I had a good day on Monday.
I sifted through the archives and I found 4 short stories and 1 reader’s true experience (RTE) that just needed a quick proofread before going off on their merry ways. I also:
- found 2 1st drafts of stories
- identified slots for 4 potential filler ideas
- started the new WiP notebook
- brought my fillers markets up to date with what 3 of the red-top magazines are currently looking for
- proofed those 4 short stories
- chased an overdue invoice
- and pitched for 2 new editing or proofreading jobs
The poet worked from home yesterday, which was lovely – apart from him being full of cold again. He got quite a lot done, and much more than (a) he thought he would, and (b) he would have done had he been at work. He’s always said he wouldn’t have the discipline to work from home, but perhaps me sitting there working away helped. Here’s what I managed:
- started the non-fiction manual edit, clearing 30 pages
- pitched for 3 new editing or proofreading jobs (and have one reply to reply to already)
- proofed the RTE
- and did some banking work
We also took the dog for a walk and nipped to Tesco for milk and something quick for tea.
This morning I took my car in for an MOT.
The plan was to take some work down to the library for a couple of hours, but as I pulled up at the garage, they were waiting for me and they took it down straight away, telling me to wait in the office. Half an hour later they were back, having replaced 2 lightbulbs (front nearside sidelight + registration plate light) and switched off the Air Bag warning light, and clutching my shiny new MOT certificate. With a teeny tiny bill of less than £40 this time (apx $65), I was very proud of my little car and treated it to a smelly new air freshener – last of the big spenders, that’s me. 🙂
It meant the editing work I took with me didn’t really get done, but I did manage some reading. When I got back there were author revisions waiting for me on a historical novel I’ve been editing, so I shifted that and had a late dinner (lunch).
I want to have another look at the job boards this afternoon and maybe do some more of that manual editing.
This evening, though, we’re off to see Stephen Wade (aka the babe magnet) and Phil Whyman at the Doncaster Literary Festival, so we’re going to be in a bit of a rush and I’m cooking tea. It’ll be great to catch up with Stephen and his wife, Kate Walker, this evening as I haven’t seen them for a couple of years.
What a busy week. And there are still 2 days left.