Carpe Diem Y’all by Michele Bernard

Writer, Texan, Semi-interested Sports Fan

Best Lines: On Writing

19683030281.jpg“A freelance writer is one who is paid per word, per page or perhaps.” – Robert Benchley


February 28, 2008 Posted by | Best Lines, Freelance Writing, Humor, Humor Writers, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writers Who Say It Way Better Than Me, Writing | Leave a comment

Best Lines: On Writing

question-mark.jpgI keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling

February 25, 2008 Posted by | Best Lines, Freelance Writing, Novel Writing, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writers Who Say It Way Better Than Me, Writing | Leave a comment

Best Lines

townelake1.jpg“Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference.”  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

February 19, 2008 Posted by | Best Lines, Carpe Diem Quotes, Freelance Writing, Heart, Inspiration, Inspirational, Peace, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writers Who Say It Way Better Than Me, Writing | 2 Comments

Don’t Pay the Ransom – I Got Away

1968303028.jpg “Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning:  I wanted to know what I was going to say.”  ~Sharon O’Brien

They’re looking at me.

The Deadlines!  The Deadlines!

I guess I need to keep it brief. 

It started with the re-write of the YA Novel.

Then the phone rang.

A new client. 

A new opportunity.  


Then an email.

Another new client. 

I smile.  I type, “Yes.”

Then another.  “Yes,” I say.

A friend asks me to join her for the afternoon.

“I’m sorry, I can’t. I have to work.”

Professional milestone marked.

’08 in Freelance Writer World is a sweet time indeed.

The phone rings. 

Another new opportunity. 

Another request. 

Another surge of possibility tingles through my veins.

“Excuse me.  I have to check my calendar.”

Another professional milestone noted.


Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele 

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Best Lines, Freelance Writing, Michele's Musings, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writing | 7 Comments

Get it Together Get it Togeter Get it Together

  • 370711782.jpgBegin at the beginning,” the King said gravely, “and go till you come to the end; then stop.”–Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • It’s a gift really. I’m talking about my ability to focus on many things as once.  It’s as if I was otherwise occupied when they passed out the filtering system that tells me that this piece of stimuli is more important than that bit of stimuli.  Most likely I was researching a story idea, that reminded me of another subject I wanted to learn more about, that made me think of this guy I went to school with, that looks alot like the postman, that makes me remember to check the mail, pay the bills, make the grocery list, clean out the junk drawer, return library books, de-clutter the office, not to mention the hall closets, get receipts together for the accountant, work book edit, contact business profile clients, do billing, and oh, and yeah, catch up on blogging. 

    January in Texas equals spring cleaning at my house/home office.  It’s my month to make order out of the chaos that was last year and yesterday.  When do you, and how do you get it together?  Or do you?  Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

    January 17, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Carpe Diem Quotes, Family, Freelance Writing, Her Royal Nerdiness, Michele's Musings, Winter, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writing | 3 Comments

    How to Make Small Talk with the Writer in the Family

     Or not.  – Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

    Stewie: You know, that novel you’ve been writing?

    November 13, 2007 Posted by | Freelance Writing, Humor, Humor Writers, Michele's Musings, Novel Writing, Novelists, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writing | 2 Comments

    NaNo NaNo

    1968303028.jpgThere’s nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.  ~Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith

    I neglect my blog I know.  I apologize.  But I am within spitting distance of another finish line.  The YA novel is almost complete. 

    With the end in sight, I work each day with a new energy.  I experience the writer’s version of a runner’s high.   It doesn’t hurt anymore to think.  I sit back, I type,  the characters tell their story. I’ve heard of this phenom from others who’ve gone before me.  I nod as I realize this truth. 

    November is National Novel Writing Month.  As I type, I smile.  Writers across the land do the same.

    Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele     

    November 12, 2007 Posted by | Autumn, Best Lines, Blogroll, Freelance Writing, Michele's Musings, Novel Writing, Novelists, Writerly Stuff, Writers, Writing | 3 Comments

    Post Writing Day

    writing1.jpgFind a job you like and you add five days to every week~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    Have I mentioned I love my job?  Probably.  I still can’t believe I waited so long to take the plunge into freelance writing.  There’s rarely a dull moment. 

    When writing an article, I’ve developed a routine that works for me.  On the front side I spend a significant amount of time researching, interviewing,  gathering background information and creating outlines about the subject at hand.  If I do this well, it makes the actual writing process that much easier.  When I do this well, I look forward to Writing Day.

    On Writing Day I rise early and stay in my jammies till I’ve knocked the article out.  On a good Writing Day, this can be accomplished at around the same time I pour my final cup of coffee.   On a not-so-good day Writing Day, it’s not unheard of for my hubby to return from work to find me sitting in my jammies staring blankly at the computer screen.  On those days, dinner conversation can get a little stilted.

    “What did you do today?” he’ll ask.

    “I worked,” I say.

    So far, even on the not-so-good Writing Days,  by the grace of God, the work gets cranked out.  I don’t question this when it happens, I just say something along the lines of “thank God!” as I hit the send button and shoot my submission  into cyberspace, with an added prayer that it will be to the liking of the editor receiving it.

    Today is Post Writing Day.  Sometimes on Post Writing Day I feel elated and energized, while other times, I feel hungover, or as if I have a major case of brain drain.  Today I feel something in between.  Probably because technically, I still have more work to do.  I am curious to know if other writers feel this way after completing projects.  Let me know.  I’d love to hear more about your experiences. 

    August 16, 2007 Posted by | Freelance Writing, Michele's Musings, Novel Writing, Writerly Stuff, Writing | 5 Comments

    Editors, Agents and Writers Oh My

    writing.jpgSubstitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.  ~Mark Twain

    Off to the Writer’s League of Texas Agent’s and Editor’s Conference in Austin.  It should be a damn good time. 

    Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

    June 15, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Freelance Writing, Michele's Musings, Writerly Stuff, Writing | 7 Comments

    Wednesday Already

    5faaf-hurrying.gifI still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.  ~John Burroughs

    The hurry-er I go, the less time I have.  Pretty sure I’m not the only one with this struggle.  There are  as many books about time management as there are about weight-loss.  I know.  I have shelves dedicated to both, yet I still have much to do,  much I want to do, not to mention lbs. to shed.  But there is hope for me yet.  Best line I’ve read recently about time management comes from David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done:  “If it takes less than two minutes to do it, do it.” 

    Carpe Diem Y’all, Michele

    May 2, 2007 Posted by | Best Lines, Blogroll, Books, Carpe Diem Quotes, Freelance Writing, Michele's Musings, Writing | 3 Comments