Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Time Just Flies...

I totally forgot to blog last week.

My bad.

Almost forgot today, but that switch in my brain finally kicked in and blinked at me repeatedly until I acknowledged it's significance.

Life has a funny way of getting in my way. I always have the best of intentions, but then things happen and days pass and the next thing I know, the list of things to do has piled up and rearranged, and I want to pull my hair out.

One good thing - my sister drove up from Texas to visit my folks in Ohio, so I will be going to see her this weekend. Haven't seen her since May, so I am excited.

I am also excited to announce that I will be having a short story coming out soon from Sapphire Blue Publishing. I'll pass along the info as soon as I know more, like cover art and release dates.

Fall starts my busiest time - at home AND at work. I'll do my best to not forget you guys again.

I just get a bit frazzled this time of year.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rainy Day Musings

Fall is here in Kentucky.

And unlike Buffy's glorious weather in the AZ, here it has come in with a soggy whimper.

There's typically a transition of cooler temperatures and brisker days, but lately it's just been a whole lot of rain, making a whole lot of cold. Which, in turn, makes me a whole lot of...blah.

I did manage to drag my fall decorations out of the garage last weekend and put them outside, thinking that might get me more into the spirit.

But alas, no such luck.

It's sad, too, because Fall has always been my favorite season, and Halloween my favorite holiday. I love dressing up, and have a closet full of various costumes and accessories that I pull from. This year, I will be working on Halloween, and need to think of a costume I can wear that will also be comfortable to work in all day.

If it weren't for all the dreary rain, I think I would be more into things this season. But Mother Nature has dumped a ton of water on us here this year, and doesn't seem to be finished yet.

I think I may have mentioned this before, but I'm REALLY tired of rain.

But I guess it's better than snow.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Holiday Retail Pessimism

Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday.

Time for me to blog and be creative, entetaining, and witty.


I just finished a six day stretch at the day job. I'm pooped. Retail isn't for sissies, mind you, and I've been doing it for over ten years. And our peak season is just beginning, so it only gets worse from here.

And with the economy the way that it is, corporations are tightening the reins more than ever to make a profit. One way they do that is with cutting payroll. Buffy is feeling the vise of that with her daycare facility, and retail entities are cinching up too. That means that seasonal employment will be cut, and the regular employees will be required to do even more. Unfortunately, that also means less people in the store to run a cash register, so lines will be longer. Customers will not be happy with this, but it WILL be a factor this holiday season, so be prepared.

Myself, I try to stay out of the stores as much as possible the closer the holidays get. I make alot of gifts. Or take advantage of free shipping offers online. Fighting crowds and standing in line just isn't my bag, baby.

All of this pessimism too much for you? Here's the silver lining. Books make excellent gifts. And e-books are even better, since you don't even have to leave your house to buy them. They are predicting that e-readers will be this season's hottest gift, anyway.

So what are you waiting for? Go stock up on some great books at Sapphire Blue Publishing!