Monday, October 3, 2011

I Was Just Thinking; You Sure Look Great In Blue

"I've had enough, this is my prayer, that I'll die livin' just as free as my hair..."
~Hair, Lady Gaga

What's new: I made a spontaneous decision to enter the world of retail.  I got tired of wasting hours submitting resumes that were never acknowledged, so on a whim, I drove around, filled out applications, and came home with an opportunity to be paid in exchange for serving a local department store.  Pardon my enthusiasm; I'll tone it down a notch.

In all honesty, I'm grateful for the opportunity.  At the risk of sounding ill, I did miss working.  I missed getting out of the house and being around people - which makes no sense considering I avoid people like the plague, but I missed them nonetheless.  I missed a structured schedule that forced me to manage time efficiently.  I missed the accountability of having somewhere to report.

Compared to teaching, I can't say this position presents the challenges and satisfaction I'm used to.  But it does present flexibility, nothing to take home, and a paycheck - and any paycheck is better than no paycheck.  I'm able to block out writing time without neglecting my job.  My commute is a dream; I no longer spend hours in traffic jams, driving 20+ miles to a job that sacrifices quality writing time.  And except for the huge toll it's taking on my body, I have no complaints.  I'm still getting used to being on my feet so much.

The downside: My blog has been neglected.  I'm working to fix this, but it's going to take time as I transition.  And though I still read a number of blogs, it's often done on breaks via the inconvenient iPhone, which isn't the best for leaving comments as many of you know.  Please bear with me while I make a few adjustments. 

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” 
– Harvey Fierstein.
  • Today is Stomp Out Bullying Day.  You can join the campaign by wearing a blue shirt and sharing this message with the rest of the world.  You can also visit the facebook page for more information on the origin of today.
  • A.S. King's EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS is in bookstores today.  Kirkus reviews describes it as "a resonant, uplifting story about not just getting through, but powering through, the tough times."  King puts a magical spin on the bullying epidemic, taking the reader on a powerful journey showing how one character copes.
  • Matthew MacNish and Alex Cavanaugh are co-hosting the Pay It Forward Blogfest on Friday, October 14.   This is a great opportunity to network with other writers online.
  • The mother of all colds is finally subsiding.  The booger kept me from enjoying the last Philly Lit Night, so here's hoping I'm not sipping DayQuil at any more.
  • My fantasy team experienced their first loss of the season, bumping me out of first place and slaughtering my undefeated status.  Tears may have formed - don't judge me.
  • A special thanks to Christine Danek for honoring me with some blog awards last week.  If you want to make an awesome new friend today, visit her blog and say hello. 
Every day 1 out of 7 kids and teens are approached online by predators, 1 out of 4 kids are bullied and 43% of teens, 97% of middle schoolers and 47% of older teens 18-24 are cyberbullied.  Over 160,000 kids stay home from school everyday for fear of being bullied.  Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students of all races and classes. Child and teen Bullying and Cyberbullying are at an all-time high. Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. It has everyone worried (, 2011).

Lady Gaga performs a tribute to Jamey Rodemeyer at iHeartRadio 2011:


  1. Congrats on the job, my friend! I know the feeling ... it's not a long-term career, but paychecks are awesome. i'm in a similar position, but we will rise above it in the end.

    I have a massive respect for all you do to raise awareness of this oft-neglected issue as well, buddy. Don't ever lose that passion to make a difference in this world. There's not enough people like you out there, and you're truly making a difference.

    Peace, brother! :)

  2. I watched this video before. So sad and touching. Lady Gaga works hard against bullying. Thanks for sharing and I'm gonna check out the links.

  3. Congrats on the job, particularly the peace of mind it will hopefully provide.

    And though I'm a bit ambivalent about whether all these anti-bullying efforts make a difference (b/c I'm not sure if most bullies realize they're bullies or if they listen to the likes of LG, etc.), I always appreciate the efforts of those who take a committed stand (and hope that a dent is being made).

  4. Glad you're working, Paul! Money is good no matter what the source. And thanks for mentioning the blogfest.

  5. Nice to see you back.

    And bullying's been on my mind this week, as my HR manager has been on the Canadian news the last few days because her daughter was bullied on Kick a Ginger Day. I'm glad she took a stand, as that's not always easy to do. Especially as I'm the father of two young ginger-headed boys.

  6. Nice to see you back...congrats on the job! I'm grateful for all you do to campaign against bullies!

  7. Hey Paul,

    Glad to hear that you have found employment. Congratulations are in order. So many people are without work right now; I count you lucky. Hope the new job doesn't continue to stem your writing or blogging.

    I hope you don't mind, but I shared the Stomping Out Bullying day on my blog. Thanks for continuing your message.

    Checking out the blogfest and your new friend,


  8. Glad you are back out there working, because it sounds like you may need it for stimulation. We all have to get out, even when we don't want to. I volunteer. I think retail would be a great way to do character study and each shift you work has the potential to give you a story idea, fill a plot hole, or just rev up your mind for more editing. It's all good, and you get paid! Congrats!

  9. As one who's been out of work for over two years, I congratulate you on your job score. I've been thinking of a retail job as well. There are several places I could walk to which would be a dream for me. They don't pay well, but it's a paycheck at least. I know that my blogging will take a big hit, but it doesn't pay any bills so I'm going to have to go with priorities.
    Good luck with the job!

    Tossing It Out


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