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My 5-year plan

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I’m coming into the final stretch of what has been a pretty crazy two months, mostly because I made the decision to have what essentially amounts to three jobs: my part-time agency job, my freelance business, and a contract job. On the AMWA listserv, there was a question posted recently about the wisdom of combining freelance…

Wow. I missed a whole month.

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Hi there, folks. I believe I have bitten off more than I can chew and still write regular blog posts. I’m hoping soon that the insanity will resolve itself and I will be able to sit down and write something inspiring. Right now, I’m just downright tired, with no end in sight. I see now…

The Multidisciplinarity of Freelance Medical/Science Writing

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It was meant to be a funny status update–I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that I was spending my Saturday brushing up on neuroscience. As most people do, right? Then one of my fellow medical writers said something like, “Well, that’s part of our line of work, right?” It got me thinking that not only is freelance…

Why I blog as a freelance professional – a meta-post

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It’s been a pretty busy 2011 so far, with very little time to blog. I was advised never to apologize for long spans of time between posts, so I won’t, but it got me wondering why I push myself to make time to blog at all, even in the midst of a full writing/editing schedule. So…

Watch out! It’s a deadline crash!

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In my year-end post, I believe that I listed “Time management and scheduling” as an area for improvement in 2011. Two months in? Not doing so great. I have never been busier in the nearly 8 years since I started The Tobin Touch. Which is good, fantastic even, except that it requires me to have…

Start at the End

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Just a quick post on time management and deadlines. Used to be, when I did this freelancing medical writing thing on the side, I’d have one project at a time. I’d finish it, and if I had another project waiting, well, that was a bonus. I’d move onto that one, finish it, etc., etc. Now that the “on…

When to invest in yourself?

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I know you must spend money to make money. But as a freelancer, I’m finding this to be a difficult call to make, particularly as the cost of living in Chicago and the state of Illinois is taking a sharp upward turn. This would be a typical return-on-investment analysis…except that the investment is in myself. Here’s the thing: I want to attend an…

Knee-deep in grants

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I know I’m way overdue for a post; January has been chock-a-block (which for a freelancer is a good thing), and I just haven’t been able to come up for air. With the February NIH grant deadlines looming, I have been pretty busy with grantwriting and editing jobs. If you are a regular reader, you might…

Yep, starting a blog was a pretty good idea

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome! (SCT: Wow, didn’t expect that!) Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400…

Back, and then forward

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I suppose now is the time of year when I should look back at what I have accomplished and determine what worked, what didn’t, and what I could do differently next year. Unfortunately, I tend to over think everything, so I do this constantly (and obsessively), rather than limiting it to the end of the year. But I’ll go…

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