Monday, May 24, 2004

My Very First Blog

Yeah! Finally, I am posting to my very own blog. Now, what the heck do I write. Hmmmmm. I knew this would happen. Okay, okay, I have to fill up this space, it is just blankly staring back at me--ha, ha. Lousy joke, sorry.

Well, let's see. I'll tell just a little about me and then I'll try to hit a topic which might be of interest to somebody.

My name is Lisa (or Leaseah as I have had to use for my name everywhere on the web) as the way I really spell it is way too common and everybody was always using Lisa backed up with a bunch of numbers and I did not want to be Lisa12346579887654321. Truthfully, I always wanted to come up with some cool web i.d. but I never have been able to think of one. If you have any suggestions, email me, and I'll consider it.

Anyway, I am a 30-something single mother living in Charlotte, North Carolina, who is desperately trying to make it as a freelance writer. About eighteen months ago, I left a stable but (to me) horrendous job working as a communications specialist for Pinkerton specialty Services to start writing full time.

I got lucky, almost right away. I sent out tons of my resumes via the web to publishing companies in hopes of getting some copywriting work. One wonderful guy--Neil, I love you buddy--at Western Standard Publishing out of Utah read my email, my resume, and my offer to write one page of custom material for free and decided to give me a chance. I wrote a page promoting Western Standard's wonderful website: OriginalSources.com. (I'll figure out how to put link there--its a great resource for students, teachers, homeschoolers, avid readers, and anyone interested in history and the great voices of the past and present).

Neil liked the copy, passed it on to another head guy--Mark, I love you too!--and they decided to publish it and being the awesome people they are, they paid me for it as well even though I told them it was theirs free of charge. From there, Western Standard decided to test my editing skills and I began to work with them on a daily basis, by serving as copyeditor for their one and only columnist. I found the work interesting and challenging and I believe I did some wonderful work in getting turning the original writers work which was sometimes quite incoherent into some decent readable columns.

Well, the writer did not agree. She did not feel as though she needed an editor. Believe me she needed more than editor! Anyway, she bitched cried complained and threatened but eventually I prevailed. She quit after a few months citing my editing as the reason, accusing me of ruining her work.

This left the company sans a writer. So, guess who stepped in! I honestly did not set out to steal her job but I was not about to look a gift horse in the mouth. Although I feel a little guilty because of how it might look to her, I took on my new role and began working on "Today's Topic" which went from the former writer's focus on current political events to more of a "this day in history" and the occasional inspirational piece using as many quotes from great men and women as I could work in. This was, after all, Original Sources, which is dedicated to the actual words of history, literature, and science's great writers and thinkers.

My column was generally well received. I developed a little fan following and the work was steady as well as the pay. I was in heaven! I was living the dreaming of working from home. Alas, Western Standard began experiencing severe financial difficulties. They could no longer afford me and I have had to move on. The site, OS, is still up but they are still struggling to stay afloat. It takes a lot of money to keep a vast electronic library like theirs up and running and I wish them the best. They no longer run a column but I hope one day they will be able to reinstate it, and I hope they will look to me again.

Now, I am constantly on the lookout for freelance projects. I have written a few works lately that have made a little money but not enough to live on. I have not given up though. I can't. I have had some severe health problems the past six months and the only type of work I can do at present is on my computer. A job outside of the home is out of the question because noone is going to hire someone who once or twice a week can't get out of bed, and who at certain unpredictable times cannot function well enough to drive or board a bus.

But I can write. And I have never submitted a writing assignment in past the client's prescribed due date. I'm always able to get it done on time and, it's always good work (please excuse my lack of modesty). When I have a freelance project, I can work from home where even if I have to lie down for a couple of hours, I can do so knowing I can get up later and work even if the only feeling good part of the day for me happens between the hours of 2am and 5am. At home, I can take my meds without having to worry about driving, or how many times I have to go to the bathroom. I don't have to dress up (heck, I can work in the nude if I want) so I'm much more comfortable and less stressed so that I have better days in general instead of having to worry about whether I am going to be able to get to a regular job on time and whether I will be able to function while I am there for the prescribed eight consecutive hours.

Oh well, enough of the depressing stuff. We all have stuff to deal with it. Just please wish me luck and if you need a professional writer for anything I'm your girl. As I say on my personal web page, I'll write anything for a buck just take a look at my website



Okay, let's get to a topic before I lose the two of you :)


How about reality t.v. shows? They are all the rage after all. I'll admit I have gotten addicted to quite a few of them. I am not a "Survivor" fan though or any of that type of show where a game is featured like "Big Brother" or "The Mole"--though I do watch the "love" ones. I almost gave them up though after that Barbie girl Charla decided against splitting the cash pot with that awesome dude (man boobs and all, who cares, loved the brain, the sweet expressions, and the personality---except when he was drunk) Dave on "Paradise Island". How could she do that??!!! The show has been over for months, but I still can't get over the fact that she kept that money while the man who got her AND the other couple, Keith and Tara, to the very end by using his wits.

It was all so much fun up until that point. That show had so many "love to hate" folks--psycho Zach, idiot Zach-loving Amy, monster Toni, and the really slutty girl who messed with Beau's mind and then had the audacity to tease her ex-boyfriend into thinking he actually had a chance in getting her to leave the resort with him. I can't remember her name.

My latest "fix" of reality has been the "SHOWBIZ MOMS & dads" series. Oh, this is good. I'm sure there is quite of bit of awesome editing going on here which I'll bet is how all the families (with the exception of cute little Jordan and her Mom who were presented very positively) will explain how they came off so badly on television. The editors probably purposefully omitted all the times when these folks acted like what we want to think normal decent people behave in favor of the "your sandwiches suck" and "act like a dancer not an idiot" moments that so feed our natural desire to observe the nasty things that go on during human interaction.

I have much more to say regarding the "Showbiz" series but those thoughts will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm going to bed. See ya.

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