2012-12-31 - 8:23 a.m.
Visited J. yesterday to play Santa Claus and drop off my handmade bottle of organic satsuma vodka. Her landlord, for whatever reason, picked December as the month to start renovating the house. Result: J. was unable to start the picture framing business. The contractors were still hammering and banging even as we visited. What a mess, but the place already looks great on the inside.
She has decided to go back to full time work and buy a new car in the new year. A wise decision, methinks. It sounds like they already have extra work lined up for her at the college...
I bid on a rush job at Elance. $490 or so for 7,500 words, with a hard limit of I'd want to be finished on January 4. I get back a "congratulations, you've been awarded the job" email. However, when I opened the contract, he'd changed the dates and numbers. I wouldn't have noticed if he'd just shaved off a tiny amount but he changed the bid to $180. For a rush job? Not from anybody as good as I am, she said modestly. I declined. He also changed the date, to January 6, which suggested to me that he didn't even read my bid, since I made it very clear that I had a hard limit of wanting to be done before I left for Argentina. I'm not going to haggle over a rush job anyway -- it wastes his time as well as mine -- but the second red flag was enough to let me know that this guy is probably a problem client.
I read somewhere (I'm paraphrasing) that in life you can have it done right, you can have it on time, or you can have it cheap -- pick any two because you're not getting all three. There are too many "writers" today working for free for me to compete on cheap, so I'll focus on doing it right and doing it on time. I only got two clients in 2012 once I decided to open up to freelance writing again, one of them a micro job, but I'm encouraged at how quickly I got any paying clients at all in this business climate. In the new year, I'd like to get at least three -- hopefully not to include any micro jobs! Stay tuned.
While playing in her window playpen, Nyota -- to her horror -- just spotted an Orange-crowned Warbler playing all by itself on the troubled satsuma tree. She can't quite understand why it's allowed. That's HER tree. She can see it. So it's HERS.
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