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15 January 2010 @ 03:36 pm
Today = KICKASS!  
I met my mother for lunch. Yay for free food!

I got a call from the temp agency saying they might have a 4-6 week position opening for me, possibly starting as early as next week. (With the rate of pay they quoted, if the job gives 40 hours a week and lasts for all 6 weeks, that'll give me enough money to pay the rent for 3 months before I run out of money again.)

A review copy of a new book arrived, so I can read and review it. (Can't complain at free books when all I have to do is read it and write a review for 3 or more sites!)

I stopped by a new yarn store in the Market and came away with a free skein of yarn so that I can knit product samples for them, which they will also pay me cash money for. The owner also took my number to contact me in case any job positions opened up, and seemed interested in having me teach classes there sometimes.

And I'm still on a high from helping out at a friend's store yesterday and getting a free bar of handmade soap in thanks!

Hopefully this luck will carry over into the gyoza and rice I'm making for supper tonight. :D

Today, thus far, has kicked some serious ass! I feel great!
 
 
 
Bugen: happybugen on January 16th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Woo~!

I'm still wishing you good luck with the job search! I know it hasn't been going so well these past few months, but with all the things you're mentioning here happening practically all of a sudden, I'm hoping that this will be the big turnaround.

Since when did you review books? :o

(Also, hey... are you still interested in the thing we were e-mailing back and forth about a few weeks ago? Just asking since I haven't heard anything about it in a little while.)
冬 - I'll eat some breakfast, then change the worldeternalism on January 16th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just haven't gotten around to the email yet.

I started doing small book reviews a little while ago. It's amazing that some publishing companies will give out free review copies to people who agree to post about their products online, really. With the company I've partnered with, I'm under no obligation to say anything good. Just one book at a time, free to me so long as I read it through and post my review in at least 3 places. Not too bad!
Bugenbugen on January 16th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
'kay.

I haven't heard of that before, but it makes sense -- if they're a small publisher, then they probably have a marketing budget to match, and if people are willing to do that then it's a relatively cheap way to raise awareness of their books -- and if I'm looking at reviews on Amazon, I'm more likely to trust several people saying the same thing than just one. (As much as I go by those, anyway.) Small-scale buzz is certainly better than none at all.

If people were obligated to give good reviews, the the number of people interested would probably drop significantly -- and the reviews themselves, whichever way they go, probably help to give them a better idea of what to publish and what to pass on.