Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Hot, humid, cloudy

My article on the Alinghi victory in the America’s Cup is here.

My articles on some of the summer racing, including my questions about the use of cobra venom is here.

I’ve been terribly unproductive this morning, and I have to fix that before I leave for acupuncture. I have a lot that needs to get done before I head out, a lot that needs to get once I get back.

I’ll be offline for the next few days while I head to Maine. I’m purposely staying disconnected while I’m there. And I hope to get some work done.

Day work was okay yesterday. At least the theatre was air conditioned. They had a put-in for a new cast member, so things were a little busier than on a usual Tuesday.

I finished reading The Girl Next Door. It was fun, for the most part. The whole catching-the-stalker thing happened off-stage, told in a couple of paragraphs in narration, which didn’t work for me, especially since I never felt the protagonist was in any actual danger. And the whys of the stalking were never addressed. The actual stalker never had any scenes with anyone or any dialogue, so he didn’t seem real, and, as a reader, I neither believed in him nor cared. So that was unsatisfying. But the bulk of the book was lots of fun, and I liked the characters a lot.

Other than that, nothing interesting to say: working on the deadlined articles; pitching so I’ll have enough money coming in for the rest of the summer; working in the fiction here and there.

Annoyed by two potential clients, who have definitely been bumped off the list. One of them is “hiring” someone to review products and websites. They want a signed contract from me in order to consider me for the job – I think not. Plus, my “pay” is 70% of the final bid of any price of a product I review that I decide to sell on eBay or Amazon.

No.

The other place said they’d review my samples and credentials, but, in the meantime, urged me to BUY a publication that appears to be their guidelines that “was a great help to their contributors”. Uh, no. YOU pay ME. You want me to conform to guidelines, you send them to me. You don’t expect me to buy them.

Another no.

The sad thing is, there will be people dumb enough to agree to the conditions both these so-called “employers” set.

Got to get going. Clock’s ticking away, and I have deadlines to meet, before I head out.

I have a chance to work on what could be an exciting project, but I have to weigh the pros and cons. It could take awhile to get off the ground, and I’m not sure that “while” fits in with my schedule right now. But it would be fun, and very different from anything I currently do. I’ll think about it this weekend.

Have a great rest of the week, everyone!

Devon

10 Comments

  1. Have a great time in Maine and a safe trip.

  2. Have a safe trip and happy writing, Devon!

  3. Have a safe and productive trip!

  4. You have amazing business sense, Devon – I love your approach to your work. You’ve got a good head on your shoulders.

    Have a safe trip and get a lot done!

  5. Devon,

    I agree with you about refusing to put up with all that nonsense “business” that some “employers” want from writers.

    I do some freelance here and there, but a lot of those people are more trouble than they are worth. I solute freelancers who have to work with this crap everyday.

    Have a nice time in Maine!

    Sylvia C.

  6. Pay for guidelines? No, no, no! They pay you, not the other way round.

    Have a safe trip and a great time in Maine!

  7. Maine sounds absolutely lovely. Have fun!

  8. Have a great time on you trip!

  9. Hi Devon – hope you had a good time in Maine.

    You won a book at my blogparty, so if you could email me with your snailmail addy, I’ll get the prize off to you.

    all best
    Kate x

  10. Enjoy your trip, Devon. And good on you for having the sense to say no to some of these potential clients. “Buy their publication, indeed!”


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