What's Up Wednesday :: Early Spring Edition

What's Up Wednesday hails from the blogs of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Join the fun on your blog and go to Jaime's to add your link - it's a great way to share what's going on in your life and get to know other bloggers! Here's what's up:

I'm pretty happy with my reading choices this week. Still enjoying SAPPHIRE BLUE for the #SapphireBlueReread. I am also reading RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard for Tracey Neithercott's YA Book Club. Check out all the details here.

Well, um, honestly, I'm kind of not writing. I'd hoped to get caught up on my word count for IF YOU WERE HERE but instead I've been reading and doing freelance editing work. It's cool. But I do need to get back on track. I'm going to pick up on some minorly major revisions I need to do for the Manuscript Formerly Known as KEYS. Starting tonight. Yeah, tonight.

Spring! Spring is new! When I called this the Early Spring Edition, I didn't mean that this was like an Early Spring catalog or something. I mean that SPRING CAME EARLY! It's in the 60s this week, my daughter is wearing skirts and flip flops, she claims she was bitten by a mosquito, and it's BEAUTIFUL. After going directly from late winter to summer the last couple of years, this is perfect and amazing.

The last few days have been a little cuckoo - starting on Friday afternoon when my phone slipped out of my grasp and met with the asphalt of the driveway and the face shattered. I continued to use it all weekend (sometimes getting little shards of glass in my swyping finger). But that leads me to this:

Helping others get through a MOOD works wonders for my own MOODS.

Because of the shattered phone, I made a trip to Best Buy #329, where I ended my career as a Blue Shirt several years ago. Of course I'd purchased the service plan on my shattered phone because this isn't my first rodeo, you know what I'm saying?

I have been on the other side of the counter - for twelve years and the occasional seasonal holiday - and so I typically do not pitch fits. I try to maintain a positive attitude and make jokes and take everything in stride when shopping or eating at a restaurant. Because I've been there. I've had DVD players thrown at me. I've been told to eff right off. Customers have threatened to sue me. My car was keyed (by a former employee, but still). Retail can be ugly, so I do what I can to keep it pretty. I'm your favorite, easy-going customer (usually).

But Monday, everyone's least favorite customer was in the Geek Squad customer service line behind me.

My good friend Rebekah Faubion told the story on her blog yesterday, so I'll let you wander over. (She did, however, forget to mention how JUDGY I was to the woman before I made my cheery little comment.) I'll wait while you read about it HERE.

My point in telling Rebekah this story is that we could all use a little shift (or shove) in perspective. That woman flapping her little paper with her appointment time needed to be reminded that we're all in this together, as the kids from High School Musical would sing, and she needed to sit her butt down on the chair that was provided for her comfort and WAIT HER TURN. I didn't care if she had an appointment or not. She was expecting service immediately over the Monday lunch hour. And the Geek Squad customer service line on a Monday at 12 noon is a little like publishing. Unpredictable and long and sometimes frustrating (and if you're patient enough, with glorious results, like a new phone or a book deal!). Your turn will come, whether you have an appointment or not, whether you have the service plan or not, whether or not you are eligible for an upgrade.

It's all going to work out. And sometimes it works out better than we could have imagined.

All this beauty needs is some Caribou Coffee stickers

I'm happy to help other writers work through some of the same thoughts swimming around my own head while I wait and doubt and wait some more. It helps me at the same time.

We're all just doing the best we can, waiting for our turn, even the Geek Squad Agent behind the counter.

(The next time you're out shopping, waiting for the back-up cashiers to make their way to the registers, or your order at the restaurant isn't exactly the way you'd requested, remember this story. Be everyone's favorite, patient customer. It doesn't mean you don't have to send your food back, but for the love of Pete, be nice about it.)

So what's up with you? Have you read RED QUEEN yet?


  1. People like that wear me out, and remind me why I am so glad I don't work in retail anymore!

    Spring is here, hooray!

    Good luck getting on with your edits :D

  2. I love your attitude, Sara. I am really bad about patience, and it's something I'm trying to work on, especially in public, and ESPECIALLY when my daughter is around to observe and absorb my behavior. Thanks for this bit of inspiration. <3 RED QUEEN is next on my list. I'm looking forward to another round of YA Book Club!

  3. I've never worked in retail but it doesn't sound like I'd want to! I'm usually pretty patient, or if not, I keep my comments to myself. There's no point in pitching a fit. I didn't read the story, but I wonder, though, if maybe she had other things going on that day to make her freak out over something so minor. Who know, right?

  4. Sorry to hear about the phone! Everyone I know who works/has worked in retail has similar stories about impatient customers. It's definitely made me more considerate!

    Have a great week!

  5. Yeah it really does finally feel like spring!

  6. Reading Red Queen now and OMG! I'm loving it so much. I can't read fast enough!
    Sorry about your phone! Ugh, broken phones are just the pits. But yay for shiny new and a pretty case.
    Love your back of the line story. It's so true! Great analogy.
    Good luck getting back into writing. Have a great week!

  7. As someone who as worked retail, food industry and grocery, I can totally relate! Some people think they are the center of the universe!

  8. You always get someone like that. I like the analogy.

    I hope spring inspires you in a new creative direction!

  9. I could really use a good block of time to sit down and devour SAPPHIRE BLUE and THE RED QUEEN. Happy to hear you had such a good week of reading. Good luck with your minorly major revisions on KEYS. You can totally do it!

    I worked in retail and food service for years (as well as answering a police line and 9-1-1), so I can totally relate to this. It definitely gave me a good dose of perspective that I try to draw on whenever I'm feeling impatient or tempted to lose it over something mostly unimportant. Thanks for the reminder! Have a great week, Sara! :-)

  10. I'm with you on the retail and service industry patience - it's appalling to hear supposedly mature adults screaming at cashiers and servers over things that aren't their fault and it's even worse when the person on the receiving end is only a teen.

    Enjoy the warm weather - it's spring-ish in Virginia too :)


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