Yes I'm back. Sorry for dipping out for a bit. Between a planned vacation and an unplanned trip to the hospital for a family member, I fell behind. I'm grateful that freelancing allows me flexibility, but didn't mean to leave this newsletter dormant for this long.
But let's get back to it.
My next ebook, Freelance Writing for Laid off Journalists (and Those Who Want to Quit) is almost here! I'm working on the final edits with my designer this week. I'm still futzing around with the new sales platform to figure out how to do discounts (since they don't do codes, they do links). But the max price will be $10, even though this is 7,000 words longer than my previous ebooks.
What can I say, it's a big topic! So stay tuned for that.
My brain is zapped on freelance advice given the work on the ebook, so before I get to the usual features of the newsletter, I want to say this: one of the reasons a lot of us get into freelancing is for the flexibility. So when you really need to take some time off, do it. When I was so wrung out from both work and winter blues to the point that I started yelling at assignments coming into my inbox, I blocked off a week and high tailed it to South Carolina and Georgia to visit a few national park sites, and to run on the beach. And when my family member was in the hospital (he's fine now!) I was still able to meet all my deadlines because I asked editors if I could push some of them around. Your "take a break" doesn't need to be big either (especially if you're a caregiver and can't just jet off). I almost took an afternoon to go to the movies too, but took a nap instead. Yahtzee.
You don't want to be so flexible that you become everyone's default ride to the airport. but don't feel bad if you need a break. It's one of the benefits of working this way.
On with the show!
"Social media can funnel candidates into the hiring process — but not replace it" for HR Dive
"The cost of bad software adds up" for CIO Dive
"How to mitigate cybersecurity threats in contract manufacturing" for Manufacturing Dive
"Playing chicken with farm feed" for Ambrook Research
"What is 'quiet hiring'?" for HR Dive
"Baltimore's B&P rail tunnel on track for $4.5 billion replacement" for Construction Dive
"Can DEI nudges spur a recruitment shift?" for HR Dive
"Labor shortages, inflation vex civil contractors but optimism remains" for Construction Dive
"Three reasons to prioritize offboarding" for HR Dive
What I'm Reading
Remember, these are all links to my reviews on my book blog!
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Beauty Tempts the Beast by Lorraine Heath
The Winter Guest by Pan Jenoff
Murder, She Wrote: The Maine Mutiny by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit and the Glamour of a Hollywood Icon by Kate Anderson Brower
Lucky You by Carl Hiassen
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death by David G. Marwell
The Unlikely Thru-Hiker: An Appalachian Trail Journey by Derick Lugo
No Place to Go by Lezlie Lowe
The Seamstress of Sardinia by Bianca Pitzorono
The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson
The Devil's Element by Dan Egan
A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera
What I'm Watching
- Pepsi Where's My Jet. Sure! It's another Netflix documentary that mixes the real people and actors playing them. I'm curious to see if this continues.
- Confess Fletch. I liked this! It was a perfect treadmill movie.
- Muppet Christmas Carol. I mean, what else can I say about this classic? And yes it's been a while since I wrote the newsletter given I'm still wrapping up holiday stuff. I KNOW.
- Glass Onion. I watched it twice, once to just watch of course, and then again when I knew the twist.
- Doc Martin Holiday special. I'm going to miss this show about a cantankerous doctor in a seaside town.
- Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street. Another one that used real people/actors. It appears the guy who played Madoff is a psychotherapist from Brooklyn. Hey shoot your shot (he wasn't very good though).
- Postcards from the Edge. Phew what a classic. I suggest spending some time in the IMDB trivia for it if you haven't already.
- Detectorists Movie Special. At the start of the pandemic (yes, three years ago this month sigh), I gifted myself a subscription to AcornTV, which is UK, Canadian and Australian TV. I fell into the Detectorists series, which was lovely and wonderful. They just put out a movie, which was an equal delight.
- Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal. I think it's been hard to avoid this trial, but the documentary gives a much deeper view of the rot extending out from this family. I imagine they're going to do a second season now that the trial is over, and…well. It's a lot.