Here is your challenge this week. Go to Google. Go to Google IMAGES. Type in “Strange Photos.” You will find a panoply of, well, weird-ass images. Pick one. Use it as inspiration for a …
Freelance Writing Forecast for 2018: 12 Experts Weigh In
Ready to prepare for a great year of freelance writing? It’s time for my annual freelance forecast, with all-new predictions on the trends that smart writers will capitalize on in the coming year.
I feel pretty good about how my 2017 predictions worked out. But this year, I decided to take it up a level. I asked all the savvy observers of the freelance scene I know to weigh in with their predictions, too.
What new trends are growing? What will pay well and what will be a bust? Read on to learn what freelancers will we see more and less of in 2018.
Dawnell Smith | Opening in 2018: The Writer’s Block
By Dawnell Smith (and on behalf of her Block partners: Vered Mares, Teeka Ballas, Kathy McCue)
In the fall of 2015, we walked into the Adults Only sex store on Spenard Road in Anchorage to lay the groundwork for building a community bookstore art space and cafe. The property held not just a storied past, but the stories of people trying to survive and make sense of their lives.
The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café has risen up in that space because the community has helped lift it. We all want to make sense of our lives, and books, art, and gathering spaces help us do it.
Next month, I’ll be teaching an introductory class on open form essays, and I hope you can tell that I’m excited. We’ll do a little reading, a little writing, and a little listening. All of which will be in the name of disrupting the expected and getting outside our literary comfort zones. Join me on 9 December and let’s see where it takes us.
Have you ever made a mistake so huge, so upsetting, that you never thought that you would be able to get out of it? There is usually one, sometimes from childhood, sometimes from a moment in the office, when all you want to do is freeze time and run away. Sadly, that’s simply not an option!
Publilius Syrus, JK Rowling, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, Robert Frost, Madeleine L’engle and Camille Paglia
Please only send in a question if you are a teenager. (If you’re 12 or under or twenty or older, I’m sorry. This book will be specifically written for teens, so we’re just taking questions from them. Also, there are really weird, really scary laws that come with soliciting information from kids 12 and under and we’re just not able to do that this time around. I’m sorry.)
Finding the courage to do anything can be difficult. Trying new things can be scary. Traveling to new places can be scary. But most people push through their fear and find that they’ve enjoyed their new experience.
What about finding the courage to leave an abusive relationship? That’s probably the most difficult thing for anyone to do. Fear can cripple you. Make you think you absolutely need to stay with your abuser. It can make you worry that you won’t find anyone else. That you’re not worthy of anyone else. Finding the courage to leave is one of the bravest things a person can do. Not only do you have to learn to be on your own, but you also have to learn to start your life over again. You have to learn to trust again. To love again.
Peter Dunlap-Shohl: Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag
The venue is the Providence Health Park, 3851 Piper St., Tower U Rms 2281 & 2285