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Writing Is Easy, It’s The Other Stuff That Drives Me Mad!

writingArghhh. Writing is a snap compared to some things. You know, the mundane details of life. Like:

  • Why is my best client getting multiple copies of email from me?
  • How do I get Norton’s utilities to stop scanning in background when I’m busy?
  • Do I really need to put more gas in the car? Today? Now?
  • OMG, the rent’s almost due!
  • Geeze, we’re almost out of kitty food. I didn’t want to go to the store, but if I don’t…
  • Has anybody ever made a decent vacuum cleaner? If so, I want one.
  • Rats. That’s right, I was going to get stamps last week.
You know what I mean. I call this kind of stuff goat dancing. And isn’t that a fine looking goat in the picture?

By the way, one of the best ways to find time to write is to learn the art of saying ‘no’ and Zen Habits has a post called 7 Simple Ways to Say ‘No.’ Take a moment or two to read it… it may change your life.

Image from http://www.sxc.hu

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  • When a client doesn’t make their instructions clear or after you get the job you find out they want several rewrites of the same article they want written. Sometimes 5 articles end up being 50! Surprize…surprize…surprize!!!

    • Hmmmm… maybe I can do a post on helping a client define the job, or what to do if the spec changes. Good idea, thanks.

  • Old folk singers Reilly and Maloney, from their 1984 album sang my favorite song on this subject (artists and goat dancing) and in part the lyrics are:

    …I thought of a question I’ve often asked,
    “Did Bethoven do the dishes?
    Did Mozart sweep the floor?
    Did all those great muscians have to do their chores?”

    …I bet Johann Sebastian Bach never had to worry about clean socks;
    I bet Peter Tchaikovsky never took the garbage out;
    I bet Verdi rarely helped rake the leaves
    Even when his wife said please.

  • I had the cat food problem today, only replace “cat food” with “glucose testing strips.” Oops.

    • Anne

      Ooops for sure… hope you’re close to where you can get those. I can walk to my supermarket… I think it’s a short three blocks, and four blocks to a big drugstore.

  • Multiply the shelf life of cat food in days, x, by the number of cans the cat eats per day, y. Buy that amount (xy cans). Repeat before x days, and you won’t have to dance with that particular goat for a while.

    Norton has a preferences setting where you can schedule scans. Reset it to a better time. [I had a failed installation of Norton once and never succeeded in getting it to work and never was able to get it all off my system. Norton’s instructions didn’t work and they didn’t have an uninstall program for failed installations. I had to look for third party utilities to uninstall it. I’m running Avira Anti-Vir, now.]
    .-= jorgekafkazar´s last blog ..Tenirax, Ch V =-.

  • My day job! LOL!
    .-= Elizabeth West´s last blog ..A Little Naughty… =-.

  • admin

    Robin, years ago when I was living on a boat in Sausalito our then Harbor Master Joe Tate used the term. Stuff that gets your goat is not a bad definition… I generally use it to indicate a frustrating interaction, like a telephone tree. Not like Dancing With Wolves, altho’ that ability my help with goat dancing.

    Now, how are you going to meet your own challenge to yourself?

  • Robin

    I’m wondering about your term “goat dancing.” Is it stuff that gets your goat? Or because if you were able to dance with goats, it would be a waste of time or would distract you from what’s really important? Or is it a reference to “Dances With Wolves” and a deep desire to leap and flail around a roaring bonfire? Goat dancing for me would be my reluctance to try to ever make a living from writing out of fear I’m not skilled enough and the subsequent distractions I’m able to find to keep myself busy enough not to even try. There. I’ve thrown the gauntlet down for myself!

  • admin

    hmmm thanks Suzanne… am actually wondering if those robot vacuums work at all.

  • We checked this out via Consumer Reports and ended up with a Sears Progressive vacuum, which is a canister model. It’s about half the price of the Dyson, is easier to maneuver, and does a great job, particularly if animal hair is an issue for you.

  • admin

    Benjamin… do you have a picture? I’d love to post it, with credit of course.

    Isaac – 80 pages! what topic… and the rest of life… yes, a mighty fine goat.

    Chris – got the kitty food just in time for the two cats who own me 😉

  • I had the kitty food situation yesterday. There would have been h#ll to pay had we not stopped–even if it was way out of the way.

  • Isaac

    I have 80 papers to grade when all I really want to do is write some stuff. And I also gotta play with the dogs, feed the cats, watch the baby, etc……

    That is a mighty fine goat.

    Isaac’s last blog post..Interview with Poet Elisabeth Whitehead

  • I am not sure if it qualifies as dancing, but when I was on Vancouver Island last summer I ended up at a market where the main building’s roof was made of grass, and it had goats actually living on it.

    Benjamin Hunting’s last blog post..3 Important Event Planning Tips

  • Lou

    A day spent being nibbled to death by ducks.

  • Re the vacuum cleaner – Dyson. I’ll never buy anything else again.
    Cute goat.

  • Nilfisk make good vacuum cleaners!
    For the norton stuff, let me know and I’ll do my best to help out.

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