The Freelance Files: Issue 10

Gigs this week

Humane Pursuits published a profile I wrote about Erika Babbitt-Rogers,  a Laramie resident who owns and operates Wyoming Worm Wrangler. It’s been a while since I’ve written a profile — that’s newsroom-speak for a human interest story that focuses on a single individual — and this piece was a good opportunity to get back in the game.

Of all the news story formats, profiles are one of my favorites. They give you a chance to explore the world from someone else’s viewpoint. This type of writing also gets you out of your own head, which is a big bonus for introverts like myself.

Anyway, big thanks to Erika for driving me out to the family farm north of Laramie and showing me around. Thanks also to the Wyoming Women’s Business Center. Without their monthly networking meetings in Laramie, it’s unlikely that Erika and I would have connected in the first place.

Jam of the week

When I’m working, I like to pipe feel-good music straight into the old brain box. It’s a nice kick-start to the day, especially when I’m up at 3:30 a.m. preparing for my ESL classes or trying to wrestle a tough sentence into submission.

And this, my friends, is the feel-goodiest jam of them all, courtesy of Craig Chaquico. Enjoy.


This comes courtesy of Nellie Tayloe Ross, the nation’s first woman governor:

“At any moment of despair … this thought should give us courage — we can prepare for future responsibilities only by meeting credibly that which each day brings.”

Have a good weekend, friends.




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