Back to life as normal

I'm back on my fall schedule, as of yesterday.

Yesterday was lovely.  I stayed home until it was time to pick up the kids from school.  I got caught up on dishes, cleaned up my kitchen, did laundry, and -- of course -- worked on freelance work.  After a couple hours with the kids in the afternoon, I ate dinner at home, and then headed out to the barn to do chores.  It did mean a late evening, but since it was a fairly relaxing morning, that was okay.

Today will be a little different.
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By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, September 01, 2015 At 11:51 AM 0 comments

Another week closer

I'm almost to the point at which my schedule will become more bearable.  This week was the second of my three crazy weeks.  I have only one more left, and it won't be quite as bad as the last two.  Plus, I have today off, which will give me an opportunity to catch up on freelancing and housecleaning -- the latter being the first to be neglected when I get busy.

Seriously.  It's a minefield in here.
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By Katharine Swan On Saturday, August 22, 2015 At 1:04 PM 0 comments

Plans for freelancing this fall

I got through this past week without getting sick, having a meltdown, or some other disaster, helped along somewhat by the fact that I've had a reduced freelance workload this week.  The stars aligned to help me out, I guess.

One week down.  Two to go.  Then I get my normal school-year schedule back.
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By Katharine Swan On Friday, August 14, 2015 At 3:37 PM 0 comments

See you on the other side

I had this weekend off, which was nice, but tomorrow begins the first of three weeks that will be the busiest of the summer.  I don't expect I'll be posting much during this time.  It'll probably be all I can do just to keep abreast of all my paying work.

I was glad for the weekend off, though.  I haven't had a day off in a while, let alone two in a row.  It allowed me to get some things done that I hadn't had a chance to do recently.
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By Katharine Swan On Monday, August 10, 2015 At 12:02 AM 0 comments

A contract isn't slavery

Someone I know was venting this weekend about the real estate agent who listed her house taking Sundays off.  I was appalled at the seemingly automatic expectation that the agent should be at her beck and call, no matter what she wanted or when.  (All she wanted was an update on her house's listing... and it had only just been listed this week.)

I felt a little defensive for the real estate agent's sake, and I realized it was because I've encountered that attitude in clients myself: the notion that just because they hired me to do a certain job, it means that they own all of my time.  One client, for instance, wanted me to be on chat all day long, so that I was at his beck and call any time he wanted.  And he was paying me for a fairly small contract, not anything close to a full-time job.

A contract is not slavery.  It does not give you the right to make unlimited demands on my time.

So let's talk about what you can expect from a contract.
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By Katharine Swan On Sunday, August 02, 2015 At 11:43 AM 0 comments

Last day of Camp NaNoWriMo

Today is the last day of the second session of Camp NaNoWriMo 2015.

I've already "won" for July, but I still plan on joining my friends tonight (coincidentally, Fridays are writers group nights) in cramming the last few words in before midnight.

I also have resumed revision work on one of my novels in the last couple of days, so I consider that a win too, although that is less to do with Camp NaNoWriMo and more to do with another writer friend pushing me to be productive.
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By Katharine Swan On Friday, July 31, 2015 At 7:20 PM 0 comments

I would prefer not to

I'm having a Bartleby moment.  Remember Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener" -- the scribe who slowly and passive-aggressively began to resist doing anything for his employer?

I currently don't feel like doing anything.  As Bartleby would say, "I would prefer not to."
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By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 At 6:57 PM 0 comments

Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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