The 30-Second Commute: A Non-Fiction Comedy About Writing & Working From Home

The 30 Second Commute is a comic narrative about the real life of a full time writer Stephanie Dickison had been successfully publishing features and articles for over a decade while working a full time job, but in December 2005, she left the secure world of a real job to tackle completing a manuscript that was close to five years old and to take on freelance writing fuThe 30 Second Commute is a comic narrative about the real life of a full time writer Stephanie Dickison had been successfully publishing features and articles for over a decade while working a full time job, but in December 2005, she left the secure world of a real job to tackle completing a manuscript that was close to five years old and to take on freelance writing full time Drawing on her years as a book and pop music critic, she delves into food writing and becomes a restaurant critic for a big city website She starts a blog about new products and services and soon, she and her fianc have to consider moving due to the product piled up behind the bathroom door Celebrity interviews, feature articles, and offers to speak about writing are just some of the highlights of what can happen when you get to live your dream There are also the cautionary tales of what happens when you re your own boss, saying yes to every offer that comes your way and typing hunched over a rolltop desk for 14 hours a day, but mostly it is a celebration and exploration of a writer just trying to make her way in this crazy world one word at a time.
The Second Commute A Non Fiction Comedy About Writing Working From Home The Second Commute is a comic narrative about the real life of a full time writer Stephanie Dickison had been successfully publishing features and articles for over a decade while working a full ti

  • Title: The 30-Second Commute: A Non-Fiction Comedy About Writing & Working From Home
  • Author: Stephanie Dickison
  • ISBN: 9781550228373
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The 30-Second Commute: A Non-Fiction Comedy About Writing & Working From Home”

    1. Disclaimers:This book will make you love:1. Stephanie Dickison;2. Food;3. Writing.First, a bit about the writer of this little gem:-Hilarious;-Smart;-Blogger;-Torontonian; -Cat owner;-Food enthusiast;-She’s done it all (contributions to reference books; pop-culture, music, skin care, book, and food reviews for various sites and publications; interviews with celebrities and even a casual pool game with Stephen King).This book is for anyone who is curious about a freelance writer’s life. The g [...]

    2. The 30-Second Commute is a glimpse of a freelancer’s life. Those seeking a how-to guide should look to a number of other titles, though there are some insights that can be gained. Dickison makes it clear that her life is not all about hanging around the computer in her pajamas waiting for inspiration. If someone reading this book was hoping being a freelancer would allow him or her to live such a life, it quickly becomes clear that doing so doesn’t lead to success. A series of lists througho [...]

    3. Rereading this after five/six years is interesting. I still think the book is entertaining and light and offers a candid look at the life of a full-time freelance writer. I don't mind the vignette(ish?) format. She seems like an interesting, intelligent person who has been quite successful in what seems to be a difficult career. But I'm not always fond of her writing style, here and in her blogs -- for someone who makes her living writing, quite a bit of it feels sloppy. From what I've read of h [...]

    4. I wrote a lengthy review. The internet crashed. This is the short version:This is a book that spends most of its time talking about how awesome Dickison's job as a restaurant reviewer is. There's some interesting stuff closer to the beginning where she actually talks about life as a freelancer. Then she spends most of the rest of the book talking about food, alcohol, and eating too much.Don't bother, unless you're already reading her blog or you're interested in a mundane recap of the life of a [...]

    5. The first half, about the writing life, was interesting. As a freelancer myself, it was nice to read another person's ways if coping with deadlines, self-motivation and the all-important question of whether to get dressed in the morning. The second half I skimmed. The chapters at the end about reviewing restaurants I skipped entirely. Not interesting and, frankly, were icky to read. It contained a lot if material that felt like it was added only to reach a particular word count: to-do lists, inv [...]

    6. A fun and insightful look at life in the growing, uncertain world of freelancing. For anyone who's taking the plunge and following a dream of becoming a writer this is a must read! For anyone that's considered it, you'll love reading about what you're missing! And what foodie hasn't wondered about the life of a food writer? I have and most loved Stephanie's stories about that.

    7. This book is like ' The Devil Wears Prada', meets ' Legally Blonde', meets 'Julie and Julia", all in one. It's witty and fun. At the end of the day, she's just a homegirl that's trying to get ahead in the writer's world. I think anyone who's thinking about becoming a writer should have this piece of wisdom in their repertoire of books.

    8. Terrifically funny, this is a wonderful insider of a writer, food expert and adventurer continuing to discover a city of extraordinary and diverse cultures. An absolute must read for entertainment or pure escape. Take this book - curl up on a chilly night or head for the beach on a hot sizzling day - would fit the bill every time!

    9. Stephanie Dickison tales us along on her journey as a freelance writer. Funny and straight forward. She lets us in on the pros and cons of being one's own boss and working from home. Full of wit and charm. Anyone considering becoming a full time, work at home writer should pick up this book.

    10. Found the first half pretty great (besides the awkward chapter about wanting to be a dirty writer). The second half was about the importance of music and food in her life and was really hard to drag myself through.

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