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: 11 May 2016

Wow, looks like I made it in on time this week!

Things have eased off this past week. The poet starts his new job today and we found a house. So that means I have my office and my schedule back again – although I do have a dentist appointment this afternoon … 😦  The house is eerily quiet without him … and I have to make my own lunch!

So I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things, and here’s how the past week went.

Wednesday 4 May 2016
On Wednesday I wrote 761 words for a blog post and I did all the usual admin work, including surveys, daily competitions, and so on. Extra work this week, however, included catching up on the washing after our weekend away camping.

I also had a dentist appointment.

Thursday 5 May 2016
On Thursday, it was all admin and laundry again before going shopping – for our weekly groceries and some camping equipment. I did manage an extra blog, though, and I wrote 709 words.

Friday 6 May 2016
On Friday the poet had a second interview for a job in Rotherham, and he was made an offer before even getting back into his car – which he accepted. When he was given a start date of Wednesday (i.e. today) he had mixed emotions – first of all he was delighted and over the moon and glad to cancel all other job-search-related appointments, but then he said he’d rather have had a little more time at home. However, as we’ve also been forced into house-hunting, it was important he get back to work as soon as possible for the credit checks and references, etc.

I wrote a very short blog post of only 71 words.

Much of the weekend consisted of family time and chill time.

Monday 9 May 2016
Monday was a house-hunting day. We had second viewings on 2 properties, but plumped for the one in the middle of nowhere that comes with local fishing rights, more farm animals and, erm, peacocks …

Tuesday 10 May 2016
Tuesday was mostly new house and new job admin and appointments, but I also managed another blog post of 316 words – perhaps I’m getting back into the swing of things.

Homework w/c 11 May 2016
I’m not doing a list this week because it hasn’t changed at all since last week. I do, however, have a dentist appointment today (as already mentioned), and I’m mostly catching up with getting back in the swing of work.

We have complimentary press passes for a gig in Wakefield tonight and I have press releases to do for the pro-bono project that climaxes this coming weekend.

I also have a lovely new book in from lovely-already-boss (fresh off his holidays) to edit, and another to proofread for him.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 4 May 2016

Yes, yes, yes – I skipped a week again. But we were on holiday over the May Day weekend, and it was our first wedding anniversary. So another post that’s also catching up.

Wednesday 20 April 2016
On Wednesday I wrote 351 words for a blog post and I did all the usual admin work, including surveys, daily competitions, etc, etc, etc. However, I also had an x-ray appointment at 1pm (long-term arthritis in back check-up), and I had an optician’s appointment at 3pm (my usual 2-yearly appointment). I finished the day with a brand new prescription for both reading and distance glasses.

Thursday 21 April 2016
There is nothing in my diary for Thursday 21 April beyond the usual admin work – surveys, competitions, gig list admin, diary work, job search, etc. The poet did have a band practice on the evening, though. But I think I stayed home for that one.

Friday 15 April 2016
On Friday the story is pretty much the same, I’m afraid. But I did have a hair appointment at 3:30pm.

That weekend, Monkey Dust had a gig in Upton on Saturday evening, and we spent Sunday in Birmingham for my parents’ 62nd wedding anniversary and my mom’s 82nd birthday.

Monday 25 April 2016
Monday was a house-hunting day and a day for gig list admin.

Tuesday 26 April 2016
On Tuesday, once the daily admin jobs were done, the rest of the day was spent at an appointment in Barnsley and in me researching, writing and sending press releases for the pro-bono project that happens this month. I wrote 241 words for this.

Wednesday 27 April 2016
Wednesday was another house-hunting day with several viewings booked in. I had a mare of a toothache, though, and managed to get an emergency dentist appointment for 2:50pm. He gave me some antibiotics and told me to come back again next Wednesday. The pain was so bad, we almost cancelled our weekend away. But we left it to Friday morning to make the final decision.

Thursday 28 April 2016
On Thursday, I did more gig list admin, went to the optician to collect my new glasses, and then prepared and packed for our weekend away.

On Thursday evening we went to see the Harlem Globetrotters in Sheffield. I won the tickets in a competition, and we had a great time.

Friday 29 April 2016
On Friday we made the decision to go on holiday and headed off to Bala in Wales for a 4-night camping trip. I was already starting to feel better and didn’t want to wake up Saturday morning wishing we’d gone the day before, and so waste the day travelling. Friday evening was FREEZING, though, and we even had SNOW!

The weather gradually grew warmer and on Sunday, 1 May, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary under canvas. The tablets had worked their magic, but I did have a gum-boil burst while I was in a shop ordering a sandwich … I really hoped I wasn’t dribbling!

Monday 2 May 2016
Bank holiday Monday was our last full day in Bala and the weather had certainly started to improve a lot.

Tuesday 3 May 2016
On Tuesday, we came home. We were promised fine weather for decamping, but the only 2 showers for the whole of that morning happened while we were un-pegging the tent! We’d had a lovely time, though, and certainly recharged our batteries.

As soon as we got home and unpacked the car, the poet chose and booked our next venture – Eskdale at Whitsun.

I made a decision to finish Catch the Rainbow by the end of September 2016. This is mostly because a crime-writing workshop I was attending at the end of May has been moved to the beginning of October and I’d like to be in a position to start something new for that at the same time. This means I have around 50,000 words to write in 5 months, as I already have about 25,000 words written. The objective will be to write one day, type it into Scrivener the next day as revision/part editing, then be warmed up sufficiently to carry on writing that same day, and so on.

My target word-count per month, then, is 10,000 words for Catch the Rainbow, and 5,000 words on short material.

Homework w/c 4 May 2016
Looking a lot like the last list … here is a not-even-slightly-updated to-do list for the coming week:

  • think/query/write/submit Nov/Oct/Sep/Aug
  • #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

And I STILL still have to reinstall those word-count meters …

What have you been up to this week?