Fri. March 16, 2012: Looking Forward to the Weekend (of Edits)


Crocus

Friday, March 16, 2012
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

I overslept yesterday.

I MEANT to get up early and get some work done before leaving for Boston, but the alarm didn’t go off, and I overslept. But I still managed to get the coffee on before Costume Imp got up! 😉

Yesterday was the big field trip to the Boston Flower Show. Fourteen of us rented a van and were driven in. Coffee and cake set up on a table (with cloth) in the parking lot before we left — yeah, this group does it up right! 😉 We had enough time to wander around and “ooh” and “aah” over things, do some shopping, and go out for lunch. I’d remembered the pub as the Drunken Monk, but it’s the Whiskey Priest (yeah, I made the jokes, too), but we hopped one pub over to American Beer Company. Good food, good company, tons of fun. Back to do more shopping, vanned home (with treats in the van), home before dinner time.

I’ll have a full write-up on Gratitude and Growth tomorrow.

Imp Dog came by to visit and wanted to play. I actually played with him for awhile, and then tossed him an organic dog treat. He caught it, trotted over to the japonica bush, delicately dug a hole, dropped it in, and covered it up. Too funny!

Did some work with my students and some other work; caught up on more TORCHWOOD. There’s no doubt –it’s my favorite show.

Wednesday wound up being very busy — worked with students in the morning; seem to have a payment problem solved, but now there’s a new admin problem. I’ve got some other things in the works, so I have to buckle down to them over the weekend.

Costume Imp and I also found a magnificent grocery store in Mashpee called Roche Brothers. We were in heaven. And then we nipped over to Market Street Books, where we found some good stuff and had a lovely chat with Cynthia. I’m putting together a packet for ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT and dropping it off today. We had a quick lunch at Siena (which is quickly becoming a favorite place of mine on the Cape) and then back to work.

The second round of edits for HEX BREAKER came through, and I’ve got a little less than a week to do them. I’m excited to get back to it, and get the marketing ball rolling for it. I expect it will come out in May, although I haven’t yet been given a firm date.

I’ve got some other writing to attend to, and need to figure out, over the weekend, how to recalculate my hours in a business-minded way to get it all done and make the money I not only need, but deserve and EARN, for my work. I’m about to turn down an invite from a magazine editor with whom I’ve worked for in the past (for a fee) who wants me to do something for free — that will, at the same time, make a profit for the company, but not for the writers involved. That would be a negative. Bad business decision, and it wouldn’t be a big enough “good will” gesture to make it worth while.

Gotta take a stand on these things, or I’ll keep winding up in the mess I was earlier in the week. I have a couple of carefully chosen pro bono clients, and that’s the extent of my unpaid work. When the plumber, the accountant, and the doctor work for “exposure” — so will I.

Devon

4 Comments

  1. I think I prefer the Drunken Monk to the Whiskey Priest. 🙂

    I’m off to see my accountant soon. Perhaps I’ll ask him if he’ll work for “exposure”. Some hope.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I always say when the hairdresser offers two hours of her time for free, so will I. 🙂 Good for you taking a stand. I was “offered” something similar once, from a client I’d rejected when he said to me (with a straight face), “You’ll have to bring down your price.” (Yes, I told him with the same straight face, “You’ll have to raise yours.”) He wanted me to sit in on a two-day panel to choose finalists for some stupid marketing competition. My pay? “Rubbing elbows with future clients.”

    Fuck that. How about I rub elbows with clients who aren’t so damn cheap?

  3. We actually do quite a bit of bartering and it seems to work well. However, we do have to choose who we barter with. Sometimes, the value on the other end, isn’t what you gave.

    Believe it or not – our accountant is one of them 😉

    Devon – I’m jealous of the crocus – they are beautiful. I’m sure the flower show was divine. The lilacs here are juuuust beginning to bud out and the grass is enjoying the warmer days creating chlorophyll once again.

    I’m a whiskey gal – so the Whiskey Priest worked for me. I wonder if we can’t get that in a short story somewhere 😉

  4. I like both names. 🙂 I sincerely hope the situation with the job that owes you funds soon improves. (As in they pay you!) Blessings!


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