Archive for September, 2010

September 29, 2010

Pink Carnation Graphic Novel

From Lauren Willig, author of the Pink Carnation Series, with the combined efforts of Illustrator Joanne Renaud, we have a Pink Carnation Graphic Novel!!! We have been given permission to post their art on our own sites so for the enjoyment of everyone. Here are the first few images of the Pink Carnation Graphic Novel. We will also get a chance to win one here in a week or so. That would be so amazing.
My personal favorite part is when Miss Gwen gives Bonaparte a lecture on his bad manners when invading countries.

September 28, 2010

Interview #2

Well I interviewed with a furniture store the other day. I applied for a sales position that would be commission plus salary. I know the owners through my family connections and I think they would be wonderful people to work for. Anyways the first interview was an hour and a half and included some tests on communications and sales approach as well as some personality and written tests. A very thorough evaluation so as of Monday morning when I had not heard from them I figured I did not do well on something. I felt great when I left the interview except the tests. I was not sure how I would score on them. All turned out well I got an e-mail today inviting me back to a 2nd interview and hopefully this will be a good place for me. I have never even made it to round 2 before so it makes me nervous. I think I will be more disappointed if I do not get the job. I am just trying to think positive and relaxed because my communication skills I think are what my biggest asset is for that position. Anyways that was just an update on the job hunting front.
I did not get a prize in Lauren Willig’s Contest, hard to compete with graphic designers on top of not being all that artsy myself. . Hopefully I will get this job and then I can just buy the book. I can dream right…

September 21, 2010

Tee Shirt Contest Voting

Everyone go vote for YOUR favorites!!

Pink Carnation Tee Shirts – Go Vote!!

September 18, 2010

Acorn Squash Plant.. Will it Survive?

Powdery Mildew on my Acorn Squash plant
So this poor plant in my garden first it got mowed by someone the landlord paid to mow the lawn. Effectively killing the young squash growing on it, I was afraid it would not produce again this year. Now it DOES have baby squash growing and it is starting to get a white film on some of the leaves. I looked it up and it’s a fungus. Some home remedies are 9 cups water mixed with 1 cup milk and sprayed on. I did that if in a few days I don’t see much I may try the baking soda mixture or just go straight to home depot and the chemicals. I will try the organic cures first. I would love it if this plant would survive. My zucchini has it but it has already given me a ton of produce. I sprayed it down too, but it is a lot sicker than the acorn squash.

September 17, 2010

Cat Nap For The Cause

Purina Cat Chow is donating for every person and their cat to sign up to the Susan. G Koman for the Cure. Follow this link and pledge to nap! Its on facebook so if you do not have an account i cannot find another link so you can sign up 😦

Cat Nap for the Cause

When you Pledge you also get a chance to win a blanket designed by one of the Celebrity supporters. They are drawing for two people a week.

September 16, 2010

More Tee Shirt Fun!

Here are my last three tee shirts. LOL I promise! I did design a tote though…

Update: The Orchid Affair has a new cover, our protests against mainstreaming it worked! The lovely new cover can be seen below as well as in my updated tee shirt. 🙂 Yea!!!

September 15, 2010

Dissapointment Again

I got called by a temp agency yesterday and was asked to come into an interview on the local college campus. Which would have been great, it is close by, pays well; I could get a gym membership cheap, and meet my boyfriend on occasion for lunch. 6 hours later I got a call saying they found an applicant that had worked at the college before and hired them. I did not even get to interview.

It is so hard to keep my spirits up when I do not even get the chance to prove how good an employee I would be. This is so frustrating! I work hard to find jobs, I search daily, and I signed up with every temporary agency I can find. I have been to the local employment office. I apply for everything I qualify for. I just wish for once someone would give me a chance. I think the biggest issue is I have a college degree that makes me over qualified for the work that I apply for. Such as administrative positions, but I don’t have enough experience for HR assistant type positions which is where I would like to go.

I feel like I am disappointing my parents who have been so generous in helping me and giving me a place to live. I am disappointing myself by not being good enough on paper or in an interview to get the jobs. My mom commented that I did not call her crying this time, I told her by now it is not a matter of learning how to take rejection. It is not expecting anything else.

I have been unemployed for almost a year and been looking for a new job for 13 months. I was at least given warning so I save most of what I was paid at my last job. But it is so frustrating to be bleeding money and worrying about being able to pay my bills. I just want this over, I want a basic job that will cover my bills, and it is not like I cost a lot. Well anyways thank you for listening to my rant. Sorry it was not more uplifting a post.

September 15, 2010

Tee Shirt Contest Fun

Lauren Willig is having another contest. This time we get to design tee shirts for her books. Though her book The Secret History Of The Pink Carnation is the main focus. Here are some of the fun ideas i have come up with.

September 7, 2010

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale- Diane Setterfield

This is a book I opened read the first chapter put down and forgot about. I was going through my books to sell and I stumbled a crossed it. I had heard good recommendations and so I sat down and pushed through that first chapter. I got so lost in this tale I read it strait threw and did not put it down. Slightly reminiscent of Rebecca by Du Maurier, this book starts with a biographer being invited to a famous author’s house to take her true biography as a death bed confession. The tales she has written in the past are very popular but one book was published the thirteenth tale and only had twelve stories. So they reprinted it. When the biographer listens to this story she begins to understand it’s not just a tale of twin sisters but a tale of murder and mystery. It was full of twists and interesting conclusions that it was an amazing read. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am not going to say any more about the ending because like Rebecca once you know how it ends it’s not the same rereading.