Category: Just My Life

The State of My Freelancing

It may have gotten buried in the past seven years, but my original intent with starting this blog was to use it as a platform to get myself jobs. Freelance jobs, and a real non-secretarial job. I have succeeded on both fronts (thank you), but wanted to talk about how my freelancing has evolved through the years. I blogged for nearly a year before I started querying local publications about writing for them. My very first freelance gig was with Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, writing about a cooking class at UofSC. I wrote for them sporadically over the next year...

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Totality in Columbia

The day was as hyped as Christmas for a second grader. Everyone had prepared in advance, gathering the necessary items like hopefully certified glasses, doughnuts, special beers, paper plates, boxes with pinholes, and lawn chairs. The early afternoon crept by. People began to gather, some in huge groups at festivals, and others in smaller groups on their lawns. Everyone kept peeking up with their glasses as the minute of the partial eclipse came creeping across the sky. It seemed like time was slowing down as the moon tiptoed across the path of the sun. As the last ten minutes...

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Millennials Have Good Reasons to be Killing

They say millennials are killing everything good in the world. But is anyone explaining why? Is anyone telling the older people writing these articles and making these claims the stories that led us to be so miserly with our spending, so environmentally conscious, so conscientious about every decision we make? Graduating into, or having to recover from a toilet of an economy where we were told to be grateful for our 22k a year jobs (that we just took on a mountain of student loan to get better ones than) shaped us similar to how living through the Depression made our grandmas keep every Cool-Whip container to reuse. We’re going to have these odd millennial tics for years. We’ll still be driving our 2001 Jeeps in 2060 if we have our way, even if we’re finally starting to make the kind of decent salary that affords us the opportunity to save a few bucks. In a probably useless defense of my generation, I’m going to take this handy Mashable article that has aggregated everything my generation is killing and justify it. A lot of what we “killed” have similar reasons, some of course can fall into multiples but I took the liberty of sorting them to my own biases (like college football sucking). Too Expensive Fashion, Gyms, Dinner dates, Movies, Suits, Taking risks, Romance, The American Dream, Diamonds, J. Crew, Golf, Vacations, Motorcycles It’s Bad for the Earth Oil, Baby names, Wine corks (almost!), Cars, Napkins It...

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Oliver Bacon

In 2007, Patrick and I moved in together. That October, he took me over to his aunt and uncle’s house. They had a kitten that his cousin found in Norway (South Carolina, yes) and I had no idea that the plan was for this thing to come home with us. I had never had a cat, and we had recently, finally, gotten rid of the pair of annoying kittens our roommate had in the house. But we left their house that October night with this tiny thing and Patrick was only semi living in the house at the time,...

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Hanging Up A Brazilian Hammock Chair by Hammock Sky

For a few years now I’ve been wanting an egg chair or hammock chair to relax and swing in and this spring I went ahead and ordered the Hammock Sky large Brazilian hammock chair in hot colors, swivel hook, and swing hanger. Once everything arrived I realized that it didn’t come with a few extra items I’d need. I took the swing hanger to Lowe’s to see if they could help me figure out what would work best. I ended up getting two 5/16 x 5″construction lags ($1.83 each) (I already knew I’d be screwing into wood joists, this may...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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