5 Worst Questions to ask a Freelancer

When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m a writer. Because I am.  But no, I’m not officially on staff at any publications, and I’m not yet a published fiction author, so long story short, I freelance. I know writers decades older than me who have made a fantastic career from freelancing (and have the New York zip codes to prove it), but somehow being 23 and being a freelancer often invokes some type of cringe worthy response.


Next time you meet someone working much longer hours than you do, for less money, but actually doing something she enjoys, here are some questions you should maybe keep to yourself. I’ve provided answers, so you don’t even have to say the words out loud!

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Female Traveling Alone–What A Novel Idea!

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Traveling alone is awesome. Whether it’s seeing the same opera house three days in a row or walking along the Seine in the rain for two hours, you can do whatever you want without having to suffer the complaints of another. Not everybody is as attune to the joys of solo travel as I am, meaning that only one week into my trip (I started in Paris) I’ve received some pretty useless feedback.

A few of the idiocies I’ve heard:

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Taylor Swift Ends My Night Terrors by Releasing a New Song

Well, folks, the wait is over. Our savior Taylor Swift has ended the barren apocalypse of the past year and a half and has released a darling new single called “Shake It Off,” a delightful middle finger to the rude media overlords who try to slutshame her and a playful nod to her shitty dancing.

As you probably know, T. Swizz is a goddess among us mere mortals—she exits the gym looking flawless with no more help than that of a hairbrush, she does charity work because she wants to and not for the publicity, she writes and sings the feelings of my soul on the reg. And thankfully, this enchanting ditty that not only lyrically pays homage to 3LW, but also visually to Audrey Hepburn, Fergie, and Lady Gaga, is available for streaming via YouTube, and our nationwide nightmare is over. Now I’m just waiting on that tour announcement…

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Song on Repeat of the Week: “Knee Socks” by Arctic Monkeys

Sometimes when I hear a good song I just want to hear it again. And again. And I do that about ten more times, and if I don’t have anywhere to be, and usually I don’t, I’ll keep listening until I do. Addictive personality? Maybe! But some songs are just that good! And if I can share that joy, then great! So without further ado, the Song on Repeat of the Week is “Knee Socks” by Arctic Monkeys.

“Knee Socks” is the second-to-last track on the band’s latest LP, 2013’s AM, and while I listen to pretty much the whole album on repeat, “Knee Socks” has been catching my attention as of late. Up until a couple weeks ago, I liked AM. Then I saw the band at Osheaga in the beginning of August and basically became obsessed with the album. It wasn’t my first time seeing them, but it was a better performance than the former one I’d seen, probably because Alex Turner was a 21-year-old baby at the time and lacking the appropriate confidence and swagger to give a performance that turns otherwise rational young women into wannabe groupies. I mean, I would guess. Who knows. Is it getting hot in here?

Anyway, listen to “Knee Socks” and that opening lick is sure to entrance you, but the rest of the song does not disappoint, with an undeniably danceable chorus and the same seductive vibe that permeates the rest of the album, not to mention literary imagery like “a cough drop colored tongue,” a sensibility unsurprising from a guy who squeezed a Shakespeare reference into a booty-shaker about dance floor romance. He also manages to get a Mean Streets homage in the bridge, so that’s cool.

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That chorus! The irresistible lick and Turner’s lyrics wed in a most holy matrimony, best of all in the line so detailed it makes you feel like you’re there, “When you walked around your house wearing my sky blue Lacoste and your knee socks.” Wonder if he was thinking of anyone in particular…
Alexa Chung wears knee socks

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Summer Eats: Chocolate Tacos

Recently, we (meaning NeuralPop WASP and JAP) were talking about ice cream. Naturally the conversation devolved into how amazing chocolate tacos are and how there really should be more options in the world aside from Klondike’s obviously genius variety. Thankfully, chocolate tacos seem to be on the mind of many people these days, so we were able to scrounge up a few recipes that looking friggin’ awesome. If only we weren’t so lazy, we may give them a try. So do as we did: sit back and admire.

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