Tolkien, artist

Progress?

 So, I've been working on this E-newsletter for the past two weeks. I wrote the first one, then showed it to my manager who promptly tore it apart and rewrote it stating, "I don't know how you managed to get a master's degree with writing like this". I've always claimed that I am not an author, I am an editor (and not that good at editing either, but much more comfortable with the red pencil than composing the original work). So I then edited what he wrote, input the changes, and printed out a new copy for him to look over. More changes ensued. We've gone through this several times now and have finally declared the newsletter ready for release. Tonight it will be sent to my E-mailing list from the shop and we will see. We are doing two intense coupon sales, one on Friday and a different one on Saturday. The savings for those using the coupons are substantial. We'll have to see if these will work. The business has been very depressed and we are losing money for the first year since the 1990's. At this rate I won't be able to keep my employee employed, will have to switch to a five-day week so that I can work the shop with my Manager only, and basically it will be hell for two years until I can close. I am looking forward to that like I would look forward to a tooth extraction without anesthesia - NOT. Sometimes I just hate this economy. But if this coupon sale helps our dollars, we will have a bit more light at the end of our dark tunnel. We'll have to wait and see what happens.  

Money Exchange
Love that green. Now we just need some of that
coming OUR way.

But, I also made some creative decisions. I got Iris' next chapter betaed and sent back to her and I Emailed Sadie and told her, with contrite apologies, that I am unable to accept her as another beta. I returned the work I had done on a one-up story for her so far, and said that looking realistically at my time, I simply could not accept another beta right now. I like her stories, but they will take too much work on my part to bring them up to my standards. Iris and I have gotten to a good working relationship since we started in May, 2009. I like her writing style and we are comfortable with each other. I try hard to allow her voice to sing through in our work, probably not being as picky as I should be, but we are both happy with the end result. I don't mind helping her out and if I get time crunched, she is fine with having things delayed a bit. The pressure isn't there. Taking on another person would eliminate another 1-3 nights of personal time and I decided that I needed that time for my own pursuits - I decided to be a bit selfish. I actually think that's a good thing for me at this time.
  • Current Location: Focused on the Future
  • Current Mood: relieved relieved
  • Current Music: Claude Debussy - Reflections in the Water
"I don't know how you managed to get a master's degree with writing like this".

I think that is very mean.

. Taking on another person would eliminate another 1-3 nights of personal time and I decided that I needed that time for my own pursuits

Of course you do. And I do hope for the best for your business. I know it is a bad time for every-one, but I truly hope there is an upturn.

Hugs.
"I don't know how you managed to get a master's degree with writing like this".

I think that is very mean.


It is, but we have very different writing styles. He might have re-written my words, but he kept my concepts, so the structure was still my own. And I am not a writer. I write, and then I edit, and edit, and edit. It's just as well that he did what he did, but the extra commentary that he gave was unnecessary - I fully admit.

I'm crossing my fingers for a successful 2-day sale, but I tend to leave things in the hands of the Mother. She's been wanting me to retire and concentrate on my art for several years now and this may be just her way to force us into that decision. Whatever happens it is going to turn out fine - I always land on my feet, just sometimes after a harder fall than I would like.

- Erulisse (one L)
but the extra commentary that he gave was unnecessary - I fully admit.

It was - you simply have different styles as you say.

She's been wanting me to retire and concentrate on my art for several years now and this may be just her way to force us into that decision.

Well, perhaps that is it. And if so, I am sure things will turn out well in the end. Hugs!
Good luck with the coupons and the sale, I hope they bring the desired results.

In the end, your free time is your own, and you should choose how to enjoy it.