Thanks, in advance
Which magazine should I read? Two years ago, I had a subscription to Real Simple, but it exasperated me with its “best buys” that were way out of my price range. Last year, I tried The New Yorker, but I could not keep up with the steady barrage of reading material. If only I could get the first issue of every month! That would be just right. So, this year, I’m back to Real Simple, and I remember why I let it run out the last time. I’m not completely sure why I feel the need to get a magazine every month, but it’s nice to have something to flip through during an idle ten minutes or so. Should I try Martha Stewart Living, despite my innate distrust of Martha? Is Everyday Food worth it? Are there any other magazines out there with recipes, entertaining ideas, and thrifty living? Or should I just let this go and accept the fact that I’d rather read books?
What should I do in Dallas? I’m visiting for the first time next month for a conference, and I’ll be there for four days. Most of my hours are spoken for, but I am on the hunt for places to eat that are moderately inexpensive, fairly casual, and not sketchy if I go by myself. Also, I may have a free morning or afternoon to entertain myself, so any suggestions for cheap (but preferably free) activities or attractions within walking distance are also appreciated. According to my very cursory search on Google Maps, my hotel is near The Majestic, if that means anything to anyone. In a more general sense, what is specific to Dallas, in terms of food and culture? What shouldn’t I miss? What’s the weather like in October?
What can I edit or write for you? Lately, I have come to the realization that, ultimately, I want to be a full-time freelancer. I knew when I took this job that it has a certain expiration date, so I am taking steps to make a concerted effort to seek out freelance editing and writing jobs with the hope that I can strike out on my own when the time comes. So! To that end, I have posted a new link in my navigation bar to a For Hire page — special thanks to OPH and Val for proofreading it! I am paranoid about being schmoozy, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m just networking! Which is my favorite thing! It seems to be an occupational hazard of soliciting work. You, there! Do you want my card?
Seriously, though, I would really appreciate any leads or advice. Do you have any projects that could use an editor? Does your organization typically hire freelancers? Do you know anyone in a similar position I could contact?