Friday, May 11, 2012

Did I Miss Something?


   I haven’t updated since, well, umm, February so I thought it was about time.. What’s been happening since February? I finally left (was laid off) from The Electronics company or what I’ve been calling it; “The Burning Bus”. I jumped to a search firm who found me a job at another Fortune 500 company here in the Cities. I work as a writer/coordinator in their Human Resources dept. I am a contractor, with a year contract with them. No benefits, no vacation and no time off which sucks but the pay is better and it’s 7 miles up the road from my house so I’m not gonna complain too much there! I’m getting a severance from the Electronics company which is allowing me to pay off the small amount of debt I have, which in turn let’s me quit my part time job at the airport. My last day at the airport was May 6th and I can’t tell you how good that felt! After 5 and a half years of retail, I was ready!

Now just because I’m a contractor doesn’t mean I’m not still looking, I am. I need to get more pay, benefits and vacation. I am in my forties after all and not having benefits is really not an option at this point. So I’ve decided to give myself a bit of a break on the job search until after Memorial Day, then re-start the search again.

The freelance writing is still going strong, to the point where now I have so many requests to write etc that I am either late or forget, so if I owe you an article PLEASE remind me!!! I’m trying to get a better grasp on it all and get better organized so I apologize in advance!

MplsMusic is having its first official writers meeting next week. We need to get better organized, turn out better articles, better templates, promote and add more writers and editors. I figure this thing should run like a newspaper. You submit on your deadline, it gets edited and then goes to press. We also need to promote, and gain the interest of the writers by paying them, so we need to wrap our heads around those items.. I’m in it to write about the things I love: bands and music.. the rest is fluff.

The Examiner gig is good. I’m looking to find a different approach with them because no one really wants to read the same article at the Examiner and Mpls Music. Writing 2 articles is sort of a pain so I need to come up with a writing plan for both… I go through phases with the Examiner that I write many articles then nothing for a month. My Editor then calls me or emails me to get my shit together and get writing. Makes me laugh!

Leni; my musical mentor and friend of 7 years started his own entertainment company back in April. He offered me a position as Director of Publicity, Media and Radio and I jumped on it. The company is called Ten13 entertainment and we manage/book bands in the Twin Cities. My pals, July Fighter are on our roster as well as 22 others. Any articles that are written about these bands I have a say in.. Basically “controlling” the media spin they have and the impact they have via the press. Any article write ups etc that I can’t write, need to go through me if the bands can’t provide an interview etc.. So it’s been pretty effortless so far. We have great bands that are crowd pleasers so I don’t have to do too much other than write articles on where they are playing and any events they are participating in. Look for a lot of our bands in the summer festivals this year. 13 of them are playing at Moondance Jam and we are excited! If you want to know more, check us out at www.ten13entertainment.com!

I am ALSO helping a friend who works with Thunder Roads Magazine. I will be assisting in writing articles for the magazine. So look for that as well. The magazine is a free publication that’s available at your local bar.

So with all of that happening I’m hoping that I can enjoy my home more. I have a list of things that I have wanted to have finished but have been too busy to do so. Carpets need to be cleaned, ceiling fans need to be mounted, upholstery needs to be cleaned, the garage needs to be cleaned out, BBQ’s need to be had. I’m thinking of hanging flowers from the patio etc.. I’m excited! So far the weather hasn’t participated in my excitement!

Then there is “The Man”. Did you miss something? No. Just sorta happened, like most things. I met him around my birthday and we’ve been together ever since. We (I), kept it under wraps for a couple of months before saying anything, or going out in public together. It’s one of those comfort “rules” I have. Why bother wasting my time introducing him to people etc if he doesn’t stick around type of thing. Besides in the past 2 years there have been several men I have wanted to date, who indicated, implied and literally came out and told me they wanted a relationship then several weeks later it’s been a wash . It’s been 9 years (since 2003 for those who are counting) since I’ve had a b-friend so it was about time I guess.

Now, I’m not gonna sit here and bore you with shit about how awesome he is and the in’s and outs of our relationship. I am gonna say that as a person who never believed in or has looked to be in a marriage, in love and all that crap you read in books and see in the movies, I can securely say with the utmost certainty that you just “know”. I always thought it was bullshit, but I have eaten my words and found that it isn’t. Yeah, yeah, I know.. We are still in our “honeymoon” phase etc, yes, we are but he’s been married (amicably divorced), and has children so any decisions we make are made with careful consideration so there isn’t room on either part to hastily jump into anything .

It’s simply nice to have someone love/like me for who I am totally and vice versa. It’s nice to have him go with me to events, literally support, have fun and be a part of my life. I’m sure he would say the same thing about me. However, this will be the first time I’ve been involved with someone who has children or been divorced for that matter. So while the situation is very good, it is also very overwhelming at times. I have asked for a bit of patience, for this will be the first time I’ve had deal with any of that.. So we are approaching all of this with casual ease. It’s been good, we are very happy with how things are going and if anything happens well, the ones closest to us will know first I’m sure!!

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