Speaking of Time Sucks…

Signed up for the free access subscription to Literary Market Place. Useless. Will need to spend half a day in a library using the hard copy, since I’m not paying them $25 a week for the privilege of accessing the premium version online. None of the city libraries here open before 11:00 a.m., which is about the time I’m leaving for class. This, thanks to the Tea Partiers at City Hall who used the recession as an excuse to shut down city services every which way from Sunday.

The community college library does not carry LMP, a key reference work for anyone in any branch of the publishing industry. The Great Desert University does. That entails a long drive and a complex set of tergiversations to find a free place to park.

Fortunately, I have a Google Adsense check to deposit. Fortunately, a branch of the credit union resides on the Great Desert University’s west campus, only a 20-minute drive from here (that would add up to 40 minutes on the road, hm?). Fortunately, if you walk in to the credit union to deposit a check instead of going through the drive-through, you can get a sticker that will let you leave your car in the guest lot for an hour or two. Fortunately, the GDU libraries open at 8 a.m.

So. Tomorrow, well before my late-morning meeting in the East Valley (for which I happen to need information from LMP), it’s off to West (adding an extra 30 minutes to the drive to Tempe…), a junket that will require me to spend three hours to engross about an hour’s worth of data from GDU’s hard copy edition of LMP (interestingly, they do not carry the database version, which would have much simplified life…). Then it’s fly low to get to Tempe by 11:30.

Total time suck.

Any question why it takes forever to get the simplest tasks done around here?

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marzy doats May 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Wow, thats taking frugal far, literally! 50 minutes of driving @ 4.00$/gallon = 8$? So you are getting up at the crack of dawn, driving an extra hour, scurrying about from bank to library locating a print copy of LMP (thats got to be at least another 1/2 hour right?) to save what, 15$ over the cost of a weekly subscription? Dang. Couldn’t you just do an extra hour of copy editing and shell out the 15$? Seems like it would save wear and tear on you…..

funny May 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

But I have to go to the bank anyway. Since I’m there, why not just walk over to the library while I’m on the campus.

The problem here is, we don’t HAVE an extra hour of copyediting. After having shed the toxic client, we need new work forthwith. That’s why we need to get into LMP: to identify a bunch of likely new markets. We will pick up new business from this.

marzy doats May 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Sorry for the double post!!

funny May 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

LOL! No problem. The system seems to be working wonkily of late…thot it was my connection, tho’. Maybe it’s actually the servers?

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