Posted in Birds, photography, Vampires, writing

Thanks, a Sale, and Birds

In case you’re hanging out at home wondering what to do with yourself, you can get my book, Revenants Abroad, for 33% off (so $1.99) from now until December 1 through Smashwords with coupon code QB85F.

I hope my US readers had a lovely Thanksgiving, however you spent it. Those of you not in the US, Happy Friday Eve! I am thankful for all of you who read my blog.

Geese on the wing 11-27-14

Hummingbird2 11-27-14

Posted in Birds, Conservation, Holidays, photography

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have swiped this from an email from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, just so you know. I found them after watching “The Big Year” and getting more interested in birding. I still haven’t done much about it, but I do love birds, so…

Greater Sage-Grouse
The Greater Sage-Grouse, by Gerrit Vyn

 

Just in case you’re grousing (har har) around the interwebs today looking for something to read, here’s the Happy Thanksgiving email from Cornell Labs of Ornithology. I thought I’d help raise their profile a tad:

All of us at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Greater Sage-Grouse, featured above, is one of more than 90 bird species that live in the sagebrush steppe, an ecosystem at risk. This fall, Cornell Lab supporters voted the Greater Sage-Grouse as their favorite sagebrush bird, in a poll we conducted to help bring attention to the region’s conservation issues.

The Greater-Sage Grouse is a cousin of the Wild Turkey, making this regal-looking bird a fitting star for our Thanksgiving eCard to thank you for your support during this special time of year.

Every year, we make great strides in advancing research, education, citizen science, and conservation to benefit the birds. We could not do this without you. This holiday season, our staff at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology would like to express our heartfelt thanks for your participation, support, and friendship. Your help and love of birds strengthen our capacity to ensure that humans and wildlife can flourish side by side. Thank you!

Copyright © 2013 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

159 Sapsucker Woods Rd

Ithaca, NY 14850

Posted in Holidays, NaNoWriMo, Office Life, random thoughts, writing

Survival Mode

So here we are, the last week of November, with that-holiday-that-shall-not-be-named right around the corner. Here comes the panic, and the racing around, and the fretting over money we can’t really afford to spend, and ‘To-Do’ lists growing exponentially even though time is speeding up.

Yeah, I really look forward to the holidays.

I gave up on NaNo a couple weeks back when my day-job took a nasty turn and I was too distraught and succumbing to panic attacks to even think about writing. Luckily, the panic attacks have subsided so I can sleep again, an unexpected pleasant surprise on the job front (no, not a new job) gave it an interesting wrinkle. But I’m so far behind on NaNo now there’s just no way to catch up. I can’t possibly crank out 40k words by Saturday at midnight. Oh well, no biggie. I have other things of far greater significance to which to devote my attention.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter have no doubt seen me griping about a co-worker I variously referred to as Ms. Amherst, or Ms. A, or most recently, Princess. She is a suck-up to end all suck-ups, like I have never seen. She got the two top dogs in my department so completely wrapped around her little finger, and they had no idea. People are so susceptible to flattery and schmoozing, it almost made me feel dirty to watch it happen. It still boggles my brain that they couldn’t see through her. Everyone else could. People outside our department would comment that they felt sorry for anyone who had to work with her. (I say this so you know it’s not just me. She had even bragged about how much others outside our department who had to deal with her hated her. I’m sure she assumed they were jealous of her fabulousness).

So here’s the thing: She took another job at our company, and gave notice a couple days ago. After all the cozying up to the department head and office manager, she’s bailing for what she sees as a more ‘important’ position. She just loves to feel important. I could tell our office manager was a bit shell-shocked, and was reeling trying to figure out how this could happen and how she’s going to cope with the loss of Princess. I wonder when (if ever) it will dawn on her that Princess only does what Princess wants to do to advance her own career, and all the brown-nosing and schmoozing were just to ingratiate herself while she had to? But, this is the kind of person that management always loves. Toss out enough buzzwords and jargon and spend as much time as possible hanging around chatting with the higher-ups, and you’re in like Flint. Competence plays no part in career success. And I wonder how long her new boss will put up with her showing up when she pleases, and taking 8 15-minute bathroom breaks a day, along with two trips out for food, and an hour lunch break? But, maybe like my manager, they won’t notice.

I guess going in to my boss and saying “I told you so” wouldn’t be the best strategy here.

I’m still looking for a new job. I suppose I should learn to schmooze but the idea makes my skin crawl. I guess I’m just not corporate material.  What I am doing is looking into finding work doing freelance writing, with an eye to leaving the corporate world behind for good.

In the meantime, I have a short 2-day workweek this week. THAT will be fabulous. With that, I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving, however you choose to spend it. Enjoy your turkey, or Tofurkey. Chin up, we’ll survive the holidays yet. Click the picture below for a Thanksgiving ecard from me, to you.

Thanksgiving Jacquie Lawson

Posted in Holidays, writing

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Site of the first Thanksgiving

Click the photo above to go to NASA’s site to read more about the geography and the early European settlers there.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, whether you are in the U.S., Canada, or elsewhere (I know it’s not Canada’s Thanksgiving Day, but since I missed it, please accept my belated good wishes). Consider it a general harvest festival observance. If you’re traveling, be safe, and if you’re entertaining take some time to enjoy the day.