The thing about freelance writing is that
it never gets boring. One moment, you’re writing about
flooring options for the kitchen
and the next moment you’re writing about
the ten reliable places to shop for antique furniture.
The topics are always eclectic and totally unconnected
and you can never tell what you’ll be asked to write about next.
You can never guess, for instance, that tomorrow
you might be asked to write an essay that answers the question,
“How can you tell if your diamond is loose?”
I can tell you right now, if you happen to be that sort of girl
who stays up late at night wondering whether the diamonds
on your engagement ring are in any danger of falling off.
It’s actually pretty easy: simply raise the ring
to your ear and tap the shank gently with your finger nail.
Do you hear a buzzing sound? Then, yes, the diamonds are loose.
Do you hear a solid sound? Then, no, the diamonds are not loose:
They are sitting securely on their setting,
fastened tightly by their metallic prongs.
Am I a jeweler, you ask? No, I am merely a writer
who happens to know these things, and many more.
I can keep on talking, if you cannot sleep:
I can talk about, for example, the benefits of walking
during your lunch break, or the five tips for conducting your own
small business, or the steps you can take in becoming
a professional commercial wedding photographer, or the reasons why
you should be investing your money in real estate.