Thursday, April 30, 2009

National Blog Posting Month

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Articles for Military Servicemembers and Spouses

I thought I'd do a post that showcases the articles that I have done that are geared toward the military. Enjoy!

This article is a memoir of my deployment overseas:

Along the same lines, another article about how my family and I coped with my deployment overseas:

Powers of Attorney Basics for American Servicemembers - this article is a great resource for military members and dependents, and those individuals who help out during deployments and TDYs:

What is Memorial Day and Why Should You Observe It (the title speaks for itself):

This article is about Worldwide EchoTaps, and how military members are involved in such a wonderful endeavor to honor military veterans:

This is a series of book reviews that I did for military spouses and girlfriends. In addition to AC, this series was picked up by the Fort Lewis Ranger (the official print newspaper of the Fort Lewis Army post in Washington State).

Information for new military spouses, and those who are soon to marry a military member:

General Information about the military and being married to a military member:

Books about how to cope with deployments and issues that surround them:

Memorial Day - It's Meaning and Observation (another piece I did on Memorial Day - so many Americans are clueless about this holiday, and you can never talk about it too much):

Prom Articles Need Some Google Love

A couple of my most recent prom articles did not get indexed by Google, so I am posting the new ones (and the old ones, even though the PV average on the old prom articles is about 2,000) here to remedy that:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I haven't felt well mentally since my cousin passed away. That, combined with a lot of other craptastic happenings have killed my motivation. I don't want to write, don't want to go to class, don't want to study. Going to the gym is about the only thing I am motivated to do right now. I managed to get three more articles in today for the cutoff. Payday is Friday. I plan to get a couple articles written for another site this evening after I go to the gym, so they will pay Friday as well. This weekend, I have drill, so it will be a wash. Tomorrow I have a doctor appointment in the morning, but should be able to write all day after that, until I pick up the kids to go workout. And I'll have some time Friday afternoon after I get back from the gym.

I just hate this down, depressed time. I want to do so much, but can't get myself to do it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

No Examiner for me. :(

Well, I was very excited to begin working as an Examiner at So much so that I was running around the house singing for an hour after I got the "Welcome to the team email." As much as I hated to, I had to turn down their offer, due to a couple personal reasons. I was so excited about it, and very grateful to them for selecting me and giving me a chance to work with them. There are just a couple reasons that I can't do it. I'm kind of sad about it, but I guess everything happens for a reason. Just have to press on in other areas.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Death Surrounds Me...

And I'm really so tired of it. First my cousin, my sister's employee, and a fellow blogger. Tonight, my dear husband is making a notification to a family of a deceased sailor. They just made the notification about 30 minutes ago, and are about 5 hours from home, so I doubt he'll be home tonight. I can't go into details, but it is a bad deal. I don't know how much more I can take. I feel sad for the sailor's family, but I am not worried to be home alone without the DH. My home is protected by Smith & Wesson, and not only have I been in the military for 12 years, I was raised with firearms, and learned to shoot and clean one when I was 8. Yes, I am from Southern Illinois, we do that there.

I was sick today, and couldn't make it to class. My writing suffered, and so did my diet. I ate more than I wanted to (I have set impossible goals for myself I think), and I wrote less than I wanted to. My paycheck for this week is going to suck. Next week I have to study for mid-terms, and the following week I am going home to visit with family in Indiana and Illinois, and they only have crappy dial-up, so I won't be able to work. I'm not hurting for money, but it's hard to continue to work on my debt snowball if my income isn't also snowballing.

I did make a doctor appointment for me for Thursday to get a medical issue looked into. I plan to go to the gym to work out tomorrow. I will salvage the week somehow. I hope my next blog post is happier.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

February's Goals - Wrap Up.

Well, I did pretty good for February's goals:

40 / 50 - Site
20 / 25 - AC
19 / 10 - Helium
19 / 15 - Blog Posts
1 / 1 - eHow
1 / 1 - Examiner
1 / 2 - Textbroker

I set up three blogs, got started on Facebook, applied to Examiner and got selected, and did quite a bit of article promotion, so I think it's been a good month. And I lost about a week of work time due to my cousin's funeral and orthodontist appointments and other stuff. March will bring Spring Break, so I'll lose a week this month, too. My goals for March, however, will be:

50 - Site
25 - AC
10 - Helium
50- Blog Posts in my 3 blogs
20 - eHow
20 - Examiner
5 - Textbroker

I'd like to post a few articles on another site I'm thinking of writing for, but haven't decided to take the plunge yet. And I'm starting a new fitness plan, so we'll see how it goes. :)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

How to Help Feed Animals For Free

A friend of mine wrote this article, and it touched me so much, I had to share. You can help for FREE, from your computer!

How to Help Feed Animals for Free

There are many animals in animal shelters around the country that need healthy meals. Here is how anyone can help donate food to animal shelters for free.

Freelancing & Fiction with Michelle L Devon: Associated Content Month-long Challenge: Can you make a living on AC?

Michy just completed her month-long Helium challenge, and is now doing a month-long challenge with AC. If you have ever considered writing for either of these sites, or just want the low-down, check out her blog!

Freelancing & Fiction with Michelle L Devon: Associated Content Month-long Challenge: Can you make a living on AC?

A slow day...

I have only written five articles today. Slow day. As you can tell from my previous entry, a fellow blogger passed away, and with all the death this week, I don't feel like writing much. I took the weekly exam in my online Theater class (oh, how I hate that class - I am a writer, don't care about plays or acting). I aced it. Out of 6 exams, I've gotten 100% on ALL but one of them.

I want to get another article or two done, then I plan to study for the quiz in my Mil History class on Monday. Tomorrow is my day off. I've been working 7 days a week for months now (that's one of the downsides of working at home - this computer sits and taunts me). So, I am imposing a day off on myself.

The neighbor kid is here with mine again tonight (I wish the neighbors would just let us adopt their child), so it will be another rowdy, noisy night like last night. I haven't really slept worth a damn since my cousin was admitted to the hospital last Saturday, so it doesn't matter. I made mac and cheese this afternoon, but no one can make it like he did.

Off to have dinner. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

RIP Lisa Clusterfook

RIP Lisa Clusterfook

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Friday, February 27, 2009

I'm home from the funeral.

After much discussion with my family, I was able to get things caught up enough that I could go home. I left here at 2pm on Tuesday, and drove 5 hours to central Missouri. I stayed in a Fairfield Inn, and got up early Wednesday and drove the rest of the way to my parents' house in Indiana. I stopped there long enough to put on funeral attire, and we all drove to Illinois for the visitation. For three hours we sat at the funeral home and visited with people. I was very happy to see the huge turnout of family, friends and co-workers. The visitation was hard - I kept looking at my cousin, and either bursting into tears, or trying to hold back laughter. My cousin was THE funniest person I know. My sister and I sat in a pew at the funeral home, and we'd be crying, and then we'd look at each other, and one of us would say a funny quote from my cousin and we'd laugh. So, if you ever meet me in real life, all you have to do to get me to smile is say something like, "brown-out," "wire coat hangar," or "Foilfield."

We got back to the house at 10:30 that night, and I was beat. I had just enough energy to do my teeth (I have braces, so no skipping brushings!), and crawl into bed. My sister woke me up a few hours later to tell me that one of her employees had a heart attack and died that night.

I was back up at 6:00 on Thursday morning. We got 5 adults (me, mom, Dad, sister and brother) through the showers (thank goodness for a house with 3 bathrooms!) and left at 8:00 to head over to the funeral home.

We got to my aunt's house and met everyone. I picked up my cousin's little boy, and another cousin's little boy - they wanted to ride in my rental car (a 2007 Mustang - it was a V6, though, but little kids don't know the difference). We all went to the funeral home, for the service that started at 10:00. My brother gave a surprise eulogy - we had no idea he was going to speak. He got up to the podium, and broke down in tears. He wrote a poem while driving around in his truck, about how our cousin always told it like it was, and was the most real person around. At the end, he said, "I love you, Bubba, and I'll miss you." I cried the whole way through the service.

After the service, we all filed past my cousin one more time. I didn't handle it very well. I put a note in with him, and cried, and patted his shoulder. I can't believe he's gone - he was 43, and his life was FINALLY on the right track. I thought he'd be the last one of us standing. He did look very good, though - he looked to be smiling. His new wife is not handling this well at all - I hadn't met her yet, as they'd only been married a year, but I am praying for her so much.

After the funeral, we had dinner at the church, and then I headed back home. 9 hours later, my hubby and kids met me at the rental place to turn in the Stang, and I went home and collapsed. Now I am just catching up on some odds and ends, putting up a few articles, and planning to get back in the swing of things tomorrow.

Well, that's all for now - I'm tired so my thoughts are rambly.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Weekend recap.

Well, it's been an up and down weekend. I got a call on Saturday when we were at the Science Center - my Mom wanted to let me know that my 43-year old cousin had a heart attack and was not expected to make it. They did several tests over the weekend - he was without oxygen for about 30 minutes before his wife found him, and an EEG showed no brain activity. He passed away late last night, with his wife by his side. Still waiting to hear about funeral arrangements. Home is 10 hours away, so I don't know if I'll be able to go.

I spent the weekend working on homework, and writing. I'm getting closer to my goals.

I spent about 20 minutes on article promotion. I usually make about $1/day in page views on one site that I write for (I recycle the articles I use on another site, so it's basically free money). I submitted one of my articles from that site to Digg and Reddit on Saturday night, and went to bed. I woke up the next morning, and had accumulated $7.81 in page views! So, when they tell you to write quality SEO articles, and promote them to up your page views, they aren't lying.

I wrote eight articles over the weekend, for three sites. My goal for the weekend was higher, but I obviously wasn't in the mood to write. Today, I have to finish up a 3-7 page paper before 3:30, for class at 4:30. After I get home from class, I need to get a few more articles submitted. The only negative side about being your own boss is the lack of paid leave if you need to go home for a funeral. Tomorrow will determine if I can go home or not - if I don't get a lot of work done, I'll be staying here.

Back to the grindstone.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Welcome to the personal blog of Maggie O'Leary. I am a professional writer, and have written for several major military publishers during my 12 years of military service. I am also a freelance writer, and write for many websites. My goal with this blog is to chronicle my experiences in freelancing from home, and give tips and advice to others who are just getting started writing for the web. Thanks for visiting, and please bookmark my blog. If you'll leave me a comment, I'll be happy to add you to my Blogroll!