WAHMing and the Down Side of Snow Days
Another snow day! I’m great with it except for the fact that I have an article due tomorrow and one on Friday. And one next week. And four, including a cover story that requires me to conference call with six interviewees. At one time. However, there isn’t much I can do with them since I’m waiting for return calls and emails from all of these folks. Throw in a barking dog and some snow-frolicking kids and you will find yourself a panicky WAHM (Work at Home Mom). So now I’m praying they don’t call back until Wednesday because schools have been cancelled again yet that puts me one day closer to looming deadlines and no articles done! GAH!!
When I started freelancing, I wrote a couple of articles then shopped them around in my local market. I found an interested magazine and that’s where things took off. I started out with assignments with plenty of lead time and far off deadlines. Ah, the good old days. Now it seems as my list of assignments is grows, the more my writing lead time shrinks. I’m thrilled at the opportunities but at the same time, it is hard to be enthusiastic when I have a two week window to write and edit while the subject(s) of my articles won’t return my calls. It’s enough to make me batty.
Oh, wait. That’s already happened.
The positive side is that my editors have been great and have been helping try to reach the what I now call “Objects of My Obsession” so the pressure is off…a little. So what can you do?
Oh YEAH–it’s a snow day!