Brainstorming and balancing acts

As I start my sixth week since taking a buyout from my newspaper, I’m feeling a bit restless and eager to get cracking on some worthwhile (and money-making!) endeavors. But the to-do list I wrote out just now to start tackling today and tomorrow is a little bit crazy. A good crazy, however:

• Sorting out story ideas after hour-long brainstorming session on Saturday with friend who wants me to write for his sports-related website. The kinds of stories that don’t get into daily print journalism, but the prefect Web-oriented niche material to rekindle my sportswriting passion and delve a bit more into entrepreneurial reporting.

• Filling out a rather lengthy questionnaire after being accepted for a mid-career journalism retraining project that takes place next month. I’ve got to list quite a few “accomplishments,” both professional and personal, and lay out in specific detail not only what I’ve done, but what I really, really want to do for the rest of my career. How’s that for brainstorming?

• After taking a career transition workshop last week, I’m fully revising my résumé to suit a 2.0 work world that didn’t exist the last time I was in the job market. Challenging, but invigorating.

• And finally, perhaps the most surprising assignment: Reading the manuscript of an historical novel written by my father. He hired a proofreader to clean up obvious, so I’m looking it over for content. I have no earthly idea how to do this, since I’ve never done it before.

Love the variety and the ability to flesh out ideas that have been rolling around in my head for a while, and identify some new ones. Breaking free from the newsroom, the possibilities are multiplying.


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