Oh man, this is classic.
The expiration of my paid account occurred right when LJ was having some major problem with Twitter. LOLOLOLOL, Jebus Case (shout-out into Heaven to badtyler
I had to go looking in support today, where after combing through endless questions in Cyrillic I discovered other people were having problems, and that the Twitter cross-posting had ended on December 10th, right when my account expired.
I can see the user who had the Twitter problem and asked a question had a basic account, which means I guess you can still get cross-posts from Twitter if you don't pay. Of the few people I know on here who are also on Twitter, they all have paid or permanent accounts, so I couldn't ask them.
Apparently a patch was pushed through yesterday, and the cross-posting has been down (for some users, including me) since December 10. maddiec24
, I owe you some paid LJ time for this and your generosity. This was all an LJ problem! But I had no idea until siberian_skys
asked how I was doing. I read my Friends page on occasion but I don't check my own posts, LOL. I guess this means I need to post more. Catching everyone up:
+ We had a scary evening on New Year's Eve when we thought we were going to have to say goodbye to our 19-year-old cat Sable. She was sneezing so much she was bleeding from her nose everywhere. This has happened before, because her little immune system is low since we found a tumor in her intestines. It's being treated with prednisone, but the minute she gets a cold it's disaster. She battled back and is holding on. She's still on antibiotics for her constantly dripping nose. Sabey Baby will be 20 years old in May.
+ My editing business is going well. I'm booked through April, with only four days left in April to fill. People are already asking about May! Problem is I'm working so much but not getting paid enough. I'm going to have to raise prices to make this worthwhile. Depending on the quality of writing and the amount of words, sometimes I'm getting paid less than minimum wage when I factor the amount of hours I'm dedicating toward it.
+ My biggest client -- who is also the worst writer of everyone I deal with -- and I had some issues earlier this week. She found two minor mistakes I missed in 44,000 words of me basically rewriting her entire book. She speaks English as a second language, and her books always take me forever. I'd had it, and was annoyed at myself for missing little things, but also at her for focusing on that instead of the amount of work I was doing for free!
I suggested she get another editor, because not only was she monopolizing my editing time with 14+ days a month, but I was stressing the hell out getting her books done. My turnaround time is same day for anything 35,000 words and below. For the time she takes in my schedule, I could open my calendar up to people whose writing isn't as bad, which means less work for me and the hourly rate makes it worth it.
After two days of talking about it, she didn't want to lose me (!!!) and she offered to quadruple my editing rate, from $1 per 500 words to $4. I in turn guaranteed her two days every week of every month for her work. So one 2-day booking each week, for four weeks (or five if the month is long). This means than rather than making $90 over two days with 16 hours of work, I'll make around $350. *fist pump* Now if I can only get everyone else to pay that, LOL. But I am going to raise rates. The job is killing me...I have to schedule time to eat and take a shower!
+ I haven't had time to write my own work because of editing, obviously. I was smarter in April and took at least two days off every week. I wasn't doing that. And I still work weekends. Trying to establish a work/life balance when you work from home is rough. New goal for this year: try to get back to writing, and get at least 40,000 words per month done. If you want money in the self-publishing business, that's what you have to do. Or more. 60k would be better.
+ My partner and I celebrated our nine-year anniversary in January. Thank you, OZ. We met because of Keller and Toby. Heh. Ironic.
+ I am anxiously awaiting the new X-Files to begin. Please let it be good!ETA
I still haven't seen Star Wars yet! And I've been waiting to see what happened since 1984! I need a day off or two, fo reals.