A Very Practical Tattoo…

Are you one of those people who scrawls things they need to remember/do on your arm in Biro? Do you crave structure and order? Maybe this tattoo is for you then?

Happy Place (There are a few less practical but amusing tattoos on there)

Other practical Tattoos from Oddee:

A Ruler

A Subway Map

A note pad

33 Ways to Stay Creative.

Apparently my theme doesn’t handle ordered lists so I’ve had to fudge the list the make it more readable….

I saw this and in the run up to NaNoWriMo I thought I’d run through the list.

1. I don’t really do lists, why does this count as something that makes you more creative? Lists of what!!!!

2. I used to carry a notebook everywhere, i kept on losing the note books. Now I have a notes application on my phone. It’s synchronized with the internet so my notes don’t go missing.

3. I assume free writing is just writing what comes to your mind, I do that here far too often… I guess I could do it more with a little more focus though…

4. Noooooooooooooooo…. Okay maybe this is a good idea, I think disconnecting from the internet is just as good an idea though…

5. What the hell does this mean? Host a seance? Try and have an out of body experience? I’m calling bull on this item…

6. No, I like it, I’m crap which is why I strive to be better.

7. My life is a break… I guess every now and then you have to walk away to get some perspective though.

8. Check, and everywhere else, as my workmates will attest…

9. I’m on my 5th cup of the day and it’s only half 10…

10. I think I know my roots, I guess I could know more. Is this supposed to mean you actual roots or your creative roots? Damn you vague list for being vague!

11. Last FM that is all I’m going to say. I’ve pretty much stopped listening to music any other way when I’m at work. I’ve never heard of any of the artist I listen to.

12. Does writing this this count as being open?

13. Creative people annoy this shit out of me? Or is that people who think they are creative? I’m not sure… True story I went to a party a while back where there were a bunch of “artists”, bunch of self important anti social so and sos kept on talking loudly about really obscure crap to do with their field and excluded everyone else at the party. I guess it’s okay when you have something in common with them…

14 You can read a lot of my writing on this blog… I even have a writing section… Gies feedback!

15.  I’ve tried to start a writing group but it fell apart because everyone is so busy, must try again…

16. I’m about to put myself through 30 days of mental anguish in the form of NaNoWriMo…

17. I try to make the time to practice but it’s hard, I must try harder to try harder…

18. Everything I do is a mistake… I accept this.

19. Glasgow, China, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Japan… Oh you mean more local? I guess I could try going to a different place to write. Recently I’ve tried writing in different coffee shops. I quite like Big Mouth Coffee Company.

20. I really enjoy foreign films, don’t watch enough, need to rectify this. Irritatingly I found a channel on Sky that did nothing but foreign films then sky replaced it the next week… I was sad… True story…

21. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9… Okay… Moving on…

22. When am i supposed to find time to rest… Sleep is for the weak!

23. Like diving in front of buses so you can sue the bus company for medical costs?

24. There are rules… (I was tempted to mimic the typographical breaking of the rules that this does on the original list, but that would be conformist of me)

25. Roger. Eat lots of burgers….

26. I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave… I’m going to have to force myself when it comes to NaNoWriMo, that’s the nature of the beast.

27. I used to do this all the time, I have a 1979 edition of the Oxford concise dictionary back home, I used to open it up and a random page and read it. Also the encyclopedia Britannica.Now I have the 1920 Oxford Concise Dictionary.

28. For writing? Not sure what to do here?

29. I’m not anyone’s perfect, not even my own, I know this.

30. See 2, My Catch Notes account is chock full of ideas. I also have an entire Category of my blog dedicated to story ideas… 

31. No No No No. Maybe. I need to tidy up my study.

32. I am.

33. I’ll try, I guess I just have.

Via Laura Kane.

I remember when I wanted to work in a book store…

 

 

This image is doing the rounds on the internet to be honest most of these grievances are applicable to almost any retail outlet. There was a time when I wanted to work in a bookstore, I was actually very close to applying for a job as a midnight shelf stacker in the Borders in Glasgow before I got my first job as a software developer. I think it was mainly because I hated working in a mobile phone shop, but also because I love books.

I miss Borders, but not because I ever bought any books there (I did occasionally but it was almost always cheaper on Amazon). I think that was their problem, they didn’t seem to care what they didn’t sell to people, they wanted to provide an environment where you could in fact just read the book in the store rather than buy it so that you might buy it half way through. This failed them because I think people just ended up reading the first few chapters in Borders and then ordering off of Amazon to finish the book.

  • We hate when a book becomes popular simply because it was turned into a movie.
  • It confused us when we were asked where the non-fiction section is.
  • Nicholas Sparks is not a good writer … if you like him, fine, but facts are facts.
  • We greatly dislike the phrase “Quick question.” It’s never true. And everyone seems to have one.
  • Your summer reading list was our summer reading NIGHTMARE. Also, it’s called summerreading, not three days before school starts reading.
  • It’s true that we lean to the left and think Glenn Beck is an idiot.
  • We always knew when you were intently reading Better Homes and Gardens, it was really a hidden Playboy.
  • Most of the time when you returned books you read them already — and we were onto you.
  • Limit One Coupon did not mean one for every member of your family — this angered us. Also, we did know what coupons were out.
  • It never bothered us when you threatened to shop at Barnes & Noble. We’d rather you do if you’re putting up a stink.
  • “I was just here last week and saw this book there” meant nothing to us. The store changed once a week.
  • When you walked in and immediately said, “I’m looking for a book,” what you really meant to say is, “I would like you to find me a book.” You never looked. It’s fine, it’s our job — but let’s be correct about what’s really happening here.
  • If you don’t know the author, title, or genre, but you do know the color of the cover, we don’t either. How it was our fault that we couldn’t find it we’ll never understand.
  • We were never a daycare. Letting your children run free and destroy our section destroyed a piece of our souls.
  • Oprah was not the “final say” on what is awesome. We really didn’t care what was on her show or what her latest book club book was. Really.
  • When you returned your SAT books, we knew you used them. We thought it wasn’t fair — seeing that we are not a library.

 

Via Shelf Life