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If you’ve had the fortitude to stick with this blog since my first post (I’m Not Arguing That With You) you may recall I was miserable with my pathetic career choices and fantasized about changing my life…essentially getting my groove back:
But holy crap it would be so nice to just walk in and…
Well, I finally did it.
I decided to start my own business. My wife was with me 100 percent. Sure, the economy sucks ass (thanks Mr. Bush and friends) but she believes in me. (She was also probably categorically sick of my bellyaching and wanted me to get my groove back, too.)
So, for several months I planned my work and worked my plan…I ate my daily quota of shit, avoided mirrors (who needed the pitying look one gets from one’s self?) and quietly laid the ground work for my daring daylight escape.
The day finally came when I was ready. The new business incorporated, bank account open with a whopping $100, business cards printed. I even had some customers.
One task remained; one I both relished and feared.
I walked in to Mr. Waturi’s crappy little office, looked him in his piggy little eyes and told him effective immediately I was outta there.
“This life, what a joke. This situation… this room….you look like a bag of shit stuffed in a cheap suit.”
Okay, actually I didn’t say that. Instead I said thanks for a great opportunity, but I just wanted to try to do my own thing.
His mouth moved like that of a goldfish in a bowl, but no sound issued. His piggy eyes widened.
After what seemed an eternity he (and I am paraphrasing because he actually stammered around for twenty minutes–going through all the phases of grief) said:
“Please stay.” (He was stuck on the bargaining phase, I guess.)
I was totally blown away, and for a moment I indulged him in his promises to make things more tolerable; his hints at greater things to come if only I would give up another humiliating year or two of my career. If only I would let him feast on the rich moist center of my career meatloaf until all that was left was sawdust and ketchup.
But I did not waver. Instead I agreed to stay on a few months to help ease the transition. (And earn a tidy nest egg for the business to boot).
That transition has now ended and I’m happily working away at my business. Now it’s up to me to make my own dreams come true. No more fantasizing about easy ways out, either.
I have to say…it did feel good to say farewell to Mr. Waturi. I’m no longer arguing that with him. Sure, I have a totally new set of fears to conquer, but at least I’m longer waiting for my real life to begin.
I gotta get my groove back.
Step one: Take back my career.
The dumb ass.
Read an E-Book Week educates and informs the public about the pleasures and advantages of reading electronically.
“The old model of book publishing is a dying model,” says Alex, author of Two Scoops is Just Right, his recently self-published first novel. “This will all really change when e-books get fully accepted and that will leave publishers looking for a stream of e-books. Also, if critics start to review self-published books, that is going to help get those books into distribution.”
If you planned on heading into your local Barnes & Noble this week to try out and possibly pick up the latest e-reader, the Nook, think again.
On Sunday, Barnes & Noble announced that the Nook would not be available in stores for purchase or demonstrations until December 7. This delay is due to high demand for the upcoming e-reader.
“A very limited supply, along with demo units, will be available in our highest-volume stores only, beginning December 7,” Mary Ellen Keating, Barnes & Noble’s senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, told CNET in an e-mail.
Originally, however, the bookseller had intended to have a limited supply of Nooks available for purchase and test-use by Monday. Barnes & Noble is making it a priority to make sure that all Nooks purchased before November 20 for $259 are shipped before shipping to stores.
The entire short lifespan of the Nook has been linked with disappointing announcements. The Kindle competitor was expected to ship to pre-ordering customers by the end of November. However, earlier this month, Barnes & Noble announced that the device would not ship until December 11. On November 20, B&N also announced that the device was sold out for the remainder of 2009, and wouldn’t be available until January of 2010.
“The hottest holiday gift is out of stock,” reads a message at the top of the page. “Order the Nook today to be first in line for the new year.”
Spring Design, based in California, claim that Barnes & Noble copied key features and ideas of its Alex dual-screen ebook reader when making making its own ebook, the Nook.
The two companies had originally worked together on a “Kindle killer”, an ebook reader that could compete with Amazon’s device. But Spring Design alleges that Barnes & Noble failed to disclose that it was also working on its own ebook product, and claims that it “misappropriated trade secrets” and violated the parties’ non-disclosure agreement “when it copied Alex features in to its recently announced Nook ebook reader”.
Today I met with a talented artist who will design my ebook cover in exchange for some writing on one of his projects. I’m meeting with the webmaster next week to reformat the book’s website. I also have a singer/songwriter composing a tune to fit the book’s theme that I might place on the website!
Feels good to know that by December, my ebook will be out there.
So keep that in mind when you buy a Kindle or other ebook reader for the holidays…!