On January 1st 2013 I just had a feeling that it was going to be a sparkly year. I am now in demand and working long hours for decent money. It is as though a veil has lifted and there is no longer an air of despondency. I am back in favour with my oldest client but I also now have a new client who are using me extensively and it feels much more collaborative than slave labour. I’m loving it! As the work was coming in last week and I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed, I thought, ‘The last thing I need now is Alan in the mix’, so in haste I emailed him to say that I was ‘away’ and would be back ‘during the week commencing 11th February’ – no response – mind you, what can you say to that? ‘Have a nice time?’ Hoping the inevitable brown nosing doesn’t ensue as a result and that 55p per audio minute is a thing of the past … hmmmm.