Monday, November 26, 2007

Well, at least it's not the flu.

Web MD says I have a common cold. Sure feels like the flu. I was completely out for close to 18 hours at a time over the weekend. Poor husband. Poor children. Poor clients. Poor me.

Back to work.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Bit of Inspiration

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Great things happening here at GardenWall...

First, rough week last week as I ran the Scholastic Book Fair at my child's school.

Second, I've found a return rate on jobs applied for of about 5%--- HOWEVER, this past week I've got a couple bites from potential clients that I first approached in the Summer. So that return rate may be heading upward.

Third, I am quite happy to see an incredible repeat rate with some customers. I think this is a very positive testimony to potential clients, so I will soon be adding a portion to my website that details those who keep coming back :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

VERY Important Things to Know About My Blog Today

  • The colors now match my branding.

  • The blogs on the blogroll to your right are the best out there.

  • You can now subscribe via RSS.

  • The picture with this post is added simply because it is from the most beautiful place on the planet: Alberca de Los Espinos, Michoacan, MX.

Happy Reading.

Potential clients: if you're considering me for a project, please be advised that I am at my most motivated this month!:)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Found a Great Blog For Other Writer Mommas:

They talk a lot about the daily hurdles we've got to combat in the writing business.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dear Jack,

Dear Jack,

I'm not your personal jester. I know it looks like I'm not doing much, sitting here very still with just my fingers moving. But I am actually typing. And I am typing words that turn into pay. And pay turns into things like food. And heat. Things that you enjoy.

So, in the future, I would kindly ask you that you not treat me as your personal plaything. This means:

  • No whining when you're bored.

  • Please stop jumping on me.

  • Don't make sudden, loud noises. I am often in a state of deep concentration, and they tend to scare me.

  • Quit looking at me expectantly everytime I stand up. It is not game time.

And, since he doesn't understand me, would you please kindly tell the cat to stop laying in front of the monitor? I mean, I know it's warm and all, but come on. It's really hard to write with his 20 pound mass sitting right in front of my screen.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Watching My Hours

When I redid my website (for the 800th time) I put a project minimum on there stating that I wouldn't accept projects under a certain amount of pay.

This is because I've found that, even for a smallish project, I have to invest a minimum amount of time setting up the project in my records, communicating with the buyer, and getting the specifics of the project. So a project worth one hour of pay actually takes two hours.