How to succeed as a U.S. freelance writer today

I’ve been a freelance business writer since 1992 (with some regular jobs simultaneously). During that time I’ve experienced substantial success but not the level of financial achievement that many other writers boast of. To put it differently, I know how to market my services and can implement my proven methods consistently to generate lucrative assignments... Read more »

My email to U.S. Congressman Bill Foster re Nancy Pelosi

NOTE: I sent the following email to my Congressman, Bill Foster, this morning. He is among the 16 who have signed a statement that they will oppose Nancy Pelosi as Speaker RE: I volunteered in your campaign & I’m a constituent & I am disgusted with your stance on Pelosi I worked in your office... Read more »

I love Nancy Pelosi. Don’t you?

I see that lots of people seem to hate Nancy Pelosi, almost as many as hate Donald Trump. I don’t see anything to hate, especially among Democrats who don’t have fundamental political differences with her. They say that she’s old and should make way for younger leaders. As a person who is myself old, I... Read more »

CNN and MSNBC: Disturbing viewership data

On Wednesday (October 31) I read something on the Adweek Morning Media Newsfeed that is big-time alarming: Fox News channel is pounding CNN and MSNBC in the ratings. In October, both its total-day and prime-time viewer averages beat the figures for MSNBC and CNN combined. Sean Hannity led all news hosts in total audience for... Read more »

Kavanaugh process proves one thing: Sex sells

Currently there is only one topic in the news: the status of the Kavanaugh confirmation. And there is only one thing that this coverage has proven: Sex sells. We are all more interested in Kavanaugh’s sex life 30+ years ago than we are in what kind of Supreme Court judge he would be. I’m as... Read more »

They’re asking Kavanaugh the wrong questions

I’m a feminist but I believe we are overly focused on what Brett Kavanaugh, now 53 years old, did back in high school. It appears that he was too drunk to rape competently as well as too drunk to remember what happened, but if his behavior since the 1980s has been consistently exemplary, I don’t... Read more »

The “prejudice” surprise in Chicago Trib

Headline in recent (Aug. 15) Chicago Tribune: One group definitely faces prejudice in college admissions. It’s not who you think. I didn’t know who to think because everyone I think of has already been thought of by someone. So let’s cut to author Jonathan Zimmerman’s answer: It’s introverts. This hits me hard since I’m an... Read more »

How the heck can Twitter be an effective marketing tool?

I confess. While I’ve landed many great clients for my freelance writing services over the years, I have not made a fortune. So unlike many of the self-proclaimed geniuses out there, my observations may not be worth much. But frankly, I can’t see how Twitter is worth all the time it can eat up when... Read more »

I love the beach

What is your favorite place in the world? Is it a room? Your home? A vacation spot? Write about it! Funny you should ask. Actually the “you” here is Matthew Schwerha, who heads up ChicagoNow. Today is July’s Blogapalooz Hour, when all we participating bloggers have one hour to respond to the same question. I... Read more »

Work and that passion thing

Just when I gave up on finding a part-time job after a year of looking, I got a job! I’m a Computer Aide at my local public library, working 25 hours a week. I help people do diverse things on our computers as well as use our scanner and printer. Patrons are highly diverse on... Read more »