Monthly Archives: June 2012

I Just Got Bamboozled

After today I feel like what I must do to my poor characters.  I had no less that 4 door-to-door salesmen stop by today.  The last guy told me he was going to give something for free, all he wanted was free advertisement by putting his signs in my yard.  And as a new author I know all about advertisement.

So I let him install his product in my house, then I had to call to get it set up.  Upon doing that the lady on the phone asked me if I agreed to their 60 month contract.  I was immediately alarmed.  I told them I knew nothing about a contract.  As a matter of fact the guy mentioned I only needed to pay one month, then cancel.  He neglected to tell me the cancellation fee would be around $2,000.  The poor woman was just as confused as I was.  Neither of us knew what to do.  The product was already install, if it was removed it would leave scars to my house.

But we just could not handle that kind of commitment, especially since I was lied to.  No doubt the salesman thought once the screws had gone into my wall, I wouldn’t want to remove it due to the visible damage.  But you know what, my house is already pretty damaged.  What’s a few more scars?  I can putty and paint over them.  Just like real (or fictional) scars, it will heal and the memory will fade with time.

But for right now I feel like an idiot for letting it get that far.  And I’m so mad at that salesman for taking advantage of my trusting nature.  In the end I’ve learned, as I would hope any other fictional character would, and I’m going to put a big NO SOLICITING sign on my door.  I will not ever let that happen to me again.  I’m just dreading when the guy has to come to remove the thing… 😛

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The Slump

I’ve been in this slump lately.  It seems I do a ton of stuff each day and then I’m so over-exhausted I can’t write.  It’s not that I don’t have anything in my head, or that I don’t know what will happen next.  I’m just tapped out of energy.

At least I’m still getting some work done, it’s just not on the level I’m pleased with.  So what should I do to climb out of the hole?  Go write somewhere else.  Mostly I write at home.  But with the kids and distractions, work just isn’t working out right now.

One place I love is the library.  Another is my fave lunch time restaurant, Bardenay.  And the other is, of course, Starbucks or other coffee houses.  Sometimes even my friends houses if they are also writers.

I really want to get more stories out there.  And I can’t do that if I’m not writing.  So I have to prioritize.  What’s more important?  That summer movie or writing?  Hands down, writing 🙂

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Fairy Ring

 

While visiting the cemetery today my daughter spotted a fairy ring, otherwise known as a toadstool ring.  Being a fairytale junky I was all kinds of excited.  I didn’t think these appeared in the U.S.  I thought they only grew in England, Ireland or Scotland.

Here is my friend Kierah, making a wish in the middle 🙂

So what is a fairy/toadstool ring?  Wikipedia says- Fairy rings occupy a prominent place in European folklore as the location of gateways into elfin kingdoms, or places where elves gather and dance. According to the folklore, a fairy ring appears when a fairy, pixie, or elf appears. It will disappear without trace in less than five days, but if an observer waits for the elf to return to the ring, he or she may be able to capture it.

Fairy Chronicles says- They are usually found in places where fairies have had a gathering. Toadstool rings tempt people, who are hoping to see fairies, back to the same spot over and over again. However, non-magical people cannot see fairies; and fairies seldom meet in the same place twice, so it is somewhat silly to return to a toadstool ring in the hopes of glimpsing fairies. Toadstool rings are thought to be bad omens by people who mistrust fairies.

I love fairies, so no bad omens here!  I’d love to get more pictures, but I think I’ll let the fairies be for now.  I’m just glad to see such a beautiful and rare thing 🙂

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