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I'm just letting you guys know that I'm not going to be able to post any story updates this month. My business seems to have turned a corner and I'm up to my eyeballs in work and deadlines. I'm currently working seven days a week and most evenings. However, the one thing I do know, from my history of being self-employed for the past two and a half years, is that this is temporary. The slow times will come again. So I will return to writing and posting. And eating dinner with my husband instead of at my desk. I haven't even been to the gym since early last month! That's how busy I am.  

The good news is that I'm finally making a bit of money. I get worried during the slow times. I honestly don't recommend being self-employed! Yes, I like being able to set my own hours, but I don't like the way the business is taking over my life. There's a lot to be said for a job that lets you have your weekends and evenings off without constantly worrying about work. Thank God for caffeine!

Dee and Ryo are still very much on my mind, however, and I often think about them and run future scenes though my head. If I'm able to get anything done in the next couple of weeks, I'll let you know.

In other news, I'm starting to kind of like quinoa. Yes, really. I've learned that it makes a difference if you measure the water and time the cooking correctly. I think one of the reasons I didn't like it before was that I always overcooked it into mush. My husband loves it. So far we are only eating it sweetened like a kind of breakfast cereal. I'm not yet ready to give it the tabouleh treatment. Besides, I'm hardly cooking nowadays. On the weekends I make pots of things my husband can feed himself with and I leave them in the fridge. I'm living off sandwiches or McDonalds snack wraps for lunch and dinner, with the occasional take-out sushi.

Apropos of nothing, I got through Halloween without eating one single mini-chocolate bar! But before you get blinded from the light coming from my halo, let me add that when a box of good-quality chocolates arrived at my shared office, I certainly did not abstain.

If you have time, let me know how you guys are doing.

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Note to self: never get self-employed! (Then again, if I manage to become an author, I will be sort of self-employed...)

I had a very "sweet" halloween - I think I consumed more sugar (and alcohol) on that day than I usually do in a month! xD

Anyway, I'm glad you're still thinking about Justice, so that means it's only a matter of time for you to write it down - better than writer's block or the problems you had with chapter 32!

Yeah, never be self-employed! it's not like I thought it would be at all. Maybe it'll get better in the future, but I don't know.

Your Halloween sounds like more fun than mine!

Good news re Justice. I wrote a bit on Chapter 33 today and I'm at 1234 words, which means the next chapter is basically one-fifth written.

The good news is that I'm finally making a bit of money. I get worried during the slow times.

I'm happy to hear you finally make some money, even though I wish you wouldn't have to work on weekends. Don't burn yourself out.

I wish my self-employment would go a bit better. I'm self-employed since February this year and so far it only goes very slow. I would love being self-employed more if I would make an income I could actually live from. Well, hopefully I'm getting there.

Unfortunately it takes a long time to get a business established and to get customers who will refer you to others. Eventually there will be a kind of snowball effect. For my whole first year, I hardly got any clients, and I was too new in the business to be confident about going out and finding them. Plus I couldn't sleep in those days and had no energy.

Now I'm much more confident and my confidence is like a kind of energy that makes people seek me out. I've also refined my methods of talking to potential clients which has helped a lot.

I wish you the best of luck. I totally understand what you're going through.

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