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I dreamed last night that I was at a World Fantasy Con with Cat Sparks, Rob Hood, Glenda Larke, Marianne de Pierres and Tina Connolly. I don't know what it means except that I think I took to heart my dad's comment yesterday that I seem to work so hard for so little return.

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cassiphone
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
*attempts not to laugh hysterically*

*fails*
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
You're laughing at me, aren't you.
keris45
Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
See you there, then?

Glenda
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah! Looking forward to it! We had heaps of fun and you looked very glamorous.
jonathanstrahan
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Sometimes, often for a long time, when you're engaged in less than conventional activities, the return is non-commercial, but it's there.
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Mm... I was trying to explain that to him but it *was* a business meeting in which I was asking for assistance with forward planning and strategic business models and other commercey type things. It kinda bummed me out.
jonathanstrahan
Jan. 3rd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
I can understand that. The real problem is that, as a business model, it doesn't make much sense. Rewarding in many ways, but confusing business.
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
yes, that is exactly how the meeting went
transcendancing
Jan. 2nd, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
You're not the kind of person to do things without getting something you consider important out of it - I agree with Jonathan.

You're incredible :)

*love*
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Sometimes I get caught up in things for the wrong reasons though
transcendancing
Jan. 3rd, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
Sometimes the definition of 'wrong' isn't that at all.

Sometimes it's just not as relevant to those looking from the outside in...

Having said that, only you can decide if you consider something worthwhile and valuable. I think the combination of your ASiF and Twelth Planet is actually really smart - you don't lose touch with what's being published, what markets are out there, and given your other goal with Twelth Planet, this makes sense. Maybe that's just to me however :)
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
I think though it's more a money and a time thing - if you pour money into something and do not recoup anywhere near it and you spend every free moment on it ... well, it's easy to feel depressed about that situation, when looking at it purely from the financial perspective.

I have gained a lot by doing all these things but I am currently wondering if I should ear mark some of my free time to doing what other people do in it - lazing about, going to movies, having long dinners with friends, that kind of thing.
transcendancing
Jan. 3rd, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
I support this too!! :)

Mainly cos I am greedy and wish to enjoy more of your company :)
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
heh. it *does* mean less output though - they are directly related. As my current output level is showing me.
transcendancing
Jan. 3rd, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
by ASiF i also meant to mention LSS...
girliejones
Jan. 3rd, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
of course!
keris45
Jan. 3rd, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
There are often unforeseen benefits from any non-profit work/hobby - the "feel good factor" should never be underestimated; contacts you make that can pay off in new friendships or even future profitable projects; the learning curve generated for yourself by what you do, and so on.

I'm a living example of that - for years, I was involved with an NGO, giving time and money to environmental work. And all the while I was building my expertise without ever thinking of profiting by it! I loved it, so never worried about tangible returns, but in the end that's what I got. For the past 10 years I have been taking paying jobs given to me because people saw I could do the work. I have been travelling all over to places I would never otherwise have afforded to go to.

The key to volunteering is just to enjoy what you do.
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