Writers Life

Three Things Every Freelancer Needs to Have

So one aspect of one of my current jobs is scouting new talent. Some things I’ve noticed while scouting have been areas in which freelancers could improve. This also comes from personal experience as a current freelancer myself and a Social Media Manager. This isn’t an end-all-be-all of social media advice for freelancers just some thoughts I had that are potential areas of improvement for freelancers.

So first, there are three things I think every freelancer needs to have:

  1. Central Homepage
  2. Available Contact Information
  3. Accessible Portfolio

Notice I didn’t put “social media/twitter/facebook” on here. I’ll get to that in a minute.

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2016 Year in Review: The Passing of a Loved One

One of the biggest occurrences that happened this year is an extremely personal one. My Papi – grandfather – passed away this summer. Just a few days ago my familia and I celebrated our first Christmas without him. My abuela – grandmother – who is in the hospital and we’re all praying for her. I don’t share this information lightly, as I tend to keep family matters private. But this small piece is something I wanted to share. I dearly loved my Papi. He meant the world to me. He was a constant source of warmth and love in my life from childhood. I remember fondly the times he could gently hug me, cradle my face, and say to me, “ay mami, you so beautiful, que linda” and shower my cheeks with kisses.

My papi was always a solid source of love, warmth, and comfort to not only myself but many of my siblings and cousins growing up. I think of him, even months after his passing, and have to stop myself from crying. Yet, I know I am lucky to have had him in my life. I am lucky to have been able to know him, have him love me, to have been able to cook with him – fries and huevos in the morning, arroz con gandules in the afternoon for dinner with pork chops always seasoned with sazon and pan fried – to watch the Animal Planet with him, or Tom and Jerry, listen to him yell at the news, walk with him and his tiny dog BonBon, or to Wawa or the local Spanish market for little odds and ends. He always drank coffee. We used to take the train together and he’d lie about my age so we could get cheaper tickets. Pop always knew how to save a buck.

I didn’t get to see him before he passed. He passed the very night before I came up to see him. I didn’t get to see him for almost two years after I moved down south. It’s one of the biggest regrets I have in my life. It’s a regret I’ll carry like a chain around my neck, weighted and real, for the rest of my life. Platitudes of how it’s “not my fault” and “he went peacefully” and “you wouldn’t have wanted to see him so sick” will never open that lock and release the regret I carry. What lessens the weight, just a bit, is his memory. Beautiful, soft and carrying such warmth in his smile, his laugh, the silly way he’s comb over his hair.

I’ll never hear him call me “Mami” or “beautiful girl” again. I’ll never hear his laugh, his complaints, his singing; I’ll never dance with him again, and we’ll never eat together again. But he’s still with me.

In my memories, my heart, in my tears and prayers. He’s in the rosary hanging in my mother’s room, in the candles next to his picture, he sits right next to my Uncle who passed many years ago. He sits underneath dirt, and grass topped with a shiny slab of stone but I refuse to let him be gone.

My Papi is with me. Every day, every moment and with every accomplishment I achieve he is with me. I carry him in my memories, in my prayers, in my love for him, in my pursuit of happiness. I refuse to let him simply be a soft, fading photograph in the timeline of my life. Instead, he will be sewn into everything I do.

I know I won’t think of him every day. The idea alone is romantic and near impossible. But every night he will be and has been in my prayers. Cause he was our angel. He is my angel. And I’ll work hard to be deserving of that every day I have left.

Thank you for listening.

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Adventures in Comic Organizing!

So I got my first small box for comics! I’m a Real Fan (TM) now right?

So Roomie T’s cats LOVE to nibble on my books (the reason I got the short box in the first place). They apparently really love old 90s X-Men comics with Wolverine on the cover. They need better taste in men. Wolverine will do you no good kitty.

I’m not someone who needs organization to function in certain aspects of my life. Dishes? Ha! But my books? Oh no they need to be organized in my very specific way. Similarly with comics. Right now I have a couple different sections: Title (Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, etc), Completed, Stuff I Don’t Care About, One Shots. Makes so much sense right?

A small box at my local comic shop costs about $5.99, then comes the tabs, bags and boards which are all sold separately. The totally can be in the $30-20 range. Luckily packets of bags and boards come in a hundred so they’ll last for a while if you keep a small pull like I do. Tabs also come in packets of 30 or 50. Which should last a long while, again, depending on how many different comics you have. I don’t have to many differing titles so I don’t need that many tabs at the moment. Personally I prefer the tall tabs, I can read what each tab says better than the smaller tabs (that are about the size of a comic). I know some folks use the large tabs to separate their long boxes by publisher, and the small tabs to separate by title. But I’m not there yet so no worries for me!

When I laid out all my comic issues I was actually pretty surprised by how much I had. I honestly didn’t think I owned that many singles! I’m more of a trade buyer than a singles collector. There’s only a handful of titles I want to collect or read or support weekly (or monthly). My pull  list is kept pretty trim because 1) money, and 2) I’m picky. I prefer to read comics in trade paperback form. I’m actually not a bit fan of the single issues. It’s a tiny bit of story for a pretty nasty chunk of money sometimes. But some stories are worth it and I’m willing to support them on their journey towards trade paperback status.

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I was reading some of my older titles (mostly New Teen Titans and Tales of Teen Titans stuff) while organizing. Reminded myself of how much I adored the relationship between Starfire and Dick Grayson. DC broke them up but they live on in my heart. Also realized how much I miss Starfire’s poofy, fluff hair. Her straight hair look is alright, fits with the fire motif they have going for her more than the outdated streak, but I still wish her hair was curler than it is now.

What really helped while organizing was my League of Comic Geeks app. It’s a great app for organization. You can scan your comics and the app will log them into your account under your “collection”. You can also mark things as “read” and “unread” which personally helps me keep track of what I need to read and haven’t read. It also helps me see what issues I need for part of a run. One of my goals is to collect the entire original New Teen Titans run and this app helps me keep track of what I already have so I’m not buying doubles.

I think Jughead #9 and #10 were my favorite comics I read last week. Not 100% sold on Teen Titans yet. I’m giving it a couple more issues. Starfire did steal the show last issue though. So that made me happy. Oh and I know it looks like a lot of DC, but I have a lot on indie titles mixed into the piles and most of my trades are Marvel stuff. I try to keep a good mix, my collection is in its baby stages guys.

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The Writers Life: 5/30/16

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been so MIA lately. I am still working on a lot of different things, recently my personal life has taken a toll and I took a break for my own mental health. I’m trying to slowly get back on track.

Things I’m Working On:

  1. Written an article on the Cap is HYDRA issue outlining the overall problems with the reveal due to Cap’s history as a character and how this emphasizes the overall problems with big two comics as a whole. I submitted the finished rough draft to The Nerds of Color yesterday.
  2. Began collecting data on Captain America being a Jewish symbol of superheroism based both on his origins and Jewish fan reactions. If you’re a Jewish fan and upset by the Cap show submit to me your thoughts on the matter! Or feel free to email me.
  3. I am still working on that fandom shipping essay, thinking of tilting it,How White Slash Dominates Fandom and Marginalized Fans of Color, but that title is really long so maybe not. Real life has just gotten in the way but it’s being written!
  4. I’m also still working on that Poe Dameron essay possibly titled: Poe Dameron is Not White. Short, simple and to the point no?
  5. I’m also continuing my How Diverse is the MCU series. Phase One is already published, have to start working on Phase Two next. After Phase Two comes the ABC shows (Agent Carter, and Agents of SHIELD), then the Netflix shows, then Phase Three and Beyond. It’s a huge project!
  6. I’m also starting another new series that breaks down the romantic relationships and themes in the Evangelion series. Time to dispel the belief that Kaworu wasn’t a love interest of Shinji! I’m thinking the possible title will be: The Love Life of Shinji Ikari but that sounds like a romcom so I’m not sure!
  7. Updated my About Me page, along with my Facebook page. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter! I’d invite anyone to follow me on Snapchat but I’m honestly a boring Snapchatter.
  8. I have updated my PayPal if anyone can or is willing to donate in support. I’m working on possibly getting a Patreon as well. I don’t know much about Patreon and I’m a bit scared of it to be honest. I’m also applying to various freelance positions, so put down updating my resume on the list of things I have to do as well. With school and other personal stuff I need to work harder to earn more stable income.
  9. I’m working on launching an official website to further promote my freelance writing as well as my work as a social media consultant. I’d like offer my services to smaller businesses, artists, and creators, but I have to outline what my services would entail and prices for them.

Other than some rather awful family business currently happening that’s all for me! I know I have some messages in my askbox, I apologize that I haven’t gotten a chance to answer them yet, but I promise I will get to them! Wish me luck everyone!

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