My favorite things of 2018

Normally the freelance journalist’s life is an endless cycle of pitching, waiting, scrambling, panicking and pitching again. This year I’ve been spoiled with ongoing engagements with select editorial and corporate clients that have allowed me to mostly avoid pitching panic altogether. I dare say it’s been the best year of my freelance career so far, in terms of both finances and fulfillment, and I hope 2019 continues just the same way.

I love how everything slows down at the end of December anyways (and after being full-time freelance for six years, I know to lean into it and prepare for it rather than fight it). I’ve been looking back at what I’ve accomplished in the past year and thinking about what I want to achieve in the next. Here are some highlights for me from 2018:

My favorite stories I wrote

All of my favorite stories this year appeared in the English edition of Handelsblatt, where I’ve been a freelance editor since last summer. Handelsblatt is Germany’s leading business daily newspaper, and my editor there has given me a lot of room to explore topics interesting to me and other expats:

My favorite stories other people wrote

Assorted other favorite things from 2018

The best books I read this year

  • John Carreyrou, “Bad Blood: The true story about the rise and fall of Theranos — yet another addition to the scammer canon.
  • Ijeoma Oluo, “So You Want to Talk About Race: I want every American to read this book.
  • Michael Idov, “Dressed up for a Riot: A very funny memoir about a Russian-American who moves back as an adult to run GQ in Moscow.
  • Virginia Eubanks, “Automating Inequality: Real talk about how algorithms perpetuate existing subconscious bias.
  • Camille Perri, “When Katie Met Cassidy: It’s a romantic comedy about two women, and it’s just begging to be turned into a movie.

What were your favorite things you read this year? Let me know in the comments — I have not yet maxed out my browser tabs.

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