Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rude people suck!

Hey guys...
Do you remember my dream, the one about Grant? Well, I started typing some of it out...but the problem is I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. Or where to start it. Or how to start it. Or what the target audience will be. Or if it sucks. If it it's awesome. Basically, I just have no idea.

In Elana's words, I basically word vomited. I word-puked all over the screen. I used to think I was good at writing books...you know, like adult ones. And then I started writing short stories, and then I started writing picture books...now anything over 1500 words scares the bejesus out of me. How do I get over that? Is there some kind of manual out there that tells you how to start novels? If there is, please let me know!

In other news, my second PB ever is going to be submitted starting on MONDAY! Woot! I'm looking for smaller publishing houses. From what I've heard, the larger ones (you know, the NY, NY ones) are quite picky since the PB market has slowed down considerably. One of my critique partners sent a nice list of smaller publishing houses....if you'd like to see that list, let me know!

In more (non) news, we had a yard sale today and I met the rudest. woman. alive.
I got an e-mail from this whack-job last night asking me to call her about the price of a changing table (I'd put up an advertisement on craigslist about our garage sale) and I called her and left a message. I told her it was $20. Well, this morning at the garage sale this lady comes up (with an ATTITUDE) and tells me that she's the woman I called and she complained that I hadn't left my phone # so she couldn't reach me. Anyway, she says, "You called me and told me this was $3.00." So I told her, I'm sorry ma'am, you're mistaken- I said it was $20.
Well then homegirl decides to actually pull out her cell phone and replay my own message to me- I guess to prove to me that I said $3 (and that is a ridiculous amount for a nice wooden changing table). So after she plays it to me I hear myself say twenty- and I told her, "I'm sorry if you misunderstood me, but I did say $20." Well then she proceeds to go ape-shit (excuse the language) on me about a CHANGING TABLE! I guess she actually thought I lured her out to my house with the promise of a 3 dollar changing table just so she'd come look at my stuff?! Anyway, she goes on to tell me that she could do a LOT better, and she'd bought changing tables for $5 in perfect condition, blah blah blah. I told her she could have it for $15 and she just laughed at me....
Well, I sold that changing table for $20 about 10 minutes after she'd left. HA. HA. HA.

Okay, that was long-winded. Garage sales people get crazy. Who is the rudest person you've ever encountered, and what did they do? Amuse me.

9 comments:

ElegantSnobbery said...

Wow, that was unbelievable. Rude people DO suck!! Glad you didn't haggle anymore with her.

Once I was selling something awesome in a garage sale, and a lady didn't want to pay more than $3 for it (I was charging $40 - it was awesome, I'm telling ya). Another lady walked straight up to me and the rude lady, and said to me, "Don't let her talk you down. You deserve full price."

So the rude lady left without anything, and I ended up giving the awesome thing away to my friend for free. :D Ha! Take that, bizatch! But I'm still glad rude lady didn't buy anything. I'd hate my awesome stuff to go to a bad home.

Dena Daw said...

you're right, I'm glad the rude lady didn't take it either. Blech. People are garage sales can be so cheeky about prices!

Jonathon Arntson said...

That totally made me laugh. People in the north buy changing tables new for that exact reason. :P

Jonathon Arntson said...

Also, I am selling my story ideas at a garage sale this summer. Need the address?

Dena Daw said...

LOL Jon. Everyone in Raleigh IS from the North. Finding an actual southerner here is quite a feat. And you can't have the address...you'll be stealing my profits ;-)

ElegantSnobbery said...

Jon, just tell me where so I can buy all of your story ideas and lock them away for safe keeping. I do not tolerate story idea garage sale recklessness and as your crit partner, I will go to extremes to stop you.

and Dena, I still haven't read your gators story. You need to WRITE IT! It sounds like a winner. Like NY,NY publishing house winner :D

S.I.F. said...

With the writing - word vomit is the place to start! Sometimes I word vomit all over a page, and when I look back it's not as bad as I thought it was. Let your mind go crazy and you might surprise yourself! :)

And with the crazy lady; I always wonder about how sad those people's lives are. I just can't imagine ever reacting like that. It kind of makes me sad for them!

Bish Denham said...

I wonder where people like that have been raised...under a rock? in a pigsty? on the moon?

Tina Laurel Lee said...

So cool about Jon's garage sale. And it is very satisfying that you didn't give into that old rudester.

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