I'm constantly reading that people are afraid of returning work to a client
without finishing or without beginning.
Since 1992, I
haven't done it often, but I have done it, and I can tell you that the sky didn't fall nor was I struck by a bolt of lightning
-- and if I was bad-mouthed through town, it didn't stop people from giving me projects to be typed.
Sometimes the audio is just so bad that there is no way it can be completed. I learned
that the hard way -- anyone going back to earlier blogs will see where an attorney was standing in front of a running jet
engine while she dictated. I tried -- I really tried. I stayed up for two days and three nights bound and determined that
I was going to complete the job. It didn't happen and if I got the same kind of audio today, it wouldn't take me more than
five minutes to let the attorney know that it was impossible, and here it is back for you to deal with -- maybe even try to
hear the audio yourself.
Recently I had a couple of weeks
of a lull. I was contacted by an author who had interviewed an older gentleman in the middle of New York. I believe originally
she said she had five tapes that she was transferring to CDs or DVDs. I thought fine, no problem -- it would fill in the two
weeks lull and then I'd be back to legal transcription. I will NEVER, NEVER complain about legal again -- another lesson learned.
First of all, I never heard from her again for over a month. Again, I'm not someone to call, call and call a prospect again
asking where the project is. It's like begging for work and I'm not about to let someone know that I need "their"
project in order to eat or pay the bills. I just won't do it. Thankfully, with where I'm at in my business, I'm pretty well
past that stage of wondering where the next project is going to come from, or more importantly, when is it going to come.
When she finally contacted me again, I should have just declined -- although she
said she was not in a hurry and had only copied three of the tapes and there would be more. It was obvious that she was a
procrastinator in the fact that these interviews occurred several years before (the gentlemen had since died) and that she
was going to be giving the audio to me piece meal. I should have still declined, especially when she gave me approximately
20 pages to be used as a "cheat sheet" with names, places, etc. It probably would have been different had they been
organized even in somewhat of an alphabetical fashion instead of a hodge-podge of words. One copied audio tape should have
taken me roughly three hours -- however, it took me about 16 hours -- which just was not acceptable to my own time schedule
-- so I knew it wouldn't be acceptable to her checkbook. I just couldn't stand the thought of even beginning the next two,
let alone, the remainder that she hadn't even given me. The audio was poor and I had to keep looking through page-after-page
of the cheat sheet and the subject (classical arts/literature) was boring the living #$#$#@#$ out of me. I was finding all
kinds of excuses that were calling me from the keyboard -- the lawn needed mowed, the dog needed walked, I needed to cook
a 10-course meal, the toilet bowl needed cleaned ... I just couldn't get into these interviews and felt absolutely no qualms
about packaging them up and shipping them back to her with a letter saying that they deserved someone better than me who could
put their heart and soul into them. I printed off the one I finished and sent it along knowing that I had donated my part
to the arts because I knew that I would not see a dime for my efforts -- which was fine -- the lesson I learned was more than
Give me crime, murder and violence and I promise
I'll sit in my little chair transcribing happily away -- culture and arts just don't do it for me.
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