I'm editing. A lot. This is a really good thing, because, well . . . it's what I like to do. It's what I'm decent at doing, and it's been kind of a goal of mine to have editing work if I'm to call myself an editor. Crazy, huh?
Being a freelance editor can mean the work waxes and wanes quite a bit, depending on the season. I'm thankful to report I've not had a whole lot of waning over the past few months. Other than a few weeks in March, I've been working steadily since New Year's Day, and it doesn't look like it's letting up anytime soon. And by "steadily," I mean every afternoon or evening I have free, whether weekday or weekend. I don't like to keep people waiting, and we have a busy enough household that I don't see any sense in not taking advantage of any free hours when I have them. This also gives me a wonderful excuse to not clean the house, and I'll take those kinds of excuses and run hard and fast with them.
The whole thing has become a little more complicated since the beginning of May, as I began a new day job . . . my first have-to-leave-the-house-on-time job in twenty years, when I left the traditional work force to have a whole bunch of crazy kids. I love the new job and the people I work with, and some of the work I'm doing will both benefit from and sharpen my editing skills, but it's certainly put a dent in my free hours. Add homeschooling the last two teens to the mix and you may be wondering if I have any grey cells left at all. I've wondered that myself.
So in light of the fact that I used up twenty-six good ideas in April, and have almost missed the mark completely for May, I'm going to apologize in advance and try to get Editor's Notes back to their regular regularity on Mondays, beginning in June. In the meantime, I'm still doing Coffee Chat with S.K. Anthony on Thursdays, and I can't imagine skipping that unless she decides to head off to Jamaica again. Join us there for my favorite day of the week with one of my favorite people in the world—no, not Juan Valdez.
S.K. Anthony. She's like the prize in the cereal box. You're never quite sure what you're going to get, but you can guarantee you'll have a good time figuring it out.
See you all on Thursday!