Thursday, May 31, 2007

Welcome to Corporate America Office Politics, Rosie

Yep, I have seen the same scenario played out a millions times.

If you haven't been under a rock lately, I'm sure you have heard or saw the live argument between Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on ABC's "The View".

Just in case you are dusting off the moss from being under that proverbial rock, Rosie O'Donnell made a statement in the past that was misconstrued or mangled in the press. In essence, she was asking Hasselbeck to put herself in the Iraqi people's shoes for a moment and see if she didn't feel that the U.S. attacked Iraq unjustly.

Granted, this is a VERY touchy subject, but one worth exploring. The press along with Fox News and Bill O'Reilly had a field day with the comment as they smugly reported that O'Donnell thought our troops were "terrorists". Nothing could be further from the truth.

Rosie O'Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck

After all of the bru-ha-ha, O'Donnell wondered aloud why Hasselbeck, her co-worker and supposed friend didn't defend her statement on the show. Hasselbeck in all her Republican glory smelled the blood and went for the kill. She stated that O'Donnell should defend her own statements.

O'Donnell took a deep breath and asked one more time. "Do you think that I think the U.S. troops are terrorists?" A yes or no question to be sure.

Hasselbeck continued ranting with O'Donnell ranting back and the simple answer she was seeking became a string of shouted words which equated to YES.

In Corporate America, Barbara Walters is the Supervisor. Rosie and Elisabeth are the coworkers. Rosie doesn't fit in with the rest of the group and feels like the outcast even moreso due to her views. Elisabeth gets the sympathy and Rosie exits.

The same scenario happened to me too, Rosie. Welcome to Corporate America Office Politics.
The only difference between Rosie and me? Several million dollars.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Musings about Musings From A Writer

I've looked at alot of other writers' blogs and they are strict to form: they are chock full of writing tips, advice, job leads and 'how to's.

While these writer sites are incredibly helpful and informative, I often wonder why the writers of these sites don't post more personal opinionated pieces. Isn't that what being a writer is all about? Sure, the form and rules of writing are important, but what about the observation of every day life?

I'm a bit behind in my "musings", Lord, has anyone seen "The View" lately? Yikes. Just in that one show lies a plethora of issues and opinions and rants.

Then there is my favorite (and I am being very sarcastic) Rush Limbaugh. My nickname for him is "Hush Bimbo" but that's for another post.

C'mon writers...RANT!

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Miss Snark, The Crap-O-Meter and Killer Yap

This morning I logged on to all my usual blogs and checked them out. Reading for any comments posted or new items of interest. One of my favorites to read is Miss Snark, The Literary Agent.

As I click to enter her site, the title screams "Miss Snark is Retiring". What??? After blogging and offering practical and yes, blunt criticism for those brave enough to have her review their work...she is hanging up her keyboard.

People have tried to expose who the blogger actually is, but to me, intrigue plus invaluable advice equals a someone that will be sorely missed.

Miss Snark, I hardly knew thee.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Along the Road

Sometimes when I am going through alot of "stuff" personally, this song comes to mind. Every word is a pearl of truth. To all of you that may be going through some rough times as well-

Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road.
Along the road
Your path may wander
A pilgrim's faith may fail
Absence makes the heart grow stronger
Darkness obscures the trail.
Cursing the quest
Courting disaster
Measureless nights forebode
Moments of rest
Glimpses of laughter
Are treasured along the road.
Along the road
Your steps may tumble
Your thoughts may start to stray
But through it all a heart held humble
Levels and lights your way.
Joy at the start
Fear in the journey
Joy in the coming home
A part of the heart
Gets lost in the learning
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road
Somewhere along the road.

Lyrics and Music: Dan Fogelberg

Friday, May 11, 2007

Cash, Money, Bahts, Bongos, Bread, Dollars

I have found out without a doubt what I dislike about freelancing.....there isn't much to hate, mind you, but I have to say that trying to collect money for services rendered really sucks.

Most of my clients are very prompt with payment and I just love'em for that. But there are some that are either very slow on paying or just don't pay at all. One fellow I coached recently just flat out stiffed me. That infuriates me. If he were to call me and say, "Hey, going through a rough financial time, but I can pay you in a month." Then, I can accept that. Hey, life happens sometimes, right?

But to ignore me and cause me to look at the next client with doubt? I really hate that. My advice to these slackers?


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