Diary of a freelance writer: 14 September 2016

Wahey! I made it in on time again! 😀

I’ve not done much actual writing this past week, but I have done a lot of organising and arranging and getting back into the swing of things. And I’ve been busy the whole time, no malingering or skiving.

Wednesday 7 September 2016
On Wednesday I thought about rebooting my study work. I have so many courses I’ve not finished, and so many jobs – if I want them – seem to want a degree now, which I don’t have. I’ve paid out money for these courses, or had money spent on them for me, and I think I’d like to complete at least one of them, if not all of them.

So, on Wednesday I contacted the Open University to see what I need to do to complete my degree with them. I started a BA (Honours) in Art and Humanities, but that was back in 2000. I financed the first 70 points myself, and the company I worked for also financed a further 60 points. But as the degree I initially signed up for comes to an end next year. I needed to see if those existing 130 credits counted towards what it’s been replaced with. I set the ball in motion and awaited their replies.

I also continued with an edit for lovely-retainer-boss.

Thursday 8 September 2016
On Thursday I wrote last Wednesday’s blog post and pretended it was the day before. That netted me 603 words towards the monthly word-count target. I also did gig list admin and remembered to schedule the Monday morning post this time.

Friday 9 September 2016
On Friday I finished the current edit for lovely-retainer-boss and invoiced for that one and one I finished earlier in the week too. (Hurrah!)

Weekend
At the weekend we did some running around with/for parents, and Saturday evening Monkey Dust had a particularly bostin gig in Doncaster. The poet also spent time emptying a couple of boxes and organising my office supplies in a cupboard.

Monday 12 September 2016
On Monday morning, I received the first confirmation from the OU that they were going to look at transferring my existing qualifications to the new version degree. I wrote a quick 278 words for the lifestyle blog and I rebooted 3 of my writing courses:

  • The British College of Journalism, Professional Freelance Journalism Course (BCJ)
  • Writers Bureau, Fiction Writing Course (WB)
  • 5 in 10: Create Five Short Stories in Ten Weeks by Devon Ellington (5 in 10)

I went to find an empty ring binder to keep the BCJ and 5 in 10 courses together, but although I found a nice shocking pink one, it soon became clear that this wouldn’t be big enough. I printed off the first BCJ tutorial for revision, wrote 430 words, revised “week 1” of 5 in 10, and I studied module 8 of the WB course. I printed off Tutorial 2 of the BCJ course for study tomorrow.

Monday was very much a “me” day with me not doing any editing work for anyone else.

Tuesday 13 September 2016
By yesterday I was “back in the saddle” for the freelance writing, catching up with date work and writing a massive 132 words of notes! I picked up Tales From Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book Two and started to edit it in preparation for its republication on CreateSpace. I’ve decided to use Lulu for hard-backed books, CreateSpace for paperbacks, and Kindle and Smashwords for ebooks. Hard-backed large-print will be with Lulu, paperback large-print will be with CreateSpace.

In the afternoon, I completed module 9 of the WB course and Tutorial 2 of the BCJ course, writing 75 words for the latter. I printed off Tutorial 3 of the BCJ course for study tomorrow.

I started a new edit for lovely-retainer-boss.

Yesterday evening, we went shopping, and I bought a shiny new lever-arch folder for the BCJ course, shocking pink again. I was going to buy some subject dividers too, but during his clear-out at the weekend, the poet had found some unused subject dividers. So I utilised those instead.

Homework w/c 14 September 2016
It’s a busy week ahead for me, then, with 3 writing courses to continue with and a book to finish preparing for republication.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 7 September 2016

I’m a day late again, but I’m going to pretend I’m writing this yesterday.

We’ve had another traumatic week, but hopefully we’ve turned the corner now.

Wednesday 31 August 2016
It was all going so well … I’d managed to write another 1,309-word blog post, which is quite good on recent standards, and I’d settled in to do some editing work for lovely-retainer-client when … BAM … the poet was admitted to hospital. He’d taken ill at work and come home early, then on the way home from work he took ill again … and again when he got home. So he was taken to Casualty and admitted to hospital for observation.

Thursday 1 September 2016
In between taking stuff to the hospital and visiting, the only work I managed on Thursday was essential gig list admin. I forgot to schedule the Monday morning post asking for gigs, but the gig list was posted and the poet was allowed home overnight, for one night only, so he could attend his dad’s funeral Friday morning.

Friday 2 September 2016
On Friday it was the funeral, so I didn’t do much work. And at teatime I had to get the poet back to hospital …

Weekend
… where he remained for the entire weekend. On Sunday afternoon, his mom, daughter and granddaughter were able to visit him with me.

Monday 5 September 2016
I managed some work Monday morning. I did the Monday morning post I’d forgotten to schedule for the gig list and I completed a hard copy edit for lovely-retainer-boss at the hospital while we waited for the poet to be discharged. His tests had all come back negative, with just one or two little things they wanted to look at in more depth in the future, but nothing they were worried about. It took them FOUR hours to discharge him, and he didn’t even need to wait for any medication from the pharmacy.

Tuesday 6 September 2016
Almost back to normal, but with the poet at home until next Monday, I was able to get some more work done. Because I’d fallen quite far behind on the retainer editing, due to the massive, horrendous edit I delivered the previous week, I wanted to concentrate on catching up there. So I did the electronic edit of the one book I’d finished the night before, and I printed off the next one for a hard copy edit to start tomorrow.

In the afternoon we were able to go and buy some much-needed shopping.

Homework w/c 7 September 2016
So … I want to carry on this week catching up on any editing work for lovely-retainer-client, and I have another to start for lovely-already-boss. Then, next week, I want to allocate time to my writing again. And to my study.

I’m toying with continuing with my Open University studies at some point, but I can’t enrol before February. I’d like to apply for a grant/loan and it can take several weeks to be accepted, but also, I’m waiting for the OU to let me know if my existing credits with them can still go towards one of their new BAs, as the two I started both finish at the end of next year.

In the meantime, I’m going to finish my fiction writing course. I also got in touch with the British College of Journalism to see if I can complete my article-writing course with them too. The last time I contacted them was in 2011, but they have very gracefully agreed to let me do my last two assignments with them, but they would like me to complete the course, if I can, within six months.

What are you up to this week?