TJ is a writer living in Portland, OR.

'Freelancing' - Week 4

'Freelancing' - Week 4

Last week was defined by a huge bummer and an amazing step forward. 

The bummer was that I didn’t get an office job I had interviewed for. It wasn’t a writing job, but it was part-time and would have given me some nice steady income to cover my basic expenses. Also, I could have listened to podcasts at work, which is better than getting a medical flex spending account but not as good as actually having health insurance. 

The step forward was that I secured some freelancing work with PQ Monthly, the LGBTQ alt-monthly in Portland. I’ll be doing some blogging and I even managed to land a print article. I even conducted my first interview, on just a few hours notice. The key take away here is that I am getting paid to write, it's not much, but I'm getting paid to be a writer.

I also had a blog post go up on Maker’s Nation about the Affordable Care Act, which I am very familiar with now. I guess I need to sign up for health care now…

I'm still struggling with making the most of my days. I've been mostly unemployed for the last month, and that has to stop. I have to pay the other half of my tuition for my writing program in January. Winter is a really demoralizing season to be unemployed. It's always cold, I'm wearing hats and gloves in my apartment, which seems cliche but I hate being cold and I'm too cheap to turn on the heat. I'm also too cheap to go to a coffee shop, so I usually go to the IPRC to work since I have a membership now.

The reality is I need money, and I'm probably going to end up with another full time day job that my writing work will have to fit around.. I'll just have to be one of those people who works 50 hours a week.

As you can tell, it's all business at the IPRC

As you can tell, it's all business at the IPRC

'Freelancing' - Week 5

'Freelancing' - Week 5

Guest blog on PQ Monthly

Guest blog on PQ Monthly

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