The Struggling Writer

The chronicles of a freelance writer as he tries to make a living.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

No rest for the weary

Freelancers learn very quickly that balancing personal and professional lives is very tricky.

Over the last three weeks, things have been quite...eventful for my niece, Maria, and therefore for me. There were good things like flying back home for a few days. There were bad things like medical tests and substantial therapeutic setbacks. There were other things like my sister getting her kitchen remodeled and the nanny dealing with her mother's brain cancer. It's been busy and stressful and I'm utterly exhausted.

We have a running gag that when I don't go along to one of Maria's doctor visits, it turns out to be bad news. Twice in recent weeks that has proven true.
I have more flexibility than other caregivers in her life so, of course, I'm always the one who's available when others aren't. However as a freelancer, I don't get paid vacation.

Here we are nearly halfway through the month and I haven't done a single minute of work. I might have next week open, but the week after that Maria goes into the hospital and the week after that I have a friend visiting. July is clearly going to be a total bust.

It's taking me ten times as long as usual to write this entry because I can't keep a coherent thought in my pretty little head.

I don't really have a point to this; I'm just ranting. Things have been hard enough recently and not making money makes it harder. I need to be out there chasing down projects but I just don't have the energy. Whine, whine, whine.

I did get one piece of good news today though. I'm trying to network with Maria's therapists and doctors. I finally got a chance to schmooze her speech therapist, who comes from United Cerebral Palsy. He is pretty sure they need someone to write grant proposals, newsletters, etc. so he took two of my business cards to pass on to people there. That's certainly not a guarantee of work, but it seems like a decent future prospect.


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