Snoring Our Way to Success: A LinkedIn Review

I’m a LinkedIn misfit. When I signed on eons ago it seemed a professional necessity. More recently I’ve gravitated to Facebook for the density of interesting posts. On Facebook people are snarky. They reveal their wit. They’re outspoken, often intelligent, and unafraid of judgment. To move between LinkedIn and Facebook is like late-night channel surfing, … Continue reading Snoring Our Way to Success: A LinkedIn Review

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Oregonians vs. Californians

I’m a social-media coward, disinclined to comment on controversial subjects. That said, I’m commenting on a well-known but seldom discussed underside of Oregon civility, a banal intolerance that could be amusing if it weren’t real. Oregonians are said to openly dislike Californians. Their disdain is sometimes traced to former Governor, Tom McCall, who once said, … Continue reading Oregonians vs. Californians

The Networking Dilemma

I’ve never been very good at networking. Write it off to my introverted personality. While I’ve always been responsive to others who call on me for professional assistance, I’ve never felt comfortable doing the same. I still cringe at the prospect of requesting a letter of recommendation. The dilemma of networking resides in the challenge … Continue reading The Networking Dilemma

Casting Calls and Writers Conferences

Over dinner with a few writers the conversation evolved to a discussion of agents. Two present had met agents through local writers conferences. Both were invited to submit writing samples. Neither heard from the agents. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the story. Here’s what I’ve gleaned about the matchmaking business that occurs at … Continue reading Casting Calls and Writers Conferences