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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Lest I forget



This is an image of my Anzac Day. I was going to do all sorts of nice things with my boys and then a huge pile of Mary Gilmore Volume 2 landed on me.

A whole day of typing and tweaking and PDFing and tweaking some more and I think we're ready to send it to the printers and me to the doghouse. And I'm only one of the team that has suffered to bring the world this Very Important Book. I hate working on public holidays. It makes me feel like John Howard has WON. But that's the life of a freelancer, kids.*

Note to self: say NO occasionally!

And judging from my failed attempts to find Best Beloved a birthday gift on ebay, the rest of Australia was bidding on things for their Anzac Day afternoon. The ebay website was nigh-on impossible to access until about 7.30pm. What does that say about us as a nation?



* Ahem. To that nice motivational speaker person who emailed to tell me that I'm on a list of Very Positive Australian Blogs, thanks, I'm pleased. But I don't have to be cheery all the time do I? Working my guts out on a public holiday whilst being premenstrual doesn't make a bright and cheery duck. And never will.

8 comments:

Ariel said...

Sympathies from a fellow freelancer - I know what you mean. I didn't even realise it was a public holiday until yesterday, Tuesday. (I really should have, as it was a non-school day.) You sound like I felt last week, having to work my ass off in the second week of school holidays. I wasn't popular, though I did manage some outings in-between, over the course of the week.

Kisha said...

This is the first time I've been to your blog and I just want to say that I LOVE your name and the look of it. Very beautiful.

Ampersand Duck said...

Kisha, you make me feel guilty that I've had a whinge. Welcome!

Ah, ariel, you know the pain. But again, I feel bad for complaining when the poor editors and proof-readers worked twice as hard as me. The best thing about laying out complex text is that at least I didn't have to read or write all the words!

M-H said...

Very Positive Australian Blogs? Bah humbug. Maybe someone will comile a list of Constructively Critical Australian blogs and I might slide in. Or Humorously Grumpy Australian Blogs.

Jonathan Shaw said...

Call that complaining? This is complaining: I too spent the day under a pile of manuscript, but the nextdoor neighbour had her radio playng Anzac Day stuff very loud for the whole day so I didn't have to feel I was missing out.

Ampersand Duck said...

Heh. yeah. I could do better, but it just makes me worse. And m-h, it is a tad sick-making, especially when you see his website...

Mindy said...

I had to keep reminding myself that today was Thursday because it felt so like Sunday afternoon yesterday. But at least the weekend comes quicker this way.

lucy tartan said...

That guy's been sending out weird semi-spammy emails to blogs quite a lot lately.