Remarrying and Blending Families After Divorce

The early days of the "blended family" projectSunday morning Benjamin came padding into my room -- make that "our" room -- around 7. "Mom," he said. "I was looking out my window and I saw a ... wait, what are those birds that are all red?"My brain attempted to swim up through the Jell-O of sleep and break the surface of consciousness. "A cardinal," I said."Cardinal," Joe mumbled, about one syllable behind me."Well I saw a baby one of those fall out of a tree," Benjamin continued."What?"...more

My BIG PROBLEM with the Blogher Conference

Quiz question: How do you know you're moving in a week?Answer: You find yourself sitting on a lawn chair in your living room, drinking wine out of a coffee mug.That was me at the end of last week. Today I'm sitting at my cluttery desk -- one of the few areas that remains unboxed -- and mentally finishing packing while simultaneously working....more

Do you stink at asking for money for your writing?

Do you love the idea of getting paid for your writing but can’t figure out how to set your rates? Do you suspect that you’re being underpaid? (Spoiler alert: You probably are!)I have soooo been there. But then I got over it and learned how to confidently ask for the cash that I deserve.Let me show you how....more

Anatomy of a Pitch Letter: How I Get Meetings With Potential Blogging Clients

Here’s exactly what to do to get companies to take you seriously as a freelance writer ...more

How to Get Paid to Blog for Companies: The No-Gimmick Strategy for Serious Writers

You can make a living as a paid blogger (spoiler alert: but maybe not in the way that you think)Believe it or not, making money as a blogger is probably easier now than it ever was....more
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How to Take Charge of Your Pathetic Freelance Writing Career

The secret to making a predictable monthly income as a freelance writerWriters are an interesting breed. Most of us are one-half idealistic dope and one-half pragmatic cynic....more

Freelance Shouldn’t Be Free. Take the PAYlance Pledge

Can you really make a living as a freelance writer?Are you trying to get work as a freelance writer, only to continually run into ads that say things like this:"As Much Work as You Can Handle: The project involves profiles of 500 to 1000 words. Samples are based off of our work log, so accepted ones will be compensated. Each accepted sample will be paid for at a rate of $12 each.”Oooh. As much barely compensated work as I can handle? Sign me up!...more

The Downtrodden Writer's Guide to a Kickass Freelance Writing Career

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The Power of Saying No

I have a kitchen calendar that's pretty much the nerve center of our home. The kids scrawl all of their activities into the proper date boxes -- yes, even the 5-year old, who painstakingly forms each letter as I slowly spell whatever word he needs to publish on the family agenda. Doctors' appointments, meetings, conference calls ... it all ends up there. I never make a hint of plan without checking it first.This weekend, though? I have mentally stamped a big NO across both days....more

Overachieving mommies: Stop ruining Valentine's Day for the rest of us

 Overachieving mommies, I beg you: Hands offa Valentine's Day....more