Putting the “free” back into “freelancing”

Every second Monday is Freelancing Day for me, and I’ve just realised it’s coming around again tomorrow. I wasn’t in the office at all last week, so I lost track of when it was. (Hmm. Wonder if everyone knows. “Um, guys? I’ve got tomorrow off, okay? Check the calendar.”)

So far it’s been a great idea that hasn’t quite worked out the way I wanted to. Instead of researching markets, drafting query letters and writing articles I’ve been doing dishes, washing clothes and vacuuming floors. And it doesn’t look like anyone’s launched “House Husband Monthly” magazine so I can write articles about my efforts.

(If anyone is thinking of launching a magazine like this, let me know. I’ve got a killer idea about making washing day easier by buying all of your clothes in the same colour.)

Clearly I need to break the habit, or the only thing I’ll have to show for my days off is a clean sink. So tomorrow I think I’ll grab a notepad and pen and get out of the house for a while.

A friend of mine said she dreams of writing at The Rocks in Sydney, gazing across the water to the Sydney Opera House. Now that will be a bit of a hike from Brisbane (and I have to be back by four for my son’s appointment with a specialist), but sitting by the water’s edge somewhere while writing sounds like a pretty good way to spend the day.

Or I might fulfil one of my own dreams and write while sitting in a cafe somewhere, sipping on a cappuccino and hoping I don’t spill it everywhere when I turn the page.

Sure, I have a few jobs I’ll need to do before I go. We’ve got a pile of dirty clothes so high it could be used as a venue for the winter Olympics, so I’ll need to do at least one load. And we’ve hired a skip so we can throw away some stuff cluttering the house, so I’ll make a start on filling that. But they should only take me an hour, which leaves most of the day for me to enjoy the lap of the waves, the hiss of an espresso machine, and the chatter of passers-by.

And enjoy the life I hope to live every day, instead of just one day a fortnight.

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  • Susan @ Reading Upside Down February 22, 2010, 11:40 am

    I agree taht working from home is not without distractions. It’s all too tempting to find an excuse to put writing off when there are so many things that need to be done around the house.

    Now that my youngest has started school, I’m hoping to be a little more “free” in my approach to my freelance writing as well. I had high hopes of heading for the local library to work on any day with a temp over 28 (no air-con at home), but in today’s 35deg heat I find myself sitting at my dining room table with my laptop while I take care of a friend’s son for her.

    I might have to try out the inspiration value of the beach sometime in the near future and head down to one of the smaller local beaches with a notebook far from the siren call of the laundry and the chocolate stash in my pantry. 🙂

  • Jen February 22, 2010, 3:35 pm

    My blog was indicating some strange little search terms and now I know why. 🙂

    I hope you got out of the house and got some words down, Bill.

  • Lorena March 4, 2010, 4:16 pm

    I actually think that magazine could do well! We should chat about this.


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