This went on for three weeks. Finally, I called a halt and said unless she paid the deposit in the contract that she had signed — nothing more would happen.
I pointed her to the cancellation clause on my website, common to most freelancers. It says that if I can re-sell the time, I’ll refund your deposit. But my time is all I have to sell, and I’ve already told others I’m unavailable.
Twenty years ago, I’d be shouting “lawsuit” and bringing in the lawyers and enforcing every recourse that my contract entitles me to. Now, a little older and wiser, I just feel sad that people don’t realize that the learning world is a pretty small pond and that the ripples reach from edge to edge.