Today, I Stood in the Sun

Today, I Stood in the Sun

Today, I stood in the sun. White, puffy clouds meandered by, unaware of my presence. They teased the sun, jostling to and fro, blocking its light. The sun remained in place; patient, steady, still. The clouds soon tired of their game. They floated away, eastward bound. Today, as I stood in the sun, I was … Continue reading

Published short story: The Mermaid

Published short story: The Mermaid

My guilt for ignoring my blog has lessened. I have focused on my creative writing for the past year and my first short story was published in the 2015 edition of RAIN Magazine. I had to immerse myself into rewriting and editing this piece of work. This poor little blog, straightenupandflywrite.com, was neglected while I … Continue reading

Poetry: She Couldn’t See The Light

Poetry: She Couldn’t See The Light

She Couldn’t See The Light She couldn’t see the light Her vision of life was unclear A lack of confidence, of clarity Ensnared by senseless fear No momentum to move forward Thankfully, taking no steps back Just living a lateral life Running circles on the same old track It is a comfortable life, she concedes … Continue reading

Another Perspective: Poetry by Janice Hope Horning

Another Perspective: Poetry by Janice Hope Horning

Poetry Is It’s the flavor gift of wood, of cedar planked and blanketed with a fish. It sends wind to fan forest fires, then brings rain to drown the smoke. It’s the fennel of my pasta’s sauce. It tells me I can indeed plant kisses on frogs though my sons puzzle and frown at me. … Continue reading

Infographic: Investing in Less Swag and More Content

Infographic: Investing in Less Swag and More Content

According to this infographic, companies that blog generate 67% more leads than those that don’t. This is promising news for freelance writers and business bloggers. There are many blogging companies. You won’t necessarily get rich blogging for a content company but it is a great way to pocket a little money and hone your skills … Continue reading

Project Manager/Content Writer Checklist for Website Development –

Project Manager/Content Writer Checklist for Website Development –

Many writers, including bloggers, wear multiple ‘hats’ as freelancers. Content creation is king on the world wide web. There are employment opportunities to work as a project manager/content writer for website development. I have been employed by marketing agencies and web developers in this hybrid position. I also volunteer to help my friends with personal … Continue reading

Infographic: 11 Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs

Infographic: 11 Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs

This infographic offers some great advice for creating interesting, relevant blog content. I know that I need to blog more. I get bogged down with my business writing and I have neglected my fun writing. Hey, it is a new year. I plan on taking more time to write just for the joy of writing. … Continue reading