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SciFi Wire

'Make A Cylon' Contest Launches
DVICE, SCIFI.COM and MAKE magazine have partnered to challenge Battlestar Galactica fans to build a better robot in the first-ever Make a Cylon contest.

Jericho Seeks A New Home
Carol Barbee, executive producer of CBS' canceled post-apocalyptic series Jericho, told SCI FI Wire that talks are ongoing to find the show another home, perhaps on a cable network.

Lost To Wrap Up In April
Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, co-executive producers of ABC's Lost, told SCI FI Wire that the current season's final batch of new episodes will unspool a story arc based on a plan devised in anticipation of the writers' strike.

Battlestar's Moore Eager To Helm
Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore told SCI FI Wire that he's eager to direct the show's first post-writers'-strike episode in his debut behind the camera.

Nim's Foster Kissed With A Seal
Jodie Foster, who co-stars in the upcoming family fantasy film Nim's Island, told SCI FI Wire that her character was kissed with a seal; that is, she got to mack on an actual sea mammal during the film's production. "Oh, that was a real seal," Foster said with a laugh in a news conference earlier this month in Los Angeles. (Actually, it was a sea lion.)

Preston To Guest On Medium
Kelly Preston will guest-star in NBC's supernatural drama Medium for a four-episode arc, beginning April 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the network announced.

Morton Has Hopes For Eureka
Joe Morton, who co-stars as Henry Deacon on SCI FI Channel's original series Eureka, told SCI FI Wire that he hopes the upcoming third season will find Henry involved in stories with a political and environmental bent.

Two Fanboys To Come Home
The Weinstein Co., reacting to protests from Star Wars fans (see story below), announced on March 24 that it plans to release two versions of Fanboys on home video, with the company "exploring options for [the] theatrical release" of the much-delayed movie.

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Save Journeyman Campaign
journeyman10690nd2.thumbnail.jpgNBC has let slip the dogs of war by allowing the pick-up date for their great SF series “Journeyman” come and go without renewing it for the rest of Season One.
We need to let NBC know something they obviously don’t have a clue about — Just how great this show is and all it needs is to be moved to another night at an earlier time.
We have a way all fans can do that. Since the show takes place in San Francisco, California we are asking everyone to send one box of San Francisco’s own “Rice O Roni” to the powers that be at NBC.
Visit & Send that Rice O Roni to:
Jeff Zucker c/o NBC
Re: Journeyman
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
NBC Universal, Inc.
Attn: Keep Journeyman
30 Rockefeller Plaza 5224
New York, NY 10112-0002
End the year with a bang and go into 2008 feeling like you did something to help save a show that is a gem in the midst of a whole lot of coal.

Pegg: “James Doohan is Scotty”
By now just about everyone into scifi knows that “Shaun of the Dead” star Simon Pegg willb e starring as the new Montgomery Scott for the next big Star Trek movie produced and directed by J.J. Abrams.
In a recent interview Pegg stated that he didn’t add anything different to the role made so famous for nearly 40 years by the indomitable Canadian actor James Doohan. He even went on to say that he may be playing the famous Starfleet engineer but “James Doohan is `Scotty.’”
“I tried to approach the role like he did. He’s a Scottish engineer who works in outerspace. He’s a bit of a brawler. I didn’t try to facilitate change,” the 38-year-old British actor told the Associated Press.
While the Brit didn’t let anything about the plot of this next Trek flick slip he did say that he has already signed on to do three potentional follow-up Trek movies as engineer Scott.
“I’m looking forward to doing that for the next few years,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll do a lot in between, too.”

NASA Comes to Its Senses
NASA has rescinded its order for the cut back on current Mars research. Yesterday we reported how the space agency was set to lay a load of scientists and technical analysts off due to budgetary cutbacks.
After all the stir from the press and scientific community it would appear that NASA has come to its senses and is rethinking that cut-back plan.
NASA is saying Tuesday that it has rescinded a letter that recommended budget cuts in the Mars Rover program to cover the cost of a next-generation rover on the Red Planet.
This comes just one day after the announcement from NASA of their plans to shut down 1 rover and layoff up to 300 employees.
Nice to see reason prevail over the almight dollar.

Two version of “Fanboys” on DVD…But What About the Theatrical Release?
Written by: Michael Hickerson (SoSF Staff Journalist)
The on-going saga of “Fanboys” continued this week when the Weinstein Company announced that it would release both versions of the film on DVD. However, the long-awaited film still hasn’t seen the light of day at the box-office, despite numerous delays and an enforced re-shoot by the Weinstein Company.
The film was initially produced by Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street and featured a slate of up and coming young actors including Kirsten Bell, Seth Rogan and Jay Barachul. The initial script made the Hollywood blacklist as one of the top 40 projects in town when it began shooting.
“Fanboys” was initally set to be a story of a road-trip undertaken by several friends to break into the Skywalker Ranch and let a dying friend see a cut of “The Phantom Menance.” The initial shoot finished and footage was taken to several fan conventions where it met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Reports and word of mouth began to circulate on-line, including several reports here at Slice of SciFi, generating buzz and anticipation for the film.
Everything appeared to be lining up for release last year when the Weinstein Company picked up the movie for distribution.
And that’s where things started to go wrong for “Fanboys.” Studio exec Harvey Weinstein was discouraged by initial test screenings of the film and ordered extensive reshoots of the film, including the dropping of the friend dying of cancer storyline.
Producer Kevin Mann told the Hollywood Reporter, “The original reason we wanted to get involved with this script was because it was a comedy with heart. In my opinion, when the cancer was taken out, the heart went with it.”
Mann and director Kyle Newman refused to take part in the reshoots, leading Weinstein to hire another, outside director to complete the vision of the film he wanted. Initial test screenings of the film didn’t generate higher audience appreciation figures and in the meantime, the Weinstein Company had a bigger problem on their hands….
“Star Wars” fans
The rabid fan community for George Lucas’ “galaxy far, far away” caught wind of the re-writes and re-shoots and began a grassroots campaign to restore “Fanboys” to its original vision. Fan group the 501st created a web-site lampooning Weinstein, referring to him as Darth Harvey and letting fans know of the on-going news. The group had planned a bi-coastal protest for the opening of Weinstein Company’s “Superhero Movie” this weekend. That news more than anything else may have caught Weinstein’s attention and led to the news that “Fanboys” will hit DVD with both version.
“This is more about avoiding picket lines at ‘Superhero’ than it was about making a decision about the release of our movie,” said Mann.
But the question still remains–which version will the studio release in theaters?
“Harvey feels it’s hard to market, especially with this cast,” an insider at Weinstein told The Hollywood Reporter. “He wants to market to a more teen audience. The filmmakers wanted a dramedy along the vein of the popular 1986 Rob Reiner flick ‘Stand by Me.’ ”
Some speculate that given that Weinstein poured $2 million into the re-shoot that is the version that will be seen in theaters. Others, including Ain’t It Cool News‘ Quint, speculate that there could be two versions released theatrically. One to appeal to the teen audience that Weinstein wants with a PG-13 rating and an R-rated original version to appease the grass-roots fan who want to see the original version.
As of now, the only news is that fans will get both versions on DVD, though no word yet on if this will be a two-disc set or the studio will double-dip and release each version separately.
A release date for “Fanboys” has yet to be determined.

Oh Yeah! They Know We’re Here
If there is intelligent life out there zooming around in their interstellar craft then without doubt, should they happen upon us at night there would be little doubt that there is at least semi-intelligent life on this planet.
Here is what an alien would see if they passed close to Earth oribit over the North American Continent at night.

[View of parts of Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central America & Caribbean at night taken from the orbiting International Space Station]

Barbee Works to Extend Jericho’s Life
Written by: Michael Hickerson (SoSF Staff Journalist)
jericho.thumbnail.jpgThe second season finale of “Jericho” airs tonight at 10 p.m. EST on CBS and while CBS has given the show the axe for a second time, fans of the post-apocolyptic thriller shouldn’t lose hope that this will be the last time they’ll see the series.
Executive producer Carol Barbee confirmed that there are negotiations in place with some cable networks to pick up the series for a third season.
“I can’t really say [much] about specifics, and, … partially, it’s because I’m not the one having those conversations,” Barbee said. “[CBS] Paramount [Television, which produces the show,] has been pursing it, and our agents have been into that, so, you know, I am pushing those people and coming up with ideas to have those people pursue.”
There were several ideas that have been floated, and there was some interest, but we’ll have to see,” she said. “It wasn’t something that could be sewn up before we were going to air the finale. … It would have been better had we been able to announce one with the other, but it just didn’t happen that fast.”
The cast and crew were informed of the cancellation last week and CBS has chosen the alternative ending for the series to air tonight. There were two endings–one that would involve a cliffhanger to lead into the third season and another that offered fans some closure while offering hints of where season three could go. CBS will air the “closure” ending tonight.
And should the show not get picked up by a network, there is hope in other avenues of new media distribution.
“There’s definitely an Internet series to be had, and we always talked about a graphic novel, and … a movie,” Barbee said. “I mean, there are lots of things that I could easily see as a way to continue the story.”
There will be a few hurtles to jump. Currently actors and production staff have been released to pursue other projects. In addition, the sets have been dismantled on the backlot used to film the series.

Weekend Box Office Final — March 21-23, 2008
All totals are U.S. box office only. SF and genre-related films in bold.
Title (Dist)….Reported Weekend Box Office….Engagements….Cumulative
1. Horton Hears A Who (20th Century Fox)….$24,590,596….3,961….$86,010,517
2. Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns (Lionsgate)….$20,082,809….2,006….$20,082,809
3. Shutter (20th Century Fox)….$10,447,559….2,753….$10,447,559
4. Drillbit Taylor (Paramount)….$10,309,986….3,056….$10,309,986
5. 10,000 B.C. (Warner Bros.)….$8,934,064….3,454….$76,401,302
6. Never Back Down (Summit Entertainment)….$4,827,250….2,729….$16,790,361
7. College Road Trip (Disney)….$4,697,683….2,575….$32,073,003
8. Bank Job, The (Lionsgate)….$4,191,773….1,613….$19,521,672
9. Vantage Point (Sony)….$3,805,541….2,124….$65,300,784
10. Under The Same Moon (The Weinstein Company)….$2,770,000….266….$3,496,710
Source: Variety Data provided by Rentrak

Hammer Centralizes Her Power
hammer1.thumbnail.jpgBonnie Hammer may have moved out of the day-to-day minutia of running the SCI FI Channel, but that doesn’t mean she still isn’t in charge.
NBC Universal, under the direction of Ms. Hammer is now in the midst of shaking up its TV production units allowing her to centralize her power and influence over a wider area of the cable television industry.
She will now have full control of all of NBC Universal’s cable networks which includes SCI FI, Chiller, Sleuth, USA and Universal HD.
Say what you want about Hammer’s executive style, but under her leadership NBC cable stations, especially the SCI FI Channel and the USA Network have become some of the most watched channels in basic cable history in just 6 years under her firm hand. For that effort chief execs have awarded her more control and say over channel presidents on how they schedule programming for the networks.
What this means for the immediate is that Hammer will now lead all of Universal Media Studios cable programming, allowing her to complete the centralized streamlining ideas she first introduced on the SCI FI Channel and using that same model for the rest of the cable skeins.
“It’s a simple premise: Let the cable group control what it does, and let the network group concentrate on what it does,” Hammer said. “This gives us a little bit of control not only on the creative, but I’ll have an opportunity to control our own bottom line.”
By having more control over resources, her goal is to bring in monies that will allow more development of projects for their two biggest winners, The USA Network and SCI FI Channel.
Now whenever a new script idea comes along, it won’t necessarily be relegated to the network first. Under Hammer’s control, cable channels will be on an equal footing with the networks and be able to choose products that might otherwise never see the light of day on a conventional channel schedule with the cable networks having never heard about it or given a chance to develop it for themselves.
“This way, when stuff comes in,” Hammer added. “It’s ours.”
One of the first things Hammer did as the new boss to smooth out the transition was hire Dave Howe as the new president of the SCI FI Channel. One of Hammer’s goals assigned to Howe was to bring SCI FI up to the par of a FX Channel. A channel capable of creating top notch, award winning original programming that can compete with conventional network drama and be self-sustaining with a steady revenue flow.
Hammer will maintain her top office in New York but will spend a good deal of time, at least at first, commuting between the East and West coasts. Once everyone is on her page then much of the West coast duties can be run by Richard Rothstein, her VP in charge of the LA office for NBC Universal Cable Studio.
Of course, no matter how high one may rise every one still has a boss and Hammer is no exception. She will answer to Jeff Gaspin, Universal TV COO and Jeff Zucker, NBC Universal CEO. They in turn answer to NBC Entertainment/U Media Studios co-chairs Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff, as well as UMS prexy Katherine Pope; who themselves answer to General Electric’s (GE) Board of Directors who ultimately must give an accounting to the stock holders.
“Bonnie is one of the most talented executives in the industry, with an amazing track record of success,” Gaspin said. “She’ll be able to put her exceptional branding, programming and leadership skills toward an expanded portfolio of cable assets.”
“She’s a multi-talented executive who knows how to run a network, program it successfully and inspire a team,” Zucker said.

Jackman Gives Up Freedom for Safety
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March Writing Blog Madness Explained
How the Tournament Works

The blogs will be seeded in four brackets with eight blogs in each bracket. The blogs will be judged in the categories below. The field of thirty-two will be narrowed to sixteen, then eight then four. In the end, two sites will go head to head to determine which site is the writing blog of 2007.
Judging Categories

  • Archives: This is the heart of a site. Substance is the key to a good blog. What are the best articles and how good are they?
  • Design: Substance is great, but flash does count for something. A site that is pleasant to look at makes a difference.
  • Usability and Navigation: This is the second half of the design puzzle. How easy is it to move around the site and get to the best stuff? Can find the best articles?
  • Purpose: What is the blog supposed to be about and what is the blog really about?
  • Personality: Some sites thrive on the writer’s personality and others stick to the information without giving any hints about the writer.
  • Five Most Recent Posts: This category is all about what the blogger has done lately. How good are the most recent articles and how often do they appear?
Moving Up

As the judge I will determine who moves on, but as fans it is perfectly acceptable for you to root for sites and complain bitterly if your favorite doesn’t win. Also remember that the judging will be reevaluated after reach round. If someone fixes a problem between rounds, more power to them.

30 Sunday Writing Links
Articles related to writing that caught my eye this week:

March Writing Blog Madness
It’s March, and in the USA, that means March Madness. The top 64 college basketball teams in the USA come together to compete to see who is the best. Well, I went to the University of Arizona, so my alma mater has already been eliminated from the tournament. That means I need to find my fun elsewhere. That is why I am bringing you March Writing Blog Madness! A field of 32 blogs about writing will gather to compete to see who is the best.
Much like the NCAA Basketball Tournament I will use rankings to help determine who will enter the tournament and at what level. Below is the top 32 teams so far. The rankings were determined by a simple formula based on the blog’s Google Page Rank and Alexa Site Rank. The rankings have nothing to do with my opinions about the sites. Before I bore people too much, here are the current rankings.
  1. Copyblogger
  2. Daily Writing Tips
  3. John August John August
  4. Writers Write
  5. Bob Bly Copywriter Bob Bly’s Blog - direct marketing blog
  6. Writing White Papers
  7. Content Maven Home – home
  8. I’d Rather Be Writing
  9. Jane in Progress
  10. The Golden Pencil
  11. All Freelance Writing All Freelance Writing - Your Secret to Freelance Writing Success
  12. The Copywriting Maven
  13. Confident Writing
  14. Grow Your Writing Business
  15. Writing on the Web
  16. Editor’s Blog <BR>Editor's Blog
  17. Men with Pens
  18. How to Start a Successful Freelance Writing Career
  19. The Renegade Writer Blog
  20. Book Marketing Bestsellers
  21. PODdy Mouth
  22. Crime Fiction Dossier
  23. Be the story
  24. Write From Home
  25. The Book Sistah
  26. Writer’s Notes
  27. The Writing Journey
  28. Words on the Water
  29. Publishing Careers
  30. Quiet Rebel Writer
  31. C. Hope Clark
  32. The Struggling Writer
Now, if you think there is a deserving blog out there that for some reason isn’t on the list, please suggest the site in the comments. If your blog (or one you like) is on the bubble (pretty low in the rankings) feel free to also make your case for selection. The seedings will be announced Tuesday afternoon.
The criteria for being considered for the list is simple. The site must be a blog, and it must be about a writing topic. That includes a wide range of topics, as the list above clearly indicates. However, writing must be a significant part of the emphasis. For example, is an excellent site about freelancing that many freelance writers should read, but the site is about all freelancing, not about freelance writing. That is why it is not ranked.
One final note: I just wanted to give credit where credit is due. PODdy Mouth is running a similar tournament for Print on Demand (POD) Publishers. My idea came from my seeing that site and thinking that it would be a good idea to do something similar with writing blogs.

84 New Writing and Editing Jobs this Week
  1. Freelance Assessment Authors - New York, NY
  2. Freelance Editor - Chicago, IL
  3. Freelance Editor - New York, NY
  4. Freelance Editor - Troy, New York
  5. Freelance Editorial Designer - Burbank, CA
  6. Freelance Fiction Editor - Telecommute
  7. Freelance Ghost Writer - Virtual
  8. Freelance Green Blog Writer - Virtual
  9. Freelance Medical Editor
  10. Freelance Medical Writer - RTP, NC
  11. Freelance Newspaper Writers - Virtual
  12. Freelance Newsperson - New York, NY
  13. Freelance Professional Editor - Seattle, WA
  14. Freelance Proofreader - New York, NY
  15. Freelance Proofreader - Schaumburg, IL
  16. Freelance Proofreading - New York, NY
  17. Freelance Reporters - New York, NY
  18. Freelance Writer - Chicago, IL
  19. Freelance Writer $50 an Article
  20. Freelance Writer/Ad Hoc Writer
  21. Freelance Writers - Phoenix, AZ
  22. Freelance Writers, Financial Journalists
  23. Freelance writers/ journalists - Telecommute
  24. Technology Blog Writer - Telecommute
  25. Arts and Entertainment Reporter - Jacksonville, FL
  26. Arts Reporter - Madison, WI
  27. Assistant Editor - Boston, MA
  28. Assistant Editor - Franklin, TN
  29. Assistant Editor - Parsippany, NJ
  30. Assistant Editor - Portland, OR
  31. Assistant Editor/Writer - Saint Louis, MO
  32. Assistant Professor of Creative Writing - Eureka, IL
  33. Assistant Sports Editor - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  34. Assistant Sports Editor - Indianapolis, IN
  35. Assistant to Managing Editor - New York, NY
  36. Business/Politics Reporter - Washington, DC
  37. Contract Technical Writer - Phoenix, AZ
  38. Copy Editor - Evanston, IL
  39. Copy Editor - Gaithersburg & Laurel, MD
  40. Copy Editor - Los Angeles, CA
  41. Copyeditor / Proofreader - Woodbridge, NJ
  42. Copywriter - Dallas, TX
  43. Corporate Copy Writer - Phoenix, AZ
  44. Editor Associate - Seattle, WA
  45. Editorial Assistant - Emeryville, CA
  46. Editorial Assistant - Los Angeles, CA
  47. Electronics Technical Editor - Tempe, AZ
  48. Entertainment Blogger - Virtual
  49. Feature Writer - Sioux Falls, SD
  50. Features Copy Editor - York, PA
  51. Government Reporter - Orlando, FL
  52. Junior Level Technical Writer - San Antonio, TX
  53. Junior Technical Writer - Phoenix, AZ
  54. Medical Copy Editor/Proofreader - Greenwich, CT
  55. Medical Writer - Thorofare, NJ
  56. MSG Media Freelance Positions - New York, NY
  57. Multimedia Script Writer - Ada, OK
  58. Onion News Network Freelance Writing Position - National
  59. Poetry and Fiction Lecturers - Princeton, NJ
  60. Proofreader - Cincinnati, OH
  61. Proofreader - Los Angeles, CA
  62. Proofreader - New York, NY
  63. Proofreader - New York, NY
  64. Proofreader - New York, NY
  65. Proofreader - Norcross, GA
  66. Proofreaders - New York, NY
  67. Reporter - Victoria, TX
  68. Reporting Assistant - Washington, DC
  69. Senior Writer/Editor -South Florida
  70. Speech Writer - New York, NY
  71. Sports Blogger - San Diego, CA
  72. Sr. Writer/Editor - Seattle, WA
  73. Technical Copywriter - Seattle, WA
  74. Technical Writer - Atlanta, GA
  75. Technical Writer - Boulder, CO
  76. Technical Writer - Los Angeles, CA
  77. Technical Writer - Orlando, FL
  78. Technical Writer - Phoenix, AZ
  79. Technical Writer -McAllen, TX
  80. Web Editor / Reporter - Yuma, AZ
  81. Web Portal Writer - Scottsdale, AZ
  82. Web Writer - Raleigh, NC
  83. Web-savvy supervising editor - Pennsylvania
  84. Writer, Editor, Proofreader - Telecommute

7 Easy Steps to a More Pretentious Poem
Need help annoying the hell out of your writer’s group? The best way is to learn how to write a pretentious poem. This lesson works best with an example, so let’s start with one of the simplest and most well known poems of all time.
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.
This a simple poem. It is short, sweet and lacks pretension. Let’s fix it.
Step One: Add old time words nobody uses in real life
Roses doth be red,
Err violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
Thus so art thou.
Step Two: Add complex terms for simple words
Grandifloras doth be damask,
Err viola are azurite,
Sugar is ambrosial,
Thus so art thou.
Step Three: Add some foreign words and italicize them
Grandifloras doth be damask,
Err Viola are azurite,
Tener azucar ambrosial,
Thus so art thou.
Step Four: Add something technological so people realize you’re living in a new age
Grandifloras doth be damask,
Err Viola ping azurite,
Tener azucar ambrosial,
Thus thou art interfaced.
Step Five: Add some other modern stuff such as abbreviations and slang
OMG Grandifloras doth B damask,
Err Viola ping azurite,
Tener azucar ambrosial,
Thus thou RT interfaced sandwich girl.
Step Six: Mix up the line endings
OMG Grandifloras
Doth B
Damask, err
Viola ping
Azurite, tener azucar
RT interfaced
Sandwich girl.
Step Seven: Take out the punctuation
OMG Grandifloras
Doth B
Damask err
Viola ping
Azurite tener azucar
RT interfaced
Sandwich girl
There you go. One gloriously pretentious poem in seven easy steps.

6 Ways to Tell You Were Hungry When You Wrote Your Last Short Story
Just a goofy trifle to polish off the night:
6 Ways to Tell You Were Hungry When You Wrote Your Last Short Story
  1. Your three characters are named Peter, Skippy and Jif.
  2. You devote one paragraph to your main character’s appearance, and two pages to his Hoagie.
  3. You spend most of the morning picking mozzarella and crust out of your keyboard.
  4. The killer’s weapon was a garlic press
  5. You used your first draft as a napkin
  6. The last paragraph is just the word Brunch typed over and over
Thank you and goodnight!!!

10 Reasons Freelancing is for Suckers
There are plenty of sites out there that are willing to tell you how great freelancing is. I think it is time to give you the other side. Freelancing is for suckers.
  1. Success as a freelancer requires constant attention to sales and marketing. Unless you love sales and marketing, you’re going to make yourself miserable. Marketing takes time away from what you want to do — write.
  2. Freelancing is a feast or famine industry. One month you’ll feel like a millionaire, the next month you’ll be borrowing money from your parents to cover the bills. Freelancing requires excellent money management. Most people are terrible with money. If you’re having trouble figuring out if you’re good with money, try this simple test. Have you ever made the minimum monthly payment on a credit card? If so, you are not good with money.
  3. The market is terrible. Thanks to the Internet, any jerk with a computer can be a freelance writer. These dreamers get on the Internet and bid next to nothing for jobs just because they want the experience. You’ll find yourself bidding $100 to write some college punk’s 20-page term paper complete with 25 citations. The worst part is, you’ll get underbid.
  4. The clients never like what you wrote. Even sadder, the changes they want are always lousy. They have no taste, and it is your job to please them.
  5. Clients will do anything they can to avoid paying you. They’ll tell you they’re broke. They’ll write bad checks. They’ll even change their phone number, just to avoid paying you for the hard work you did. Did you want a career as a collections agent? If so, freelancing is the next best thing.
  6. Your friends and family will call you all day long wanting you to run errands for them. They won’t consider you to be really working. They’ll think you’re just wasting time and screwing around.
  7. You’ll just waste time and screw around. Freelancing requires a solid work ethic and excellent time management skills. Most people who want to freelance have neither of these qualities, that’s why they think freelancing would be better than a real job.
  8. People make more money telling you how to freelance than they actually do freelancing. Did you ever wonder how much of Bob Bly’s freelancing income comes from selling books about freelancing? With a title like, Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More
    , how can anyone resist? Go ahead. Click on it. You know you want to.
  9. Which do you prefer, paying through the nose for health insurance or not having any health insurance? If you are a freelancer in America, those are your choices. The best case scenario is to marry someone with a real job.
  10. Freelancing can never beat blogging. Now there’s a legitimate profession with no real downside!

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It must be the source RSS because I didn't copy the more info pull down but it pasted when I hit add.
I guess the source on the first ones are not putting the info in the feeds.