September 14, 2007
Well here I am, mad again. Why this time. The injustice of the media and celebrity attitudes.
There are actually two things that are pissing me off this time. Let’s go with the Anna Nicole Smith issue. Okay, artists, writers, humanitarians and saints are not normally recognized until they are long dead. But if you are a mother with loose morals and you allow your child to load up on drugs as an escape for his lack of a real life and you die, you get immediate fame.
Personally, I think if I hear her name on the news one more time I will scream! As a matter of fact I did yell at the television this weekend. The woman worked hard for her death, let her lie.
Then there is the Paris Hilton deal. I have heard over and over and over, about how all these famous people, and even some not famous people think that she deserves some leniency. FOR WHAT! What has she ever done to deserve leniency?
Let me tell you a little story. I will start by telling you that this is my personal experience. I do not drink nor do I use drugs, well unless you consider caffeine and nicotine. I made our living when my children were growing up by driving a truck. I have an excellent driving record. In fourteen years, I got three speeding tickets, one of which I did not earn.
I realize that there are those that go their entire lives without ever getting a traffic ticket, but those people do not cover and average of a thousand miles a day.
When my son was approaching his 16th birthday, I helped him buy the car of his choice. It had to be rebuilt and we knew that when we purchased it. I taught my boy, at my kitchen table, as I made dinner, to rebuild a carburetor and we barbequed while we tore down the transmission and replaced rings. An interesting bonding experience for a mother and son.
Two weeks before his birthday, I came home to find him running toward my truck all excited. He had, on his own, finished the carburetor and was so proud of himself. I was proud as well. I arranged for his insurance while I was on the road that week. The following week, on Friday he went to get his drivers license.
I came home and we went over the car carefully for safety. When I left on Sunday, I left him an envelope saying, “Son, give this to your sister and she will pay your insurance on her way to work tomorrow. Tell your boss that you need to get off work early on Thursday. When you get your check and your sister will take you to get your tags.”
Oh stupid me. My children have always been relatively trustworthy and they did not lie to me. When I came home unexpectedly on that Wednesday to find that my son and his car were gone I was stunned.
To make an already long story short, when he got his tags, without insurance, the lady at the desk told him that I had to sign the title as well. He went out and signed my name, came back in and got his tags on Monday. That Wednesday night he had a wreck.
I supported my family for 14 years with my drivers license, I had a clean record, but the ordeal that I went through because of that wreck took my license! IT TOOK SEVEN YEARS TO GET IT BACK!
Now tell me, who deserves leniency? A rich, spoiled idiot that does nothing for anyone else? Or, a single mother trying to support her family?
Want to know how we made it through that winter, with me not being able to work? I chopped wood, each and every day while my son took my pickup after school and went around delivering and selling it.
I have fought my allergies to mold for over four years. In October of 2006 it became severe and scary. Up to that point I had repeatedly been treated for pneumonia which made the problem worse. All of a sudden I began having seizures and mini strokes.
It happened that we had two cats that had died due to prolonged seizure activity during that four years. This led me to the answer to my problems. Talking to a young woman that was an expert in pet care and health issues I was asked if there were any lead or black mold in my home.
Why is it that at the age of 47 this should suddenly become an issue? Because I had moved to the Southeast corner of Missouri. This area has a daily humidity average of 82% year round. I was raised and spent the majority of my life in the north. This meant that I had never really been exposed to this kind of mold problem before.
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April 22, 2007
The first two chapters seemed to almost write themselves. I was on a roll and fell asleep at the computer. I hate it when that happens. Mostly because I will have a line (or a few lines) of nothing but gibberish. If I could only decipher it. I know there was a good idea in there somewhere. I am a bit excited about this book when I really shouldn’t be.
For one thing I have no idea at this point where it will take me. There are so many angles that can be taken. I know one thing, I do not under any circumstances want it to turn into a happily ever after romance. YUCK!! I want to stick with the mystery of the thing.
An interesting thing happened while I was considering this story. I did a bit of research on the area that it is to be located in geographically. I was trying to find the origins of the tiny town but to no avail. What I did find was contact information for two gentlemen that grew up in the area. They do not know each other apparently as one was several years the senior of the other and they both have stories to tell of the folklore that inspired this book to begin with. Very spine chilling. I hope to integrate these tales into the story somehow.
If there is anyone with any clues as to conducting historical research I would sure like a hint/tip or two. I can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tallapoosa is located where 153 turns to the north.
April 18, 2007
Well even though I don’t have my new computer yet I have started on the new book. When an idea takes root in a writer’s noodle something has to be done!
The reason I am blogging about it now is that I have discovered a wonderful and new asset to the Internet for writers and probably for small business markets and online marketing. Okay there are some of you wise guys that already know but others don’t and I wanted to share it with you.
If you have ever lost an important or almost finished piece of work on your computer you will really appreciate this tip. Check out http://docs.google.com I am not an affiliate of this program by the way.
It is a free word processing program that you do not have to download. What you write is kept online in a private file. There when your computer crashes or your files become corrupted. You can load files into the program for ease of inserting them into the system of a new computer. If you like Microsoft word, you will love this program.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Just a brief, first chapter synopsis:
(I welcome and would like comments. Title ideas as well.)
I live in S.E. Missouri near a community called Tallapoosa. Although the book is fictional the name of this community will be in the book and an old folklore is the basis of the plot. I would like to say again that the book is fictional.
In this sleepy little farm community on a summer’s Sunday morning a family of four, Mom, Dad, sis and brother sit down for breakfast in the kitchen of the five room home.
Several days later a neighbor comments to her husband that the family must be ill as she had not seen the 6 & 8 year old children at play or any other activity lately. The husband responds that he noticed that the family car had not seemed to move that week. Later, after night fall, the neighbors look out the window to see that the kitchen light was on and the door was ajar. Not that unussual on a warm summer night. When the gentleman gets up after midnight for a drink, looking out his own kitchen window to the neat little home behind him, he sees that nothing has changed.
Not able to sleep he awakens his wife and they decide that he will investigate while she watches ready to call the police or another neighbor if need be.
A shiver runs up his spine as the concerned neighbor enters the kitchen to find the half eaten meal. Walking through the home as he called out to the family he is aware of the eariness of normallicy. Nothing appeared to have been touched in at least a week.
Living on a gravel road, dust collects rapidly. All the furnishings of the home were covered in the dust from the chat road. It was as though the family had sat down to eat and been beamed out of the home without a trace.
March 14, 2007
Inspirational Word Arts You know your on the right track when…. Read my story of disaster and tell me yours. Did it stop you in your tracks? Or, did you keep plugging away at it? What was the result?
My Grandpa Walter used to say, “You know you’re on the right track when everything suddenly starts to go terribly wrong. God let’s it go wrong to see how badly you want it.” Well, I must be doing something right because three weeks ago everything blew up in my face.
I had started a new website and placed more information on it than necessary. I intended to start two more and use half of the content on the first one for the third one.
I purchased the add-on domain name to use for the second site and started building it using my Netscape program. Then lightning struck, literally. We found it necessary to replace our telephone service box, all the phone lines and the telephone. The technician that did this was amazed that my computer seemed to be unaffected. Especially since the phone lines came in and went directly to the computer. It wasn’t unaffected.
Three days after we had all that replaced, the computer started shutting down for no reason until eventually it would not even boot up. I took it to the repair shop and borrowed this one from a grown foster daughter.
Although I appreciate the loan, this computer has no memory to it what-so-ever. There is no word processing program. You can’t load anything on it. It does have Netscape so I have been able to rebuild the pages I had on the other computer but it will not publish them to the add-on domain. If I store more than a dozen wordpad documents I start getting virtual memory and overload messages.
Today, the repair shop called to tell me that the power supply and the motherboard to my computer were toasted. I was advised to replace the computer.
Great! In the two and a half weeks they have had the thing I have lost, not only the job I was almost finished with but, two other contracts that would have netted me more than $500 a month. Which means that I can’t afford to replace it.
Well, I ain’t dead in the water yet God. I will hitchhike the 30 miles to the nearest library to do my work before I give up.
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February 12, 2007
I live in a remote farming community. My nearest neighbor is more than a quarter of a mile away. The nearest town is four miles from my home. There are three convenience stores in the area that offer most of what a household might need at two and sometimes three times the normal price. The closest grocery store is twenty-one miles away.
There is also one banking facility in the area. It is a joke. As a matter of fact you would save money by banking with the local loan shark, a person that owns two of the convenience stores here.
On December 23rd of 2005, I deposited $310 into the local bank. On Christmas Eve I went to the nearest grocery store. I used my debit card to pay the $142 bill. I do not drive so I paid the person that took me $20 and used the same debit card to put another $20 worth of gasoline in their vehicle.
Two weeks after that day I received a letter stating that my account was overdrawn. The bank did not credit my account for the deposit until the payroll check I had deposited had cleared. Here’s the math to the charges my account had accrued by the time I got that letter. $162 – purchases + $3 service charge for using the debit card. As I had made these purchases at two different locations I was charged $30 for each purchase. Then I was charged $7 for every $100 and day that my account was overdrawn. $162 + $3 + 60 = $225 + (7×2.25×14) for a grand total of $347.50.
The deposit I made had cleared on the day that I received the letter but I still owed the bank $37.50. The account accrues a minimum daily charge of $7 for each day that the account is overdrawn. As long as there is a balance due that $7 keeps multiplying. I borrowed the $37.50 in cash and was at the bank when it opened Monday morning, two days after I received the letter. I learned that I still owed them $14 and would owe them $21 by the following morning. I borrowed the rest of the money I owed, from the local loan shark and never used the account again.
This brings us to Wired Plastic Visa. Since I don’t drive and it costs me so much to hire a ride most of my purchases are made online. As you know they don’t accept cash online. I was in need of either a credit card or banking facility. I ordered this prepaid credit card. According to the advertisement there is no yearly membership fees and the card is sent to you free. I actually had the card in four days after ordering it. They make it very convenient to put money on the card. I can actually use the ATM machine at the bank that I formally used to charge the card for only $4 per transaction. Or, I can use any facility that accepts or uses Western Union.
Sounds like a great deal doesn’t it? Realizing that most of these companies have ‘hidden charges’ I loaded the card with just $100. After you load it the first time you have to call a toll free number to activate the card. Once it was activated I was informed that my remaining balance was $84. It had cost me $16 just to put money on the card.
With that $84 I purchased three items online that totaled $39.95. My accrued charges however were $81.95, leaving me with a balance of $2.95. It had actually cost me more to use the card than my purchase total.
Anyone else have banking/credit card horror stories? I would like to hear them.
December 31, 2006
I had just logged online and an alert popped up that I had an important private message. These messages tend to always get my immediate attention when I receive them right away. I don’t want to be interrupted while I am working later. So I opened my messenger service to read it.
I had been a member of a writer’s group for quite some time and the message was from one of the members of that group. He had gotten my name after I answered a post of his asking for help with his work, earlier that day. Following a link that he found in that reply he was directed to my business Website where he found several examples of my work.
A freelance writer’s Website is a necessary evil. It is necessary to show your prospective clients your work. It is evil because when a prospective client stumbles upon the site they often do not understand the form of the writing or the reason behind it. This can, at times cost you a client. Many freelance writers‘, I among them, don’t actually consider this problem until someone like my Internet colleague comes along.
This man, in his genuine concern for my success had taken two of the examples that he found on my site and rewritten them. While what he had done was, with one exception, grammatically and structurally correct, his revisions were written in his voice, not mine. The structure of it no longer suited to my purposes.
After reading his efforts, giving his suggestions careful consideration, and pointing out to him the one exception, which was redundancy, I tried to gently explain the form of my work. After rewriting the first piece he restructured the form, turning the sixteen paragraphs of Website content into six long paragraphs.
My explanation of the work was met with this response, as copied from my history files. Colleague: “Even in web content you need to keep things flowing,”
Janet: “In this case you don’t, not in the normal sense of the word anyway. My work flows with the rest of the content but each paragraph still, in its own way, carries a new idea or thought”
Colleague: “even in web content you need to keep things moving and flowing eveningly”
Janet: “Perhaps in the blogs but most of my stuff goes into a marketing format. This one is already sold to a mold resolution marketer and the EPA.
Colleague: “even in marketing format its ok”
Janet: “Now that’s where I am the expert, in marketing web content and it isn’t okay, I guarantee you that. I have researched it with identical sites. The only difference was the layout of the paragraphs. The site with the longer form did only 27% of the business that the site with the shorter paragraphs did.”
Colleague: “longer form doesn’t translate to longer paragraphs even in marketing formats you have to maintain a readablity of your story if you fail to do that the customer will wonder if they misread something and will have to re-read it. Some will forget about it and move on. complexity in marketing is something that will ruin a business as much as poor management. I had lots of business classes in colleges LOL”
Janet: “Well I am self-educated; I have never been to any school of any kind.”
It was at this juncture that I gave up. I felt insulted and stupid. I logged off the Internet and instead of working that night as I normally do I went to bed. The next morning I had every intention of rewriting everything that was on my Website. “After all” I thought, “who am I to judge. This man has a college education and must know something I don’t.”
My husband was on the telephone when I got up. We have a dial-up Internet connection so I would have to wait. Looking at my files the whole conversation and the way I felt about it haunted me. I knew that something about all this just wasn’t right. I had actually deleted two files when John got off the telephone and I connected to the Internet. I had just finished an eBook a few days before and was about to delete it. As I opened my browser I realized that I was getting angry.
Yes this man is educated and I am not. The fact is that most of the work I do is rewriting the content of websites that were originally written by writers with a college education in marketing. Yet the sites were creating no income, even the sites that had a large hit average on the search engines were not making profits.
Who am I to think that I know more than someone with an extensive marketing degree? I’ll tell you who I am. I am the representative of the non-college educated CONSUMER! That’s who I am. It dawned on me that this person was just like the media today. Always trying to ram down our throats their idea of what WE need and what WE want. I am sick of it.
Let me set a few of you people straight. I am talking to those of you that market but don’t buy and those of you in the media that writes but don’t read. None of you know how to LISTEN! If you did your websites and your magazines and newspapers would sell themselves better.
Marketers, when you post that Website that has paragraphs of nine and ten lines we don’t usually read more than one line or sentence of each after the first paragraph. By the time we have read the first line of seven or eight paragraphs we run to the end to find out how much you are charging for this thing we don’t know if we want or not. Then when we see that you are asking $19.95 or $29.95 we click on that little x that is located on the right corner of our browser or tab. Not only do we have no idea what exactly you were selling but also we don’t care.
Many of these sites begin by you telling us how poor and despondent you were and then you learned the secret. Now you are a millionaire. Hoopla! (Yes dear colleague, it is a word.) Our well wishes to you all but when you have 3-6, 000 words on one page for us to read, even when half of them are testimonials, we simply do not read it! It is doing you no good! Ask your web content writer to read the thing to you aloud. Bet he/she won’t do it. It’s boring!
Media: We don’t give a flying @@@@ in @@@@ who President Clinton exposed himself to, or who Angelina Joilee is living with or that Rosy O’Donnell is gay. Jane Fonda can protest anything she wants. Many of us remember that John Carey was one of the first people to scream ‘Baby Killer’ to the returning Vietnam veterans even though you did not mention it during the campaign. (Why do you think he didn’t win.)?
The exposure of Janet Jackson’s breast was only a big deal because you made it one and we all know that anyone that allows their child to live with or stay with her brother is out for the money.
The majority of us, you know, those of us in the REAL world, don’t care what color you are if we are mad at you. Hillary Clinton will never be president because most of us think that if a person cannot demand and acquire the respect and decency of their spouse they are ill suited to run a country.
Tony the Tiger is cute and funny but if we don’t like corn flakes we don’t think they are Greaaat! The beautiful girl that gets out of the minivan half dressed is not the reason this vehicle is widely popular with mothers of school age children and Nike is a well made product, that’s the reason we spend that kind of money and let our children wear them.
Get a grip people!