As luck would have it I just looked up H.W. Fowler (yep my life is that exciting) and saw that the Oxford-educated man called "a lexicographical genius" is also described on Wikipedia as a "not very successful" freelancer.
And it gave me reason to recall, again, the look my DH gave me, and his response when I told him I planned to freelance.
"It's just really hard," said the aerospace engineer with two patents.
What's the allure of this stupid business, anyway?~Diane Stresing