A Frustrating Finale

Today was a hard, hard day. The main bright spot was my adorable tutoring student this morning. She is so excited about the books she is reading!

This afternoon I had my final meeting with my editing client. It didn’t go well. I thought I had finally made all the changes he wanted, but I was wrong. Despite the fact that I donated many extra hours to this project, I still failed to format the citations the way he wanted (there are hundreds of them). I thought I was a detail person, but I’ve never seen anyone as obsessed with minutia as this person. And when he saw my bill, he was very unhappy, as I knew he would be. Editing a scholarly work is quite different and more time-consuming than editing fiction, and knowing this, as I said, I put in many hours for free—but it still came to quite a bit more than he had expected or planned on.

So, the upshot is that he is not willing to pay for more of my time, and is planning to enlist his daughter to finish revising the citations. I sent him a document detailing how to do this. But I feel terrible. I can’t think of any past job where I simply failed to achieve what I set out to do. If I thought I could somehow eventually please him, I would have offered to do all the remaining work for free—but I don’t think I am capable of achieving that, because it would basically require me to read his mind. Maybe his daughter will be better at that.

He did finally pay me (after seven months of work) but there was no joy in depositing that check, knowing my work hadn’t been satisfactory to him. From now on, I will stick to editing fiction.


Today I taught my class even though three students were out sick. Other than that, I’ve mostly been working on my editing job, trying to finish it up so I can get paid. Right now, I’m almost in tears. I do not know enough about the finer details of editing citations and I think I just lost several hours’ worth of work. Maybe I should get some rest! I will try again tomorrow . . .


My life is not slowing down. As I told my friend Darlene, I feel like I am being forced into a high-energy life when I am not at all a high-energy person!

My main task today was to get as far as possible with my editing job before meeting with the client again. It is tedious, slow work, because he is very exacting about what he wants the citations to look like and what information he wants them to contain. I’ve just about made up my mind to edit only fiction from now on . . .

But anyway, today’s meeting was shorter and quite positive, and I have hopes that I can finish the job sometime this weekend.

Then I had to put gas in the car and go up to Hobby Lobby to stock up on sale yarn. My charity crafting group was meeting tonight and I wanted to have a new project to start. I picked out some lovely yarn to make a prayer shawl for a friend who is walking through some very deep valleys right now.

I left Lina in charge of supper and drove to my craft group. There were only three of us tonight. I cast on my prayer shawl, and the other two worked on turning plastic shopping bags into “plarn” to be used in making sleeping mats for the homeless. I got a good start on my shawl.

Now all I have to do is finish making my grocery list and do a little more reading for my class. Tomorrow’s going to be busy too.