April 11th, 2002

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In mid-February, I ordered a book on legal research from Amazon, for use working on In Our Image. In mid-March, Amazon emailed me saying that it wouldn't be able to ship until mid-April. Yesterday, the emailed me saying it wouldn't be able to ship until mid-May. I gave up and cancelled the order, and placed an order for it through Barnes & Noble's website. They emailed me this morning saying they'd just shipped it.

The sad thing is, I'm not exactly sure what I needed it for now. I hope the notes I've been making are as good as I think they are. I think I need to spend today's lunch break at Panera and see if I can force my muse back from vacation. I've been finding too many other things to do other than writing recently; if I'm going to waste my time, it should be on something I get a vague sense of accomplishment from.

Last week I applied at Aquent, a recruiting company specializing in "creative talent," and yesterday I applied at KForce, a more IT-focused recruiting company. I actually talked with KForce about two years ago and it didn't go anywhere, but I was approaching them as a web developer then. Specfically, an Apache and PHP developer in a market that only cared about IIS, ASP and Cold Fusion. Now I'm trying as a technical writer. I really need a project to cement my Acrobat and FrameMaker skills, though. (I was going to write "an excuse" rather than "a project," but I have an excuse, don't I?)
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A whole 250 words written sitting in a Starbucks after lunch. I'm annoyed that I not only really like this Starbucks coffee (Ethiopia Sidamo), but am comfortable with the earth-toned, track-lit motif and even like the soundtrack. A barista wandered over to point out that there was an outlet by my table so I could plug in the laptop. I'd like to be smugly liberal and be over in the apparently independent coffee shop that's nearby, but not only are they less comfortable to camp out in, they're more expensive.

It's good to get even a little bit accomplished. But I hate being so perfectly in this demographic.