NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Got a Raise!

I got a voicemail today informing me that I'll be getting $50.00 more for working the General Election. It might not sound like a lot, but when you're a full time Freelancer trying to make it in New York City on one budget, every little bit counts!

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Officially Moved in Over a Year After the Fact

When I moved, I had to buy a smaller microwave to go with my smaller kitchen...Last October, my brother offered to put together an Ikea Kitchen Cart, if I ordered it online. I had a sinking suspicion it wouldn't happen, and I was right! Life got incredibly busy for both of us...All the while, the microwave sat beneath the flattened box it came it. Not ideal--I'd strain my back putting food in--and random dust was apt to sneak inside...I hired a handyman via Handy, who did an amazing job and took care of a few other odds and ends for me!

It cost me around $165.00 dollars, but at least it's done. See the Before/After Pictures below!

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

How to Seem Confident, Even When You Really Aren't

I've lived in Brooklyn for 22 years and counting. Before the advent of smartphones, if you needed directions to a restaurant or an office building, you actually had to rely on the kindness of strangers. I'd try to ask a Postal Worker or a UPS Driver for directions; if there weren't any nearby, I would ask another woman, or a man, if he seemed sane. All the while, I didn't want to look completely oblivious, so I'd act confident. So much so, that people would ask me for directions en route to my destination. I'd shrug and tell them I was new to the area...

Anything is possible when you seem sure of yourself!

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

Writer Harlan Ellison Dead at 84

I’m saddened to learn that Harlan Ellison has died. I read much of his work, but I especially liked Angry Candy. I had the unique experience of meeting Harlan at the Bram Stoker Awards in New York City. The year was 1995 and I was fresh out of college. I didn’t have enough money to buy a Horror Writers Association T-shirt. When he saw me trying to buy one, he thrust $5.00 into my hand and said, “Here! Now you can buy your damn T-shirt!!”

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NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

The Benefits of Multiple Revenue Streams

As a full-time Freelancer, I can’t always rely on my clients for steady work and getting new clients to sign on can take up to a month. Consequently, I’ve discovered the joy of multiple revenue streams! I make $3,000.00 - $5,000.00 annually from Focus Groups alone; this income is tax-fee, doled out either in the form of cash, gift cards, or PayPal payments! I also work seasonally for the NYC Board of Elections—there’s a Primary Election tomorrow, so I’m about to turn in early—this income isn’t heavily taxed. Hey, every little bit helps!

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