going freelance


Freelancing from home means I hardly leave the house… That being said I went out for the first time in a while and into the NYC no less.  Of course it’s also 94 degrees out…  I completely forget how to dress for this weather every year. HAHA.  I missed my “at home clothes” and I literally felt like I was just sweating forever. T~T I am not emotionally or mentally prepared for summer. Lol 



The amazing @saladsnek made this for me and I am in love.

They recently took chibi and sketch commissions - I reblogged the post a week or two ago.  It was $5 for this masterpiece.  FIVE FREAKING DOLLARS.  WHY DO YOU NOT HAVE ONE YET BECAUSE YOU SHOULD.

Now excuse me, I’m going to grab my phone, sit on the couch and stare at this with shining eyes. If you need me any time in the next hour, that’s where I’ll be.


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
– Mark Twain

It’s a very appropriate quote for this new month because I have a brand new start (and my tabula rasa of a bujo spread is symbolic of this, haha). I’m going to launch a freelance writing business! I also thought, “Be a voice, not an echo” was appropriate, too. I can’t wait to fill it out :)

dear budding freelance writers

first off: i’m not a lawyer. this is all accurate to my knowledge but i’m not formally educated or trained in most of this, i just work around it and pick some stuff up

look i’m currently suffocating under crushing debt so i was like ‘hey i’ll see if there are any magazines taking submissions’ cause i may or may not get chosen but at least its something i’d be doing anyway and timelines and genre restrictions never hurt a girl

i ended up on this page (upwork) looking for “ghostwriters” and it’s laughable to downright insulting.

such as: “Hello, I produce [REDACTED]. So if you are looking for a recurring job as a freelance writer you came to the right place! Here is what I need: Someone who can be a good researcher. Don’t plagiarize. All books are run through plagscan and copyscape. They need to be 100 percent original. Timeliness - The faster you produce these (with quality) the more jobs you will get. This job will be recurring if you do a good job. I will pay a maximum of $10 per 1000 words. Lastly, by accepting this job, I will own all the rights to the book. This includes characters, places etc. I own all the rights. Thank you!”

there were SO MANY OF THESE. look. i work in intellectual property for my day job. so here’s the thing: if you, a creative, does a “work for hire” agreement, like the one above, that means anything you produce under this agreement does not belong to you. you have effectively “sold” your intellectual property aka the story and all is defining characteristics - people, places, plot.

WORK FOR HIRE AGREEMENTS ARE NOT BAD! i see a lot of pushback against them on tumblr which is baffling to me because in the real world they’re how many creatives make money - by selling their creativity. with tv shows, for example, their characters and plots and what not do not belong to the creator of the show. they belong to the network of the show because they paid for them. writers of episodes don’t own the creative content of those episodes - the network does. because the writers are “work for hire” aka they’re getting paid specifically for their creative content.

work for hire agreements are usually the most advantageous when the payer is hiring the creator for the execution of a project rather than the creation of it. for example: hiring a writer to create a story out of a detailed outline, or an artist to draw something under strict specifications. the more creativity aka intellectual property the creator must generate and ultimately sell the rights too, the higher the pay should be for the work. (should. i’ve seen instances where pay is less but something else is gained - like different rights or credits - and that’s equally as acceptable as long as it’s what the creator wants. the creator should gain something equal to the value of what they are selling. obviously)

so the idea that $10 per 1000 words of pure original content is in any way shape or form acceptable is absolutely ridiculous. most literary magazines, which pay way more, get some form of publication rights but you the author retain all ownership rights. they’re not paying you for your intellectual property, only their right to display it without you suing them for infringing on your rights as a creator and owner of original content.

know your worth. know your value. i don’t know how many of these ridiculous ads actually get takers, but please do not answer any of them.

your ideas and writing and talent are worth more than pennies


as the years move on these questions take shape
are you getting stronger or is time shifting weight? (x)


Walk to the ends of the earth and you might just find yourself along the way. 

i’m kinda obsessed with the idea of kaikana grif getting tex as an ai

Imagine Agent Florida knowing Sign Language. 

He knew how to use it long before he joined Project Freelancer and never really had a chance to use it for anything, but when Maine received the injury to his throat, Florida attempted to teach him how to use Sign Language so he could communicate. 

Wash decided that he wanted to learn too, but him and Maine lost focus within a few minutes of Florida trying to teach them, and the only thing the two of them got out of it was that Maine could now sign to people that Wash’s name was ‘Cat Man’, and Wash could sign that Maine was actually a Living Fishbowl

my preferred interpretation of ct’s betrayal and the hargrove/church rivalry leans on a lot of headcanon that i could never definitively prove, but i enjoy the hell out of it nonetheless. it goes like this:

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((Should Mendy bail out of the conversation with his old friend, or should he explain what’s going on?))

the-aefe  asked:

What college are you graduating from? I'm want to go to an art college, I have 3 in mind, but I'd like your opinion since your graduating from college and already have the experience and knowledge about it. Ps. OMFG CONGRATULATION I'M SMILING LIKE AN IDIOT ROGHT NOW!

ASKDHDSJ THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I actually just went to a Cali state college, the art schools I wanted to go to where too expensive/didn’t have a good focus in the types of Illustration I want to get into ;w;

Darcy/Steve, Coffee Shop AU

for @renateseline

14. Coffee Shop AU

She came in every day and she usually ordered the same thing.  In fact, Steve had taken to making it ahead of time for her.  

“Caramel latte, Darcy?  Extra whip?”  he asked when the door jingled at exactly 8:13 am.  

“Better make it a double, Steve…” She placed her bag on the counter.

“What’s the occasion?” he asked, dumping her coffee and starting a fresh one in a mug instead of a to-go cup.  

“Got fired,” she said with a smirk.  

“Good riddance…” he said, with a small sigh of relief.  She was always complaining about her boss.  

“I guess…” She pulled out her laptop.  “I have to update my portfolio.  Thinking about going freelance…what do you think?”  

Steve leaned over the counter, clasping his hands together as he peered at her laptop screen.  “I think we could use some work on our website…”  

“What website?”  She chuckled.

“Exactly…maybe you could design one?”  he asked hopefully.  More for her company than the website.  “Write up a quote and get back to me.”  

Her smile was almost better than anything else.  “Sure thing.  As soon as I finish my coffee…”

straahl-inspo  asked:

Hi Afu Chan, how are you? I really admire your work and love your cool character designs! Apologies if you’ve been asked this before, but how did you get into working as a freelance artist? Did you start by juggling a day job and developing your personal art in your spare time or did you go straight into doing freelance work?

I never had a daytime job. I just went straight into freelance. How I did it? I share my work a lot on social media like Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Deviantart. I also go to art/comic conventions to promote my work and to make connections.