Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Clients from Hell and Other Wonders

Boy, it's been waaaay too long since I paused for breath, so I'm ditching a boatload of assignments to take five minutes and post. Something strange and wonderful occurred to me a couple of minutes ago--I am a writer! I've always thought of myself as a writer, but for the past few months I have been earning my living exclusively, 100%, from the fruits of my words, drawn from my little brain--from thin air. I am freelancing full-time, currently buried in work (hooray!), and managing to keep my head above water. As of this writing I'm a long way from being J.K. Rowling comfy on the financial front, but I have only just begun.

I just have to take a moment to savor the feeling. I am not getting up at ungodly hours to travel ungodly distances to chain myself to someone else's desk. I am free to knock off when I please, write with my cat in my lap, or go ride my horse when I need to breathe. I am neither rich nor (yet) horribly poor, but I am free. Halleluiah!

Having said that, part of the price of freedom is doing contract work, but even that I can mostly pick and choose. The drawback is occasionally running into a client who is, how shall I say this, less than fun to work with. I now understand why so many agents and editors, when asked the major drawback to the job, instantly list the client from hell. I recently encountered one of this species, and my sympathies are with the people who have to deal with said creature full time. Yeesh.

For good or ill, rich or poor, I am where I have always wanted to be: doing what I most love, nurturing the one true talent I have. Keep your fingers crossed. And if you're feeling kindly, whisper a little prayer that it remains so, for me and for all of us who are stubbornly chasing our dreams.

1 comment:

Jenue said...

This video fits right in with your clients from hell post. It's also very funny.

http://tinyurl.com/n3ekwm

This is an English video with German subtitles. The title of the video translates to "Web design Customers in Everyday Life".

Congratulations on the sale of your story to Damnation Books!

Jenue