Diary of a freelance writer: 18 May 2016

Looking back at the diary, it seems to have been a fairly good, productive week.

Wednesday 11 May 2016
The poet started his new job on Wednesday, so I had to start getting used to being up at 7am again. He was out of the house by 7:15am, though, and yes, I went back to bed. But I was up at 8am and at my desk by 9am.

After all the usual daily stuff (competitions, surveys, admin, etc), first job of the day was a chase. I’ve never, ever chased a short story submission in all of my writing career – that’s since 1985 for those who don’t know. But this was a story I initially submitted back in March as a continued break-in attempt to crack a very old market.

For the first time ever, the magazine asked me to do a re-write rather than rejected it outright. So I was very delighted with that for a start. And the very next day, naturally, the re-write was back in the post. As the story is June-themed, I thought I might need to chase it just to make sure it arrived, as the magazine is usually very quick to react to a submission with an email if it’s no good. I was a bit scared, but did in all the same, and the fiction editor responded almost immediately to say: yes, she’d received it; yes we’d missed June but not to worry about that; and yes, it’s still in her drawer.

I wrote a 456-word blog post, had a dental appointment, wrote 779 words-worth of press releases for the pro-bono project, and did some gig list admin.

We were supposed to be going to a gig in Wakefield, on comp tickets for the gig list, but as it was the poet’s first day at a new job, he didn’t feel able to finish early enough to go. So we had to send our apologies.

Thursday 12 May 2016
On Thursday, once the admin and daily stuff was done, I did some more work on the pro-bono project, did some more gig list admin – which included scheduling a post for Monday, and I did some writing

Aside from a 433-work extra blog post, I also wrote 1,820 words of a short story, draft 2.

The poet had band practice Thursday evening, so I did the shopping.

Friday 13 May 2016
Friday included a lot of admin work too. Then I wrote a 489-word blog post, and I wrote 2,491 words of a different short story, draft 3.

The poet finished work early, so that – naturally – cut my day short too.

Weekend
The weekend was the climax to our pro-bono project. There was a sponsored cycle ride last Sunday, from Doncaster to York and back. On Saturday afternoon there was a charity football match (over 30s v under 30s). And Saturday evening was the actual “bash” itself. Three bands, the Outcharms, the Kavaliers and Monkey Dust, played to a packed house. And we think we raised over £14,000 for charity, which is an excellent sum – £10,900 of which was raised by the cyclists!

On Sunday we popped up to the new house to measure for a shed and a greenhouse, and we met our lovely new neighbours, who just happen to be related to the potato farmers where we live now!

Monday 16 May 2016
I didn’t get so much done on Monday. I didn’t feel very well and went back to bed for a good hour after the poet left for work. The daily stuff always takes a bit longer after a weekend off, which is why I schedule the Monday morning gig list post now rather than make sure I get up early enough to do it.

I did manage a 324-word blog post, and I wrote 86 words of a short story outline, so not a total loss, and I still managed to write something. But I knocked off at 3pm and went downstairs to read.

When we move, I’ll no longer be working “upstairs”. The “office” will be just inside the dining room, which is just next to the kitchen, which is just next to the front door. The ideal “office” is too far away from the door, although it does overlook the front of the house. But the poet is having that for his “studio”, and we’ll no longer be sharing.

Tuesday 17 May 2016
Tuesday was another very good day.

I quickly ran off another pro-bono job of just 80 words, then I set up my binder on Scrivener for CATCH THE RAINBOW. I typed 1,174 words for that, and I wrote 1,350 words of another short story, draft 2.

After doing all of the regular daily and admin stuff, I had a spare hour. So I spent that editing BAGGINS BOTTOM BEST BITS BOOK 3. The first edit pass of that is now complete. Overall, I got it down from around 98,000 words to around 75,000 words, and I tidied it up a bit and made it consistent. The next stage will be a hard-copy edit.

Homework w/c 18 May 2016
I’m going to be good to myself this coming week and not set myself too many objectives. We get the keys to the new place on Friday and we’ll be doing work up there when we can. The garden needs a fence before the dog can come with us for a start. On Saturday we’re having a furniture delivery. We have a whole new room – the dining room/office – and have had to buy furniture for that.

On Saturday evening, Monkey Dust have a gig in Doncaster. And on Sunday we’ll be in Birmingham and Doncaster, visiting.

CATCH THE RAINBOW is now a (week) daily task, added to the others. I have 2 books of my own to continue editing (MARDI GRAS and BAGGINS BOTTOM BEST BITS BOOK 3). And I have 2 books to carry on with for lovely-already-boss.

What are you up to this week?

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.

Weekend
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: 2 March 2016

I can’t believe we’re in March already. What happened to the year so far?

It’s been an okay week, mostly catching up on stuff and making plans for the future. This week’s post brings back the original “throwaway” ideas for you to try if you’re interested.

Wednesday 24 February 2016
Last Wednesday was a bit of a washout, but I also did something quite important. Much of the day was spent sorting out the huge and numerous piles of paperwork dotted around the house. Now I just have 2 massive piles of filing, while the rest went in the bin.

I also carried out a bit of advance house hunting that also included some of the retirement plan.

Thursday 25 February 2016
On Thursday I cranked up the Pomodoro tomato and had a 25-minute filing burst. I also did gig list admin, for today and in advance for Monday, and I caught up on some study work. I also did the daily competitions and the daily surveys, as well as diary work, and I wrote 476 words for one project at least.

On the evening I dropped the poet off for band practice – but we had to use his car as the battery was flat on mine – and then I went off to do the weekly shopping.

Friday 26 February 2016
Friday was the poet’s birthday. I only managed the daily stuff, and on the evening I treated him to a meal and a gig in Holmfirth.

Weekend
He had a great weekend as one of his sons and his girlfriend came to visit. We went to see Dad’s Army in Penistone on Saturday night and we went walking in Langsett on Sunday morning.

Monday 29 February 2016
Half of Monday was tied up with hospital visiting but, again, I managed all of the daily stuff before we went.

Tuesday 1 March 2016
On Tuesday I was very, very busy. I usually am on the first working day of the month. But this week I was catching up on freelance diary work I should have been doing for the past 4 months but haven’t. The day started with all the usual daily stuff as well as new month admin, and some credit control, which always annoys me.

Then I sat down and did the freelance diary. As it’s March, I should be thinking October, querying September, writing August and submitting July. But as I’m a bit behind, I was also thinking September, August and July and weeding out what doesn’t interest me or what I don’t have time to do or what is too far away for me to do. I’ll include the throwaways for July only (might do August next week, September the week after, and October the week after that …) in the homework section below.

I also synchronised my current Kindle reading on 3 Kindles – desktop, Fire and Paperwhite – so that I can work from exercises at my desk (on the desktop), read books comfortably in bed (on the Paperwhite), and use the Fire the rest of the time.

My target word-count for March is 23,000, and I have a few ideas for short stories and articles to sift through too.

Homework w/c 2 March 2016
I still have a book that needs editing, so that I can get it back to the client. And I still have 2 books from the same client that need proofreading. This is my priority after my own work.

I still have short stories to write and now I have articles to think about too. I also still have my own books to get on with, including 2 fiction and 1 non-fiction.

I have study work to catch up on some more, and I have pro-bono work to do this week ahead of next week’s meeting.

The blogs are falling a little behind amid all of this, but hopefully, when things settle again and I get back into the swing, these will be back up to par.

Here, then, are my throwaways for July:

  • 9 July is the annual Durham Miners’ Gala
  • 15 July is St Swithun’s Day
  • 28 July 1866 (150 years ago) Beatrix Potter was born
  • 31 July oyster season begins
  • TBA there’s a 12-hour lawn-mowing race somewhere in Sussex

What do these 5 things inspire you to write or find out? Do you want to write a short story or an article?

  • What happens at the Durham Miners Gala? How long has it been running? Do they pronounce it gar-la or gay-la? Because it’s an annual event, the gala could be an evergreen, so try to hang it onto this year’s date, or visit this year with a view to using pictures next year.
  • What would 40 days of rain mean? Who was St Swithun? St Swithun is an evergreen.
  • Beatrix Potter could be a look at the woman, her life, her books, her art, where she lived, a comparison with a living children’s author today. Ten top children’s authors?
  • Where do they celebrate the oyster season? Are there any feasts or events anywhere? Ten top tips for using oysters? Oyster season is an evergreen.
  • A 12-hour lawn-mowing race? Really? Could this be targeted towards a machinery magazine? This annual event could also be classed as an evergreen.

Evergreens are articles that can be filed and used any time whenever there’s a gap in editorial at that time of year. I prefer to hang articles on a specific date so that it becomes out of date if they don’t use it. But I don’t mind writing short stories up as evergreens.

So, what will you be up to this week?

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: 17 February 2016

So here I am, a day late again. This time it’s because we had a guest and I was taking him home yesterday. But it has been another hectic, busy week with our usual routine slightly different.

Wednesday 10 February 2016
Today – and for much of the rest of the week really – the only job I really did was the heavy editing job. I didn’t manage any of my daily admin stuff either, or very much housework.

Thursday 11 February 2016
Thursday was better. I did gig list admin, I wrote 677 words of blog posts, and I wrote 176 words of short story planning. I’ve come up with an entire outline for one short story and the bones of an idea of another short story.

In the afternoon, I did more of the heavy edit and managed to finally finish the hard copy edit.

Friday 12 February 2016
Friday was just half a day for me as I had to go and collect my dad, who was coming to stay for a few days. I managed a few hours on the electronic edit, went off to collect him, then did another few hours in the evening. I didn’t do anything else on Friday.

Weekend
We had snow forecast on Saturday, and for almost every day next week, and I had just a chill day, although I did do a few more hours on the heavy edit.

On Sunday we went visiting, and I did some more hours on the heavy edit … (sigh)

The snow never came.

Monday 15 February 2016
At 9am, I sat down at my desk and I continued with the electronic edit. I paused for a banana, for lunch, for a cup of tea and for tea. But I carried on until, at 8:45pm, I finally finished the work and was able to send off the invoice. (Hurrah!)

The snow never came.

Tuesday 16 February 2016
It was a bit of an easy day on Tuesday. I always seem to need to recharge after finishing a particularly big job. I did, however, do some pro-bono work. I caught up on some of my admin work. And I started a new edit. I also printed off Mardi Gras, which was my 2015 NaNoWriMo project. It needs development.

The snow never came …

Homework w/c 17 February 2016
On Wednesday I was due to take my dad back home again, so not a lot would get done then. We also had a meeting booked for the pro-bono project.

Aside from that, the plan for the coming week is to catch up on everything didn’t manage to do while (a) I was doing that heavy edit, and (b) my dad was here.

I have the new edit to continue with. I have that outlined short story to maybe draft out. I have Mardi Gras to sit and work though.

And I’m still watching for snow.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 10 February 2016

And despite my best efforts, I still failed to come in and post the diary yesterday … Saying that, though, I didn’t even switch the computer on I was that busy. So here we are again, a day late again – but at least it’s not as late as the last one.

Wednesday 3 February 2016
On Wednesday I worked on 2 more republications – the paperback version of the new Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig mystery, and the re-issue of Twee Tales with the new byline. This means that the original Twee Tales paperback will also be retired, just as soon as I’m happy with the cover. The 2 old versions of Night Crawler (paperback and hardback) have already been retired.

The rest of the day was spent on the big client edit I have in and an email off to the client warning them that it’s a bigger job than I thought and that it will take a little longer than originally promised.

I had to knock off work early and take the dog to the vet to be chipped and to have his ears looked at. He has an infection in one of them and I wanted some antibiotic ointment for him.

Thursday 4 February 2016
Thursday morning was mostly admin – gig list admin, daily competitions, daily surveys.

The afternoon was a continuation of the hard-copy client edit.

The poet had band practice Thursday evening, so I dropped him off, went to do the shopping, then collected him again.

Friday 5 February 2016
Again, Friday morning was daily competitions and daily surveys (the surveys I get paid for and am quite enjoying them). And the rest of the day was more of that big edit.

Weekend
Saturday was a do-diddle-day, and Sunday was a walk/research day to Tetney Lock near Cleethorpes for a 4-mile walk.

Monday 8 February 2016
On Monday morning I did some more admin work, gig list admin, daily competitions, daily surveys and I updated the diary.

Then I wrote 793 words – not a lot but with a week almost of admin, publishing and editing, it was nice to get some words written.

The afternoon was spent doing more hard-copy client editing – I did warn them it was a bigger job than I originally thought.

Tuesday 9 February 2016
I have some pro-bono work I need to catch up but just haven’t had chance to fit any in. It was booked in for Tuesday, but I just did more editing as I want to get that job shifted and invoiced.

Aside from admin stuff, I did also manage another 685 words on a blog post.

Homework w/c 10 February 2016
I suppose my main objective this week is to catch up on work and get back into my schedule. I need to finish that client edit then I have another client edit to start.

I have that pro-bono work to catch up with and I think we have a meeting next Wednesday evening.

And I’m currently percolating 2 short stories – 1 is planned out, the other has the main character, who just happens to be one of Marcie Craig’s neighbours, but that’s all so far.

I have the diary to do for the coming week. That should give me more idea of if I’ll catch up with the schedule or not.

Also, I’m not happy with the cover for the new Twee Tales, so I have to choose another picture for that. The paperback of the new Night Crawler is ready to go, though, and I also have copies of books to send off for legal deposit.

Finally, my dad’s coming for a few days, so I don’t want to be solidly busy while he’s here.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 27 January 2016

It’s been a bitty week with a jolly in the middle of it and getting distracted by other stuff, but it’s been okay.

Wednesday 20 January 2016
Wednesday started early as I had to run the poet to the railway station. He was off to Scotland for 2 days on business and I usually take him for his train.

Instead of going back to bed, I bumbled through the first part of the morning before warming up and writing a 538-word blog post, plus 41 words over on another blog. (Every little helps …)

Then I browsed the job boards and pitched for 7 new editing or proofreading jobs.

Thursday 21 January 2016
Thursday was a day off in the end. I did my usual morning admin/gig list work, but then it was off for a jolly with Carol, this time over in her neck of the woods (which is, actually, only 15 minutes away …). She took me to a lovely little café in a place called Hepworth, near Holmfirth. And on either side of lunch I had a lovely play with Sam the dog.

At teatime I was back at the railway station to collect the poet.

Friday 22 January 2016
On Friday I wrote a 311-word blog post for me, then a 30-word blog post and a 136-word blog post for the pro-bono project. And I did some other social media admin for the pro-bono project.

In the afternoon I updated the Pen & Sword page on this blog – you can follow the link here – adding 12 new books. I also added 14 new books to ALCS (I get a percentage on books I’ve edited) and 1 article.

Weekend
On Saturday we managed a research day/day out, travelling slightly further afield to Ripon in North Yorkshire. On Sunday we had a mini-session in Wormy’s kitchen, making lime meringue pie to go with our roast chicken dinner.

Monday 25 January 2016
Monday morning started a little late and I almost forgot to post the gig list gig request for the weekend. I wrote a 770-word blog post and updated the diary for the coming week – something I usually do on the previous Thursday, but I was out jollying. 😀

In the afternoon, I cranked up Scrivener and typed in 1,257 words for Catch the Rainbow, and I chased an overdue acknowledgement.

Tuesday 26 January 2016
Tuesday looks a little empty as I refer to my diary, as I must have forgotten to fill it in. I know I didn’t write any words, though. But again, I did surf the job board and I pitched for another 7 jobs.

I registered with 5 survey sites for when I have real down time.

Homework w/c 27 January 2016
I want to do some more work with Scrivener on Catch the Rainbow, and I’m awaiting some blog posts to edit for a new client … although I’ve been waiting since before Christmas (he did send me an email yesterday evening to say they were on the way).

I want to move on with the next part of my fiction writing course and I want to look at the story that came back to see if I can get it out to fave market before the end of Friday.

I’m STILL still waiting for the new cover for the new version of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig Mystery. It’s almost there now, but we won’t be meeting the  29 January deadline.

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 20 January 2016

First of all I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to visit on Monday and welcome my first guest to the new blog, and special thanks go to all of those who also left a comment or a question. Hopefully, a guest interview will become a regular feature.

I didn’t do everything I wanted to last week – I didn’t start assignment 4 for the fiction writing course and I didn’t manage another short story. However, I did start to upload Catch the Rainbow to Scrivener, and I did finish the big editing job. So all was not lost.

Wednesday 13 January 2016
Most of Wednesday was taken up with the big edit, once the blogs were out of the way.

Thursday 14 January 2016
Ditto Thursday, although I did also do some gig list admin.

Friday 15 January 2016
Friday was much better. I wrote 670 words on one project, prepared Monday’s interview – with pictures and quotes and further information, etc – and I completed the big edit. But it did take much of the week to get that shifted.

Weekend
We didn’t get out for any research trips at the weekend. The poet wasn’t feeling very well, so we just did the shopping on Saturday, then visited the parents on Sunday. It was his mother’s birthday so we went there first before carrying on down to Birmingham.

Monday 18 January 2016
Monday was a good day too. I did the gig list admin and wrote 973 words on a project. Then spent much of the day learning specifics of Scrivener to help it work much better for me. I raised an invoice for the big job finished on Friday (hurrah!), and I broke the back of Catch the Rainbow with a massive 124 words!

Tuesday 19 January 2016
A chased payment that was due on 1 January finally hit my bank account yesterday. So I was able to order some much needed toner cartridges for the printer at last, and a case for my new Kindle Fire 7″.

I wrote 417 words on one project and I did a lot of work on the pro-bono project, sorting out logos, sponsor forms, emails and the like. We’re pretty much at the stage now where this setting-up work we did for them can be handed over to one of the other volunteers to manage. Ideally, I’d just like to do any press work.

Having cracked (for now) what I needed to know about Scrivener, I then sat down and managed 1,097 words for Catch the Rainbow. This meant I could now print off the prologue and the start of the first chapter and get some feedback from the business manager. (He liked it.)

Homework w/c 20 January 2016
Today’ I’ve been pitching for jobs, so hopefully one of those will come in over the next week. I also want to do more of Catch the Rainbow and Scrivener. If I get chance, I’d also like to do that short story and fiction writing course work I didn’t manage last week.

I’m still waiting for the new cover for the new version of Night Crawler: a Marcie Craig Mystery. So far he has a white-washed canvas and is in Scotland now for the next 2 days. We may not meet my 29 January deadline on that …

What are you up to this week?

Diary of a freelance writer: 13 January 2016

Welcome to the recently new followers. I hope you’ll stay a while and maybe join in.

Wednesday 6 January 2016
I had a very good writing day last Wednesday. I wrote 1,022 words for blog posts, and I wrote 573 words towards the 3rd assignment of my fiction writing course. This is a 3-part assignment, the 2nd part also consisting of 3 parts. The topic for this particular assignment was viewpoint, and this was the 2nd part of the assignment I did today.

In the afternoon I finished the author revisions for a book I’d edited before Christmas.

Thursday 7 January 2016
The following day consisted of gig list admin and diary work before writing 946 words for a walking blog. I did a little pro-bono work and I edited some captions for a book and sent those off.

In the afternoon I sketched out the basic idea for a short story for the 3rd part of my fiction writing assignment, using Scrivener again. Then I started a brand new edit, a big one, for one of my regular clients.

During the evening, after doing the weekly shopping, we dropped a job in to a publisher.

Friday 8 January 2016
On Friday I started a new blog feature and wrote 608 words. All of these lifestyle features are over on Baggins Bottom.  I wrote the first 856 words of the short story outlined the day before, and in the afternoon I continued with the new editing job.

On Friday night Monkey Dust had a gig over in Doncaster for a birthday party.

Weekend
Monkey Dust had another gig on Saturday evening, but on Sunday we went for another walk for material for (a) the blog, and (b) the walking book.

Monday 11 January 2016
Monday started with gig list admin and writing up 726 words for the walk blog. I wrote a further 488 words for the short story outlined last week, so finishing the first draft – and the first full short story completed this year so far – and I edited a further 40 pages of the big book.

Tuesday 12 January 2016
Yesterday started with another blog post/book content, just a little one coming to 325 words. Then I polished all of the 3rd assignment, including the short story, and got that sent off to my tutor.

In the afternoon I edited another 79 pages of the book – I did say it was a big one, there are still 106 pages to go.

Homework w/c 13 January 2016
Today I’d like to start reading the material for the 4th assignment of my fiction writing course, but at some point I’d also like to write another short story – this one for fave short story market in case I don’t get feedback in time for my January submission on the one I did for the course. I’d also like to start loading Catch the Rainbow onto Scrivener. I seem to have fallen in love with Scrivener … ❤

I still have those 106 pages to finish the hard copy edit on, then I’ll have the electronic edit to do. I’d like to get those done and the book sent back by the end of Friday.

This evening we were supposed to be going to a meeting for the pro-bono work, but we’ve had to cancel that. The poet has sent our apologies along with his first drafts of the logo and the event poster.

There are another 2 days of blog posts to come up with this week and I think we’ve already decided where this weekend’s walk will be. Then early next week I’ll be back on the job board looking for future work, if nothing comes in meanwhile.

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?