At Home, Working


The pending post-it list never lets up.

Words get written, exploding on the screen in gazillions; not one of them is for my Work In Progress (WIP).

The cell phone rings intermittently–morning, noon, night. Regular work briefings. Emergency calls to “please accommodate” new work within tight deadlines.

The calendar polar bear gives me quiet, understanding company.

Work doesn’t suck. It brings in money, much needed for survival. But…

In trying to resuscitate my bank account, I seldom find time for the joys that filled my inside. I miss visiting my blog pals. The mind yearns for those daily doses of laconic, exquisite, epigrammatic cyber inscriptions. The heart longs to go and say a hello to the authors of those inscriptions, dear friends, all.

The WIP unassumingly positions itself at the bottom of the “work” heap, not pestering to be paid attention to. “I will wait,” it says “for the moment you are ready to pick me up with love, not because you have to, but because it will bring joy to the spirit. I know you will, no worries. Do tend to the ailing coffers first.”

Here is someone trying to find her feet in the land of freelancers. That’s all that keeps me away from here lately. Trust me, I am still…

At Home, Writing.


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20 thoughts on “At Home, Working

  1. Nice ending. I’m with you totally. I have to back off and get things done too, if I actually plan to get them done. Maybe I’ll pick Friday as my day to make the rounds, so I can work on all the other days. Stop by anytime. I’ll keep a light on for you.

  2. Freelancing doesn’t seem to be all that “free” after all.Reading your post, I just got a curious about the term and found this wikipedia entry- it has an interesting etymology:”The term was first coined by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) in his well-known historical romance Ivanhoe to describe a “medieval mercenary warrior.” The phrase later transitioned to a figurative noun around the 1860s then officially recognized as a verb in 1903 by various authorities in etymology (e.g., Oxford University). Only in modern times has the term morphed from a noun (a freelance or a freelancer) into various verb forms (a journalist who freelances), and an adverb (she worked freelance).”

  3. Best wishes from a fellow freelancer. It’s absolutely great that you found the time to write this nice post along the way, shows how those wonderful writing skills haven’t suffered one bit. You will get the chance to enchant other with your writing again. In the meantime, it’s great to get at least a glimpse of you. Thanks for dropping by and letting us know you are still around. Keep up that spirit!! >:D<

  4. Scott, now there’s an idea. Picking one day to do the rounds. I will try doing that on Sundays. Thanks for keeping the light on, friend. It’s always a pleasure visiting you. Hope you’re doing well. :)Miss reading those wonderfully-written, educative posts, Bernita. Really miss them. The desk–I try to keep it uncluttered, since I spend so much of my day at it. Can’t work amid clutter. :P.Bhupinder, don’t get me wrong. Lots of “freedom” in freelancing. No one breathing down your neck, no one yelling at you simply because they don’t like your face, the joy of sneaking into the TV room when cricket is on… This is one space where you actually get rewarded for sincere work without having to play the games that are so integral to the corporate marketplace. That etymological information is so interesting! I would have thought it was a newer word. Never knew it had been coined that early. Thanks for sharing it. Cesar, you know how much I appreciate those good wishes. A bunch of the same back at you. Thanks, friend. :)Susan, I have missed reading your charming posts. Hope to catch up soon. Thanks a ton for dropping by. :)WA, forget? It’s impossible to forget such wonderful friends like you. Like I told Scott, I will try to steal at least one day of the week to visit my blog buddies. Thanks for the support. Means a lot to me. 🙂

  5. I hear ya! Glad you found a moment to drop these lines. I’m juggling three books, half a dozen websites and home life – LOL! I wish you all the best in your endeavors!

  6. I loved seeing your writing space, Bhaswati! And believe me, every writer understands. Your professionalism is actually inspiring and its this kind of discipline that will get you far. Keep at it!Jas

  7. I totally miss you. I hope that you are able to find time to rejoin us soon. I wasn’t sure if I should ask you or not since you have been a bit absent but I’m glad you are joining the rest of us next week at Write Stuff. It’s a pleasure to have you!

  8. Abhay, thanks for correcting the mistake and for giving me the chance to read your beautiful poetry. The pleasure is all mine. :)Marti, hats off to you. You sure are doing a lot more than me. Here, I am getting all drowned, just with work. LOL. Thanks for stopping over. :)Jas, thanks for the words of support. I hope to be back with you all soon. Oh, the writing space–it just looks nice in a photo. LOLSouth, I totally have to thank you for the Write Stuff opportunity. Looking forward to that one. I miss you too; hope to be back next week some time. Thanks for the support. 🙂

  9. Lotus, it seems like ages have passed since I last visited blog friends like you. Yes, I shall be back, and Inshallah soon too!Jeff, so nice to see you drop by. Hope to visit you soon, friend. :)Susan, you are such a good friend to have. Thanks for thinking of me and for peeking in. Hugs. :)Bk, I know what you mean; that can be so frustrating,no? For me, it’s just work pressure that’s been unrelenting for a while. Otherwise, autumn isn’t treating me too badly. 🙂

  10. Aww, Simran. So sweet of you to drop by with those good wishes. Thanks to a rather challenging freelance assignment, I just got past a torturous weeks of late nights, little sleep, and a tough battle with pesky time. Looking forward to some “normal” days ahead. I’ve missed you too; hope to be reunited with all of you soon. Stay well. 🙂

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