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Stuffing Dreams In an Envelope

This might be the dumbest purchase I’ve ever made.

But maybe not.

I’m usually not one to throw money away… but I’m also a sucker for some risk.

Given the right upbringing, I could have easily become a professional poker player, or at least a lottery addict. I get a rush from taking chances, especially when the reward is tempting. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, the thrill of competition is partly responsible for my career in freelance writing.

I have big dreams, and I know what it will take to accomplish them. But I’m not against pursuing an alternative path if it presents itself.

And that’s why a few weeks ago, I stuffed a $300 check comprised of my earnings from articles into an envelope, along with two resumes and perhaps the most heavily edited 200 word essay in existence, and sent it all on its way to do miraculous things.

You see, I’ve entered a farm contest. And when I play, I play to win.

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Why I Write

November has extra significance for me this year.

It marks six months since I started freelance writing, and three months since I began doing it full-time.

Back in May I was feeling stuck. Much of my working time  was spent deep inside myself, writing and reforming blog posts in my head until I had the freedom to take out my laptop and type them up. This left me feeling split in two and never fully present. I resented the confines of an outside schedule on my life and wanted instead to spend more time in the world of my thoughts, giving myself the space to methodically pull them out.

I had no idea that a few short months later I would be fully committed to this practice, or how incredibly fulfilling it would be..

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Freelance Writing: 7 Weeks In

When I started this blog eleven months ago, I viewed it only as a way for me to connect with friends and family back home. I never imagined that less than one year later it would become foundation I needed to start my own writing career.

Actually, I had such low aspirations when I started that I simply created a free blog through Google. And then cried for a whole day when, a month in, I lost that blog when the college email address I used to create it was terminated.

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The Injustice of Internet Pricing in Rural Communities

We are paying more for our internet service than most people pay for cable, but somehow we don’t have enough data to stream a movie off Netflix.

This may not sound like a big deal. You might think I sound entitled or am getting upset over a service I should be grateful to have. But I’m not so sure. There is ample evidence that inferior WiFi connections disadvantage us, and West Virginia at large.

In my mind this is an injustice that needs to be addressed.

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Beginning a Career as a Freelance Writer

Starting a Freelance Writing Career

Homesteading in Central Appalachia certainly has its benefits, but one of them is NOT its proximity to appealing and well-paying jobs.

In all honesty, when Ian told me he wanted to apply for the position director of Big Laurel, my first thought was “well s***, what am I supposed to do now?”

My job options out here are somewhat limited. I am only eligible to work for AmeriCorps for two years and with Ian’s new job, our commitment here is for at least three. Though it might be possible for me to get a job off the mountain a town or two away, it would probably cause us to get a second car and me spending close to two hours each day driving. Worst of all, a normal job wouldn’t allow me to take springs and summers off to help with the groups and summer camps we host on the mountain.

Working full-time off the mountain would take away much of what I love about living here.

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