Have you ever found yourself on a work kick? It’s one of those incredible, rare weeks when you are completely focused for days. Absolutely nothing phases you. Rather than saying no, you find yourself saying yes. Rather than procrastinating, you find yourself doing more work than necessary.
It’s been one of those weeks.
Unfortunately, that kick is starting to wind down. I’m hoping to reach that point again in the coming week (believe me, I need it), but writers have absolutely no control over kicks. The words either come to you or they don’t.
It seems that my work kicks happen most often during the school year, when learning new things and experimenting with new ideas helps me focus on my writing. It also helps that I spend half of my time avoiding schoolwork by doing freelance work, and the other half of my time avoiding freelance work by doing schoolwork.
They have a tendency to complement one another.
Anyway, with all of that being said, I haven’t had a chance to update my blog in a few days. And that’s not so great – because I have about a million things to share.
This month is shaping up to be my busiest month in the history of my freelance writing career. I’m jugging two major clients and three minor clients, all while taking four high-level college courses. Add four guinea pigs, a fiance, and a workout schedule – and I’m just missing the partridge in a pear tree.
Luckily, with Austin between jobs, I have some assistance in the freelance world – and maybe even another partner. With three of us (Austin, Olivia, and I), we’re going to have some pretty great brainstorming sessions.
Freelancing is a lucrative but lonely career. It’s difficult to socialize from a laptop, especially when you have to work six or seven days a week. But having a partner, or even a team, is about much more than socialization. It’s about building a career.
Usually freelancers experience something called “feast or famine”. Essentially, this phenomenon means we have six clients and tons of expendable income one month. Then, the next month, we have one client and a constant headache.
Having a partner (or a team) gives freelancers the opportunity to utilize excess work during “feast months” that can help create stability during “famine months”.
As writers, we have a limit. There’s only so much we can do. Olivia and I find ourselves turning away multiple clients a week (sometimes a day) during our high months. Having someone else to take those jobs not only increases our client pool and job opportunities during low months, but it gives us the chance to spread the wealth. And it works exponentially.
Right now, I’m working on legal articles, articles about sewing machines, articles for various companies in Georgia, product descriptions, product reviews, and articles about loans. Fun, right?
It sounds boring on a blog, but my work is far more interesting than it seems. And trust me, I’m full of useful information that I’ll probably never, ever use.
Alright. So, that’s work.
School is pretty exciting, too. I’m forcing myself to take handwritten notes (woot). I’m also doing one class per day, four days per week.
One of my classes hasn’t technically started yet. We’re waiting for approval from the school. In the meantime, I’ve ordered my textbooks and started the reading. That class is a journalism seminar about management in the field. It complements my management course.
I’m also taking another media course. This one relates to technology specifics like processing power, memory, and bandwidth. It doesn’t sound too interesting, but it opens the door for media classes about economics and media ethics – which I’d really like to take before I graduate next year.
Finally, I’m taking a course about creativity and entrepreneurship. I’m pretty excited to see what I’m going to learn this semester. For me, learning is one of the best experiences in life. I actually feel disappointed when I think about finishing school next spring.
Fortunately, there are other learning opportunities in Lansing. This semester, I’m planning on attending a few seminars at the Delta Township Library and a few entrepreneurship lectures at MSU. Some are open to the public – some aren’t. But exploring these venues will help me figure out where my community will be once I get my degree.
I think that’s just about everything I have to share right now. I’m going to be writing another post in the next week or so with some movie reviews (we’ve been to see an awful lot of movies lately – I might as well put my knowledge to use somewhere).
Oh! I almost forgot the reason I wanted to make a post so badly this week.
Austin and I are getting married this year.
After some soul searching, we decided moving up the wedding will give us more time to focus on building our savings after graduation next spring. Besides – we’re ready. We’ve been ready.
It’s pretty insane to think that, by this time next year, I’ll be a married woman. If any of my readers have advice about outdoor, low budget, fall weddings – please feel free to share. I’m excited to see what we come up with.
Thanks for reading, as always,