Reinventing Oneself

    This is the beginning of a new era--at least for IdeaWarehouse! Here I am in Boston, one of the most concentrated capitals of higher education, and for a long time I have identified myself as an academic, though it took me a long time at the beginning to really feel like I was, and it's the first day of classes either today, yesterday, or a week from today. Yet this is the longest time (since I was 14) that I have ever been without a full-time job. So it's time to re-invent myself (btw, does that require a hyphen or no hyphen?--I wonder what Grammar Girl would say?). I need to OWN my job as a writer and writing consultant. 

    Long before I established WW Writing Services as my own writing consultant company, I was doing free-lance jobs in writing and editing. I edited Dr. Dan Shelley's book for K-12 educators on using computers, way back near the time the WWW was being invented (makes me feel like I am from the stone-age era). Then I helped another professor with a master's thesis, which in fact, needed a complete overhaul. Unfortunately, this person must have thought I was doing it just to be nice or because I wanted to be friends or something, but I never got paid! Somehow we got our wires crossed, and I'm sure I could have done something more to have gotten the money, but it was a touchy situation because we had both started working at this college at about the same time, and I had to continue working with this professor throughout the years, so I sucked it up and decided never to make that mistake again (have someone mistake my hard hours of work for "just being nice" and trying to "be friends," especially when there were never any more overtures of friendship being extended after that.)

    Then I had several other miscellaneous projects--for which I always got paid, but the totals never amounted to anything more than extra clothes money, which I always welcome. When I was living in Slippery Rock and commuting 70 miles to Edinboro, I ended up purchasing my own paper for handuts and syllabi, file folders, and any office supplies I used at home, since I did so much there, rather than at the office. So, since Staples delivers for free to businesses, I decided to become WW Writing Services. Ahh, how I miss my spacious office!  ....Okay, I won't go there! I DO have own room within our condo that IS my office still. It's all mine, even though it moonlights as a guest room when people visit. If I didn't have a ROOM OF MY OWN, I'd go crazy, I think. Here in my "Office"--the official home of WW Writing Services, I crank out my projects:

The 1st 3 projects are the most official WW Writing Services projects, while the others are personal writing projects or academic ones, focused on first-year composition and writing center pedagogy. I plan to keep plenty busy and expect to post on this blog at least once a week (usually between Sunday and Tuesday) from now on.


non-MLA convention

One of these years, I will eventually make it to the MLA convention. However, it is ALWAYS in the way of my time off and/or my birthday, and it was the latter case this time. I hate to give my birthday away to a few thousand people. I like to keep it all to myself or to a few loved ones and friends. It was a quiet one yesterday, but comfortable. Tomorrow I'll venture out to get a few needed items and maybe a little birthday treat besides. It'll have to be little, but still I think I can manage a small treat.

Missing C&W

Okay, today I'm missing the Computers & Writing conference down in beautiful Hawaii, but that's OK! Next week I go to the Knowledge Held Hostage Conference for free, so that's a good tradeoff. Meanwhile, I need to work hard at revising my webcam article after Byron's last set of comments, and I've got to get some books from the library, etc, etc., etc., Sheesh, this is a TO DO list! Well, anyway, I have been sleeping later than I want to these days, but having trouble getting to sleep, so I've started Kathy Reichs' Bare Bones after racing through the James Patterson paperback I recently swallowed whole. What is it about those books that I love reading so much ? Joachim is home on summer vacation, and he's pleasant to have around, singing all the time. I just wish he'd vary it from Morrissey stuff, as that can get old, even though it's not too bad music. I still like Sheryl Crow the best! Anyway. Gotta go, gotta work, gotta write, plus a shower would help!