going freelance


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

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


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

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

The freelancers play cards against humanity and have the write in cards. Some of the best include:

“worst _____ ever. Of all time” courtesy of wash
“South’s undeniable lesbianism”
“Half woman half shark”
“Turning York’s blind eye”
“Maine’s monster dick” no one knows who put that one in.
“Who HASN’T slept with Wash?”
“Beating Wyoming, Maine, and York all at once”
“The team mom”
“Drunk Wyoming”
“The Director’s southern accent”
“What’s Tex’s only weakness?”
“What makes Florida angry?”
“The incredible amount homosexuals on this ship”
“Wash’s inability to shut the fuck up”
“What keeps the MOI up all night?”
“Dakota twin powers, activate”
“Having the Director as your father in law”
“Having the Director as your father”
“The team dad, North”
“What’s the purpose of the newest AI?”
“Being a locksmith that has seemingly never opened a lock”
“The Director’s dad jokes”
“The Counsler’s cold, lifeless stare”
“FILLS recently aided us in our most recent mission by ______”
“The worst side affect of having an AI is _____”
“Not puking in your helmet”

  • Listen

the best part of this exchange was not the tortured familiarity in north’s voice, or even york wheezing at his own joke like an obnoxious dad- it’s the fact that wash has never heard this story before and north has heard it a thousand times

Have the freelancers to go along with the reds and blues!
Also yes I know Tex isn’t there but thats because her helm never changed where as Wash’s and Carolina’s did lol. 

Hey interested in Commissions? Take a look here it would really help :3

Suck it Red
Dirty Blues
Dumb Pirates

  • Me: *looks at homework that's due tomorrow*
  • Me: *laughs*

Reminder that Wash was originally intended to be the lockpick on the Sarcophagus heist and when told this, said that he’d brush up on his field manual on the way there

Reminder that Wash was originally intended to be the lockpick on the Sarcophagus heist. There were a lot of Freelancers going on that mission- apparently, all of them but South- and Wash was the one chosen to take York’s place as lockpick.

This goes back to my continuing theme of playing Wash’s strength as adaptability. This is why he was so high on the leaderboard: everyone had a specialty, and they were good at it, but Wash was a jack of all trades, who picked things up quickly and then only kept getting better. Someone who can do that where others can’t- South had trouble keeping a stealth mission stealthy; Maine doesn’t do subtle; Wyoming can’t do close combat, etc- would of course be near the top of the leaderboard and stay there because while everyone else’s place depends on how well they do their specialty, Wash’s place depends on how well he picks up their specialties- how well he picks up their slack.

And I think that adaptability comes out a lot within his role in the series, too: he has played the outsider, the villain, the ally, the bridge, the team leader, and most recently, the army commander. He has been the team baby and the team dad. He’s been snarky and cynical and three thousand percent done, but he’s also been naive and genuine and idealist, and he’s been hopeful and earnest and jaded.

This, I believe, is why Wash is such a popular character- along with having an incredibly interesting character development arc that has spanned, so far, seven seasons, there are so many facets to his character that it is not hard to find one that resonates with any given viewer.

Hi tumblr.

With me going freelance in a couple months, and my current job, days are kinda crazy and I don’t have time for personal art.

So have some gif from our progress with Zack Bell regarding #CATAM. It’s going pretty well! (I’d show you stuff from the other projects I’m working on, but I’m not allowed yet)

Also, on a totally unrelated note: I’M GOING TO GDC AHAHAHAHAHAH.

They have to deal with your death (Husband! Freelancer X Dead! Wife! Reader) [Requested]

York: He would walk into his room and the first thing he would always do after a mission is take out a photo album, pictures of himself and you. He would spend hours looking through them, wishing for you to be next to him sometimes he would skip meals. He knew you would be angry with him but he couldn’t help it, you were his other half and you were gone.
“Agent York, your requested in the training room.” F.I.L.S.S said. York closed the album.
“Got it, will be there in a minute.” He replied, placing the pictures on the desk.
“If you don’t mind me asking, but what kind of pictures are in the album?”
“Pictures of my wife.” He said
“I was not aware you were married.” F.I.L.S.S replied.
“I would prefer to keep it like that.” He left the room while putting his helmet on. He didn’t want people asking about you, it broke his heart to much.

North: He sat in the locker room, playing with the locket you gave him for your guys 4th anniversary. He looked up when South’s shadow appeared over him.
“Is that (Y/n)’s gift?” She asked quietly. North nodded and opened the locket which held a picture of Himself and you at the wedding. “You know she wouldn’t want you to beat yourself up about.”
“I know, it’s just hard.” A light flickered on North’s shoulder.
“Who’s (Y/n)?” Theta asked, curiously.
“She was my best friend.” South said and left, trying not to cry.
“She was my wife, buddy.” North answered after a moment of silents.
“Where is she now?”
“She passed away, Theta.” The AI felt guilty when he felt North’s sadness and saw a picture of (Y/n).
“I’m sorry.”
“It’s fine, buddy. She won’t be happy with me if I got mad.”

Maine: He sat in his room and just starred at the ultrasound picture of a child that would have been his. He felt his angry boil when he remembered you and his unborn child were killed. He knew you wouldn’t like him getting revenge for you but he had to, it was the only way he could rest.
“Agent Maine, I wasn’t aware you had a child.” Simga said. Maine let out a growl and placed the picture down. “Would you like help finding the ones who killed them?” Maine picked up his weapon and left the room before growling with approval. “Very well, your family will be avenged.”

Washington: He always tried to be happy for you, it was your last request after all. He had lost his light and couldn’t let anyone know. Washington brushed the picture of you with his hand, the picture laid in his locker. He almost jumped when York put his hand on his shoulder.
“Who is she, Wash? Girlfriend?” He teased.
“No, actually she’s my wife.” He replied and closed his locker. He saw everyone freeze and just stare at him.
“Where is she now?” Carolina asked, interested in the topic. Washington felt his breath hitch, he tried to form words but it took him a few tries.
“She’s……Dead.” He finally said. Everyone immediately felt guilty while they watched him leave the room. He felt water run down his cheeks and was glad his helmet was on.

Wyoming: He always told his knock knock jokes because you introduce it to him. It was his way of remembering you, he was happy when his AI got into the habit of telling them. Wyoming always told Gamma about you, in hope that the AI would also remember you with him. Wyoming showed him all the pictures and memories of you he could. No matter how much pain it gave him, he would never forgot you as long as he lived.
“Knock, Knock (Y/n).” He whispered while watching videos, he took of you.

Florida: He always was kind to people who were like family to him. He didn’t want them leaving him like you did. He knew you would always love him but it was to much for him. He smiled when remembering you but he missed your love so much. He let the bunch of flowers flutter into the wind.
“I love you (Y/n).” He said before getting onto the pelican.