My Apologies!

Ooops. Somewhere  along the line, I failed to express in my MidWeek POV post exactly why I woke up feeling so disgruntled today, and for that, I apologize. Honestly, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the goals I’ve set for myself, the length of time I write each day, or anything lacking in the life I’m currently living. No, really. 🙂 Maybe my current writing schedule wouldn’t work for everyone, but it’s what I enjoy, and I’m only planning to do it for three more years. (That’s a miniscule amount of time at my age. I’ve got leftovers in the fridge older than that!)

My discontent, which I so poorly expressed, was merely 1) that things get in my way, and interrupt my writing, and 2) that so many people fail to consider what I do real work.  I’m sure this is true of many self-employed folks. No boss looking over your shoulder? Well, then you should be able to take off whenever you want for as long as you want.

I don’t see it that way. This is a real job, and I put in a full day here, just as I would in an office. But that’s because it’s my choice to do so. I WANT to write every day. Pretty much all day. What frustrates me most, is that it isn’t always possible.

So please don’t worry about my long hours. If I didn’t want to do it that way–actually LIKE doing it that way–I wouldn’t. (Ask my husband. You pretty much can’t get me to do anything I really don’t want to do.) 😀

Now, as you were, good folks. Sorry to have confused you, or worse yet, made you worry about me. I’m good. I swear on a stack of albino reptiles.  (It’s a Swamp Ghosts thing. 😀 )

10 thoughts on “My Apologies!

  1. Totally understand your frustrations.
    Because I am self-employed within a leisure industry, most of my clients (not all, but most) are amateurs and hobby riders. Hence, let’s just cancel the lesson because it’s raining. Or we forgot we had to pick the kids up from school. Or, oops, we’d rather go out to lunch this week with some friends.
    And unlike cancelling a ‘professional’, like a dentist, or physiotherapist, they wouldn’t dream of paying a cancellation fee – after all, it’s only a hobby!
    So where does that leave me, when there are bills to pay? Not their problem…

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    • Yes! This is exactly the kind of thing I mean. Boy, you have risk of this thoughtless behavior in both of your lines of work. I’m pretty sure most people don’t mean to do it. They simply don’t understand. But that doesn’t help your wallet. When they break an appointment, or stop your productivity on your book, it costs you. I wish there were an easy, NICE way to help people understand.

      So sorry you have this to deal with! Thanks for sharing!

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      • I’m sure they don’t mean to, they just don’t think! People often ask me if I’m prepared to give them their lesson because it’s raining – how do they think I earn my living? Only when the weather is good?
        That would be peachy…

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        • Doctors and dentists over here usually request at least 24 hours notice for cancellations, and you incur a fee if you cancel closer than that. Of course, that still doesn’t give much chance, if any, to fill that slot for you, but maybe something similar could be adapted? Then again, maybe the loss of good will would make it a bad idea? But yes, we should all be so lucky as to only have to work when the conditions are ideal. Oh, wait. That’s pretty much what I do. Sorry. 😉 For me, it just so happens that 99% of the time, the conditions for writing ARE ideal. If the power is on, I’m good to go, barring interruptions.

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          • A cancellation charge would be great, and my core of truly loyal customers will offer to pay if they cancel at short notice, but we all have a mix of clients, and trying to enforce a fee usually results in the flakier customers simply moving on to another trainer. Of course, no one really wants that type, but sometimes in this industry you need to make up numbers as there are plenty of legitimate reasons for losing good clients: horses are amazingly fragile for such big, tough beasts.

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            • It’s a dilemma, all right. And I suspect there’s not a lot that you can do to fix it. Maybe a “Lessons Will Go On, Rain or Shine” sign would help. But I agree. People can be touchy and unpredictable, and when your income depends on their business, you’re often at the mercy of their whims. *sigh* It’s just one more thing we self-employed types have to learn to cope with, I guess. Sorry I’m no real help at all. 😦

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  2. Understood. We have that kind of job where our guidelines are self-imposed. We know what has to be done in how long and we are workaholics. Like you said, the sad part is many people in our lives don’t recognize writing as a job. They think words just magically appear on paper. How much time did it take to conjure up and write and type and revise and edit those words? How much time does it take to make those words into a book with an enticing blurb, cover, formatting? How much time do we spend on social media and promoting? – Those questions are for the people in our lives that think we’re havin’ a picnic! LOL 🙂

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    • Well said, Debby! That part can get old in a hurry. I sat WAY too long at this computer yesterday, and while my writing was still going strong, my backside WAS NOT. I forgot to tell Siri to make me get up and walk around now and then. That part’s important. And we’re back to the Time Factor again. It just takes a LOT of it to write a book, and even though I love every minute of the actual writing, my body betrays me, so there’s one more thing folks don’t always consider. Aaaah…we do suffer for our art, don’t we? 😉

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      • You don’t have to tell me about lower back, neck and shoulder pain Marcia. These were attributes I didn’t have to experience before I began writing books. LOL. I feel for ya! ❤

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