Category Archives: Rants

The occasional rant about some aspect of the business of being a freelance writer.

Playing our own little Game of Thrones

by Karen Y. Hamilton, October 11, 2017 “Larvatus prodeo, I come forward, masked.” René Descartes I’m not making a lot of friends lately. Might even be losing a few. Ah well, what’re ya gonna do? My research for the last … Continue reading

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Morning Pages: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

By Karen Y. Hamilton, October 8, 2017 The moon is up there in a mostly cloudless sky and I can’t resist the pull to put pen to paper. Yesterday was interesting. I am still surprised (dare I say saddened) at … Continue reading

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Embracing Imperfection: The Challenge of Finding the Perfect Relationship

Entering into this single world at the age of 54 has been an enlightening experience for me. I am finding that familiar words that I thought I had a clear understanding of are rather transient and tend to drift around in meaning depending on who you are talking to. What is the meaning of a relationship? Continue reading

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A Writer’s Wishlist

What I really want is for someone to invent a way to automatically transfer the stories in my head to the page. I’m not asking for perfection! Just the bare bones of the 1001 stories rambling around in my head…once … Continue reading

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Women in the Media: Miss Representation

Be a part in changing how women are represented in the media. “In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value … Continue reading

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Random House Disappoints in Cronin’s “The Twelve”

What is happening in the publishing world?? I have complained many times about the lack of proofreading done by self-published authors (yep, I’m guilty too!), but for a MAJOR publishing house like Random House to put out a novel with … Continue reading

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The New Novel: Self Published Novels

With the advent of mobile readers like the Kindle and the Nook, there is now more than ever a plethora of reading material available…much of it from self published authors. I’ve read quite a few excellent novels (the best so … Continue reading

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The Mommy Wars: Was it Worth it to be a Stay at Home Mom?

Growing up in the 70s, I was taught that I could be anything that I wanted, that thanks to the women’s movement, women could now be whatever they wanted. I think they lied. Because what I wanted to be was … Continue reading

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Freelance Writing at Minimum Wage (or less)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to write a 75-100 page ebook in less than a week. Usually the fee for such a gargantuan task is anywhere from $50-$250. I do suppose it can be done … Continue reading

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Tales from the World of Insane Clients

This guy, hailing from Melbourne, Australia, is just begging to be included in my blog of rants. What a complete moron! I am happy to note that no one has bid on his project. (Did anyone tell this guy that … Continue reading

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