Diary of a freelance writer: 24 February 2016

It’s not been a great week. We’ve been busy with one thing or another that isn’t really for sharing. And my days have been spent recharging, I suppose. I need to sort myself out, though, give myself another kick up the bum. Because too busy to work doesn’t earn the pennies.

Wednesday 17 February 2016
Last Wednesday I was taking my dad home after a short stay with us. So that wiped out the entire day.

Thursday 18 February 2016
Thursday was better. Again. I did gig list admin (again), and I wrote 869 words of blog posts.

In the afternoon, I did some survey work, some pro-bono work and some diary work.

Friday 19 February 2016
On Friday I did a little editing work but I did more survey work too as it’s quick and easy money.

Weekend
At the weekend we had a gig Saturday night and we were visiting Sunday morning. But Sunday afternoon, on our way home, we managed to squeeze in a short walk.

Monday 22 February 2016
Monday was pretty much the same as most days. I’d already pre-scheduled the gig list work on Thursday, and that posted automatically. I must make a habit of that because it saves time on a Monday, when I’m busy after the weekend, and I don’t have to worry about making it my first job.

We had yet more visiting to do Monday evening.

Tuesday 23 February 2016
Tuesday was the same as Monday with me doing little odds and sods around the office, but we were glad to have a day off from having to do things for other people.

Homework w/c 24 February 2016
My office is a mess – a terrible mess – and not how I like to work at all. So first job this week will be to start to sort out the filing. I want to swap the drawers over, so that the alpha-filing is closer to hand and the old brought-forward system is further away. I don’t even use the b/f system any more, and don’t really know anyone else who does. (Do you?) So that drawer will eventually be changed to over-spill, or continuation of the alpha-drawer.

I have a book that needs editing, so that I can get it back to the client. And I have 2 books from the same client that need proofreading. I need to really crack on with this.

I want to write a short story for fave market, I want to write a short story for a new (to me) market, I want to do my next fiction writing course assignment, and I’d like to come up with a story for one of the calls for submissions doing the rounds.

Meantime, I have the poet’s birthday on Friday and a very busy weekend ahead as son #2 + g/f are coming for the weekend and we’re hopefully going walking on Sunday.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 6 January 2016

Welcome to the new home for Diary of a Freelance Writer. Here is where you’ll find my weekly exploits in the world of writing, editing and proofreading. For diaries up to this date, see Tales From Baggins Bottom and do a search for “diary of a freelance writer”.

Wednesday 16 December 2015
I had an editing job I wanted to finish before Christmas for lovely-already-boss, so much of my pre-Christmas work-time was spent clearing that. I also wrote 592 words that day – not great but 592 words are better than 0 words.

Thursday 17 December 2015
An email came in from lovely-already-boss warning me of some extra work on a particularly hateful job I’d completed several weeks previously. This was a thorn in the publisher’s side right from the off and it took me a very long time to complete. I expected there to be issues, but not the day before I broke up for Christmas.

I advised lovely-already-boss that I was breaking up until 4 January, but if that was fine for him to still send it to me. It arrived on the Saturday …

I did more of the job I wanted to finish for him and I did some admin work on both the gig list and the pro-bono project.

I had an early finish as we were off to see Roy Wood’s Christmas show at Holmfirth.

Friday 18 December 2015
Friday consisted mostly of tying up loose ends, finishing the editing job I wanted to finish by Christmas (hurrah!), invoicing for said job (hurrah!), and other odds and ends. I set my out-of-office auto-reply, and a couple of automatic posts for the gig list, and enjoyed another early finish. After all, it was mad Friday and I was off out on a date with my husband. 🙂

Christmas break 2015
We didn’t do very much over Christmas at all regarding work. We did our last minute Christmas shopping (for each other) and the food shopping. We visited family, delivered gifts, welcomed family, went out, enjoyed 2 walks … although, actually, the walks will probably count as “research trips” as I did a lot of thinking about the writing business and where I wanted it to be by the end of 2016.

Many of my intentions can be found in the first post of the year, here.

We were off from 18 December to 4 January.

Monday 4 January 2016
Back to work after a lovely break, and I started with the new blog and the new ideas for the old blog. I did some gig list admin, and some band admin for Monkey Dust, I updated the tracker spreadsheet and added in the bits for January (the tracker will follow my financial year to 5 April), I completed the diary for the week, and I wrote 601 words on one of the new projects.

The blog I wrote today was the first of my “walk” posts, only an introduction, but a little taster. These come into the wordcount because, ultimately, they’ll – hopefully – be turned into books. When this one is complete it will include proper OS maps and routes not necessarily shared on the blog, and photographs.

With this new blog being dedicated to work, I offered to do my first author interview for a friend’s ex-student who publishes her first book next week.

Just as I was signing off for the day, new-repeat-client dropped me an email asking if I could edit a book that will take the best part of the next 2 weeks. Very handy.

Later that evening I heard from the new author and I offered her a slot on Monday 18 January. Please note it in your diaries and try to visit that day to give her some support. Thank you. 🙂

Tuesday 5 January 2016
Yesterday, I spent some time on one of the job boards in case the new job didn’t materialise, but it did and we agreed terms. So I was able to navigate away from the job board this week as I’m now “busy” (hurrah!).

I wrote the first of my “kitchen garden from scratch” blogs over on Baggins Bottom and managed 743 words. When this book is complete it will include various practical projects and additional lessons learned that won’t necessarily always make it onto the blog, and – of course – more photographs.

I wanted to catch up with my fiction writing course and was determined to do something on that today, but I booted up my Scrivener to have a go at a short story on there, expecting to just open some index cards and write some notes …

I rattled out the whole of the 750-word assignment for part 1 and exported it to .rtf, where I tweaked the layout a little to my own preferences. It was so easy! Why have I not used Scrivener before?!

In all I managed 1,497 words over 2 projects (the assignment came to 754 words).

I started the horrid revisions and made it to the end of the proofreader’s feedback. And I started the new edit as a little light relief.

Homework w/c 6 January 2016
I have author feedback to look at on the horrid edit today and the new edit to continue with.

All being well, there may be 2 more blog posts over on Baggins Bottom this week, one on “my fat year” and the other another “walk”. Then there may be 2 more at the start of next week. Today’s post over there will, however, link back to this one.

I have work to do on the pro-bono project this week as we have a meeting next Wednesday, and I want to carry on with my fiction writing assignment. I have 450 words to write for part 2 and up to 2,000 words to write for part 3. I’d like to get all of that off by the end of this diary week.

Monkey Dust have 2 gigs this weekend, but we hope to manage another walk either Saturday or Sunday.

How did your last few weeks go? And what are you up to this coming week?