Thinking about quitting? Wait, hear me out…

Close-up of 100 dollar bill
Close-up of 100 dollar bill
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It’s been a crazy year. There have been some good months and some bad ones, a global pandemic and the most catastrophic presidency in the United States in my lifetime. It hasn’t all be great economically, either. I’ve had my $10,000 months and I got lazy for a while and had had some weaker months. That’s how freelancing goes, and it’s especially how it goes when you write for Medium. I’m OK with it and just accept the ebbs and flows as part of the gig.

When it comes to writing, change is the only constant. You win some months…


Writing

Hint: it wasn’t by focusing on just the money

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Calling all professional and amateur writers alike, I wanted to talk about how I made $9,000 from writing in December of 2020, so I could give you a glance into how I’m making it out here these days.

The end of 2020 was a tumultuous time for everyone. The virus raged on. We were locked down and, us writers being people who need stimulation more often than not, the quarantines were starting to weigh heavily on us. That’s when a lot of people I know began to struggle with their writing. We writers need stimulation.

A lot of people have…


Police harassment extends to a family enjoying a day at the park

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In a currently-going-viral video posted by BaileyBreedLove970 on TikTok, a woman was stopped with her family by the police because of her daughter’s alleged “crime.” Her shorts are too small. The incident took place at the Oklahoma Six Flags theme park where the family was walking through the park when another parkgoer, also a woman, made a complaint.

The complaint was then passed off to law enforcement who stopped the family in order to tell them their shorts were too small. The officer grabbed Bailey by the arm and stopped her.

Here we go, again…

Slut-shaming with the full force…


Because you don’t want to be writing in “panic mode”

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We writers are creative types. And you know what that means, don’t you? It means we’re fickle, often sensitive to criticism, and worst of all, we tend to think the sky is falling when our writing begins to go southbound on the interstate. It’s unavoidable — sometimes, your numbers plummet, leaving you scrambling like a quarterback with the defensive line rushing in and only moments left to pass the ball or take the hit.

This is when we go into crisis mode. And just like a quarterback who’s clutching the ball, moments before a painful impact, we quickly scan our…


Being a good conversation partner is an artform

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I remember feeling totally paralyzed. I was walking into a job interview for a managerial position that was way over my head. I was underqualified. I’ll admit it. But I was also in desperate need of a job. The candle store I was previously managing went out of business. I was given a severance that was dwindling as the Great Recession was just getting underway. It was a terrible time to be looking for a job.

So, a few weeks before this life-changing incident (in all the wrong ways), I walked in and applied at Williams-Sonoma.

Humble beginnings.

As I…


The cop pled guilty, but what does this tell us about the politicization of our justice system

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On Monday, a former Sherriff’s deputy in Wilkinson County, Georgia, Cody Richard Griggers, pled guilty in federal court. His charge? Possession of an unregistered firearm. It seems he was caught on a technicality, having the illegal gun presumably among a stash of legal guns. Judging by his personality, which you’ll soon learn more about, he also fits a certain type — he’s a right-wing extremist.

All the way back in 2006, the FBI had posted a bulletin titled White Supremacist Infiltration of Law enforcement, on October 17th, where it details the looming fear by intelligence officials of white nationalist movements…


Saw your name. Saw the title. Knew it would be good.

Wasn't disappointed.


Writing

NewsBreak is definitely different from other platforms

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If you’re a writer who’s used to writing on Medium, no doubt by now you’ve heard of NewsBreak. NewsBreak is a comparatively new app that seeks to bring readers breaking news based on location. In a new memo from the company, their stated goal is to bring back local news and challenge the hegemony of national news. Personally, I like the sound of this mission.

I feel national news like CNN and MSNBC, for all its good points, has brought along some unwanted side effects along the way. And NewsBreak now seeks to upend this crisis (and it is a…


Relationships

Because relationships aren’t always perfect

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Recently, a friend of mine came to me to tell me something perturbing. She informed me that a guy friend of mine, someone I’d known for years, came to her and said some unflattering things about me. It felt like high school all over again. I’ll admit, I was a little surprised, though I shouldn’t have been.

We both know who he is inside. He’s the kind of guy that loves a good time, living the party life still in his mid-30s, single, childless, and loves women. …


Is it time to do away with the idea of pornography addiction once and for all?

Darrell called me freaking out. He was frantic. He was upset. His life was falling apart, as one nightmare cascaded into another, walling up into a massive tsunami of shame. His new girlfriend had caught him watching pornography. He’d crept into his room, lifted the screen of his laptop, and thought he was all alone for a little alone time. But shortly thereafter, the door flew open and he was busted.

“She was irate,” he told me. “I just don’t know what to do, man. I think I’m addicted to pornography.” …

Joe Duncan

From Los Angeles, California. Life isn’t a series of many moments, but one moment that is always changing. Buy me coffee here: https://ko-fi.com/joeduncan

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