Friday, January 10, 2014

Celebrating The Small Things

Happy Friday, everyone.

Fridays on My Pet Blog mean we are taking part in VikLit's Celebrate The Small Things bloghop where participants simply share the good things from the previous week. Click on the link above or the pic to the left for a complete list of participants.

Here's what I'm celebrating this week:

—Internet. Mid-week, I had some internet connectivity problems and was suddenly thrust back into the dark ages (aka the early 90's) when I had no internet access whatsoever. Of course, in the early 90's, I didn't have a slight Twitter addiction and could deal with such things much more nobly than I maybe did this past week. But it's back now—and I apologize to any IWSGers who came here looking for a post and didn't find one. I didn't mean to not post! Or waste your time. But anyway, I'm celebrating the fact that my internet is back.

—Speaking of internet, I'm also celebrating Pandora Internet Radio. I've known about it, just never really used it much before. But then I needed to find myself some dark and angry music to add to my writing soundtrack to accommodate the continuing dark and angry vibe coming from Second Nature and despite the best efforts of friends and family, I wasn't having much luck finding that perfect song. Pandora really helped me out—or at the very least has pointed me in the right direction—and now I'm kind of addicted to that, too.

—Now let's talk about the efforts of my friends and family. I love these people. I say, "Hey, I'm looking for some dark and angry music" and they're all "Well, have you tried this?" and then proceed to research and suggest dark and angry music. And never once did they punch me in the face when I listened to thirty seconds of a song (and sometimes not even that much) before saying, "Nope. Not right." Plus it's always nice to have someone to whom you can say, "I need a soundtrack for this super fun torture scene I'm writing. Have any suggestions?" without things getting weird. Weirder?

—Next I have to give a special shout out to my poor, put upon brother. I've been freaking out a lot this lifetime week, and he's had to at least skim the endless barrage of crazy, rambling emails that have landed in his inbox. I'm certain that any day now I'm going to find out that he's joined some kind of writer protection program, and my emails will henceforth be responded to by one of those automated message things. Unless he already has, and I just haven't figured it out yet. I hereby resolve to be less not crazy next week. Or at least write fewer emails.

—And last, but not least, I'm also celebrating the latest Store shakeup. #3 Boss was fired this week, and since the man frequently presented himself as a misogynistic jackass, I'm not sad to see him go. No word yet on who his replacement might be, but there is a rumor that #1 Boss may hire her BFF for the job. No one on staff is happy about that, but I'm not worried just yet. I can ignore the BFF just as well as I have #1 Boss for the last six months.

So that's going to do it for me today. What are you celebrating this week?

Have a great weekend, all. See you Monday.

44 comments:

  1. Glad to hear your internet is working properly! I've had mine conk out in the past, so I can imagine how aggravating it must've been for you...

    And that's great about how helpful Pandora Internet Radio ended up being! I've heard about it before, but never tried it. Guess I'll have to remember it whenever I need some good new tunes for my own projects!

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    1. Yeah, the Pandora radio's been a lot of fun. I love to discover new music, and this has been incredibly helpful, if later expensive. (I also love to download new music...)

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  2. I'm celebrating the next four days being above 40 degrees!

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  3. No worries on the IWSG post! I didn't kick you off the list.
    Pandora is awesome. I've discovered some great bands that way.

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    1. Oh good...one of my first thoughts was "Ack! I'm gonna get kicked off the list!"

      So, thanks, Alex!

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  4. I've heard of Pandora but never used it, so thanks for the info. I need to start working on a soundtrack for my next project…whatever that will be. Sigh. (My IWSG post was all about that dilemma.)

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    1. If you have one (or more) seed song or artist, they'll build a radio station around that seed. It's really kind of cool how they do it. And, if you don't mind a few commercials (like, very few), it's free!

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  5. Glad you got your internet back - talk about torture!

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    1. And I didn't even have the perfect soundtrack to accompany it...

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  6. Internet is amazing. I kind of hate to admit it, but if mine died I thought it would be something like torture. (Also, I'd not get any marketing done. There, I need it for my writing career.)
    ANYWAYS...
    I know what you mean about friends who accept the fact that you're torturing someone and are willing to give pointers instead of locking you up in the basement. Aren't they the best thing a writer could hope for? I have a couple myself, and it is nice to just be able to go to someone and say, "I killed off two characters already by shooting them. Would it be a bad idea to shoot the third? It is war, after all, but does it sound kind of like I'm being lazy and just resorting to shooting so I don't have to think of other means to kill them?"
    Friends like that are irreplaceable.

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    1. They really are the best. They never flinch (at least outwardly) when they hear me say things like "Do you know any creative ways of torturing people?" or "I'm thinking about killing a bunch of people. Do you think I should?" and assume I'm talking about characters (or co-workers) and never call the nice men with the butterfly nets to come and take me away.

      Truly irreplaceable.

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  7. Have I mentioned how much I love reading your posts lately? No? Well, I should have.
    :)

    As for angry music, I saw your post but assumed someone would have found you something. I will throw my angsty music selections into the mix.

    Just about anything from Disturbed but certainly Down with the Sickness.
    Tool - Sober
    Godsmack - I f*cking hate you
    Linkin Park - One step closer
    Metallica - Broken, Beat & Scarred
    Korn - Coming undone
    Saliva - Click Click Boom

    Good luck. Keep writing! Keep ignoring the bosses!
    HMG

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    1. Hey—Korn's "Coming Undone" is my current front runner. I heard it on Pandora yesterday and was all, "Hey! Hey! This might be right!"

      Very exciting time for me.

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  8. I'm not brilliant with angry music, I usually just jump around and scream along with "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette!

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    1. Unfortunately, it wasn't right for the scene. But I do love that song—it's perfect for jumping around and screaming.

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  9. No internet? Yikes! *shudder* Hope everything turns out for the best at work.

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    1. It was a dark and scary time. I'm glad it's behind me now.

      And work should be fine. I have headphones and a position that allows me to wear them.

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  10. Oh my, when I can't surf the internet, the only waves I get are waves of panic. Angry music? I like a bit of Fear Factory playing in the background. Then I can kick some butt.

    And no "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary." Oh well, that's okay. I was getting embarrassed with all the adulation :)

    Gary

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    1. Never fear—you won't have to worry about all the adulation. At least not until next month.

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  11. Oh goodness, best of luck to you and your co-workers. You never know the BFF might be a fine boss…keep the positivity alive and all that lol

    Glad you have your Internet back. That would freak me out O_O

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    1. It's been a long time since I've had any positivity toward Management. I'm not sure I could muster up any now.

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  12. There better not be a writer protection program or I'm doomed!

    Ahh, the Store shake up. You have weathered, hmm, how many now? 1,682? You will overcome yet again!

    Man, now I want to find some triumphant music to go along with that statement. Something with trumpet fanfare and pounding kettle drums.

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    1. Yes, I will overcome yet again. I imagine someday I'll be buried in that store. Then I can haunt all the future generations of employees...

      And now I will ask Pandora to find me some triumphant music.

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  13. Good brothers are the best! I'm sure yours understands! Happy celebrations to you!

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    1. I hope he does understand, but I still imagine him just banging his head against the desk whenever one of my emails shows up in his inbox.

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  14. Good riddance to Boss #3 and good luck with the new one. And you're lucky to have a brother like that. Have a good weekend! I'm celebrating that this week of snow days is over and the kid can go back to school next week. My me time is desperately needed.

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    1. I can only imagine. However, I do have friends with small children who are right there with you.

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  15. Work politics are great aren't they? There's far too much 'it's not what you know, but who you know'. Sounds as fun as my work at the moment, I just love the reassignment of line management.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Work politics are never boring. I'll be interested to see how things shake out.

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  16. Life without internet?!? The horror!

    If that guy was a misogynistic jackass, he deserved to get fired. I hope the new boss will be better.

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    1. I cautiously say s/he'd almost have to be.

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  17. Sorry your internet went out. I went a little crazy when mine decided to die for no reason one day. At least they got it up and running...as soon as I called them and told them to.

    You should be celebrating a new boss as good fodder for your Twitter feed...

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    1. That's true—I have been extremely lucky in that regard. Management has always given me an endless supply of ridiculous for my Twitter feed.

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  18. You're lucky to have such supporting friends and an awesome brother!
    Good luck at the store. It'll be interesting to see who's up next, surely they can't be as bad as the last...right?

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  19. I love Pandora, but can never decide if I want that (to possibly discover a new favorite artist) or Spotify (where they play ONLY what I tell them to).

    Anyway, I hope you got my awkwardly written apology letter during the week, or maybe that was the week before, for not coming through with the thing.

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    1. I really needed Pandora in this case because I didn't know what I was looking for, and nothing I had was what I needed.

      And yes, I did get your letter. No worries, Rusty.

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  20. Glad your internet is back! And hurrah for brothers!

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    1. I am extremely fortunate in both of those categories.

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  21. Hope your brother is still taking your emails ;)

    Enjoy your weekend, complete with internet!

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    1. I hope so, too. Of course, now I'm afraid to send them...

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  22. Oh, no - not the dark ages of no internet! Ack! But yay for all the shout outs to your family - and I'm glad to see from a comment above that it seems to have worked. :)

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  23. Ooh, I love Pandora! I've maxed out my stations on there - it's my favorite when I need a good writing soundtrack. :)

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