She Works Hard for the Money

I started freelancing again (beyond the one big client I retained while working on Good Girls Don’t Get Fat and Baby Grand).

Those who are loyal readers of my blog (thanks, mom!) know that I was pondering what to do with the rest of my life — go back to freelancing, teach, work on another novel, etc. Well, it looks like I’ve decided to do all three.

After a little sit-down with my husband, who had a little sit-down of his own with our accountant, turns out that if I don’t start cranking out some income-producing writing, I won’t be able to afford some of the wonderful luxuries I currently enjoy, like drinking the premium-brand orange juice that I like, particularly when it’s not on sale. I just finished my first assignment for Newsday in, like, a year and a half, and I have to say I missed it. I missed the adrenaline-pumping stress of being on a tight deadline and having to confirm all those itty-bitty details to make another editor — other than myself — happy. I like working for other editors. It makes me a better editor and writer. And the stories keep me relevant. All good.

And my next “Getting Published” seminar takes place next week — that satisfies the teaching part of the plan, at least for now. I’m looking forward to seeing those enthusiastic writers’ faces in the audience, hopefully even after I tell them about all the work that goes into being published when the writing part is done.

As for Novel #2, “In the Red,” it’s still going, although it’s stalled while I take care of Life Plans #1 and #2. My Accountability Partner probably wants to wring my neck — I’m already five days and counting behind schedule — but I’m not worried. After pumping out 1,000 words a day for six or so weeks on Baby Grand, I see what I can do when I’m focused and motivated. And right now my focus is on staying away from the bargain-brand OJ.

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2 thoughts on “She Works Hard for the Money

  1. I’ve always thought that it helpful to diversify, from both intellectual and marketability standpoints.

    Once your novel blows off the shelves, you can revisit.

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