Odd-Job Woman at Odds

Shaun telling a story at the Chickasaw Cultural Center

It is time to make a living via poetry. Well . . . sort of.

I have two weeks left at my full-time job at the rock quarry before I get laid off. I teach part-time for meager wages at two colleges, and it’s not enough to live on. I am excited about not driving to Tulsa 3 days a week, but I am a bit scared about the prospect of supporting myself. I will have more time for museum enterprises, which have never cost much money anyway. The building was donated by my parents, the materials that went into creating the exhibits and displays were found materials or donated or bought on the cheap at yard sales. All the labor that has gone into the museum has been the loving work of  friends and family.

My hope is to find a few part-time gigs, including the writing I am now doing for a few websites and magazines to help pay my bills. Of course, my preference is to do work that is in my field of expertise:

  • Storytelling
  • Presenting workshops on storytelling, poetry, art-journaling, writing, etc.
  • Tutoring (all communication fields, plus social and psychological sciences, history)
  • Writing & Editing (can do all kinds of freelance work)
  • Poetry! (I write custom-made poems!)

I will probably do some substitute teaching. I would also like to be the odd-job-woman-about town. Here are some things I am good at and can do:

  • Errand-running (groceries, etc.)
  • Taxi-service (I actually used to drive a real taxi)
  • Pet-care (Checking on/Feeding cats and dogs, walking dogs, taking animals to vet, etc.)
  • House-check (Checking on house when you are on vacation, watering plants, etc.)
  • Light yard work (planting, watering, light weeding)

I will be available every day except Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-2:30. If you need a little part-time help here and there and live close to Locust Grove, let me know!  918-864-9152

–Shaun Perkins

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