Readers! Hello! So good to be back blogging on Rosie Writing Space! Please excuse the exclamation marks. Even though it's midnight on Saturday night and I'm exhausted I wanted to take a minute to share some of the exciting things ahead in terms of writing stuff. I spent my Saturday night writing dating site ad style blurbs. I'm not ashamed to publicly say I'm a veteran of the online dating world. The more I meet people the more I realize meeting people online seems to be the new, cool thing. Approximately a month or two after I deactivated my account I found myself being paid to write blurbs promoting the idea of dating sites. You know what they say: write what you know and I guess they weren't kidding! Well it's actually a paid trial run for writing the actual ads but still, pretty timely coincidence. Moments like these make me majorly dig the idea of the freelance life all over again. I feel like the average young actor could read this and go hmm...not far off from my life! If you've stalked me on LinkedIn or on my brand new elance profile you may of noticed I work for Yellowpages now. Yellowpages has this great initiative called the Neighbourhood Business Project. The point is to do something that actually matters a lot to me: supporting the "little guy" aka the independent small business owner. It's all about showcasing and celebrating the local, small businesses that add colour and diversity to a city. My job: to meet, interview, research, and write about these small business owners and their businesses. When I finished and submitted my Public Arts Journal and Winnipeg Review Of Books book reviews and sent them to the editors of these publications I realized something: despite the fact that there's very little money in the freelance writing world, despite the fact it involves signing yourself up for instability and unpredictability I refuse to give up on writing literally anything for anybody that I can realistically write. I am still accepting freelance offers therefore if you're reading this and are like: "I have an assignment for you" or know someone who does look at my "who am I" and "how can I help you" pages, which also had a make over this evening and fill out the contact form on my contact page, which automatically goes to my inbox. I reply to email quickly especially if you want me to write something for you. In other news my poetry manuscript "Then He Held Out His Hand" is more than half way done. At the end of this month I'll be sending it to the Robert Kroetch Award. Fun fact: the award is named after an actual fiction writer. Found that out while geeking out in a book store. Anyways...my mind wandered off topic again. Fingers crossed on winning. I wanted to take a second to reveal to you what the anthology is about. This anthology is really, really important to me cause it celebrates something I've realized is a subconscious inspiration for my poetry: the complex thoughts that linger (or have lingered) about people and places that matter to me. It's mildly autobiographical but not in a tell all diary kind of way. I'm keen and eager to share it with people and winning means being published, losing means fighting hard to get it published for as long as it takes. Well it's been an eventful eight months! Here's to an even more eventful 2015. Interested in hiring me to do freelance writing or blogging work for you? My LinkedIn Profile is instantly accessible via the "my resume" section at the top of the screen. New business cards will be available either by the end of the month or by the end of February (depending on the time it takes for the cards to arrive in the mail). You can also find me on Elance. My username is Rosie Richings.