Friday, December 21, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cold

Here’s an illustration of the difference between a great client and a frustrating client:

I invoiced Confidential Job #1 after the last assignment was completed. Although they pay promptly, it was late enough in the month that I didn’t expect to receive a check until after the holidays. It arrived last Monday, because they wanted to make sure everyone was paid before the holidays.

I invoiced a different client early in the month for work completed with the understanding it would be paid by the end of the month. The invoice was received and ignored. Yes, I have proof it was received. Yesterday, I received an email asking if I’d been paid. I replied that I had not, and did they need me to re-send the invoice? They said yes, so I did. And received an email that they were walking out the door for the holidays and would pay me after the first of the year!

This is a client from whom I will disengage after the current batch of contracted work is completed. They do not pay enough or in a timely enough manner to be worth the aggravation.

The new owners are furious with me and increasing pressure because I filed the proper paperwork with the state and they were chastised. Well, buckoos, you shouldn’t have broken the law in the first place!

Off to the city today to run a myriad of errands. I’d like to get everything done and return by early afternoon, but I have that sinking feeling that everything will take longer than it should, and I’ll be lucky to get home by dinner. I realize this is probably the dumbest day to go in except for New Year’s Eve, but, unfortunately, I have some appointments and this was the only day they could be scheduled. So I simply have to effin’ deal.

I’ve decided not to accept any more work due before the end of the year – I’ve got enough on my plate. And I’d like to take a few days off to actually enjoy the holiday!

Again: “Disorganization on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part – unless you pay me TRIPLE!!!” Lori, sweetie, how do you like the last part? Think we should write it into our Freelancers’ Bill of Rights?

Yes, folks, I’m upping my aggravation fee. You get on my last nerve, I’m simply going to smile and charge you more. Ever so much better for both my blood pressure and my bank account.

I know I want to ring in the New Year again with a meditation retreat; I’m trying to decide if I want to only do it the Eve and Day, or include the weekend before. Hmmm . . . I’m fortunate in that I can decide on Friday, should I wish.

Ran some errands for my friend who’s recovering from surgery; dealt with more building crap. Mailed the last of the cards (I was waiting for some addresses – once received, off went the cards! They’ll be late, but they’ll still be pretty).

Finished Coward’s letters. His work ethic never ceases to amaze me. For all he played the lighthearted man with the martini in his hand (or maybe it was gin or whisky), in the mornings, he buckled down and wrote; he often went on trips away from everyone and wrote; he shut himself up at home and he wrote. Which is why there are so many of his plays, novels, short stories, letters, essays, songs, operettas, etc., etc., etc. in existence. He didn’t bitch and moan about a lack of time; he sat down and did it.

There are plenty of things I should be reading right now, and I don’t feel like reading any of them! I want to re-read the biographies of Shakespeare and Marlowe that came out a few years ago, taking notes, with an eye to a project that’s been rattling around in the brain for years. The comment that inspired the project was made by Virginia Woolf, and she inspired the project because I disagree with her comment. And I just happen to be reading Volume III of her Letters, so it all comes full circle.

I did a tiny amount of work on Earth Bride this morning. I realized I’d skipped a small section that needs to happen before the wedding, so I went in and wrote the insert. I didn’t want to delve too much farther into the wedding sequence because I knew I had to catch the 9:32 to the city, and had to plow through a long to-do list before that. I’ll have to reshuffle some projects to get everything done, especially the work for Confidential Job #2, on time. That’s the way it goes, right? You have to keep making time for stuff.

I am going to sneak in a few pages of the Christmas story before I leave, though.

Brandon, welcome to the blog! Pull up a chair and a cup of coffee and jump right in!


Earth Bride – 114,619 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
114 / 120

Devon’s Bookstore:

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

Published in: on December 21, 2007 at 8:38 am  Comments (6)  


  1. You’re upping your aggravation fee. What an excellent idea.

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Devon, and a terrific 2008!

  2. Good on ya for upping the fee. 😉 I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

  3. Bravo on sticking it to the new owners – I hope that weighs on them over the holidays instead of you being stressed over them.

    Reading is something I am going to make more time for. My reading list grows and grows but I never get through it fast enogh for my liking – spend too much time writing 🙂

  4. Have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas, Devon!!!

  5. Good for you per the aggravation fee. The project with Shakespeare sounds interesting.
    Good luck traveling into the city today. Be careful. Have a Merry Christmas.

  6. Good for you. They should pay for aggravation.

    Did you survive the city?

    Happy Holidays!

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