I have been writing as a freelancer for almost a decade now, and I have long resigned myself to the fact that my rates are difficult to pin down. Coming from a developing country, I have to struggle with the extremely low freelance writing rates usually associated with writers from my part of the world. On the other hand, I have been fortunate enough to have been given the chance to work with a vast network. Additionally, I consider my work to be worth more than what many clients offer to non-native speakers.1
So where does that leave me? Somewhere in between.
No complaints here, to be honest. I consider myself well paid for what I do on a regular basis. It is only when I occasionally deal with new clients that I have to come to terms with the differences in freelance writing rates.
Then there is the fact that I also work with one of the biggest freelance writing blogs – Freelance Writing Jobs. Its audience is mainly based in North America, although we cannot ignore the fact that freelance writers are emerging more and more all over the world.
Will you please consider opening up the “Byte Cellar” – which some people have dubbed the ultimate man cave – to a tenant?1 I promise not to be a slob. I promise to keep liquids a foot away – at least – from your wonderful machines. I promise to be so quiet you won’t even know I am there.
I also swear that I will not change any settings on any machine. I will not even rearrange the icons on your desktop(s).
I simply want to bask in the pleasure that your museum-like man cave will surely give. I want to see with my own eyes and touch (with supervision, if it pleases you) those machines that I have only ever read about.
Please, Mr. Patterson?
The Digital Hobo
P.S. I am a reasonably good cook, and I clean up after myself.
Sometimes, you just feel like shooting things. Of course, with gun control and everything, you just have to settle with shooting things on the PlayStation 3. Or whatever you use to play games. Now here’s something that might just help you blow off steam while having fun and doing something useful: shooting at lamps to turn them on and off. The thing is, you’ll probably have to spend quite some money to change busted lightbulbs.
Taking the trash out is one of my least favorite chores. Of course, Pepper Potts’s line about occasionally taking out the trash for Tony Stark made me chuckle. Not that I would ever want my Tony Stark to have trash of that kind!1
This t-shirt is pretty cool, though, especially for Digital Hobo. You can get it at GlennZ Tees for $21.95. They have tees both for men and women in various sizes.