Down a dark hole

(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) (I love this artist’s work!) Not a rabbit hole this time, but it does feel as though the week has vanished down a dark hole! Anyway, look at this! I’m creating my first regular blog post on the new site and I didn’t have to make sure I selected ‘classic’ from the menu first. That’s not going to take as long getting used to as it did remembering to choose it before. Thank you […]

Read more

Burning the midnight oil

Image by Bessi from Pixabay Tuesday After my mammoth writing session on Monday, the plan was to take it easy on Tuesday. I’d finished working at about 3:30am and I got up at around 10am. I did a bit of faffing, checked social media, read a few articles, and did some housework. Then I moved to my desk and started the first of the day’s work. Unusually for me, I was still in my dressing gown, but once I’d done […]

Read more

Pitching for work + Creating mockups

Pitching for work I don’t actually need more work at the moment, but I still like to keep an eye on what’s available, and I still keep looking because you never know when a current client no longer has any work for you, or if they go bust, or if you fall out, or anything. One of my regular clients seems to be ghosting me right now. They’ve ignored messages but I can see they’re still working in the workroom. […]

Read more

I’ve been a bit busy

I can hardly believe that before Christmas I was thinking about looking for a “proper job” again. I’d taken a few months off to write my own book, The Life of Richard Cadbury, and I’d had to “lay off” most of my clients. Then, when I was back “at work”, my regular clients had all found someone else to do their work. I don’t blame them. I should have had my own book written within three months. Instead, it took me […]

Read more

Back to (writing) work

Earlier in the year (gosh, is it still only March?), I had to take a bit of a sabbatical from my writing as I needed to replenish all of the work I lost while I was writing the latest non-fiction book. The book took me longer than I expected to write, and that meant by the time I was ready to take on editing and proofreading jobs again, many of my clients had found someone else to do the work. […]

Read more

Words worth editing

The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed it’s gone a little quiet here in Breezy Bottom. That’s because I’ve been frantically searching and pitching for work. Writing the biography last year took a lot of time out of my working week. In fact, it took most of it. And for four months, that’s pretty much all I worked on, with the poet admirably and gallantly supporting us both. However, I did lose some work along the way, including – it […]

Read more

The income octopus: update

For almost two years I have been trying out the income octopus. You can see the original post if you follow the link. Basically, it’s a method to ensure that you are earning income from at least eight different sources, and the idea is that if one source dries up, for whatever reason, whether temporarily or permanently, then at least you still have the other seven sources to fall back on while you (or they) sort things out. It’s a […]

Read more

Diary of a pocket novel – back on track

It’s been a long time since I did any new work on the pocket novel. Mostly I’ve been doing other stuff, stuff that pays my wages. But there were a couple of other issues too. The first one was when Ulverscroft announced that they’re no longer publishing the mystery imprint of their large print books. This is a blow, because the large print version does bring in extra cash. First there is the initial payment, and then there’s the PLR the […]

Read more

I can see the end of the year from here … (*list alert*)

Looking back, it seems to have been a busy year with not a lot achieved. But then I remember that I had a book published in November, which I was still writing in April and indexing in October, we moved house (in the hottest summer on record for England), we lost 4 of our chickens and gave a cockerel away, and we suffered a close family bereavement. I also wrote a new draft of a novel for NaNoWriMo, and I […]

Read more

The income octopus

Brendan van Son is a travel journalist-turned-photographer/digital nomad. He’s also one of the poet’s favourite vloggers. AND he’s one I’ll watch too. One of the things we like about him is his honesty. Until recently, my own particular favourite of his was his monthly income octopus. He’s decided to finish doing this for now and is replacing it with another financial topic. But all of the income octopus videos are still on his YouTube channel for anyone who wants to […]

Read more