Client surprises

The day being gray and dank, all too easy to sit in front of the machine at dawn and mash at the keys for hours on end, not noticing that the working day is over until a client email rolls in:

We have a manuscript coming in October, and I’m wondering if you are available. The book will be about 120 pages. We can send it to you on [such and such a day], and it is due [three weeks later]. We will pay twice your usual rate [perfectly respectable itself] for this job.

Happy Monday. I think I’ll take a celebratory walk in the park.