about whether anyone else will like your story, or even get
the meaning of it. You will never have to show anyone or have it
published unless you want to.

Experiment. I wrote a story a while back based on a strange dream I had. When it was done I didn’t think anyone would even read it. It was an odd one.
However, I bit the bullet and published it. People actually like it. You
can find it at: http://voices.yahoo.com/alone-8497133.html?cat=44

 Happy writing!

Shannon L. Buck

 




Fun Personal Projects or Writers: Journal a Scrapbook

 Not always, but often, freelancers enjoy other creative outlets. Today I want to introduce you to the concept of journaling a scrapbook. I love to journal, and I love to scrapbook, so my scrapbook pages always have journaling cards.

You do not have to do anything special. Simply attach a photo and a journaling card to your page, and write about what is happening in the picture.

  • Who is in the photo?
  • How old are they?
  • When was the photograph taken?
  • Where was it taken?
  • What was happening?
  • Why were you there?
  • What were your feelings?

Simple. You can add embellishments such as stickers. You can have more than one photograph and journaling block per page. You can even fancy it all up with other scrapbooking supplies.

Take a month to finish this project, working on it in your spare time. Then, if you are so moved, let us see pictures of your finished project.

Have fun! Who knows, maybe you will aqcuire a new creative outlet.

Shannon L. Buck

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