Hmmm, what's the alias of the guy at DP? If you can PM me, think I'm trying to use the same guy for content...hired him for 5...96 hours later I got three...still waiting on the other 2 and had a pack of 10 that I'm still waiting on as well. If it is the same guy then I'll post the project on here for bid for the 10 pack (like you my deadline I need them is fast approaching and I know I'll need to copy edit them a bit, the 3 I got already were OK...)
For full disclosure, 95% of my money I make from the web is from content writing, 5% on web (for now)...though I think I spend 75% of my time mucking with sites now!
Anyway, agree that if you can't stick to a deadline and can't communicate then you just hurt your own reputation.