Sticking My Toe Back In The Water

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Since I have an eligible article this year, I have entered the AHP Equine Media Awards again. In 2013, my entry was a person experience essay [The Envelope, Please …]. I placed 4th out of 18. This year, I entered my profile of Phyllis LeBlanc, owner of Dark Horse Chocolates, aka Harbor Sweets [Sweet on Dressage]. The deadline is tomorrow. Results will be announced at the annual seminar in June.

Entering the contest has flexed my atrophied career muscles. I want to get back in the game. Although, I must confess this is not a new goal. I have been less than diligent.

One of my goals for 2014 was to get more paying work [7th Day]. I’ve approached it with the same intensity that I have used for horse hunting – a general willingness to be open to anything that falls into my lap. This has worked as well as you would expect.
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(Shortly thereafter, Milton fell into my lap. From a fellow journalist, no less. But I digress.)

The challenge opportunity is that the industry has changed. Since 2008, staff positions have evaporated, which means more freelancers. This is what I have always done, so no big deal there. However, it also means competition from people who have done it more, if not longer, than I have.

These days, online is respectable and platforms are a must. It is no longer a matter of contacting the people with whom I used work to ask ‘Whatcha need?’ Or maybe it is that simple and I’m overthinking it. Wouldn’t be the first time.

Wish me luck.

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Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Horses, Writing

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