Friday, August 8, 2014

FRIDAY STIR FRY - This and That

         Another edition of this and that. No theme, just observations from the week past.

What has happened to human intelligence?
I'm not claiming to be the smartest roll in the basket, but compared to some people, I'm a genus.
We have a lot of forms where I work. Way too many. But they are pretty self explanatory. Sign here, date here, answer yes or no. Do I ever get a correctly completed form? Maybe 1% of the time.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about people who are truly challenged. I'm talking about people who appear to be fully functional. They drive, they have kids, they work. Some of the worst offenders are caseworkers helping their clients. Scary. Filling out forms seems to be a true challenge for them. Like the sign says on my desk. "There is no life guard in the gene pool." Man oh man, I wish there was.
Enough about the hell I call work.

I participated in my first book signing last week. Technically not a book signing, since my novel is e-book only. I was next to three other talented writer friends, which made it easier. I didn't feel like a total pimp. I gave away an origami book featuring my cover, the first 1000 words and buying info. At least half were gone at the end of the night. I did have a bump in sales ranking on Amazon over the weekend. So, maybe my efforts were not for waste. I might participate in another one down the line.

As treasurer for Ozarks Romance Authors, I'm really busy gearing up for our annual writing conference. Collecting registration fees and compiling lists. Have I mentioned I'm not a number person?

If you are interested in attending a great conference, find more info here:

Oh, and somewhere in all this mess, I need to write. 

How was your week??


  1. Even smart people have trouble filling out forms and following simple directions. I wonder why that is? One of life's many mysteries.

    1. I think it's because of smart phones and tiny attention spans.

  2. Oh, I'm so glad I'm out of that business. We would have an appointment to REVIEW the paperwork. They'd come with nothing filled out. Or no dates, nothing signed, despite a picture of a hand holding a pen and the words Signature and Date. As you say, it wasn't the mentally challenged folks. Believe it or not, they usually get it right! Then, given a LIST of instructions to take with them so they can go home, sit down and get it right... and still bring in incomplete paperwork.

    1. Dixie, I'm so jealous of you. I cried this morning just thinking about coming to work.

  3. I can't argue with you. Forms look very easy to fill out, but it seems people manage to keep messing up. Anyway, I'm happy to see your success at Amazon.