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What a week. It’s only Thursday, but I feel like I’ve crammed six weeks into one day. It wasn’t that I was busy — I was stressed. To me, stress is the writer’s enemy. You can’t get a stinking thing done when life is swirling out of control around you.
I won’t go into the reasons why (not that interesting, really), but I will say the stress got in the way the first half of my day. You wouldn’t think, given that it’s not my stress. Alas. Guess again. I worked sporadically on an article (finished it, amen) and started on another, so the afternoon was productive. And I took a call for an article interview, which was very fruitful. I now have a great basis for some research, thanks to this source’s comments.
Still, it’s been one of those weeks. We have family visiting this weekend (starting tomorrow sometime), so my work day will be a tad fractured this afternoon as I clean the mess that is this house. I’m missing writers group for it, but I think it’s where I need to put my energies.
So here are some things that are driving me ape this week:
“Me me me” people. It’s only Thursday and already I’ve had it up to here with people who talk AT me, not with me, and people with self-centered attitudes. One time — just one — I’d love to ask someone how they are and not have to listen to a monologue. Conversation. Two people. Both should talk, right? Yet no one these days seems to ask “How are you?” and actually listen to the answer.
Snake oil salespeople. Had an instance where I was able to sample a particular methodology designed to improve one’s internal processes. However, I came away thinking “Yea, the Emperor is still naked.” I’m a little tired of the latest “best” thing out there and how they shamelessly help you part with your money and create some odd little codependency among followers. Sorry — not into that Kool-Aid.
Blanket responses. My friend applied for two positions. She immediately received notes back asking for her to come in for an interview at a very specific time. The first note sounded very much like a form response, and proved to be when she said she’d need to reschedule the time. “Good luck in your future endeavors.” Huh? The second company responded, but said they would contact her after the first round of interviews should they still need her. I say run. Neither company is professional enough to work for.
Designer cupcakes. My daughter brought home some fancy cupcakes. They’re fantastic. And there goes my diet. I have no will power! Don’t bring this stuff into the house!
Unresponsive clients. I’m currently searching for a collection agency. It’s a small bill, but it’s one I will not ignore, and if the client can’t be bothered to talk to me, I’m done talking. I gave her three chances to negotiate a payment plan (for a tiny bill!), and she chose instead to ignore the invoices, use the material, and pretend I don’t exist. I’m done being nice.
What has you in a fluff this week?