Following my maternity leave, I’ll be back to work on Monday, November 4. I’m at my desk for a few hours each day this week and expect normal availability to resume on Monday, continuing through the end of 2013. My family hasn’t made holiday plans yet, but we aren’t normally away from home for much more than the holiday itself.
My schedule is already beginning to fill up (yay!). If you’d like to work with me in the next two months or in early 2014, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is my first partial day slowly coming back to work. I’m sorting through the mail that’s piled up in my office, updating apps and double-checking resource availability, and (importantly) just being here for a couple of hours to ease my kids into the new schedule before I have any deadline pressures.
My post on being (almost) scammed by the National Association of Professional Women has garnered a lot of interest over the past seven months. There are more than 60 comments from women who had similar experiences. However, I haven’t had any pushback from NAPW itself. I’m not even off their mailing list! I got another postcard in the mail a few months ago touting the benefits of membership. This one went directly into the recycle bin.
I’d also like to alert fellow editors to GalleyCat’s new Freelance Editor Directory, to which I’ve just added my own listing. Writers can search through the directory for an editor who works in their genre, get more information about the editor (via website, LinkedIn, whatever info the editor provides), and see a range of prices (if the editor has given that). The directory was launched earlier this month.
More as it develops. It feels so good to be coming back!
Rosaline Astrid was born on September 12 after a short labor. She weighed 7 lbs 1 oz and measured 19″ long. Rosaline and I are home and healthy now, and the whole family is doing well.
I look forward to spending the next few weeks with my daughters (big sister Margaret is 2 1/2) and my husband Matt. See you in November!
I just noticed that the WordPress botnet attackers have tweaked their attempts to log into WordPress sites. They’re now trying the domain name as a username (so, my logs show that they’re trying “lastsyllable” in addition to “admin”). If you run a WordPress site and your username is admin/Admin, your username matches your domain name, or your user ID is 1, make sure you’re using a strong password and consider changing your username. I stop short of a blanket recommendation to change usernames because it’s so common to blog under a persistent pseudonym (which is not the same as anonymity, if I may point in the direction of that particular soapbox), and then have a domain that also uses that pseudonym, so I’d expect it’s equally common use the same pseudonym as a username. Which is probably why the attackers are trying it. Note, however, that WordPress allows users to choose a different display name, so that might be a solution for changing your username and still appearing under the name you’d prefer to use.
I can also recommend the Better WP Security plugin to help secure your site. It may be a bit too technical for some users — you do need to know what you’re blocking or limiting access to, and make sure that you’ll still be able to use your own site in the ways that work for you — but it’s been a solid solution for me.
Following on the announcement in my previous post, I’ve decided to take maternity leave beginning Tuesday, September 3, and return on Monday, November 4. I expect that I’ll be able to check in periodically (especially in October) and may be able to get a limited amount of work done, including project launches for work beginning in November, for example. However, I want to spend most of my time in those two months focusing on bringing this new baby into our family. (The blessing of taking maternity leave as a freelancer is that I can choose what will best fit my needs, as far as the length of my leave, how often I check in, etc. The curse is that there’s no one else to keep my business running while I’m away. Striking a balance between the two has been difficult to plan; we’ll see how it happens in practice.)
My schedule for July is fairly full at the moment. August is not so full, partly by design in case the last weeks of pregnancy are especially rough or in case the baby comes early. I’ll post short updates here as I can.
As always, my contact e-mail is email@example.com.
I’m excited to announce that I’m expecting my second daughter in September!
As I just said in a post to the EFA members’ list, I’ve been a very happy freelancer throughout this pregnancy. It’s been wonderful to wear whatever is most comfortable for me, grab food or drinks or medicines without having to plan ahead to bring them (or stock them in my desk), take breaks as I need to, schedule doctor’s appointments in the middle of the day, etc. And I’ve got a baby swing set up in my office, plus at least one wrap I can use to wear the baby once she’s here. (The benefits of babywearing and breastfeeding have been pointed out by Katharine O’Moore-Klopf
in a guest post elsewhere
about freelancing with a baby or toddler.)
I’m writing a much more personal blog at Centered Mama
, if you’re interested in pregnancy updates. I’m still deciding on dates for my maternity leave — even though I’m working at home, I know I’ll want a few weeks with nothing to do but care for my children — and once I’ve made that decision, I’ll update here. It may depend quite a bit on my clients’ schedules for September and October.
It’s quite late in May and the weather still can’t decide what season it is: snow early in the month, a few hot days, then a few days of chill rains, and now it’s back to hot sunny days before cooling off again.
As we do every year, my family and I will be attending the Wheatland Music Organization’s Traditional Arts Weekend this coming Memorial Day weekend. I’m booked up with projects for the rest of May otherwise.
June, however, is still fairly open and I’d like to add a few more projects to my schedule. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to work with me on an upcoming project.