Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
About to snow

First they said we’d get a “dusting” of snow. Now they’re telling us it’s 4-6 inches.

I’m going to do a tiny vent, not directed at my regular readers, who are lovely, but at some of those who find my blog randomly (many of you who’ve stumbled across the blog are quite lovely, too):

When I (or any other working writer or professional in ANY field) takes the time to answer your specific questions, usually emailed off the board, especially when you are a stranger and haven’t searched the blog or forum to find the answer which is probably in there somewhere, at LEAST have the courtesy to say THANK YOU. We are taking time out of our money-earning day for someone to whom we owe nothing. The least you can do is let us know you appreciate our time, even if you choose not to honor our advice.

I would say in the last two months, I’ve answered, in detail, specific questions, from thirty to forty random individuals. Exactly TWO have said thank you.

That’s just rude. Not to mention the fact that these people wasted my time, which always gets my panties in a bunch! 😉

I had a great online chat yesterday afternoon. My moderator was great, the questions were good. Of course, the darned computer froze in the midst of it for nearly five minutes, and I said Many Bad Words All in a Row. Good thing the chat wasn’t audible!

Hey, if you haven’t yet bought HEX BREAKER, go buy a copy, okay? I want to give my numbers a bump this month with the next book set to come out in a few months. Numbers help decide future contracts. So, if you haven’t got “around to it”, it would be great if you would this month! 😉 And thanks to those who have bought copies and supported Jain, Wyatt, Billy, etc.! You are very appreciated. Every copy that’s purchased helps pay the bills and helps decide future contracts. So, yes, supporting living writers is important!

And, of course, the two short story tie-ins are still a free download. Visit the Jain Lazarus site for excerpts and direct links.

I didn’t get much done. I hopped on and off the conference board to put up exercises and comment and take other classes. I was kind of distracted, not wanting to get too deep into anything non-conference until I got a good sense of how it all runs. It’s mellower and less frantic and stressful than some of the other conferences, which is nice, and means I don’t have to worry quite as much about doing other work. Now that I know the vibe of the place, I can adjust how I spend my time there.

Applied for a couple of agency things. We’ll see. I’m skeptical. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. There’s also a job that’s way out of my usual realm, but it’s so fascinating I’m going to put together a proposal for it. Contract negotiations for another gig broke down, mostly because they don’t send me a contract in a format I can actually open, and I won’t start the job without a signed contract in place.

I changed my routine this morning and it wasn’t the best choice. I hopped on the board first to correct exercises instead of doing my first 1K of fiction for the day, so now I’m having trouble getting out of Critique Head and into Creation Head. I know better.

And I’m having resistance on the Billy Root story because of stuff that has nothing to do with the actual story, so I just have to get over myself.

Maybe I’ll do a chunk of CHANNELLING JIM MORRISON instead.

Devon

8 Comments

  1. Ungrateful people suck.

    I hope you have a productive day!

  2. Sometimes changing routine can work out great, but yeah, sometimes not. It’s why I shower later in the day on MWF – so I don’t lose my focus.
    Have a great writing day.

  3. You are one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to the writing biz. People should be highly grateful you gave them the time of day. 😉

    And… you’ve inspired me to take a chance on something new. I’ll have to email you.

  4. We’re getting four to six, too. And that’s on top of three inches of ice.

    About the thank yous: I had a friend who used to say, “they never remember the good things…always the bad.” And that goes with everything. If you’d given them bad advice, you would have heard back. But because you gave good advice they took it and ran 🙂

  5. Devon, I have one word… BREATHE! I don’t know how you do it all! “If you slow down you’ll fall astray…” That’s a line to a song I wrote. When I was 17. And didn’t know any better. But then, who the heck am I to say. Look at all you’ve accomplished!

  6. I had one person ask a question. I gave advice, and then she ripped apart my advice and made a dozen excuses why she couldn’t take it. Fine. Then don’t ask and don’t waste my time. Obviously she has ALL the answers. Putz.

  7. It’s sad that people don’t stop to say thank you when someone goes out of their way to help them. If your advice to them is anything like the words you leave in my comment sections from time to time, it is valuable indeed! Of course, I’m not sure I say thank you enough for sharing your wisdom with me, something I will rectify immediately! Your comments on my blog are always valued. Thank you for each one! Your insights have been so helpful to me in various areas of my life and for that, I will always be grateful!

  8. If someone has done you the good fortune of answering your questions, then good golly thank them. How rude! People today amaze me.

    I hope you get your day back on track!


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