In the world of freelance writing, there are plenty of husband and wife teams. Sometimes they work in the same room and other times they find solitary confinement a better solution. After a lifetime of retail management, my husband has rolled up his sleeves for some real work as a freelance writer – life will never be the same.
Richard Banks, an Associated Content newbie writer, is the one and only husband I have ever loved. We have spent nearly 20 years together and enjoyed more than 16 years of marriage. Fights, break-ups, reconciliations and one huge renewal of vows have graced our years together, but until you spend every hour together, you have no idea how much connection you have lost during that time.
Why Give Up a Life Long Career?
For the past two months, Richard has been learning the craft of freelance writing from yours truly, an AC Millionaire if I may boast a bit. We have irritated each other, smiled with each other, and congratulated each other. The dream of having two stay at home parents has been one we shared for years, but having four children required earning a substantial income, or so we thought.
After much deliberation, we realized we were losing our children to the all mighty dollar. Our children no longer flinched when dad needed to work overtime or on his days off. On the other side, when he took off work to surprise the kids, they did not seem to care one way or the other. As long as their “I want” needs were taken care of, they lived a parallel life to our own.
With Richard home and typing, a new sort of air has taken over the home. Each day we log into Associated Content and other online publications and compare guest counts, reads, and clicks. We live to announce huge numbers and increased popularity. When his article on Rockband 3 skyrocketed, I was jealous and needed to beat his numbers. That need translates to more articles, more writing, and more competition.
What is In Store for the Banks Writing Team?
Over the next few months, we will work hard to make it as a husband and wife freelance writing team. We may fail, but we may also succeed. At the end of the day, my portfolio is bigger, my hits are growing, and I feel the need to write again. However, more than that, I am learning about my husband and seeing that teenager I fell in love with so many years ago surface more each day.
When I look at the ocean and see my husband and children doing handstands in the waves – I know we made the right decision.
Anyone for a game of writer tag? Richard, your it!