Good Vibes

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Neil Simon Theatre by Michael S Burnett
Neil Simon Theatre, a photo by Michael S Burnett on Flickr.

I’ve never been into musicals, but I think that may just be about to change. If you’re looking for a burst of good vibes, check out this clip of Broadway phenom Norbert Leo Butz (a Jersey boy) in the musical “Catch Me if You Can.” Maplewood Patch gives details of his Tony-winning performance. Unlikely marquee name, perhaps, but exceptional talent.

Walk in the Park

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Colonial Park in New Jersey

The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m Not Working for “Frostbite” Either, Pal

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As a freelance writer, you learn how to cut corners, clip coupons, and stretch meals.  These days, there’s little choice, what with the multitude of alleged “job” listings out there, particularly on CraigsList, that offer positions that pay nothing, but afford writers “exposure.”

Exposure?  Is that a good thing?  Last I heard, you could die from exposure.  Ditto malnutrition from not being able to put food on the table.

I can’t think of a comparable occupation in which you would perform a professional service and not expect payment.  Let me get this straight:  a company will pay the electricity bill, pay a repairman to fix their equipment, but stiff the writer who creates the copy that represents them to the world?  Keep this fact in mind:  you deserve to get paid for the work that you do.

Writing Tip: The Writer Magazine

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One of the most useful resources out there for writing professionals, The Writer Magazine offers a solid article on their website, 50 Simple Rules for Making it as a Writer.   Some of the bullet points are obvious (“Learn your craft”) and some are subjective (“Pursue ideas with the greatest commercial potential”) but certainly worth a walk-through.