Because people have wondered a bit, I'm going to talk some about the two (non-writing) projects I've been doing this summer. Or, "summer." I'm not actually sure what to call it, lol. BYU-Idaho, where I'm transferring to, put me on the Winter/Spring block, which means I start at school at the beginning of next month, January, 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 as "summer." Suggestions for names for my "summer" are welcome, dear readers.
Anyway, there were two significant things I did during the past "summer" to spend my time: freelance editing and fostering kittens. I'll address my freelance editing situation first.
To give you a basic explanation: because I'm really bad at job searching and generally being okay with any job that involves anything boring/not related to my niche, I did not have a job this summer. I mean, I applied to the library and stuff, but they didn't have anything open. After a bit, my mom brought up this one girl from church and the work she's been doing freelance editing. So I asked her what was up, and she directed me to this site, Fiverr.
Basically, Fiverr is a "gig" website, where sellers can put up gigs for any skill they have, and buyers come in to check things out. The gigs all start from $5, which is why it's so named, but the amount you can charge goes up with your seller rating. So I got on 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, the freelance editing. And it was nice, to get money for something that I'm pretty good at. The problem is, there are a lot of cons to the way gig websites work. Fiverr got 20% of my earnings, which were pretty unfair in the first place because of the $5 thing. I was putting a lot of work into stuff that I didn't get a fair return for, and putting myself under a lot of stress to deal with customers that 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 stuff, mostly Word, which I ended up having to redownload 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 they first attacked, is that they came through a Word document of some kind.
And where had I been downloading Word documents from strangers? At 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, in order to avoid the document sharing. But the thing is, when I reopened my gigs in December... I realized I didn't want to do it anymore. At all. It wasn't worth it, not for the low returns and the stress and the completely seller-unfriendly way that Fiverr in particular is set up.
And 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, which was the job I loved so much at Adams State. That job was probably the thing I hated leaving the most when I decided to transfer, in fact. Copy editing is really my thing. But only if I get a fair return on it.
Now, to move on to a happier subject--the other thing I did this "summer" was foster kittens, and that was much more worthwhile for me.
I started fostering kittens last summer. I'd been volunteering at the animal shelter for some time, because of National Honor Society service requirements, and that summer they got a lot of kittens, too many for their usual foster homes to handle. So I volunteered, and ended up with a tiny foofball. Her name is Zoey, I got to name her, which I didn't for the kittens this summer, although I had trouble with that because it took us forever to figure out if she was a guy or girl.
Anyway, as many of you know, we ended up keeping her. Specifically, MOM ended up keeping her, after I left for college, because Mom was having separation issues (love you Mommy!) It was a great experience, and I love Zoey a lot, even though she likes to eat people. It was also my first long-term experience with a cat that isn't part Siamese, and that was interesting. Non-Siamese cats are a lot quieter.
So I decided to do it again this summer/"summer"!
They found a cat colony living in town this summer, and went to start 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, which was a pleasant experience, I'm quite sure. Anyway, this was my first experience with a dude cat, and Ollie turned out to be a beautiful sweetheart. Truly so cuddly and lovely. He got adopted I guess a couple months ago, which made me really sad and cry, but he's happy and with a good family.
A month or so after we got Ollie, they managed to capture the rest of the cats, and I got our second foster of the summer/"summer", Mountain. Mountain was very feral at first, always running and hiding from everyone. Also, hissing. He loves to hiss. I figured out after a while, though, that he never actually attacks you. 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, though, 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 my job.
Thanks for reading, guys, and come back next time for a very brief Christmas post (or don't--it's Christmas, after all, and I'm sure you've better things to do.) Merry merry holidays. I hope you have fun.
What summer (or "summer") jobs have you guys done in the past? Have any of you tried a gig site, freelance editing, or fostering kittens? Give me some thoughts.
Image via Fiverr.com.
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