Have you ever had one of those months where everything seems to be going splendidly at first, and then a series of misfortunes just rattles your life?
Unfortunately, the last several weeks have been like that for me. I found a great gig editing a translated biography, and I had plans to go traveling.
After spending the Fourth of July with my family, of course.
Then I twisted my foot so badly that I couldn’t walk on it, and so had to put my travel plans on hold.
Next, the editing cilent turned around and said they’d preferred the original translations of the text to my edits of it, so I felt like I’d let them down.
Tomorrow also happens to be my birthday.
But you know what? Despite all the above, I feel as if I’ve learned a lot about myself and the direction I’d like to go as a writer.
Like that it’s all right to slow down every once in a while, and just how valuable patience can be.
I also realized that as a freelance writer or editor, doing your best work every time, not every cilent will come away satisfied. Every gig is different, as are the cilents involved.
In this most recent case for me, our opinions of what the text needed to shine just happened to differ. We remained respectful of each other throughout the process, and they still paid me for the time I spent on it.
In the end, I even wound up using that money towards various charities. So I like to think that some good came out of those funds as well.
Life works in strange ways, sometimes. This time, it feels as if it had fun with me for a while, and now I feel okay.
Sorry for the rant! I hope all of you are enjoying the warmth of July.