Sorting Through Priorities

25 Oct


I’m late!

I have no excuse.

Shall we continue anyway, or would you like to hang me in effigy?

Actually, I have an excuse, but I don’t feel like sharing it, so there you go.

Or maybe I will, but I’ll do it in a roundabout way.

Pay attention and you might figure out my excuse.


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen Covey

I readily admit that I can be a bit obsessive. That’s both a blessing and a curse, depending on the day.  Recently I have obsessed over finishing my latest novel “Shadows Over a Hangman’s Noose.”  I want to publish it sometimes in November and come hell or high water I’m going to do that . . . but I can’t lose sight of my daily priorities because of that obsession.

I recently acquired a freelance gig that pays pretty good, and I was in danger of missing that deadline because of my novel obsession.

So I had to step back and get my act together.

Long-term goals are wonderful, but don’t forget the daily goals in the process.

That’s a long-winded way of saying this blog almost didn’t happen because I wasn’t thinking clearly.

The novel can wait a day while I take care of my new customer and post this blog.

Problem solved!


I’m still trying to find an ad that appeared on NIUME regarding pay for travel.  A friend of mine on HP recently said she saw an ad stating that a company will pay writers the cost of travel if they write travel articles for them, and I can’t find the darned ad, but I’ll keep trying.  This is something I’m not aware of, but it’s interesting enough to keep looking.  Stay tuned!July 21, 2012 041


While visiting a forum on HP recently, I came across a writer who wanted to know what the secret was to making money faster while writing online.  My answer is simple: there is no fast way to make money as a freelance writer. There are no “get rich quick” schemes in freelance writing.  You have to build your platform, practice your craft, and market wisely.  It takes time. The successful freelance writers I know, and I’m including myself in that conversation, are the ones who have spent years building their professional platforms and who treat their writing like a business.

Yes, I said they spent YEARS!

If you want to get rich quick, play the Lotto.  The odds are horrible but you just might beat them in one week.


I’m on empty, so let’s wrap it up.  As always, I appreciate you stopping by.  I promise to have more interviews in the near future, just as soon as I get my act together and take care of some pressing priorities.

town_876And yes, Christmas is coming, and I mention that because a great gift for anyone buying for a reader is a book by an independent author.  Why give more money to James Patterson when some great writers who just started out could use a sale or two?  If you want some suggestions of great indie writers, I’ll be more than happy to give them to you…and I’ll include them, from time to time, on this site.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

26 Responses to “Sorting Through Priorities”

  1. Janine Huldie October 25, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    Aw, better late than never and seriously just so happy to see you here with an update today. Happy Tuesday once again, Bill 🙂

    • Billybuc October 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

      Thanks, as always, Janine! I’ll just stumble along and get caught up eventually.

  2. suziehq October 25, 2016 at 8:12 pm #

    How interesting that travel writing gig sounds! Love that myself, hopefully you will spy it again and imagine if you were asked to write about The Emerald Isle, my wee homeland!! So proud of all your accomplishments Bill and congrats on the new job and soon to be finished book, you rock xxx

    • Billybuc October 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

      Thanks, Irish! It’s bugging me that I can’t find that ad, but I’ll stick with it and eventually come across it…then I’ll let you all know. 🙂 Hugs from Olympia!

  3. Audrey Howitt October 25, 2016 at 10:27 pm #

    Every fall I go through the trauma of a shifting schedule as students start up again, group voice classes start and I start getting students ready for recitals. Here it is October and I find I am still stumbling around–so I get it–just wish I could manage to write at 7 am instead of just sucking down coffee at that hour

    • Billybuc October 26, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

      Audrey, I remember the teaching years well. It’s nice to remember them from a safe distance. 🙂 Thank you for always being here and good luck.

  4. marlenebertrand October 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    I know what you mean. Priorities have kept me from being more active in my personal writing endeavors. I have been writing for others, which in and of itself is not a bad deal. It’s just… I want to write for ME! But then I look at my finances and the debt/income spreadsheet has a way of letting me know that writing for myself is not an option right now. I look at the reality scale and see how on one hand I have the opportunity to write for others and get paid now or I can write for myself and get paid whenever the royalties decide to roll in. Writing for myself doesn’t pay the bills right now so I take the freelance assignment and feel fortunate to have it. You amaze me, Bill. How you do what you do blows me away. I just don’t know where you find the time to do all that you do. You’re amazing!

    • marlenebertrand October 25, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

      Oh, by the way, Bill I read an ad a while ago that stated how Amtrak allows writers to ride for free – any destination. The only requirement was that the writer had to promise they would write an article sharing the details of their travels on Amtrak. I’m not sure if that is still a thing, but I was actually thinking of looking into it more.

      • Billybuc October 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

        Thank you Marlene. I’ll try and find the time to look into that today.

    • Billybuc October 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

      Marlene, I don’t know what to tell you. To me, what I do, it doesn’t seem amazing at all… the eye of the beholder, I guess, but thank you so much.

  5. Michael Milec October 26, 2016 at 3:11 am #

    Perfectly said my friend. Two objections ‘I’m late’ and ‘I’m on empty,’ may be dismissed as not acceptable until… Honestly Bill, you have omitted most important element to share, i.e. what Bev has to say about your above ‘confession’? She has ever good word for you …blessing .

    • Billybuc October 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      Michael my friend, Bev will always be my biggest supporter. I am a blessed man, my friend, and I look forward to every single day.

  6. phoenix2327 October 26, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    It’s a relief to know I’m not the only one who sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees. I have a problem with setting priorities because I’m used to doing things in a certain order and I loathe to deviate from it. Isn’t odd that two creatives who are accustomed to flowing freely can get caught up in a rigid mindset? lol

    No worries. You post when you post and I will enjoy reading them as always.

    No get back to work. lol

    • Billybuc October 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      I’m the same way, Zulma. I do things in the same order every single day. Bev just doesn’t understand since she’s a “wing it” sort of person, and her way of doing things throws me into a crazy loop if I try it. LOL Thank you and back to work I go.

  7. Cynthia October 26, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Congrats on the paid gig! And it takes time to build a reputation. Time. Sigh…and I’m about to start over. Well, not start over, but start with a more focused site. Haha. Because having a little focus is a little difficult for me sometimes. So many wonderful things to experience in this life….lol

    • Billybuc October 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

      And you’re young enough, Lil Sis, that you can experience hundreds of those wonderful things still. You are a treasure and I’m glad you are in my life.

  8. Christy B October 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    So true Bill that it usually takes years to build a solid platform as a freelance writer. Success is not overnight for most of us.. But the rewards can be amazing. Congrats on the new client and the upcoming book! Hugs from BC

    • Billybuc October 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

      They can be for sure, Christy. I’m amazed by writers who think they are going to be successful in a matter of months. What?????

      hugs and thanks from rainy Olympia

  9. Melanie Chisnall October 28, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    Hey Bill! Gosh, it feels like ages since I was here…. yip, I hear you loud and clear about priorities my friend. It’s been a crazy few weeks – end of year looniness, but nothing better than taking a step back and focusing on what matters most. I wish I had your tenacity to stick with something – my problem is, I thrive on constant change. It’s what keeps me going. Congrats on the new freelance client – those are always good! I remember you weren’t sure about keeping going with this blog at one stage – just want to say, I’m so glad you’re still writing here!! It keeps me going too. 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

    • Billybuc October 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

      Mel, we really are polar opposites. Change drives me crazy. I need my structure dearly or I’m worthless. LOL Well I’m glad I didn’t drop this blog. I always enjoy hearing from my friends. Thank you!

  10. Lawrence Hebb November 7, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    Really enjoyed this, sometimes the priorities have to change. Glad you’re making progress on the novel.

  11. Lawrence Hebb November 7, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    Really enjoyed this, sometimes the priorities have to change. Glad you’re making progress on the novel.

    • Billybuc November 7, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

      Thanks so much, Lawrence. Progress, not perfection!

  12. Shauna L Bowling November 11, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Bill, ads appear on websites according to what each viewer has been googling. Try searching for “get paid to travel and write” a few times and you’ll see results pop up in just about any website you visit. Those ads are placed based on the search habits of each IP address’ recent habits.

    Try that and you’ll probably see the ad Faith saw on NIUME.

    Congrats on your well-paying gig! Whoo hoo!

    • Billybuc November 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

      That’s a big help, Sha. Thanks so much! Have a great weekend, my friend.

      • Shauna L Bowling November 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

        You’re welcome. Let me know if you have better results.

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