Thursday, May 31, 2007
The difference between having a good boss and a bad boss is the difference, at the end of the school year, between feeling worn out and burnt out.
The past few years, I have felt burnt out at this time. Absolutely finished. Murderous, even, when I saw children on the street. Or the principal.
Now, I feel worn out. Like my job was difficult, but now it's done. I think that's more appropriate.
We are getting ready to leave for a week--traveling to Iowa. When we get back, it will be a whirlwind of activity again. So I'm going to focus on doing a lot of sitting, and iced-tea drinking, and visiting, while watching the children run through the sprinkler.
p.s. the giraffe is the result of a google search for "children in sprinkler." ???
at Thursday, May 31, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
One of our neighbors has a landscaping business. My husband enlisted him to fix our lawn mower. In exchange, the dude wanted the use of our rototiller. Cool trade. No problem.
He also offered to buzz the weeds in our large flower beds, as they were taking over. Sure. No problem.
Except that HE CUT OFF MY FLOWERS TOO.
EVENING PRIMROSE IN FULL BLOOM? CUT TO THE BONE.
NEW SALVIA? SHREDDED.
BRAND NEW COLUMBINE WITH A BLOOM ON IT??? Gone!
WHY THE FUCK DO I BOTHER????
at Thursday, May 24, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
I think, more often than not, people go through their lives with some level of depression. I mean, it's the rare person who is happy ALL THE TIME. Every single minute? Even when a toe is stubbed? Very rare.
So I've been tired and feeling mildly depressed, nothing that a good night of sleep won't fix, but it's annoyed me just the same. When I feel like this, I usually take action, somehow. Tidy up the bills. Create an email list for marketing. Go online and do some marketing.
I was doing this, talking on some Yahoo groups, when I discovered The Competition. You see, I've written and published an ebook, and I place ads sometimes on the Yahoo groups where I participate. On one of these groups, I saw an ad for someone else's ebooks. Hmm. Okay. I clicked the link, thinking that I was going to see something similar to what I have on my website.
It is a handmade site, obviously. The propaganda is FULL of typos, which made me think, "Why would I want to buy your book? You obviously don't care about clarity or editing." Furthermore, just in the text on the website, the writing was clunky and just not attractive. The whole experience left me feeling like, "Hey, my site is great. Glad I went with a web guy, instead of doing it myself."
Then I went to her purchasing page. You see, I still thought I might purchase one of her books, for research, to see what my book is missing. Until I saw the prices. $19.95 for a soap making ebook? It went on and on. The same price for a lotion-making book. Etc. Etc.
Holy crap! There is NO WAY that I was going to spend that much money on my competition, when she can't even write good marketing text on her website, obviously doesn't know publishing basics or ignores publishing basics, and the whole thing just looked so "handmade" and "homegrown" that I suddenly felt a whole lot better about myself and my efforts.
I suppose it's not the nicest thing, to bash the competition like this. Therefore, I won't give you the link to her site. I will let you know that I feel so much more confident in all my writing and publishing efforts, my depression has completely lifted.
Perhaps the coffee helps.
at Sunday, May 06, 2007