A few weeks after I got laid off from the Tampa Bay Times,
a friend of a friend presented me with the opportunity to work on a
freelance project at another publication owned by the Times Publishing
Co. It would be an editing and research gig, kind of boring but decent
pay, he said.
The project wasn't for another couple of months, and he'd call me to work out details when it got closer to the date.
A few months passed and he called me. "We're ready for you!" he said.
project would take two weeks, maybe two and a half. It would be 9-6,
Monday through Friday. Pay was actually a little better than I was
expecting. They needed me to start the following week.
The timing wasn't good. I was on
deadline for another freelance project, and I was working on several
events on the LocalShops1 front. I could rearrange some things, and come
in most of Monday and Tuesday, plus part of Thursday. Week after was
out, but then week after that I could do the Mon-Fri thing, no problem,
except maybe for that Tuesday.
Silence on the other end.
Hello? Still there?
Sounds like you're very busy ...
Back in the days when I worked at the Times I'd
have found a way to make it work. I'd have rescheduled my other plans,
or see if I could find someone else to cover for me at a LocalShops1
We went back and forth a bit, trying
to rearrange the proposed schedule, but at the end we weren't able to
make it work. He had to keep his company's interests as his top
priority, and I had to do the same for mine.
Next time, I hope, we'll coordinate better to find an arrangement that works for both.
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