It's hard to complain about a ten-day break but long public holidays can be rough on freelancers. This year in Korea two holidays combined to make a really long holiday period. I was hoping for a project to work on and it was just my luck that a friend wasn't able to take a proofreading job with a publishing company that she had been working with on a freelance basis and was looking for someone to recommend to them. This friend has helped me before by connecting me with some teachers she knew in Istanbul and we have chatted on Facebook about freelance opportunities.
She contacted me this time about my availability and interest and then recommended me to the publisher. Sure, I had to send them my CV and negotiate the terms but now I have a project that I can work on during my free time over the holiday period and not take a big hit in my income this month thanks to her.
It sure is nice to have people who think of you when they aren't available to do a job themselves and you can bet that I'll do everything possible to return the favor when I have an opportunity to pass along.