My mind is numb, my brain is fried and the other side of my brain
is screaming that it is time for a break.
You can only write so much of the stuff, or you will surely go
For three days all I have thought about is writing. I have written
in the airport, on the airplane, in my car, at the office and finally
polished it off at home.
Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code states that: there
shall be allowed as a deduction all the ordinary and necessary expenses
paid or incurred during the taxable year in carrying on any trade
or business, including. . .
For those of you who dont know, the real money in writing,
unless you are Tom Clancy, is found in the world of technical writing.
One day I was studying for an advanced stock-broker exam and I
called the company that sold the study materials. I told the guy
on the other end of the phone that the questions were ambiguous
at best, and several had mistakes. In frustration I exclaimed; I
can write better test questions that these. Ive even had training
on how to write questions.
He took my phone number.
Then someone from the company called, a resume was sent, references
were checked and I had my first writing/editing job in the bag.
Last April I wrote about looking for another such assignment, landed
one, and it provided the bulk of my income for the past 9 months.
Recently that assignment was put on hold and I, financially
hooked on this writing gig, am looking for more work.
Current at stake, is another job in the same field,
although if they use me, I will be the consultant and
wont move to southern Ohio for the Job.
In order to narrow the field, we wanna-bes were given an
assignment, to see if our writing style worked in the corporate
culture. My assignment was to write a 5,000 word summary of some
really thrilling parts of the Internal Revenue Code.
You know its bad when you wake up from a dream about the
documentation requirements for associated-with business
travel and entertainment deductions.
But its done, and so are the 4 multiple choice test questions.
Tonight and tomorrow I am working on a little interactive-multimedia
thing that I am going to ship down on a CD.
The way I see it, a little icing never hurt.
And I even found some time to re-polish a story about some birds
Oh yea, they are paying for the 5,000 word job application and
test questions. I'll throw in the frosting for free.