Diary of a freelance writer: 1 June 2016

So … it really has been very busy again, to the extent that I’m really behind on blog posts. So I’m going to do one I should have done at the start of the month today, and try and catch up with the others tomorrow and Thursday. There’s not a lot to say this time as we had a holiday and I didn’t do any writing. Shame on me!

Wednesday 25 May 2016
Yes, 25 May really was my last “diary”. It was a good and productive day, however. I wrote 848 words for a blog and I wrote 1,913 words of a short story, 3rd draft. That one’s now sitting in the pile waiting to be proofread and edited.

I also printed off a new client job, but I haven’t started that yet.

Thursday 26 May 2016
On Thursday it was mostly prep work for our camping holiday. I managed admin and some gig list work, but that’s about it.

Friday 27 – Monday 30 May 2016
Our Whitsun/late spring bank holiday was spent in beautiful Eskdale, in the western lake district. The weather was much kinder to us than on our previous 2 jaunts, and we hardly did any driving. Our campsite was within walking distance of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway at Dalegarth, for Boot, so one day was spent riding on that, another day was spent walking locally, and another day was spent in Whitehaven, where my mom was evacuated during the Second World War.

We came home a day early again, but not because there was anything wrong. We’d already got the keys to the new house and with the poet still in a new job, we needed to maximise the holiday he already had booked, and we spent a day doing new house stuff.

When I’ve caught up a bit more, the pictures will be up on Facebook and on Tales From Baggins Bottom.

Tuesday 31 May 2016
On Tuesday, amongst other things, we built a shed between us.

Homework w/c 1 June 2016
I’m not going to include any homework for this particular post as, well, it’s already gone and I already know what I didn’t do.

I’ll try and do the next one tomorrow.

Diary of a freelance writer: 13 April 2016

I can hardly believe that my last diary was on 23 March. We have been sooo busy, running around, again, doing all sorts. We’ve been having work meetings, business meetings, bureaucracy meetings, doctors appointments, hospital appointments. And when I just came to look in my diary to see what else I’ve managed to do in between, my diary was bare! 😮 How often is my diary bare?

I thought I’d have a go at filling in the gaps anyway, so … are you sitting comfortably …?

Wednesday 23 March 2016
On Wednesday 23 March the poet had a business meeting in Sheffield. So I went along for the ride, and took some work to do in the car while I waited. It must have been mostly reading, though, and walking the dog, as I don’t have any record anywhere of what I actually did.

I still managed the usual daily stuff before we went, including (apparently) 1,022 words for a blog post. That would probably be the diary for that day.

Thursday 24 March 2016
On Thursday morning it looks as though, once again, the usual daily chores were completed, including gig list admin.

Friday 25 – Monday 28 March 2016
On Good Friday we packed up the car and went off to Kingsbury in the West Midlands for a camping weekend, our first in our new blow-up tent. Before we went down, we went to visit the poet’s parents, and by tea time, we were pitched and settled but quite tired. We joined the Camping & Caravanning Club … but are still awaiting our membership details. That might be something to chase up.

On the Saturday, we went to visit my parents, thinking we could probably go walking or sightseeing afterwards … but the visit took the entire day. So once again, we were back at base for tea and not a lot else. On the way back, however, we did nip to Go Outdoors on the Kingsbury Road in Birmingham to buy a camp fire …

On Easter Sunday we did go for a walk to see the birds at Kingsbury Water Park in the morning. But by the afternoon we were thinking it might be worth decamping. The weekend had been unseasonally cold with very high winds, and higher winds and lower temperatures were forecast. We’d made the right decision, though. By the time we got back to Yorkshire it was snowing in the Midlands! And while I DO love the snow, I’d prefer not to be camping in it.

Easter Monday was spent recovering, recharging, putting things away and doing the washing.

At some point over the weekend, while we were away, I did write a few pages of reviews – 1 site review (343 words) and a review of the fire (136 words). So it wasn’t completely idle.

Tuesday 29 March – Friday 1 April 2016
For the Easter week following our camping expedition, the poet was off work and so we cracked on with some publishing. The paperback of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery was published, and the paperback of Twee Tales was repackaged, rebranded and republished, with a brand new cover.

On Friday 1 April, I wrote several blog posts about the publications, including one advising readers that the hardback of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery was now on general release. For those posts I managed a whopping 332 words.

This week I pitched for 15 editing or proofreading jobs.

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 April 2016
After a bit of a break, Monkey Dust had a gig in Doncaster Saturday night

Monday 4 – Friday 8 April 2016
Last week was another week that I didn’t put anything in the diary beyond a doctor’s appointment and a nurse’s appointment. I have started to do surveys for cash, though, and I spent quite a lot of time sorting out the admin and payment methods for those. I also updated my daily competitions diary, to make it a bit more streamlined.

However, beyond reading (aka studying or market research), not much writing was done. In fact, NO writing was done … (sigh!)

Weekend
On Saturday Monkey Dust had a cancelled gig because the drummer’s son, who is also a drummer, was performing in his own band’s special record launch event in Doncaster. We went along to cheer him on, especially as he’s the poet’s godson, and had a nice night out.

On Sunday we were visiting again.

Monday 11 April 2016
And so to this week and my diary is back on track.

Monday started with all the usual admin jobs, gig list and chores, but most of the day was then spent editing a book for lovely-already-boss.

Tuesday 12 April 2016
Yesterday was another day of appointments and much of the day was lost. When I got back, though, it was the usual morning admin jobs that were caught up with.

Today I pitched for 9 new editing or proofreading jobs.

Homework w/c 13 April 2016
My work this week will need to be the think/query/write/submit for April, as I’m a little behind. As much of this was already done at the start of last month, though, it will be a smaller job with fewer throwaways, if any.

Here’s the to-do list for the coming week:

  • think/query/write/submit Nov/Oct/Sep/Aug
  • finish current edit for lovely-already-boss
  • #1 short story – MARTHA’S FAVOURITE DOLL (draft 1)
  • #2 short story – THE MYSTERY OF WOOLLEY DAM (draft 2)
  • #3 short story – SHAKING THE TREE (draft 3 – 1st typed draft)
  • continue editing BAGGINS BOTTOM BEST BITS BOOK 3
  • continue transferring to Scrivener CATCH THE RAINBOW

I’m going to need to reinstall the word-count meters …