Monthly Archives: December 2014

Baby, it’s cold outside

This is my first holiday season as an “entrepreneur” (read: salesperson, i.e. “independent contractor”), which means this is the first time I’ve been running into more business owners who seem to be in a hurry to jump ahead into the new year. More times than not over the past few weeks….er, really since about the week of Turkey Day…I’ve been told “come back and see me in January.”

Trust me, I understand their sitch. It’s either A) you’re in a retail-esque industry and the very nature of being the holidays means you have more people dropping by to peruse your goods or services than normal, and/or B) you’re in any other business that sets an annual marketing budget that is just about tapped out.

Thankfully there have been a few that have been willing to support my “cause.” What I wish more would comprehend is that, sure the sound of registers ringing is loud and frequent right now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be preparing for the drastic drop that usually follows right behind that big sparkly ball o’ glass that signifies the new year.

More than anything, I feel like such a pest even walking in some of the doors I’ve gone through the past few weeks. Between retail fatigue and being just plain tired of being hit up by every type of salesperson out there, as soon as they hear that I’m not there to shop but rather sell, the temperature drops.

I guess the good side of all this cold calling during the holidays is that I have at least had a chance to spy a few things here and there that I wouldn’t mind purchasing once things heat back up and I have commish coming in.

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the curse of the blinking cursor

Despite utilizing mind melding techniques, the blinking cursor on this page doesn’t do anything but keep the beat of some imaginary rhythm. It takes putting fingers to the keyboard in an orchestrated effort to actually get words to “magically” appear. It’s not asking for herculean effort – it’s merely asking to break down that blockade and start the stream of words wirelessly appearing on this blank canvas.

But some days it is just that hard. You sit waiting for some brilliant spark to ignite a thought that is worthy of actually putting “out there” whatever it is and for whatever reason any writer writes. For some, it’s about storytelling. Others want to vent or praise. Some just like to hear themselves “talk” through whatever medium they choose.

For me it’s about all of the above. Some days I want to bitch. Others I feel I have a story to tell. Unfortunately, lately there seems to be more days that it’s a plain struggle just to sit down and get something….anything….to come out.

Today, instead of staring at that blinking cursor taunting me on the blank page, I choose to fight back. To interact. To actually control the rhythm from which it moves across the page. It’s not the grand novel. It’s not even an ok idea. It’s just an exercise to prove to myself that I can push through.

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