Wednesday, April 28, 2010

People PMS?

Having grown up in a house full of women, I know all about PMS. This week it seems like EVERYONE has it.  Was going to ask a friend for some help and was met with an unusually "grouchified" reply because technology beat me to the punch. All good. Stuff happens. People have bad days. I know about those too.

This past week my novel was critiqued by my classmates and I received some wonderful feedback. This novel is important to me, and I want it to be great. The feedback helped me toward that goal. So I logged into a forum outside of the class discussion and thanked my classmates for offering some excellent feedback. Apparently I broke some "rule" of the Writer's Workshop by offering my thanks after the fact, according to a classmate who emailed the professor in protest. The typical response to "Thank you," is generally, "You're welcome." This etiquette should apply to Writer's Workshop as well. We call that "good manners" in the real world.

There are more examples, but what is the point? I try to be nice, and people respond as if I am interfering with their lives or something. Is it that time of the month for EVERYBODY? Please take a pill or something and save your grumpiness for the people who drive slow in the fast lane. I am one of the good guys.

Maybe I am just too sensitive.

Some day off. I can't wait to get back to work.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring is in the Air! So is pollen!

Spring is a brutal dichotomy for me. On the one hand, nature always looks great during Spring. The colors and blooming flora can be breathtaking at times.

At the same time, Spring also produces pollen, which wreaks utter havoc on those of us cursed with year-round allergies. Not to mention the mess it makes on the cars, porches, and well, just about everything it lands on.

Yet without the pollen, there would be no beautiful flora. Sometimes the things which we see as negative can actually be for the best in the big picture of things. This is a hard lesson to learn, especially for people like me who demand instant gratification. I'm the guy in front of the microwave going, "C'mon, I don't have all minute!" I despise waiting in line for anything, and I get really impatient at traffic lights and four-way stops.

This year, I was unemployed (again) for almost 3 months. Not at all the way I first envisioned 2010 going. Not at all. During those three months, I gained weight and lost self-esteem. Emotionally, I felt as though I had hit rock bottom. I felt as though my life had come to nothing, and I just wanted it to be over.

Circumstances intervened, and now I am employed once again. I still have my freelance writing gig on the side, and I am going full throttle at work and at school. I am happy, and my self-confidence has returned somewhat. I am looking toward the future with hope for the first time in quite awhile. I have made some new friends and continue to celebrate the steadfast ones. I have also become reacquainted with a universal truth:

You can't have Spring without the pollen.