Only If Real Life as an Editor or Writer Was as Glamorous as TV Depictions

It is surprising how non-writers in my life perceive my profession as a writer/editor. I’m both. For the sake of this post, I’m including both writing and editing together though they are different skill sets. I find the perceptions of writers … Continue reading Only If Real Life as an Editor or Writer Was as Glamorous as TV Depictions

Working at Home at the Time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a freelancer, working at home isn’t a new concept. It has its perks like no morning traffic, no dress code, no childcare expenses, and working at my pace (except for deadlines), taking several breaks throughout the day, and flexibility. … Continue reading Working at Home at the Time of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Diaries: The First Week and What’s Ahead

Today’s one of the better Mondays. As usual, Eddie woke up at 7 am and played with toys and then asked for TV. Our remote is in our cellphones. Thankfully, the morning was quiet. My husband leaves for work at 5am or earlier depending on his shift. We’re thankful that his job is not closed. They’re talking about the possibility of being closed. My mom is still asleep. So is my toddler. With all the chaos and noise around me, I look forward to quiet mornings to myself where I retreat into my office to blog, read, write, and plan … Continue reading Coronavirus Diaries: The First Week and What’s Ahead

The Coronavirus Diaries

Where I am, a suburb of Merrimack Valley region, Massachusetts, USA, everything is closed. Schools are closed for 3 weeks. My department store is closed until further notice. Restaurants are take-away only. No more gatherings of over 10 people. Practice handwashing. Coughing in elbow. EFA meetings are cancelled and moved virtually. I’m so thankful for Zoom. As a freelancer, I’m used to working virtually but not with a full house. My son doesn’t understand why schools are closed but we can’t go out or do fun things like Chuck E. Cheese’s or waterparks. Before this outbreak began, we planned a … Continue reading The Coronavirus Diaries

New Year’s Eve Plans

That’s where there are tons of Roaring Twenties themed parties coming up. Fun to see my creative friends who can plan and throw a kickass party. I HATE hosting. I find it stressful and can’t stress how I absolutely hate it. I know some amazing ladies who enjoy the process of coming up with themes and ideas, guest list, menu, games, logistics, and putting it all together. I admire their talent but not interested in pursuing it myself. I’m thankful that I don’t live in the old days where women (especially married women) are expected to be hostesses and the … Continue reading New Year’s Eve Plans

Evening with WBUR’s The ARTery folks: Maria Garcia and Arielle Gray share writing for The ARTery

Grubstreet is an incredible writing organization in Boston. They have classes, including free community classes at the Eggleston Branch library and other locations. They also offer free events that are fun, helpful and where I meet other writers and feel much more motivated and refreshed to write. Let’s face it. Writing can get lonely. I found my community at Boston Writers of Color, where it’s about celebrating diversity and representation in the literati world. BWOC hosts monthly events. This month, they invited The ARTery’s Marcia Garcia and Arielle Gray to speak about their publication’s unique traits and writing for them. Here … Continue reading Evening with WBUR’s The ARTery folks: Maria Garcia and Arielle Gray share writing for The ARTery

MIA and back again in blogosphere!

Hello Readers: I’m back after a hiatus. I’ve been redesigning my website for my contract editorial, copywriting, and design services. I like the idea of being a “swiss army knife” of publishing. That’s an awesome metaphor that I stole from another freelancer peer, Alaina Leary. She’s one of the most brilliant person I’ve met. I admire her creativity, ideas, and knowledge. (I look up to you, girl!). She and Anna Williams gave a talk about social media for editors and freelancers. If you have questions or want help with your social media, she’s the person. I’m thankful and happy to … Continue reading MIA and back again in blogosphere!