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…


Here’s my data and my experiences…

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So you’ve just started out with investing. Or maybe you haven’t just started out with investing, but you’re thankful that tech companies are starting to encroach on the investment space. They’re making it easier for us to toss our spare income aside and let it sit in a digital pot while it makes us money effortlessly. If you’re anything like most people I know, you probably dove headfirst into Robinhood.

Loaded up on some combination of caffeine and overconfidence, you set up your account, funded it, and started investing in your favorite companies. …


Here’s How You Can Avoid Making the Same Mistakes

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Imagine having several million dollars in your account and feeling overjoyed that you’d managed to strike digital gold. You have the whole gold mine to yourself. You see your profits soaring. The lines on the charts of your investment app keep rising.

And then, suddenly, it all bottoms out. The numbers on your stat chart plunge. You wake up one day to find that your millions of dollars have been effectively erased from existence. Sounds like a nightmare none of us would enjoy.

Imagine the sinking feeling in your stomach as you realize that your cash has been essentially liquidated…


Relationships

What are the inner workings of a poly relationship actually like?

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It’s been a few years since I boarded the polyamory train and never looked back to the station from which I came, and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. My stance is the same as it’s always been, which is that everyone should do what’s right for them and should choose relationship styles that make them happy, and that’s what I’m doing when I continue along with my polyamorous bliss.

Yesterday, someone inquired into the dynamics of our relationship and how it all operates. Having not experienced poly herself, she, like many others out there, had a lot of questions.

“Are…


Environment | Climate Change

The Amazon now emits more CO2 than it captures…something is very wrong…

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The Amazon is burning. And no, not that Amazon; not that place people go to buy nifty consumer goods and have them delivered within a day. While I know some readers were secretly hoping that I was saying that their local Amazon warehouse was on fire, I assure you, I’m not. I’m talking about the giant rainforest that serves as the lungs of the entire planet earth.

Deforestation has been a staple of the Amazon since the early days of my political career, back in 2011 when I worked for Greenpeace (humble beginnings).


Three ways to alleviate your back pain from freelance writing…

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Full confession, I’m a full-time writer and journalist. This is my main source of income. I’m also a voracious reader, meaning I spend a lot of my time researching stories to bring my readers the best information possible from a balanced perspective. That means I spend a lot of my time in a chair. It reminds me of back when I used to work for various offices, the unwavering back pain I’d feel at the end of each long, grueling workday was almost unbearable sometimes. And now, I sometimes start to feel the same pains after a long work week.


Sexuality

Is anal sex really just a tool of misogyny or is there a deeper meaning to it?

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The late, brilliant writer Christopher Hitchens once said, “the four most overrated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex, and picnics.” And this quip speaks to the diversity of human opinions on things, especially things that are revered in some way.

One man’s Gucci suit is another man’s useless rags. One woman’s “off-limits” is another woman’s “yes please.”

And as such, most people have extremely strong and varied opinions about anal sex in general. Doing a brief search here on Medium and you can find an array of people who both condone it and condemn it.

Some consider it…


Follow these steps and watch the decades disappear before your very eyes

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So you’ve decided you want to waste your life? Excellent. Welcome, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re still in high school or you’ve moved onto college, or even out into the great big world of business, this article is going to tell you step-by-step exactly how to do that.

The great Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” And while this is true, it isn’t the whole story. There’s a whole lot more to wasting your life than just not examining it. …


Climate Change | Environment

Waterfront beach houses and the rising tides of climate change

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The housing market in Miami is booming. Rich people are buying up luxury properties on the beachfront in Miami like there’s no tomorrow. They’re rubbing it in our faces as the housing crisis mounts and 7 million Americans stare down the barrel of the threat of eviction. You couldn’t envision a perfect demonstration of the disparity of economic classes in America if you tried.

Millions struggle for housing and economic security, while a few wealthy people are gobbling up valuable houses like life was one big game of Monopoly.

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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