Jordannah Elizabeth - Commonwealth Columnist

09 Dec 2014

How to Survive as a Broke Ass Writer: Surviving Writer’s Depression

  Photo By: Christian Hopkins There are a number of bright sides to being a writer, but I’ll have to admit that there are probably more dark issues that writers face in their day to day lives and creative processes than we (writers) like to admit.  A popular stigma is

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12 Nov 2014

How to Survive as a Broke-Ass Writer: What Editors Want

Before I became a professional editor and journalist, I was a super green blogger trying to build an impressive portfolio. I have achieved all that I have because I had a few editors and writers in my life who were incredible mentors. Scott Schultz of L.A. RECORD and Thomas Murphy

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16 Oct 2014

How to Survive as a Broke-Ass Writer: Dating and Relating

If you’re a writer, it probably means you’re a moody introspective introverted dork. I mean that in the kindest and most affectionate of ways, because I am one of you. Being a successful writer means you’ve probably learned the art of charm and can connect with pretty much anyone on the

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07 Oct 2014

10 Reasons Why TMZ is Good for American Media and Culture

Over the past four years I’ve crept slowly into the jagged womb of information that is entertainment journalism. I started out writing for posh, niche and somewhat pretentious arts and culture magazines and online media outlets, writing about music, sex and feminism. I somehow over time became a serious entertainment

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02 Sep 2014

How to Survive as a Broke-Ass Writer: Using Your Domestic Awesomeness For Cool Side Jobs

There are grown people in this world who won’t know how to separate colors when washing clothes.  There are people who cannot hand wash dishes without leaving food caked on the edges of plates and glasses. As a broke-ass writer and avid traveler, I started realizing that my domestic skills

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23 Aug 2014

9 Great Things to do in The Bay Area While All your Friends Are at Burning Man

Burning Man is here and people from all over the world are going to fly to a desert and do weird things and party. Not everyone is a “burner”, (I certainly am not one because I didn’t know that term existed until a couple of weeks ago) so we are

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04 Aug 2014

How to Survive As a Broke Ass Writer: Couch and Hostel Surfing

So, I’ve been on the road as a writer and musician for a little over a decade. The first time I officially became homeless I was 19 years old, and the first time I ran away from home was at age 15. I have always been a transient person. Working

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21 Jul 2014

How to Survive as a Broke-Ass Writer: What to Do When You’re Robbed and Displaced

I recently had my $2,000 2011 Macbook Pro literally stolen right from under me. I was living in some ghetto loft hostel space in the Tenderloin near Great American Music Hall, and I was relatively content there until the shady owner of the place began to raise the rates…and of

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