Sick days as a freelance writer

I got sick over the weekend, and despite getting a lot of sleep, it's been hanging on this week.  I think it's probably because I went back to my usual schedule, in which I only get around seven hours of sleep a night -- not really enough if I'm fighting an illness at the same time.

When it started on Friday, I thought it was just a cold, but then on Saturday I was fairly sure I had a fever.  I didn't get my hands on a thermometer until I had already taken an ibuprofen, but I still had a low fever at that time, so I'm guessing it had been higher before.

I slept most of the weekend, but yesterday I had to go back to my usual schedule, thinking I'd be better.
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By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 At 11:14 AM 0 comments

The freelance writer's resume

I think freelancer writers have to think about their resume more than most people.  When someone gets a regular job, they might stay in that job for years or just months, but either way they still don't have to think about their resume for a little while.  Freelancers, on the other hand, submit a resume every time they apply for a contract job, so their resumes are constantly trading hands -- and as a result, have to be constantly evolving.

So I found this article particularly pertinent for freelancers:

For A Resume, Type Font Matters

If your professors told you in college to always use Times New Roman, it turns out they were actually wrong.  According to typography experts, Times New Roman is wearing out its welcome.  It's old news, tired and overused.
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By Katharine Swan On Thursday, May 14, 2015 At 1:34 PM 0 comments

The well-rested writer

I've been fairly sleep deprived so far this year.  I used to get eight or nine hours a night, easy, but I've struggled with getting enough sleep for the last year or so.  When I freelanced full-time it wasn't an issue, or even when I just worked my nanny job in the afternoons; but I worked a lot of hours at my nanny job last summer, and I've worked a lot since the start of the year, too.  And the way it's looking, I won't see a reprieve for a few more months, since I'm working a lot more hours this summer, too.

So I was amused to see this article pop up on my Facebook feed today:

Short On Sleep? You Could Be A Disaster Waiting To Happen

Heaven knows, I certainly feel like a disaster waiting to happen some days!
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By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, May 13, 2015 At 1:30 PM 0 comments

A writer and her keyboard: A love story

I guess I'm hard on keyboards, which shouldn't come as a surprise, given my occupation.  My keyboard has been slowly getting more problematic over the year and nine months that I've owned the computer.  I love the feeling of typing on these modern laptop keyboards, with their flat backlit button-style keys, but they don't appear to hold up as well as the older-style laptop keyboards.  My keys have been slowly getting looser, especially keys that I use a lot, such as A, S, T, and now U as well.

And then, last summer, my A key came off for the first time.
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By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 At 6:57 PM 0 comments

Camp NaNoWriMo follow-up

I didn't really do Camp NaNoWriMo this year.  The irony is my goal was to get back into the habit of writing every day, and I didn't manage it once.  First taxes, and then a few other things, including my birthday, kept me from it.

Luckily, there is another session of Camp in July, and I am hoping to have a little better luck then.  In the meantime, I have a few things to get into order so that the same thing doesn't happen again.
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By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, May 05, 2015 At 2:02 PM 2 comments

TGIF, upcoming birthday, and other thoughts...

Today was my first week back to my regular schedule -- that is, regular since January, getting up early and taking the preschooler back and forth to school.  While it was nice to get back to that schedule, I also really did like my time off.

I had a hard time readjusting to getting up early again.  I stayed up far too late Sunday and Monday nights because I was enjoying a really good book (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls), and being tired affected my entire week, so I'm now pretty relieved that it's Friday.

My birthday is also on Sunday, so I'm glad to be starting the weekend.  I have the weekend off to celebrate.
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By Katharine Swan On Friday, April 24, 2015 At 10:25 AM 0 comments

Six weeks left until summer...

Today I went back to my "normal" schedule -- with my morning job as well as my afternoon job, that is.  I do like my morning job, as it forces me to get up early and get some work done while the kiddo is at preschool and I'm at Starbucks waiting to pick him up.

I looked at the calendar this morning and realized that I have only six weeks left of this schedule, though.  Come summer I'll be working nearly full-time while the nanny kids are out of school.  It'll no doubt be a busy summer, the busiest I've had in a long while.
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By Katharine Swan On Monday, April 20, 2015 At 2:01 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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