Thursday, February 10, 2005


Didn't happen. I told Chris that if he brought me home a box of candy Gideon would arrive. I ate the candy and Gideon made a liar out of me. We are not starting off on the right foot here.

The 10th is another day. I was out Wednesday evening and reminded that it was Ash Wednesday. I'm not Catholic, but decided to give up being pregnant for Lent. Life has been a little less fun since I "dropped" a couple weeks ago. It would be nice to have at least one shirt in my closet that didn't fit me like a mid-riff when I raise my arms. Or pants that I didn't have to wear way beneath my belly. It would be nice not to sport so much crack when I (attempt) to bend over. I'm like Chris Farley's "I live in a van down by the river" character constantly pulling up my pants.

Oh well, that's what I get for making such a big production out of it.

Misc thought:

Here's a suggestion for all you editors of print journals (and poets peddling chapbooks), accept PayPal payments! It's really easy and free to set-up (yes, they'll take a small percentage of the sale). I'm on a few mailing lists and read tons of blogs. Often I come accross a journal or chapbook I'd like to buy, but the only way I can get it is to send a check. This almost always ensures I'm not going to buy it. I'm not making some grand stand against sending checks, but instead of clicking on a couple buttons and going on my merry way I have to do all of this:

1. Move my laptop off my lap and stand-up (Ok, this is a bigger deal lately than usual)
2. Go downstairs to my desk and get an envelope and slip of paper
3. Write a short note requesting the item and include my address
4. Find my checkbook
5. Write the check and make of record of it
6. Address and stuff the envelope
7. Go to the dining room china cabinet where I keep the stamps
8. Walk the envelope to the mailbox

Now, if it's something I really want, I'll do it and honestly, the whole getting up, walking up and down the stairs agony is only a temporary issue. But it is always an issue for whim purchases, which is often the case for me when it comes to checking out a new journal or chapbook. What goes through my mind is "Oh, I've heard/read about that pub and I'm curious and would like to see it." If it's really easy to get (i.e. the Buy Now PayPal button), I usually get it. If there's an address, it means I have to go through my 8 step process and I usually won't stop what I'm doing to bother. It may get filed into my "To-Do list," a never-ending, continiously priority-changing monster full of good intentions, but little action.

Accepting PayPal doesn't mean you can't accept checks too. It makes sense that if you're going to use the Internet for its ease and effectiveness to publicize your publication, you might as well utilize it to make the transaction easy for your potential audience.


At 8:55 AM, Blogger jenni said...

I was late for my daughter--7 days, but when she came, it was QUICK! My water broke, I got to the hospital and was 5cm before I really felt the contractions. I delivered her 6 hours later. It was a breeze! I know women who've had hell labors, and they hate to hear my story, but hey, I gotta brag on something.

Hoping yours goes just as smoothly.


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