4th of July: The Unpredictable Life of a Freelance Writer

I know that not all of my readers are from the US but I am.  That means that today is a holiday.  Everyone has the day off.  Yes, I just got back into town but I am spending time with my family again.

We will be cooking.  We will be eating.  We might go see fireworks.  It is kind of hard to say because we are under a heat warning with thunder storms predicted through the 4th.  We will also be hanging curtains because not everyone is tall and older, short people should not be getting on step stools to hang curtains over the kitchen sink.

Dealing with an unpredictable schedule is part of the average work week if you are a freelancer.  I was out of town last week, Monday through Friday.  Cell service and wifi were iffy.  Mountains are inconsiderate like that.  Thursday, one editor e-mailed me asking for a rewrite.  On Saturday I was finally able to e-mail her back.  Friday, one of my Redline editors e-mailed me wanting a rewrite by Tuesday.

On the drive back, I noodled over working on my mystery.  Oh, joy!  I can start writing!

But first I have to rewrite a nonfiction book for fourth graders.  And then I need to iron out some details on an article for the first editor. You grow accustomed to having people rearrange your schedule or you don’t last long in the business.

Fireworks, no fireworks, record heat or thunderstorms.  I know I’ll have family time.  I’m just not certain what we’ll be doing.  Flexibility is key.