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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Working From Home Is Easy, Right?

It's not easy working from home. In some respects, it's harder to work from a home office than to get up, make yourself pretty, fight rush-hour traffic, and slave away for someone else.

The typical response to my comment above from someone who has never worked from home is, "Yeah, right. I'm sure it's a heavy burden for you to bear, knocking around in your pajamas half the day with a constant supply of decent coffee from your own kitchen." An incredulously quirked eyebrow and sneering tone of voice always accompanies that statement.

Try setting up a cot in your nice corporate office or cubicle. Live and work there 24/7. Frightening thought, isn't it? But wait! There's more. Imagine your boss demanding you clean the office and prepare meals for your coworkers. And forget going shopping with the girls or playing pool with the guys. You have to finish the office accounting, drop off and pick up everyone's dry cleaning, and help the research department complete their reports. You live there and have the time. Right?

This is the situation those of us who work from home find ourselves in constantly. We administer our home business, be it freelance work or product driven. Then, we clean the house, do the laundry, pay the bills, cook meals, help the kids with homework, etc. In effect, we have two jobs and zero downtime.

The entrepreneur who works from home typically spends twelve hours or more per day, even on weekends, building/administering his or her business, while running the household and without a vacation. He/she rarely has time for friends, socializing only for the sake of business networking opportunities. Success or failure rests squarely on the entrepreneur's shoulders, and focus, dedication, and perseverance are the three words this person lives by. Effective time-management techniques are eagerly sought after, applied, and continuously honed in the flux of everyday life and business related pursuits.

In short, the home-based entrepreneur is a classic example of self-applied tough love.

In general, folks who work from home consistently exhaust themselves emotionally and physically for their business and family while ignoring personal needs. Downtime for the sake of rejuvenating and pampering one's self is essential. Are the entrepreneurs listening? I repeat. Downtime for the sake of rejuvenating and pampering one's self is essential. Got it?

Focus, dedication, and perseverance aren't the only qualities one needs for success. A positive attitude needs to be thrown into the mix. How can one maintain a positive attitude if he or she is burned out physically and emotionally? So, set aside time for yourself every week. Whether for a couple of hours or a whole day, pamper yourself and enjoy life outside of work. Let the house remain messy. Set your business on autopilot for a few hours.

Explore a new type of self-applied tough love.

Put yourself in time-out!

Copyright 2005 by Karen Campbell – Questions, Comments: klynn @

Karen Campbell is a freelance writer and the owner of, an original fiction and fan fiction archive with numerous writing resources. She is also an affiliate of the DirectMatches business networking community located at and is committed to building a network of work-from-home professionals for knowledge sharing, support, and socializing.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Fictional Perspectives Mirror Location

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While you are at, browse some of the great stories on the site!


Original Fiction & Fan Fiction Archive - Writing Resources

AG : The Authors Guild : Est. 1912

AG : The Authors Guild : Est. 1912

“The Authors Guild is the professional organization for every published writer! Today's Guild is industrious, dynamic and works exclusively for our benefit. Do you know anybody else who does?”

From 1919 on, the Guild has worked on behalf of its members to lobby for free speech, copyrights and other issues of concern to authors and bring authors the latest news in the publishing industry via the Guild Bulletin.


If you are a published Freelance Writer or Author, seriously consider a Guild membership. View eligiblity requirements here.

I'll be back with more writer's resources soon!


Original Fiction & Fan Fiction Archive - Writer's Resources

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Original Fiction @

Special thanks to some members who contributed short stories to Original Fiction @

Spontaneous by Bilal Latif. Rated: PG13

The Book by Matt Kelman. Rated: PG13

Rolling On The Rapid by V.D. Hill. Rated: G

Happy Reading!

Fanfiction @

Fanfiction @ has new fanfiction stories archived for your reading pleasure!

Dark Desires - An Anita Blake Vampire Executioner fanfic based upon the series written by Laurell K. Hamilton. Rated: NC17

Hellbound - A DareDevil action fanfic. Rated: PG13

Verliebt In Einen Jungen Wolf (In Love With A Young Wolf) - An action/adventure/romance Slash Jim/Blair/Gabriel Knight fanfic. Don't wory if you can't read German, the story is in English. Rated: NC17

Thanks to the Authors for sharing your talent!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Easter Egg at - Original Fiction and Fanfiction Archive - Original Fiction and Fanfiction Archive has an Easter Egg somewhere on the site. Can you find it?

Okay, I'll admit that it's nothing special. But, hey, go find it anyway! Shoot me an email from the main site when you find it!



Friday, January 14, 2005

Yahoo! Groups : Creative Perspectives

So, I rolled out our newsletter recently and named it - Creative Perspectives. Wow! I thought it would take forever. With my freelance work and family obligations, I don't know how I found the time!

Okay, okay...I do know how I did it. The key word here is "Time Management."

I'll have to admit that time management is one of my biggest challenges. The only thing I ever seem able to accomplish in a timely manner is my freelance work (mostly copywriting), and that's probably because I'm getting paid. Hey, when you work from your home office and depend on that money to pay the bills, managing time wisely is not an issue.

However, other projects tend to suffer. Working on a novel, sharing knowledge, and writing short stories for the quick creative release are all easily relegated to second class citizens in the world of time management. Besides, we writers can be HUGE procrastinators. Yes, I said it, and I'm not taking it back! (Don't flame me :)

To help address the issue of time management, I've purchased a Day Planner. Setting blocks of time aside each day for different pursuits has helped me greatly. I leave it flexible, though. There are times when I just can't face one thing or another and the creative frog is croaking at me to do something else. I definitely do not try to micro-manage myself, but a general outline of each day helps me accomplish more.

If you are the creative type and time management is a challenge for you, too, give my outline method a try. Feel free to comment and share any helpful tips you have!



Monday, January 10, 2005 - Creative Perspectives Newsletter! - Original Fiction and Fanfiction Archive

It's here! The Creative Perspectives Newsletter has arrived! Visit the Projects page to sign up.

The Creative Perspectives Newsletter is designed to help develop and improve the writer in all of us through exercises, advice, and instruction on the basic principles and mechanics of creative writing.


Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - New Look! - Original Fiction and Fanfiction Archive site layout update is complete!

Check out our new look and let us know what you think!

Fanfiction update will be completed in a few more days. So, check back again soon!