Thanks to all for the holiday wishes. I hope you had a merry time. Me, I'll be spending the next several days trying to cycle off the seasonal yummies that glommed to my hips. *g*
Yesterday, it was back to work full speed. I emceed a ten hour sweepstakes at Trump Taj Mahal. My day started with an angry patron screaming, yes, screaming at me and jabbing her finger in my face. Apparently it was my fault that she couldn't hear the annoucements. My responsibility to 'turn up the house speakers'. My fault that this is an on-going problem at Taj. For the record, my voice was booming and as for adjusting the sound level that's up to the sound technicians. There was no reasoning with this bitter, crazy woman so I just had to ignore her until she stalked away. The day was peppered with several Scrooges who groused at me. "The winners are fictitious." "This sweepstakes is rigged." And so on. The casino was filled with bitter, miserable people. The negative atmosphere reminded me of why I eventually tired of working fulltime in the casinos. Let me tell you, I am so looking forward to working at the library today. Bring on the positive vibes!
In other news, last year my two young friends Stacie and Taylor advised me to join MySpace where, they said, I could connect with tons of new readers and people who share my interests. I looked into it and felt it wasn't for me. Frankly, I was turned off by the very personal questions in the profile section and also the site had a 'singles dating' vibe. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
Since then throughout the year, I've read about more and more actors, musicians and writers creating pages at MySpace for marketing and networking purposes. Authors JA Konrath and Alison Kent have blogged about the promotional advantages more than once. Last week my good friend Mary Stella took the MySpace plunge and explained to me why I should join her in those waters. On Christmas Eve I caved. As for the profile questions, if I thought it was an inappropriate question, I marked 'no answer'. Then I sent a note asking Mary to be 'My Friend' as I had none listed and she got me into this. LOL The whole thing snowballed and as of today I have twenty-some friends. So far, I know all of them except for a couple, but those two are writers so that's very cool.
I quickly began to see how MySpace works regarding 'networking' and now I'm actually sort of excited to be there. There's a blog feature, but this is my home blog, my official blog, if you will, and where you'll still find me almost daily. I wanted to use the MySpace blog in a different way and I think I came up with a fun idea. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, hop over and check out my space at MySpace. If you're a member, please connect and be 'My Friend'. No Scrooges allowed. *g* Oh, and Stacie and Taylor.... You were right.