Friday, August 20, 2010

Work Woes

I scored twenty surveys a few days ago, a new personal best for me at work. Two days ago, I scored nineteen. Did anyone at work congratulate me? No. In fact, I got another warning the other day for not saying a couple of words during a survey (you're supposed to read every word VERBATIM), and yesterday I had a 'coaching session' because I'd been off the phone for too long. You have to be dialing consistently, they told me. Of course, the reason I wasn't dialing was because I'd run out of numbers to call, and I couldn't find a supervisor to report that fact to.

And speaking of supervisors, I have had to ask them repeatedly to keep their voices down when I'm on the phone talking to a respondent. The other day I was seated next to the supervisor's desk, and had to ask her to keep her voice down TWICE. The glare I got back could have frozen salt water. They like dishing it out, not taking it.

One of these days I'll be able to look back on this and laugh. And maybe use it for a story. Until then, my suffering for a dollar continues.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jobs in August

My wife Violet was fired last week from her just-acquired job at a paint store. No reason as given, either. And after she'd helped them move store locations, too. She was hired for her customer service skills and knowledge of paint, and yet she spent the majority of her time lifting heavy things.

And then they fired her.

Just like that.

For no reason.

Needless to say, we're not very happy. Violet is pretty pissed off at them, and understandably so. I'm not too thrilled, either. Once again, I'm back to being the sole provider for the family. It doesn't help that I'm in a minimum wage job with erratic hours - not the sort of income you can depend on. I'd been hoping we could finally get ahead of our financial situation, and maybe treat ourselves to a luxury or two, like a trip to the dentist.

Being poor sucks. It really does.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Another Evil? Review!

And here's another review of Evil?!!! This one is from the blog Dreaming In Books, written by John Jacobson. Check out the review by clicking here.

I'm also doing an interview with John, so check back later to see that posted.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Another Interview & Guest Blog!

I did a guest blog for TRT Book Club, the book club of Teens Read I also answered a whole bunch of interview questions in my own special way. Do check it out here !