NaNoWriMo news!

I've neglected my blogs badly lately, much worse even than I did over the summer (although my goals for Camp NaNoWriMo did keep me pretty well on track during July).  My schedule didn't actually get easier once school let in, as you might have guessed -- a client of mine, a disabled single dad whom I've been cleaning and running errands for on and off over the past five years, has had some changes in his diagnosis that have changed his assistance needs.  As a result, I've been increasingly busy, although that should be coming to an end within the next few weeks.

I'm looking forward to finally having more time to work on my freelance work and my writing.  The timing should be good, too, as NaNoWriMo 2015 is coming up here in only a little more than a month.  Can you believe it?

Which brings me to my big news.  I found this out a few weeks ago, actually, but since I haven't been keeping up on my blog, I forgot I hadn't announced it yet.
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By Katharine Swan On Monday, September 21, 2015 At 11:53 AM 0 comments

Happy Labor Day, writers!

I hope all my writing friends have had a good Labor Day -- relaxing, if you took the day off, or productive, if you spent it working in some fashion.  I've done a little of both: I slept in and got caught up on sleep, and this afternoon I did chores at the barn.  Now I'm home, and -- having cooked and done laundry -- am getting ready to buckle down and write a little before bed.

Thanks to Facebook, lately my source of information about science and the world, I learned something new about Labor Day today.
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By Katharine Swan On Monday, September 07, 2015 At 10:40 PM 0 comments

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

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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