Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Issues with Elance

The writing world (not to mention other ICs) are in an uproar over elance. I've had some problems since their redesign- not getting communications regularly being the most consequential.

I may still solicit over there, and hope that companies know that they get what they pay for, and forego those who are willing to work for pennies. I've garnered some excellent, excellent clients from elance. But, at this point, I'm not planning on renewing in March.

Here's a post from The Golden Pencil:

Friday, December 14, 2007

GardenWall Publications Update

Good morning readers and clients. Here's what's going on here at GWP as far as end-of-the-year clean up.

1) GWP rates will remain the same into the new year. I believe we've reached a sort of equilibrium and am quite happy with it.

2) Outsourcing will be more selective. Speaking of equilibrium, I think I've got a good idea of how much I can take on without generating overflow and late deadlines. As usual, your project with GWP will never be outsourced without your knowledge and permission.

3) Holidays: I will be away from the computer the 23rd through the 26th, but after that, operations will return to normal.

4) Upcoming time off: Orlando in late March, Tucson in late April and NYC in early June. All trips have family and work components, so if you're in those areas, I would love to meet with you! We will not be going to Mexico in Summer 2008, sad, but at least I won't suffer internet withdrawal like last Summer.

As usual, I thank you so much for your business and confidence, and can't wait to see you in 2008!

Friday, December 7, 2007

This Performance's Cast:

As a freelancer who works from home, my support system is of tantamount importance.

My editors: Such great support and encouragement. One actually told me yesterday that being an editor requires that "you can see through all kinds of bullsh--." I found that hilarious.

My true friends: The real ones make themselves well known and obvious.

My husband: Also my accountant, business partner, and sometimes-work-from-home buddy- is on the lookout for me all the time. I call him the Enforcer. What I say "I'm going to make xx dollars this month," he makes sure it's so. When I say "I'm not going to waste time doing xx," he makes it so I don't have to. I love this man.

My kids: Provide incredible material! Where else can you hear that "men have a penis and women have a China"? I mean, I can't MAKE this stuff UP!

My family: One side spans two nations and two languages, the other side spans over 30 years of history.

I couldn't do this job so well without a supporting cast like this.

Michigan Readers in For a Treat!

Last night I met with the publisher of the magazine I work for here in Michigan, and I would just like to note that our next edition has so very many little gems in it!

I will advertise the website asap, we're in the midst of an overhaul, but once it's up :) it's UP!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Got a Christmas Card from

a relative in the sunny south, and it was from the Company "storypeople"

. . .you will not regret checking them out. Just do a "random browse" for more stories like these:

I sometimes wake in the early morning & listen to the soft breathing of my children & I think to myself, this is one thing I will never regret & I carry that quiet with me all day long.


I've always liked the time before dawn because there's no one around to remind me who I'm supposed to be, so it's easier to remember who I am


they only look small, she said, if you're someone who's fond of being bigger than everyone else


There are lives I can imagine without children but none of them have the same laughter & noise.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Social Networking? Chatting? Or a great big time sucker?

You decide for yourself- but I've decided to be a bit more selective about which groups suck me in to their "information sharing."

Some forums I have a soft spot for, and some I just want to grab and shake by their lapels, but all have good and bad sides...and all tend to suck hours away

Here's to selectivity!