Patience, Grasshopper

September 15, 2010

PATIENCE isn’t one of my strong suits. I have a hard time waiting to reap the benefits of my hard work. Like Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I want it now. I want instant gratification, instant success. This doesn’t happen in freelancing.

I have been working as a freelancer for four years now. During those four years, I have learned that publishers move according to their schedule, not mine. I have also … Read more.

Making lemons into lemonade

August 27, 2010

I was extremely busy for the past nine months. I didn’t really have much time to breathe. Then unexpectedly I hit a snag. Now I find myself twiddling my thumbs and being bored. Have you ever been in that situation? If you have, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Instead of sitting around and wondering what to do, I got busy.

I stepped up my marketing, have several irons in the fire and have … Read more.

Typos that exist in blogs

May 20, 2010

I just noticed, thanks to the very kind e-mail from a reader, that the short blurb for this blog had a typo. I think that typo has been there since I first started blogging almost a year ago.

Proofreaders should be perfect. Everything they write or blog about should be typo free.

While the last statement is something I strive for, I have to tell you that I’m not perfect. I am human. And being … Read more.

Where did the time go?

March 24, 2010

As you can tell, it’s been months since my last post. Sorry! All I can say is “life is what happens while you’re busy making plans.” I have been extremely busy. Freelancing was going great. I had the proofreading projects I wanted. I had time with my grandson and husband. I had time to think about my younger daughter’s May wedding. I thought I was on easy street.

Mentors, friends, and posts from various editing … Read more.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

April 6, 2009

I’m not one to jump through hoops. I try to avoid them. In my professional career, I haven’t always had the required experience, but I’ve always had determination. And I still had that determination–and then some–when I started to freelance.

When I started freelancing after taking a break from working to take care of my grandson and help my husband acclimate to life after retirement, I didn’t do any planning. It never occurred to me … Read more.