Because people have wondered, I'm going to talk some about the two (non-writing) projects I did this summer. Or, "summer." I'm not actually sure what to call it, LOL. BYU - Idaho put me on the Winter/Spring block, which means I start at school at the beginning of next month, and for the rest of my school career, I will be going to college from January through July. So my new "summer" is August through December. Perhaps I should call it "fall" instead, except that doesn't have the same significance. Suggestions are welcome, dear readers!
Anyway, there were two significant things I did with my time: freelance editing and fostering kittens. I'll address freelance editing first.
Because I'm really bad at job searching and at handling jobs that involve anything boring/not related to my niche, I could not get a job this summer. I applied to the library, but they didn't have anything open. After a bit, my mom brought up this girl from church who's been doing freelance editing. So I asked her what was up, and she directed me to the website Fiverr.
Basically, Fiverr is a "gig" website where sellers can put up gigs for any skill they have, and buyers come in to order. The gigs all start from $5, which is why it's named that, but the amount you can charge goes up with your seller rating. So I joined Fiverr and put up five gigs, four for editing, one for writing, and set to work.
I actually did this for quite a long time. It was nice to get money for something that I'm pretty good at. The problem is there are a lot of downsides to gig websites. Fiverr got 20% of my earnings, which were pretty unfair in the first place because of the $5 thing. I was doing a lot of work that I didn't get a fair return for and putting myself under a lot of stress dealing with customers who sometimes weren't kind. I thought it was worth it for the money and to be able to say I had a job.
Then, at the beginning of November, just after I put all my gigs on hold for NaNoWriMo, I became aware of two serious Trojan viruses on my computer, which had been sneakily messing with my computer. I ended up having to redownload Word because it became completely corrupted. Now, I can't be sure where the viruses came from, but the indication, based off of the kind of viruses they were and the area where they first attacked, is that they came through a Word document of some kind.
Where had I been downloading Word documents from strangers? On Fiverr, for my editing gigs.
The situation shook me up a bit, so I decided to quit all my editing jobs and just do freelance writing from that point on. But when I reopened my gigs in December... I realized I didn't want to do it anymore. It wasn't worth it, not for the low returns and the stress and the seller-unfriendly way that Fiverr in particular is set up.
That is why I am once again unemployed. However, I am going to apply for jobs at BYU - Idaho, with the hopes especially of getting a job as a copy editor at the student paper, since I loved that so much at Adams State. I hated leaving that job when I decided to transfer. Copy editing is really my thing--but only if I get fair payment for it.
Now, on to a happier subject, the other thing I did this "summer" was foster kittens, and that was much more worthwhile.
I'd started fostering kittens last summer. I'd been volunteering at the animal shelter for a few years because of National Honor Society service requirements, and that summer, they'd gotten a lot of kittens, too many for their usual foster homes to handle. So I'd volunteered and ended up with a tiny foofball whom I'd named Zoey, although I'd had trouble with that because it had taken us forever to figure out if she was a guy or girl.
Anyway, as many of you know, Mom ended up keeping her after I left for college because Mom was having separation issues (love you!). Fostering Zoey had been a great experience for me, and I love her a lot too, even though she likes to eat people. It had also been my first long-term experience with a cat that wasn't part Siamese, which was interesting. Non-Siamese cats are a lot quieter.
So I decided to do it again this "summer." The county found a cat colony living in town and started trapping them. At first, they only got one, the little ginger baby who would become my Ollie. They managed to capture him because he had a mouse stuck in his throat that left him starving and malnourished. (Yikes.) This was my first experience with a dude cat, who turned out to be a beautiful sweetheart. Truly so cuddly and lovely! Oliver got adopted a couple months ago, which made me cry a lot, but he's happy and with a good family.
A month or so after the county caught Ollie, they managed to capture the rest of the cats, and I got our second foster of the "summer", Mountain. Mountain was feral at first, always hissing and running and hiding from everyone. Seriously, he loves to hiss. I figured out after a while, though, that he's all hiss, no scratch. We got rid of every place in my room where a cat could hide, and he and Ollie became very close.
After Ollie left, it was really miraculous--Mountain started being social and purring! Now he's almost as sweet as Ollie was and also really funny in a--how you say--eccentric sort of way. He's like a furry toddler, always getting into everything, and also peeing in inappropriate places. As soon as there's room at the shelter again, he'll be going back to be put up for adoption! I will miss him very much, just like Ollie. It's kind of awful, especially as I probably won't see many kitties at college. But the experience has been great, and if I get the opportunity, I will absolutely do it again next "summer". I love furry babies, and that's why I am glad I fostered kittens this "summer", though I'm not so glad about the freelance editing experience.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Merry merry holidays. I hope you have fun.
What summer jobs have you guys done in the past? Have any of you tried using a gig site, freelance editing, or fostering kittens?
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