That’s what happens to me when something upsets my balance. I get now what Obi Wan was talking about when he reacted to a disturbance in the Force– it’s undetectable by so many, but you feel it, and it’s almost crippling.
Yesterday’s upset was personal. Dad was given a bad prognosis. Then the ambulance had to give him a lift to the hospital. Imagine living every breath wondering if it’s going to be the last good breath you take. With emphysema, that’s what you get. Every painful breath is both embraced and hated for how it makes you feel.
I couldn’t function yesterday. It took until 3 pm for me to be able to do anything useful. Luckily, I’d worked ahead on much of my projects, but there’s a new client with a short deadline. It’s also a new area and a format I’m not used to. I might be in over my head.
And it’s all happening right when the big bills are hitting. Fabulous.
But I’ll try, giving her the head’s up that my life right now is complicated. I want to please her. And I want to be with my dad. So I’m working toward getting my research done so I can write as I sit either in a hospital or at my parents’ house. It’s why I freelance — so I can drop out when I have to.
And freelancer, you may have to be prepared to drop out for whatever reason. Hopefully not for similar reasons, but there may come a time when you need to be traveling instead of sitting at your desk. Maybe you’ve bought those airline tickets two days before that lucrative assignment comes in. Or maybe your favorite client needs a conversation with you the week you’re in another country.
Here are some of the tools that can help you work without interruption no matter where you are:
A portable device. A no-brainer, unless you really want to write it all out longhand. In which case, I applaud you. Laptop, tablet, hell, even your phone in a pinch can work as your portable desktop device. I have a Surface. You have an iPad. It all works as long as you have…
Connectivity. Sure, you can use your cell phone as a hot spot, but how long before you’re way over your data limit? Instead, get yourself a pay-as-you-go (or prepaid) mobile broadband service. You buy the device (often free if there’s a package purchased), you pay for the monthly charge for your data. No contract unless you prefer it. Readily available through nearly any store, including Walmart.
Recorder or a means of recording interviews. For me, that’s a digital recorder. For you, it could be an app that does the exact same thing (and costs nothing in most cases). I use one on my Android that works beautifully. Can it record when I’m on the phone? Couldn’t tell you as I haven’t needed that yet. But I’ll test it for you.
Notepad and pens. I’m a list maker, so this has to be mentioned even if you think it’s a given. A nice smaller notepad and pens. Plural. Pens run out of ink about the time you think you’re ready to write. And you’ll write because you take notes while you record, don’t you?
Writers, what are your portable freelance writing career survival items?