My Plans for 2014

Is it too late for a New Year post?

More than a week later, it still sort of feels like January 2. I haven’t grown tired of the goals I made this year. I’m exercising every day, eating better and, most importantly, getting the necessary work done to reach my goals for 2014.

I made goals because I was tired of reading about how lousy our economic climate is. Pay rates are bad, that is, if you have a job. And then there are those stupid student loans. The system is a mess, but I don’t have much hope that someone will actually fix it. So, I have to do what I can to try and fix my own mess myself.

Mostly, I want to get rid of the student debt by the end of the year. It’s a lofty goal, but, in my dreams, it seems possible. In order to do that, I have to pull in a lot more $$$ than I did last year. The plan isn’t  simply to work more, it’s to figure out new ways to get work that pays well.

So far, things are going alright. My first story of 2014 is now live. I turned in three assignments past week and managed to score more for the coming months. Next week will be fairly busy, but I made sure to carve out enough room to handle two last minute assignments, should those arise. (It happens often enough, where it makes sense to do this.)

Next week, I’ll unveil some writing services that will be available to the general public. These will range from bio writing to tutorial sessions. It’s stuff that I’ve already done on the side for years, but never fully integrated into my business model.

There are other projects that I will announce once they’re closer to done.

I’ll be documenting my progress on this blog at least a few times a week. More frequent updates will appear on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. Documenting the work is crucial to me this year. Since I don’t have a proper boss, I need some means of keeping myself in check. If it elicits feedback that helps me work better, that’s great. If it helps someone else, that’s great too.

In the meantime, check out my first story of the year. “UGLARworks: Explorers of Los Angeles” for KCET Artbound.