Day 29 of 30 in our 2018 NaNoWriMo & November Poem-A-Day (NovPAD) challenges. Only 2 days left of the writing challenges …

Today is National Lemon Cream Pie Day National Calendar suggests that the best way to enjoy a lemon creme pie – or any pie – is in a nearby diner so  For today’s prompt, “grab a seat at the counter”.

For 2018 PAD Challenge, the prompt is to write a remix poem.

Poetry Potion’s Poem-A-Day prompt is ““the house down the road”

The NaNoWriMo prompt calendar today is “Once more with feeling!” This may allude to yesterday’s prompt “Write more today than you did yesterday”. Optimal word count at end of today should be 48,343 words.

If you are under, time to push it through, ramp it up, put the pedal to the metal. You got 2 days and a global writing community behind you!

Yep – I’m all about the prompts!

Can I vent here, before Dec 1st?

I’m feeling a bit (okay – VERY) rebellious today – which may be why my devices are being so troublesome.  I know at this season I should be daily marketing my CC Willow wares …but here’s the thing, I hate distilling myself to being a “product”; I am a human, not a corporate entity.  I don’t want to spend my time composing marketing strategies – new product launches, holiday sales, customizing each and every message for the day with new messages for the next day. It eats up the time I have for creating. I am literally spending hundreds of labor hours for an income that is less than ten dollars.

Of course – the only cure to less marketing/more income is … more marketing.

It would, of course, be different if my disability payments came through – I would have money for basics and not spend the whole day hustling for what amounts to be mere pennies a day. And it should be reasonable to expect my disability claim to be paid out; after all I paid the Disability Insurance every month for 33 years.

I’m feeling very defeated … but IAM tenacious. I can’t update my digital devices without money, can’t be warm without money, can’t stop my home falling into entropy without money.

So forgive my marketing tags/links at the end of these posts, forgive my delays due to uncooperative technology, forgive the occasional onslaught of social media “please buy/now available posts. forgive those times my body places more obstacles than escape hatches. (like now, when my eyes refuse to focus). I ran out of funds years ago and on fumes. Now I am out of fumes and running on sheer will and that stubborn tenaciousness.

I should do marketing here but it is almst2 pm, the day more than halfway gone, – and I have pressing tasks that MUST be done in the next few hours … so tomoorrow.

Just keep in mind the long-awaited anthology On The Platform Waiting – containing 2 of my poems –  was released this last Tuesday from my PlatChal group. There’s an awesome story behind it’s creation – maybe I can share that tomorrow.

And if you want to buy holiday gifts with poetry or art on it (and support me as a small business)nology, I have the following links for you.

If you want to see my marketing “ads” where I occasionally highlight a product or piece – follow me on Facebook at NorthWest poet Ariel& CC Willow Art.


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