Ladies & Gents:
Thanks so much to everyone who responded to my new freelancing consults program. The pilot filled up in a half hour, and I have a waiting list of more than 20 people! When I have time to open up new spots, I'm going to work through that list first before adding anyone else. I'm gearing up to leave for vacation, so I won't start to do that until October at the earliest.
Where am I going? Maine!
I'm spending some time on the coast, but most will be in a cabin in the woods with my dog. I'd like to thank Maine for letting N.J. residents in along with the rest of New England without a 14-day quarantine. It's a lot that I feel OK to travel. I'm glad I have one of my favorite places in the country to travel to.
In typical pre-vacation mode for me, I let my clients know six weeks ago that I'd be leaving, and that I'd take on extra assignments before I go, so it's a very busy week around here. But that's by design. I'll work extra hours before vacation because it means I'll be close to my regular monthly billings. But by placing a hard line at when vacation starts, work stops and doesn't seep through. I don't let clients bother me when I'm gone, and I won't take on assignments to pick at while there. Do I worry I'm losing out on work? Sure, I've already turned stuff down. But that doesn't mean those clients won't come back to me. A few have asked to let them know when I return.
When I take a vacation, I mean it. It's really important to me, especially right now. I've been writing about death for six months. I can't remember the last time I wrote a non-COVID story. If you look at the links below, they're all COVID stories, even the running pieces. I need a break. No one can reach me anyway. Well, almost no one. My cabin has no cell service or wifi, and if someone wants to reach me, they have to call and leave a message in the lobby of the lodge that runs the cabin, like in an old movie.
This is what I imagine my time will look like, though I'll need a sturdier coffee cup since I tend to break things.
On with the show before I go.
"In a Naked Pandemic Race, You Can Leave Your Hat On" for The New York Times
"How to Run a 5K in Shoes, Socks, and Not Much Else," for The New York Times
"The Strategy Behind Turning Department Stores Into Warehouses" for Supply Chain Dive
"Undoing Pandemic Cloud Mistakes" for CIO Dive
"Stem Cell Trial Tests Treatment for Often-Fatal COVID-19 Lung Damage" for UCSF
"3 Ways to Fight Stockouts in the Pandemic," for Supply Chain Dive
What I'm Reading
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez. Listened to this as an audiobook. Very powerful YA novel. I don't get the pushback on adults reading YA. This was great.
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. I always meant to read it, found a free copy in a Little Free Library, and did. Gave me some things to think about.
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Another audiobook. It was way funnier than I expected.
- An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn. I love Julia Quinn books and don't know how I missed this series. I bought a bunch used and am now reading them (albeit it out of order because I just grab the wrong one sometimes, and it doesn't really matter).
- Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This was good though a bit rough. I feel like someone told her to stick in one more plot line, and it didn't quite meld. Still worth reading.
- The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I listened to the first book in this duo on my big 2017 road trip, and it's one of the best audiobooks I've ever consumed. The second didn't disappoint. They're so so good.
- To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn. See what I said about reading these out of order?
What I'm Watching
Agents of Shield. I am now deep into season 4. This is way better than I thought it would be. It really starts rocking and rolling in season 3. I think I'm going to stick with it until I'm caught up.
Until Next Time,
Jen A. Miller
My Freelancing E-Book