Niki Taylor, Freelance Writer and Researcher

October 29, 2008

Still Waiting

It’s been a while since I’ve written. The weather is cooler, thank goodness. I love cooler weather and have been walking every day. I attended the online Muse Writer Conference, and it was a pleasant week of chats and forums. Even online, I was shy, but I managed to ask one question, and it was enlightening as a first-timer. More details are at The trip to the mountains was great too. I highly recommend Pigeon Forge, TN as a fall destination.

I reapplied for the temporary job I held for a year. If I’m lucky, I will get rehired for another year. I visit a board that discusses this job, and it is hard to tell who is eligible for that second year. Some people get rehired, and others don’t. Time will tell which category I will fall into. My mindset has been on this job so long, but I am looking at other online work and am positive something will turn up soon.

To pass the time, I’ve been reading. With Halloween so close, it is appropriate vampires are the theme. I read the first book in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. I enjoyed it and want to read more. I also have one of Stephanie Meyer’s books. They have been so popular I look forward to see if I can get swept up in the mania. Excuse me while I go read!


September 19, 2008

“Monk”ey Business

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My temporary job ended at the end of July, and I will reapply for it at the end of October. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy. In early October, I will be taking a trip to the mountains. In mid-October, I will be “attending” the Muse Writing Conference.
It is an online writing conference featuring different panels. I’ve heard about it for years and am excited to “attend”. I really need a writing boost. I’ve been trying to write during my break, but it’s been slow going.

Currently, I’m reading Mr. Monk Goes to Germany by Lee Goldberg. It is a series of books based on the television show Monk on the USA Network. Adrian Monk is a detective who has obsessive-compulsive disorder. The OCD makes him highly sensitive to his environment which works out well in solving murders but not in his everyday life. While he can find clues the other police officers can’t, his oversensitivity leads to phobias and other hang-ups. The book is written from the point of view of his assistant because Monk would not be able to get past the first paragraph for overanalyzing it.
I can relate to Monk because I too have OCD. While I’m not a detective, I have an oversensitivity to the world around me which I try to relay through writing. OCD is more than just worrying about germs and washing hands. The book gives a good explanation: “They(OCD sufferers) interact with the world in an entirely different way than you and I do. They observe the way we live instead of living the way we do.” We will be fine as long we observe the world in helpful ways(crime fighting and writing) and not in self-destructive ways.


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