Hi, I'm Diane.
One day I found myself retired after many years in a boring working life where trying to read an executive's mind was considered a job qualification. Generally speaking, the only pleasure I found in my work was when I was allowed to write or use my creativity.
I spent a lot of years earning a living while my spirit was dying of thirst. During my early days of 'job liberation', I puttered around for awhile. As you would expect, I quickly became bored without any focus or purpose.
Then it occurred to me--I could write for fun using the Internet! Dumb luck led me to Helium in June of 2007. I dabbled without much purpose for awhile, trying to figure everything out, and didn't really get too serious until about a year later when networking introduced me to some amazingly gifted writers. More amazing was that they cared about helping other writers, like me, who were clueless about...well...everything.
It seems that you can 'teach an old dog new tricks,' because I'm actually selling articles! (Who knew?)
Count me proud to say that I'm one of Grace's freelance 'peeps.' (Hey, anytime I'm classified as a youngster, it's a compliment.)
Lately, she's been keeping me busy with blog articles (with a real byline), and other juicy opportunities. With Grace's help, (we) recently submitted my first bid on an Elance job. Thank God she never sleeps or when would she have time to help all of us?
I'm learning as much as I can as quickly as I can, and plan to take advantage of any new freelance opportunities that come my way.
From my vantage point, it's all good!