1. Respect: I have to confess something: when I first meet someone, I don't always view them as someone I can learn from. And that's really sad, since one of my core values is that I should learn something from everyone I meet.
Recently, I've even found myself even disregarding some people when they say something I think is stupid.
But even more recently, I've re-discovered that you can learn something from everyone.
Treating people with respect and dignity, even when you disagree or they believe something you believe to be not smart--it's not just a value to be "nice" to others. It's one that pays back dividends.
Even intelligent people are "stupid" in some ways.
That's not a lecture, LOL. It's just a realization I re-remembered, recently.
2. Writing: I have two more weeks, so things aren't so hectic. Except I want to throw out everything I've written. I love the characters, hate the story. I have just a bit to polish on another story, so I'm going to finish that and then tackle this one with more perspective.
4. Life: My brakes went out. Terrifying. Now I have to walk over an hour to get to the garage to pick up my car. *sigh* What can you do? Life, huh? The walk'll do me good, I suppose. (Pardon me for a moment, I need to write a letter to the universe.)
When I said I wanted to work hard, when I wanted plenty of work... when I said I wanted to make more money and save towards our goals, I just want to be clear: my goals are NOT broken lawn mowers, exploded brake lines, and dental emergencies. The extra money coming in is meant for saving for a rainy day, saving for our dreams, saving for financial stability.
Just because there appears to be more money this month, does not mean I don't already have bills to pay with it. Remember taxes? And the whole savings goals?
There's really no need to find a use for that money, thank you very much, because I already have it earmarked for important stuff like medical issues, dental issues, and vision issues. And taxes. Forever taxes.
So no more surprises, 'kay?
5. ROFLMAO: I'm sure you've all seen Robert Heinlein's form fan letter he used until the advent of the computer. (Via Moonrat)
My favorite one just cracked me up:
"You say that you have enjoyed my stories for years. Why did you wait until you disliked one story before writing to me?"