Friday, February 27, 2009

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Friday, February 27, 2009
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and mild

So, the moon turned a few days ago, and I didn’t pay any attention. So sorry. We’re waxing now. Which is a good thing – increase.

Thanks for all your support. I appreciate it. Both Diane and Anne-Katherine bring up important points about me knowing Elsa the best, since I’m with her every day. The only time she’s ever had to be under anesthesia was when she was a kitten and I got her spayed. She did not handle the anesthesia well, and it took longer than it took any of my other cats for her to shake it off. My gut instinct is that she couldn’t survive it at her age, especially not with the neurological problems, and I’m going to try alternatives. Every time I let a vet talk me into an intricate procedure against my gut, I’ve regretted it. I appreciate the expertise of that medical community, I know there are times when one needs modern medicine, but the most success I’ve had both with my own medical care and that of my animals is when I’ve mixed medical knowledge with alternative therapies to let each work their strengths. Actually, with these antibiotics, I’m worried about the Orabex. I did some research, and it can cause seizures in cats with neurological problems. I discussed Elsa’s neurological problems with the vet in detail, and the dosage is about 1/5th of the standard dose, but I’m still keeping a close eye on her. I found something that I’m going to try in lieu of that particular procedure, but I think I have to wait until she’s done with her antibiotics first. At least she’s good about taking medication – it used to take four people to wrestle a pill into Olivia, and she was only a twelve pound cat!

She’s still very mucousy, and I hope that starts drying up soon. The antibiotics must have an appetite stimulant in them, because she’s eating more than ever (and she always has a healthy appetite). She’s definitely herself, she’s just sounds like she’s got a bad cold, only much worse than the usual kitty colds that go around occasionally.

All three cats have been exceptionally clingy lately. And Violet started sneezing this morning, so I hope she’s not getting it. Of course I’ve started sneezing and coughing, too, but I suspect it’s more in empathy than anything else. I’ve been disinfecting the apartment daily within an inch of its life.

Everything I did yesterday was business and errand-related, which is frustrating, but clearing it out of the way should help me do creative work this weekend.

I fell asleep early without finishing the assignment for Confidential Job #1. I want to get that out before I go out to my friend’s place to do laundry.

I was actually rejected for a job writing for an astrology site yesterday because they wanted someone “more amateur”. I didn’t know whether to laugh or be horrified. They’d rather hire someone who’s cheap and knows nothing about astrology to write articles for the site than hire a professional who’s worked in the metaphysical field for fourteen years. Let’s just say I won’t believe anything I read on THAT site! 😉

And we wonder why there’s so much crap on the web.

Yet another newbie posted on one of the forums I frequent, asking the same old questions without bothering to research, wanting to know how to publish articles, but “not caring” whether or not there’s money involved. I ignored the post. The moderator later contacted me and asked me why, and I told her that I’m sick of wasting my time and advice on people who aren’t serious about the profession and are dragging the rest of us, who make our living at this down. She wants to get serious, I’ll answer her questions. I’ve answered that particular question at least a dozen times on that site, so she can do a little research in the archives her damn self. Done. One of the other so-called writers, a couple of weeks ago, contacted me off-site, asking me not to post when I publish something new because I get published “too much” and it’s “not fair” to writers who aren’t getting published. WTF? I get published because I work hard at my art and my craft, it’s my profession, I get better with every piece, and I put in the work.

Maybe I should take a break from that board.

McAfee is out of control again – hopefully, things will settle down a bit next week and I can get it out of my system once and for all.

Back to the page and the assignments.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Devon

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11 Comments

  1. Are you kidding? You’re getting published TOO MUCH?

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

    Now THAT’S the best one I’ve heard! That particular writer needs to get their inferiority complex in check!

    I think that board may be getting a bit stale for you, sweetie!

    Good health wishes to you and your kitties!

  2. Those people on that board need to get a life. They’re jealous. If you’re not getting anything out of it and they’re snotty to you, maybe it’s time to re-evalute your membership? 🙂

    Regarding Elsa: You’re her mommy. You know her better than anyone. And definitely go with your gut!!

    Hugs!

  3. They get clingy, I think, when they sense something out of the ordinary.

    I had to smile when I read about the astrology thing. One of my first in-house jobs as an editor was with an astrology magazine. I won’t mention names, but I quit after six months when I found them pullling old forcasts from files because they were short on time. And a good deal of my job was fending off writers who never got paid on time. It was an awful place.

    Have a good weekend.

  4. Maybe Elsa being sick is throwing the other cats out of their natural rhythm. Still thinking positive thoughts for her and you.

  5. Getting published too often is a good problem to have! (and a funny complaint)

    Have a great weekend, too!

  6. Geesh! Life isn’t fair. Are we all living too much? Maybe we should stop living? What a moron! I agree; you should let that board go. d:)

  7. I hope your kitty feels better. I don’t know if you have thought about getting an air purifyer? Air purifyers clean the air and can help get rid of a lot of germy things in the air (if you get a good one – do a little research). Great for people with resp problems – so I’m assuming they would be great for cats too. I got one that works very well for about $40 @ HomeDepot. 🙂

  8. Ryan from Ravenous posted a link here – as the mother of 13 cats (we do cat rescue and a few of them end up ‘sticking’), I am sending all the good vibes your way I can for Elsa. Mine range in age from 5 months to 13 and I’ve gone through several losses in the last few years. All 13 send their best and healthiest thoughts to Elsa!

    Re: being rejected for being too professional… I am speechless.

  9. So, you’re too professional? I always thought being professional was a good thing. As for the forum, who doesn’t read the archives? Good grief.
    Still sending good thoughts and prayers for you and Elsa.

  10. I continue to send good thoughts your way for Elsa, you and now the other kitties.

    They’re just jealous.

  11. Published too much? Dear oh dear, that board sounds way beneath you … way beneath any serious writer come to think of it.

    There’s a theory that the World Wide Web hasn’t brought the worst out in us, but is merely a reflection of human society; it spans the globe and shows us the level of knowledge, weirdness, badness, goodness, humour, and of course, knowledge, that exists in our world. We all find a place within it we are comfortable with and can call our home, make friends, invite people over, etc. Kind of brings me back to the Writer’s Board you mentioned.

    Whether all that is true or not … 🙂


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