Ms Refusenik Tells It Like It Is

Monday, November 24, 2008

Keep Your Notebook Idea Catcher for Writing Ideas

Okay, knowing your niche market. getting paid for freelance magazine article work, all that's left to grow is to keep those article ideas green and growing. Certainly the clippings files of interesting ideas are growing fatter and staying organized. What's left to do? What's next is to keep up your ever-present notebook idea catcher, or if there already is one, to expand on how its used. They don't get carried around day-in and day-out for only the most profound thoughts and headiest quotes.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Part 3 You're not eating my post, Blogit, not today.

Anyhow we get in the car and we are going in the general vicinity of the pawn shop. They tell me that the man at the pawn shop showed them the right necklace okay, but they didn't know they couldn't get it without a pawn ticket. Did I have the ticket? Their sweet, innocent little faces wanted to know if I had kept the ticket because, of course, like any good girl, I certainly planned to go back and get it back for them. I had not one clue what could have happened to that ticket once I got my... Sign in to see full entry.

Part 2 down and dirty

I have to break up this post, because I don't know about you, but I find that my posts on Blogit disappear. The print just crawls up some place and disappears and I never feel like rewriting what I just wrote so now I will do it in increments. Being an alcoholic/addict means stealing your own mother's 40th wedding anniversary gift from her husband, my father, a jeweled necklace just to pawn for wine and drugs. My parents have mostly always been good to me. Sure they raised me when they were in... Sign in to see full entry.

What drug addiction is really like., part 1 of about 5 billion parts

I was just over at checking out their latest writing contest. I am too late to enter the present one but I am always hooked when they have a category on "alternative therapies". I am just so interested in non-traditional medicine and how it is blooming and changing the health story in this country. My mother hates the commercials for integrated medicine cancer hospitals because, I guess, my sister just died of cancer last December and she feels probably like one of those places might... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And I'm not writing for peanuts either.

I have bidded on, produced and sold two projects on But now their projects listed look thin. All of a sudden there are all these $1 an article jobs which to me are unbelievable. And that's not all that's unbelievable. The ads say things like, "spin one original article into 50 for $1.00. Each must be capable of passing plaigarism test. SEO/keywood experience required." Who calls this writing? Not I. This is not the stuff of my hopes and dreams around writing. Are people so desperate... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I am really getting writing jobs after a long dry spell. I can't believe

it. I think I love Elance. They offer jobs that I want to do for money I want to make on terms I can live with. I am finishing up the home remedy article for them, thank God. Today I found out I got one I really wanted: writing a monthly astrology newsletter. I need to write monthly forecasts for each of the 12 signs. I love astrology and have for most of my life so I couldn't be happier. I had to work to get it. I submitted one original writng sample of what I thought they meant the newsletter... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Sometimes the light is shining on me. Other times I can barely see" --

And I keep truckin'. Life as a bipolar is full of light and dark, ups and downs. Your feet are never on the ground just like when riding the ups and downs of a roller coaster, but it's not nearly as much fun. I read a post on another social website from a friend who is in despair tonight because of it, and my heart breaks for her. Still, you don't kill yourself no matter how bad it gets because others are counting on you not to and tomorrow could break a joyful manic morning and then you'd be... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Looking for home remedies that sound like they work for my Elance article. I also heard today from another gig I'm really trying to get writing an astrology newsletter. I had sent them a long original article on how this month's Mercury retrograde affected each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Today I got back a somewhat abupt sounding e-mail saying that I just didn't get it--they only want three to four very general predictions for each sun sign for a month. He sent me a sample copy which was... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I Want the Writers/Readers to Know About This Great Writing/Reading Contest

I don't know where I learned about this. I hope not here or I'll feel stupider than usual. It's the Field Report True Life Writing Contest. The writing must be a true essay from your life. That's what makes everybody's entries so interesting. (Well almost everybody's.) See, you get to judge the contest. You earn points by reviewing other people's entries. You must be at least 13 to enter. There are no entry fees, but you have to have a few reviewing points to enter which seems only fair. Here's... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I love it here at Blogit. I feel like I am making friends already.

I actually received comments on my first blog entry--nice warm and welcoming comments that were all very cool too. Someone even likes hippies, one doesn't own a car which shocks me, another shops at thrift stores and brings her own bags to go shopping, and another told me I was among friends and didn't have to write in the third person. It's just so much easier to hide behind rough and gruff MsRefusenik than to be vulnerable Maryellen Grady. And another just wrote, "hahahaha" which warmed my... Sign in to see full entry.

Okay, it seems fitting to sort of introduce myself since I'm new to the neighborhood and all. I do hope to make friends too. I can't be the only weird old person around here, can I? Alright, yeah, I do live in the Seventies like my kid say. So what? Things were better then. It's like my Neil Young and Crazy Horse or her Death Cab for Cutie. No contest. And, sure, I take little mini-vacations at a local hospital's beautiful psych ward but it's mostly so I can put my feet up a while and help some... Sign in to see full entry.

I Can't Believe I'm Paying Cash for the Privilege of Talkin' at You All

And as far as cash goes, well I'm saving up to buy toliet paper because coffee filters are getting rough in every way. What's the worst you've ever had to use? I swear I never had to use newspaper but I want to meet somebody who has. It's got to be just awful. I had this really horrible sort of drinking buddy a few years ago. About the only good thing I can find to say about him is that he kept us in toliet paper. He went to construction site outhouses, public libraries and gas stations. He... Sign in to see full entry.

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