The Freelancing Life Meet The Writing Life Meet Just Life

…working to put a dent in my email (where personal, publishing, freelance, and random matter meet like run-off; speaking of run-off, it’s a bit like emptying out Country Pond with a can cup – possible but it’ll take a while) …check, respond, check, respond, check please * trying to make some progress on a book-related/book-adjacent project (with a deadline) * inch by inch * editing assignment (actually a couple of editing assignments – one with a very tight deadline) * working to attract new paying projects * sending estimates (to, fingers crossed, land a project) * uncross fingers (cramp) * reviewing and giving feedback re content * following up re payment * following up re possible partner-project * statements/invoicing * following up re payment * following up re payment * following up re payment * some Wadadli Pen stuff (yes, even with the 2019 season already cancelled) * social media engagement (because, promotion, network…what’s going on) * call backs * follow ups * daydreaming about being able to hire an assistant-intern * night and day dreaming about a paid writers residency * sunset * music * read (blogger on books #Book #Chat) * make time to write * eat * dishes * get up * make bed * set targets * shower * breakfast at midday * sun’s rising * sleep * need sleep * coffee * editing * some of my own writing and editing * eye breaks (necessary) * get up and move (necessary) * engage (necessary) * check bookmarks (follow up, as needed) * update blog * pitching (because you’ve always got to be pitching the next thing) * rejections * nos * working through file of files pending action * timeout * publisher and promo stuff ahead of book event * too early to stress about said book event * prep client agreement * follow up re client payment * bills bills bills * bills bills bills * Murphy *scouting (freelance and writing related opportunities) * workshop prep * participant notes * running errands * lines * more lines * Netflix and (literally) chill * supermarket * workshop promotion * run workshop * CREATIVE SPACE * build * brand building * update files * check on applications * promo workshop * plan workshop * juggle editing jobs * write* pitch * get up * push through * submit * breathe * breathe * another writing project (maybe) * time, make time * try to take time * don’t forget to breathe …

#TheFreelancingLife #onthehustle #TheWritingLife

The point of this post – found myself noting and tracking my activities and thought it might prove instructive (though I’ve listed some, not all) re the realities of the freelancing life which I’ve variously described as a juggling act and a high wire act without a net, but which on review of this post, I’m now inclined to think of as a jigsaw puzzle which if you’ve ever tried to put the pieces of the picture together can be by turns fun and frustrating. Seems about right.

If you’re here for the first time, my name is Joanne C. Hillhouse. I’ve authored some books – I hope you’ll check them out (and if you already have, I encourage you to post a reader review to Amazon or Goodreads, or even here); and I offer freelance services – look me up if you need any of the listed services. Thanks!

2 thoughts on “The Freelancing Life Meet The Writing Life Meet Just Life

  1. Joanne,

    More often than not, when I read your blog–and pretty much everything else I read online these days–I’m in a rush and do not leave a comment. I had to stop in today, though, to remind you of how important your work is–including your random musings and such. It’s inspiring to read of the daily activities and journey of a freelance and creative writer. Keep up the good work! And thanks for sharing.

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