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The Work Front

I’ll admit, my career isn’t nearly as interesting as that of other people on MySpace and AliveNotDead. Like I’ve told you, I’m working to break into screenwriting, but I’m still doing freelance articles.  And I feel blessed to have the work—when I gave up my “day job” shortly before the second baby’s birth, I didn’t know how we’d make ends meet.

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To the outside world, I look like a stay-at-home mom, frequenting the local park at 10 A.M. with my two kids. Yet I work every day—usually inside my house, on my PC, my older son either napping or at day care. So what am I? Like a lot of identity issues, who I am is contingent on how I define myself.  I don’t put in a 40-hour week most of the time, yet I’m very serious about my career. I enjoy more time at home than most working moms, but much of that time is spent working in spurts, in between taking care of the kids. Here’s a window on what’s happening:

 

Articles in CityBeat

 

I have two articles in this week’s CityBeat. They’re up on the website permanently. At Jaine’s request, here are links to my articles on Democratic congressional candidate Victoria Wulsin:

 

http://citybeat.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A144884

 

And reducing the premature birth rate:

 

http://citybeat.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A144886

 

You know what’d be really great? Getting my first letter to the editor! I’ve already gotten a call from the president of Healthy Moms and Babes, thanking me for the exposure.

 

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The Best of Cincinnati Guide will not be available online. It’s a big, glossy mag highlighting the best restaurants, shops, and services in the city. Some of the other writers have backed out or flaked out, so I’ve become their “go-to” girl. At last count, I’ve done 23 short articles for this edition. They just asked me to profile the history of Cincinnati dining in a huge multi-page spread—fattening Skyline Chili, rich Montgomery Inn barbecue, and the Maisonette, our 5-star French restaurant which sadly closed before I could dine there.

 

Screenplay

 

I’m pretty secretive about my screenplays. But the one piece of news I can share is this: I’m closing in. I’m closing in on my first draft. It’s the stage where my “witching rod” is pulling up the last few dregs of magic water, and everything is coming together. I want to work on it all the time. But I’ll settle for what level of creative excitement I can get.

 

Thanks for reading, my friends! Just a day in the life of another American mama going after her dreams.

 

 

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You've got a lot going on for you, Elena. Not your typical stay-at-home mom. What's the diff between a "homemaker" and stay-at-home mom?
over 11 years ago
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Many people I know are stay-at-home moms, not employed at all. And that's a viable choice. Just not the right one for me, economically and personally.
over 11 years ago
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I admire your strength and determination as well and reading this blog even make me respect you more. Keep up the good work!!!
over 11 years ago
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great articles Elena, thanks for sharing them, I'm sure you will get a letter to the Editor soon! Good for you for being a reliable writer for the Best of Cincinnati. Exciting news about the screenplays, keep us posted as appropriate!
over 11 years ago
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You've done so much, I like the way you write articles. Everyone starts somewhere. All the best for the scripts :)
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hey~~ i juz happan to see this article as i hv gone for vacation... but i really wanna say~~ wt u r doing is great~~ as long as ur brain keep rolling, we can still create gd shit even tho how hard or busy our daily life is~~~~ ps. maybe i ll need ur help later, as i might need someone to write lyrics
over 11 years ago
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You are doing a great job spending time to be with your children for they are the blessings of your life. Don't get hang up on what people think or say about mums working from home. A research done in my country a couple of months ago revealed that mums should be paid a salary and when they calculated the stuff mums do, each mum is supposed to be paid S$23,000 per month.
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