Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer Book Review

From an outside perspective, working as freelance writer seems like a dream, especially when one is burnt out by their nine to five job. But for anyone who dreams of leaving the nine to five job for freelance writing, there is a reality to the professional and quite a few details that need to be taken into consideration before one takes the plunge.

The 2016 book, Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, written by Moira Allen lays out in simple terms every aspect of the professional life of a freelance writer.  The book details subjects such as submitting pieces to publishers, completing research, the best method to copyright your work and handling the financial aspect of working for yourself.

I picked this book up on a whim from my local library and I am so glad that I did. I am the one of millions of freelance writers who would love to write for a living, but also needs a steady income. I learned a lot from this book and I recommend it, especially for those would love to ditch their current job and earn their living by their pen.


Widows Movie Review

The heist movie genre can be boiled down to two specific words: guns and cars. I’m not usually a fan of this genre, but sometimes a movie that falls within this genre surprises me.

In the new movie, Widows, Veronica (Viola Davis) lives an idyllic live with her husband, Harry (Liam Neeson) in Chicago. Their marriage is picture perfect. That perfection is about to be revealed as a mirage. Harry earns his living via less than lawful means and is killed in the process. The man who Harry stole from, Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry), not only wants his money back, but is also trying to go legit at the same time. Jamal’s brother and go to henchman, Jatemme (Daniel Kaluuya) is more than willing to help his brother get his money back.

Veronica soon learns of her late husband’s illicit activities and turns to the women whose husbands were killed with Harry to get Jamal his money back. Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) are at first reluctant to join Veronica, but they change their mind. At the same time, there is a local election going on. Jack Mulligan (Colin Farrell) is career politician whose father, Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall) was also a career politician. With the election coming up and the plans for the heist underway, what truths will be revealed?

This movie is brilliant. It’s much more than the standard heist film, at least from my perspective. The movie talks about complicated issues such as class, money, politics in such a way that it does not feel like a lecture. I also loved that the four female leads were not the typical wife/girlfriend/love interest of the male characters that are usually seen in this genre of film. They were strong, capable and completely willing to do what needed to be done to ensure their success.

I recommend it.

Widows is presently in theaters. 


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