It's a beautiful, sunny California day. Upon arising, I draw all of the curtains and open all of the doors to let in as much sunlight as possible. I brew a cup of coffee, check my email, take a quick visit to Facebook to see what the friends are up to this morning, and then I sit down to write.
I write a few words, but then my eyes start to get blurry, seriously, so blurry I can not see the computer screen. This is something that has happened to me in the past, but usually only after a very long writing session, certainly not at the beginning of the writing session. I had a good night's rest, so I can't be overly tired already. Right?
Well, I decide that there is no use in continuing to work at writing when I can't even see what I am writing. So, I close down the project I am working on and decide to take the day off. Being self-employed means that my deadlines are my own. Today, I had a self-imposed deadline set for a certain article to be completed by tomorrow, but now the deadline has been pushed out to the day after tomorrow.
The hammock in the back yard is calling my name. It sits under an umbrella that provides just enough shade for me to close my eyes and let them rest for a while.
In the meantime, my article can wait... but not too long. After all, I do get paid when I finish the job.
As I lay in the hammock, I contemplate what the biggest benefit of being a self-employed writer is. I decide that the biggest benefit is that I can set my own day.
I'll get back to work... tomorrow. You all enjoy the day! I know I will!
Oh, and that self-imposed deadline, by the way, is a few days prior to the actual deadline. So, the work will get completed, but for now... I'm done for the day!
The first time I "Googled" myself, I was surprised to see how many people there were on the internet with the exact same name as me. As I read through their profiles, I discovered some Marlene Bertrands that I liked, and some Marlene Bertrands that could stand to show their better side. There were some Marlene Bertrands who had similar profiles as me and some who were the complete opposite of me.
I started thinking that if other people Googled my name, they might be confused as to which Marlene Bertrand is which. So, to make the distinction, I decided to dub myself as, 'The "Real" Marlene Bertrand'. Those other Marlene Bertrands will have to fend for their own profile and reputation. As for me, I hope people will come to know the real me and not get me mixed up with one of those other Marlene Bertrands.