T-REX IN MY CLOSET

I’m excited to announce the release of my first children’s book! I hope you – and the little ones in your life – enjoy it. I pray it brings you lots of grins, and giggles, and good times together! Here’s the scoop: There’s a T-Rex in my closet, and I don’t know what to do!There’sContinue reading “T-REX IN MY CLOSET”

PERFECT FRIENDSHIPS FOR IMPERFECT PEOPLE

It’s not easy. When you step off the playground, out of the classroom, and into the world of career and family, friendships are harder to define, develop, and maintain. What do healthy adult friendships look like? How can you be a better friend? And is it possible for imperfect friendships to glorify God? These areContinue reading “PERFECT FRIENDSHIPS FOR IMPERFECT PEOPLE”

SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 10: WHEN THE HONEYMOON IS OVER, PERSEVERE

I’m heading into my 5th year of full-time freelance writing. I was crafting content part-time for four years prior to launching my business, Nenn Pen, Ink, full time. That puts me at nearly a decade of professional wordsmithing. The honeymoon is over. But that’s not all bad. I’ve been married to my best friend, Chris,Continue reading “SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 10: WHEN THE HONEYMOON IS OVER, PERSEVERE”

SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 9: KNOW WHEN TO FIRE A CLIENT (AND HOW)

You’re trying to grow your freelance business. You’ve been taking every writing job that comes along just to get experience and put money in your bank account. You’re feeling fortunate to have cobbled together enough writing jobs to pay the bills and start a portfolio. But… There’s this one job that you hate. (Maybe hateContinue reading “SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 9: KNOW WHEN TO FIRE A CLIENT (AND HOW)”

Book 3 Now Available!

The third installment of my 24 Ways book series is waiting for you on Amazon! Available now: 24 Ways To Meditate Through Your Day Here’s the scoop on this new release: Joshua 1:8 instructs readers of Scripture to: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so thatContinue reading “Book 3 Now Available!”

SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 8: GET ORGANIZED

I love restoring order from chaos. I don’t enjoy the chaos part, but I like to organize. It’s what helped me keep my toy department neat during my brief Kmart career, and I think it’s why I don’t mind cleaning up the kitchen after a party or dinner. I’m a big believer in “a placeContinue reading “SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 8: GET ORGANIZED”

SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 7: LEARN TO LIVE ON A VARIABLE INCOME

Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far, you’ve started earning income as a freelance writer. Now what? If you’ve received paychecks for more than 30 days, you’ve probably noticed that the bottom line is not the same every month. In fact, it might feel a bit like feast or famine. One week you’re scrambling toContinue reading “SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 7: LEARN TO LIVE ON A VARIABLE INCOME”

SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 6: GET PAID

You set up shop. You had fun puttin’ on the blitz. You landed some freelance writing gigs. You even managed to get a respectable rate. Now…how do you put that money in your pocket? You may have heard horror stories about freelance jobs. “I did all this work for a client and never got paid!” “ItContinue reading “SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 6: GET PAID”

SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 5: SET YOUR RATES (And Watch Out for S.E.T.)

If you serve value meals, you can count on earning at least minimum wage. When my husband was a teacher, his union helped negotiate contracts that determined his salary and raises. My brother-in-law runs his own moving business, and there are moving company regulations in place that determine what he can and can’t charge hisContinue reading “SO YOU WANNA BE A WRITER…STEP 5: SET YOUR RATES (And Watch Out for S.E.T.)”