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Mr. Craig, Kardashian Sucks, & Visualizing Metaphors


—When the going gets tough, the tough turn to Craigslist.

 

I kid you not.  I’m
damn desperate.  I’m at the point where I
dread going to work in the mourning morning.
Not only dread but fucking deeeeespise.

 

I don’t need to tell you, dreading and despising is not good or healthy
for a woman’s soul.

 

Thus…

 

I’m  home this week sobbing, pondering, praying, sorting, meditating,
zen-ing.

 

I ask myself,  “Kim,
what is your ultimate dream job?”

 

Absolutely no hesitation.

 

Nada.

 

Writing, of course.
What else would it be?  Shit, at
this point, I’d create lipstick names to pay off my school loans.

 

Barnabas Collins Red.
Kardashian Sucks Cherry.  Kay Just
Kissed You Pink.

 

Tell me, where must a girl turn?  A girl who visualizes in vowels, consonants,
metaphors, sentences?

 

If you said Craigslist,
you’d be right on, babe.
Anyhow,  I already told you that.

 

So, I go to Mr. Craig and I say something like this:

 

Minnesota
girl desperately seeking full time writing job.   Educated.
Has a Degree in English.  She’s a
poet, blogger, writer.  Her blog is
called My Inner Chick.   Blah::::  Blah:::: Blah:::Boring.

 

What could I lose?

 

I mean, it takes one person to exclaim,  “YES, this is precisely the person I want,
need, must have!”

 

I press publish.

 

Almost immediately two emails pop up.

 

One email says,  “Excuse
me, but why don’t you learn how spell before you apply for any writing jobs.

My heart falls to the floor with a plop and a plunk and a poop.

 

Then I open the next email.

 

It says,  “You spelled
two words incorrectly. Why don’t you check your posting.”

 

My cheeks transform into a kind of cherry red.  I feel like I’m back in Middle School.

 

And I’m scared to go back to Mr. Craig, scared to view the
evidence of my idiocy, my humiliation, my disgrace.

 

But I do go back.

 

I go back and see my misspelled words in neon lights flashing,
blinking, flickering off and on like a bad migraine.

 

I go back to delete delete delete the entire post until my incorrect
words are floating into  oblivion.

 

After that, I obtain my content for my next blog because this
is outrageously, incredibly, embarrassingly blog-worthy, don’t you think?

 

It also has a powerful teaching moment attached.

 

For example,  even if
it is Mr. Craig, I suggest utilizing your spell check to the maximum extreme.

 

Don’t be a princess dumb ass like me.

 

~~~~~Dear Reader,
has anything similar happened to you?
Do you have a hopelessly embarrassing moment to share? xxxx

btw, I am already writing my book & my day job is getting in the way of this!


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124 Comments

  • Reply
    Adriana
    October 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I heart you so much.
    Those are the moments that keep us humble…LOL
    I have given up on everything (money) to live the dream of being a full time photographer.
    I am struggling. I do my hair, nails and even toes and can’t seem to keep up.
    But I am so happy.
    I rather look earthier than be unhappy.
    I rather be more creative on entertaining my family than my daughters see a miserable
    being.
    You are finding your way and I love watching it unfold.

    xo
    PS. I think I am the first comment yay for that
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    Tia
    October 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Love You!!!

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    Unknown Mami
    October 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Well, it makes for a great blog post. I have spell check even on my browser because I’m terrible at it. Who knew there were so many editors on Craig’s List.
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    Dangerous Linda
    October 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    lovely — teehee!

    every once in a while, like when i’m teaching a photography class, i’ll lift my camera up to my eye as if to shoot and someone in the room will say, “you forgot to take off the lens cap.” the first time it happened i was mortified. now, when it happens i make a joke about it and everybody loves it 😉
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    Katy Clark
    October 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Um, interview with my pants unzipped? When I left and got into my car I reached down to fasten my seat belt and saw the unzipped zipper. The clean white granny panties showing…I didn’t get the job (I didn’t really want it, and but it was a stepping stone type thing to the type of job I did want and eventually got) If it had been my life’s dream I would have been devastated. Since it wasn’t – I laughed.
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    Carrie
    October 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Kim, don’t feel bad; you are not alone.

    Years ago I had done up my own business cards for my business doing rubbish removal and hauling scrap metal. I had done up 250 and handed them all out within a couple of months and gotten quite a good response from them. They had said “Lady Witha Truck, reliable, honest, equipped with winch and crane and my phone number.”

    I went in to print off another 250 cards,but before I did I reread them to see if I wanted to make any changes and then to my horror I saw my typo.
    “equipped with winch and cane”!!!!

    I had one customer ask me where my cane was and I had thought he was being rude about how old I was and gave him a dirty look and said , “I’m not THAT old”. Now I knew why!!
    I fixed the typo and didn’t get near as many calls; probably because the people who called the first time wanted to give this poor old lady with a cane a break. They must have wondered when a totally able bodied woman jumped out of the truck.
    You gotta be able to laugh at yourself.
    Have a great day!
    Carrie

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    Dawn
    October 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I came over from ND Domer’s Mom’s site. First I wanted to say how sorry I am to read about your sister. I spent some time exploring your blog and found the Duluth TV spot of 2011. I’m just so sorry. What a loss for you and her son, and the rest of her family.

    I struggle with a job that gives me grief, depression and hopelessness too. I wish I could run away, travel, blog, take photos. But for now I am where I am. Still I can dream.

    I enjoy your poetry as well..though I’m not a poetry person. I DO love Elizabeth Berg…so we have a little more in common.

    I’ll stop by again I’m sure.

    For now, hugs to you on the tough days. Grins to you for those days when the sun shines a bit brighter. I know you have some of both.

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    Ellen M. Gregg
    October 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I know I’ve done similar, sweet Kim, but I can’t come up with an example, which I consider a blessing; it means I’ve finally blocked out the details. 🙂

    Honey, write your book, then hire an editor and a cover designer (unless you do cover design yourself, that is), then I can help you self-publish it to B&N (US-only distribution, as of right now), Amazon (worldwide distribution both in print and ebook), Kobo, and Smashwords, if you wish.

    My first to-be-published book is well on its way. It will be complete by 10/31, will go through the professional editing process (after various other pass-throughs), and published on 12/12/12. I grabbed my lifelong dream by the tail and am making it happen.

    xoxo

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    Elephant's Child
    October 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    You are a writer, and will find a way. I love that Ellen who commented just before me is ready to help you. I am sure than many others are ready and willing and able to help as well.
    Embarrasing moments? Rushing to a job interview (already running late) i tripped in the middle of the road. There I was lying face down, with my skirt over my head as cars honked and people laughed and the lights changed. I got myself up, and headed off. Arrived with a filthy shirt (missing a button), filthy face and blood seaping through what was left of my pantyhose. No, I didn’t get it. Now I laugh, but for some years I blushed every time I thought of it.
    You know that I am in your corner applauding everything you do. Now and always. You rock.
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    Irene
    October 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    You’re only human Kim! You graciously just thank them telling them you appreciate that they are able to sit on Craigslist all day, read everything that people post, and tell them their mistakes. Because they live in a perfect little world. Because they’re fabulous. And never make mistakes. They are the super beings. And don’t forget to tell them to go fuck themselves!

    So., when are ya gonna bake something?
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    Alison
    October 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Eh, the best of us make mistakes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had go back to a blog post to edit because of some mistake. Take heart, you’ll get something soon!

    (Have you tried LinkedIn? Put your resume up there, join some groups, and you may get someone contacting you. I’ve had a few freelance opportunities come my way through it)
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    Debbie
    October 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    The first recipe I ever posted on my food blog had a typo in it and would you believe that my one and only comment was from my cousin pointing out the error. Gotta love family!!!! I cannot wait to read your book one day Kim. I know it will be great.
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    Liz
    October 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I love this post! Best to you & who cares about speling (?) right!

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    Amy@SoulDipper
    October 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Know what I find disturbing? That people would write such nasty messages over a simple spelling error. The world is full of misspelled words and does it cause the globe to flop off it’s axis? Sounds to me like those people LOOKING for errors must be very bored and very boring. Imagine having to live with someone of that temperament.
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    Solid gold creativity
    October 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    It’s so typical, isn’t it, finally putting a dream out there and then someone coming along and casually shooting it down? I hate to admit it but in my previous life I was one of those who thought it more important that something be spelled correctly than what it said. Anyway, I’ve grown up now, thank goodness!

    As for embarrassing things, I had one last night. I went to a 40th birthday party and I was talking to a guest who I know just a little, and after I’d just finished some long statement she told me I’d been spitting on her. My family always has had an over-generous supply of saliva!!! Anyway, I gulped and started afresh with a little less enthusiasm, and at the end of the night she asked me if I could give her a lift home so I must have stopped spitting … or she’d got used to it.

    There’s been times in the past where it’s taken all I had to check my blog after I’d posted something that really confronted me. The fear of the potential shame or embarrassment or humiliation was huge.
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    elizabeth
    October 14, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Ah, I do have one that could have been a disaster. I was getting ready to send an email at work to about 50 people talking about some work and I had list for them to review. So instead of wrtitng, “see the job below” my dyslexia got the best of me and I wrote, “See the blow job.”
    I did catch it and I think the red in my face lasted about a month!!

    I think you should name lipsticks – love this one – Kay Just
    Kissed You Pink.
    xoxoxox
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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    October 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Ah Kim… I can relate to every word in this post and mostly the feelings behind them. My wish is that your Craigslist correspondent sees this post and witnesses the power and compassion behind it. My youngest son loves writing – he produces massive quantities of work almost daily. He is at a stage now where his teachers have warned me about tightening prose, proofreading and spelling. Fair enough. But his writing is so pure and unrestrained. Do I really want to break his spirit and interrupt his flow for the sake of society conditioning and someone else’s idea of perfection? I think not. I’ll let his words speak for themselves.

    p.s. I graduated from law school so heavily in debt, I didn’t know which way to turn… don’t give up Kim, keep putting out those amazing intentions to the universe and it will happen for you! xox

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    Dad
    October 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

    So many times that i had to change a word to some simple word because i couldn’t spell it.
    But i say (Big Deal).
    Love You
    Dad

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    Joan
    October 14, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Yes, I have had that experience as a blogger. I have been called out for posting an article that wasn’t about what I thought it was. It’s hard to admit to mistakes on your blog. I have done so occasionally, though, because honesty is the best policy, right? When you write from the heart and with passion, some mistakes make it through the words and, as one of your readers said, makes you humble. Blogging puts you right out there in public for all to see. At least you are writing. Many people are not nor do they have the passion for writing that you do. But they love reading what you write. So, suck it up and move on.

    I have also found that it’s mostly the puny people who criticize us bloggers. Consider the source. We have thick skins, right? Until one weak day when we aren’t feeling so confident our skin is thinner than usual and we start doubting ourselves. Never doubt yourself, Kim. You are my hero for your passion, for your ability to invoke strong emotions from your readers, for your honesty, for your sadness and then your humor almost all at once.

    Opportunities will present themselves. It takes a while to break through. It will happen to you. Until then, keep writing. Keep working. Keep mourning. Keep crying. Keep laughing. Keep on being you.
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    Valentine Logar
    October 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Ah Honey, happens to me all the time. I read posts where I hit publish and find errors all the time, sometimes I fix them and others I think…I am human ah well.

    some days, these days I am sitting in a public place and suddenly for seemingly no reason my eyes start leaking. I look ridiculous. I think … I am human ah well.

    some days, these days I sit across from a client and my shirt creeps over to far to the left or the right on my shoulder and their eyes follow it and I realize their staring at my tattoos, either my Dragonfly or my Phoenix. I think ah well…there goes that client and the I think … F*ck them, then I think…that is me more than anything that is me and I don’t care what they think.

    Yesterday my entitled oh so much better than me sorta kinda better than me cousin got up in my grill. I begged her not to do that. Tried hard to avoid that confrontation. But I blew up, lost my temper. It was wrong and it was painful, even if I wasn’t wrong in what I said. I am embarrassed by what I did. There will be fallout.

    Kim, there will always be silly things like this. Things that humble us. Things that make us giggle. Things that make us bounce back.

    You are wonderful don’t worry you are truly wonderful, talented, brilliant.

    Many hugs

    Val

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    Jann Huizenga
    October 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Ah, Kim. People lurking on the internet can be just plain mean, and they don’t seem to understand what a typo is. But you sound a little desperate. Desperation may be the first stage in making a huge change in your life: a relevant quote from Anais Nin that applied to me before I took a huge leap into the dark: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    Meanwhile, try to think of your work situation as material for a future memoir or novel. Your job sounds so awful that I would love to read about it! You have a great sense of humor–I’m sure you can make lemonade from all the lemons that litter your workplace.
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      My Inner Chick
      October 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

      — “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”—

      I love this one by Nin.

      I’m not sure who is more inspiring, YOU or Anais!

      I’d love to hear your FULL story one day, Jann :))))))))

      perhaps we will meet FACE 2 FACE!

      I looooooooove love love. Xxxxxx
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    Snowbrush
    October 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

    The guys who told you about your spelling did you a favor. They weren’t kind about it, but without them, a heck of a lot of people might have gotten a bad impression of a very good ad. I find mistakes in my posts all the time, but only one person ever tells me, and I love that guy. When I’ve pointed out other people’s mistakes, they never visited my blog again. How fragile many of us are that we prefer that people keep information that we could benefit from to themselves.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

      —–Snowbrush,
      This was indeed a **Teachable Moment** for me! I wasn’t mad; I was just utterly embarrassed.

      The irony made me smile a bit.
      I mean, I am an educator & writer!!!

      btw, I wrote back to one of the woman who commented– and we have corresponded a few times.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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    Vidya Sury
    October 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

    🙂 This is something that happens to all of us, except only some of us have the guts to talk about it and laugh it off. And laugh it off you should. Because your book, Kim, is going to blow every reader away. Can’t wait to show it off on my blog and to everyone else I know. 🙂 The fact is, you rock.

    Amen to spell check!

    When I read this on your Facebook update, I wanted to come right over and hug you! Well, you read about one of my embarrassing moments there!

    Love you more than a large group of peacocks dancing in the rain!

    Hugs to your Dad, too – loved his comment!
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    Azara
    October 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I think we’ve all had those moments, as evidenced by the hilarious comments above. Painful though it was, I would have been glad someone told me right away, rather than wondering why there were no replies and finding the errors myself a week later. At least you got a great blog post out of it!
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    Liz
    October 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    You have so much talent…I pray the right thing will come along! I constantly make typos…only visible after I click submit :/
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    Lady Fi
    October 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Oh, how embarrassing. But it’s not a failure because you’ve learnt from it. Re-write and then re-post!
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    October 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Kim, I adore your honesty. This is a no holds barred blog and that’s why I adore it and I think someone should hire you quick smart. OPI needs you for names at the very least but I think you could do so much more 😀 xxx
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    Heal Now and Forever
    October 15, 2012 at 12:44 am

    It was just accident. It doesn’t mean anything. Put it back up and thank the smart asses for telling you!
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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    October 15, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Even though you make mistakes, the dumb-ass who replied could at least have been a bit more polite about it – really! I feel we should all submit something with zillions of spelling errors – that would show him!
    Have a beautiful week darling Kim.
    🙂 Mandy xo
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    Kimberly
    October 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Confession: I had to handwrite a letter to my son’s teacher and I had a hard time spelling words without our glorious spellcheck. I had to type the letter in a word document and then handwrite it. Horrible eh?
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    LL Cool Joe
    October 15, 2012 at 6:50 am

    I’ve made some horrendous spelling mistakes on my blog, and grammatical errors, that have sat there for weeks and no one has had the courage to tell me about them. They still make me cringe just thinking about them.

    I did once have someone write a comment where they corrected all my mistakes from one post and that was just as humiliating too. Proving the point you can’t win. 😀
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    Wild Child Mama
    October 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I do stupid stuff ALL the TIME!
    When I first published my blog, like the very first blog posted to the whole wide world, putting my heart and soul out there for everyone to see I realized hours later, AFTER another blogger friend of mine promoted my blog on her site, that I had accidentally published an unedited version of my About Me page. I had written a very long rambling, the pre-edited stuff in a word document. It had completely random thoughts, unfinished sentences, repeated words – it was a total mess because it was just a rough draft. I had edited the first two paragraphs and put several spaces after those paragraphs and forgot about the rest still lingering. When I went to “select all” I grabbed ALL the stuff, every messy thought of it, and posted it to my About Me page. A friend of mine sent me a nice email letting me know there were some typos:) Omgoodness, it was HORRIBLE:)
    I have to say, I love that I’m not alone! And I love that you posted this. What a relief to be able to share your mistakes with your flogger friends, right?
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    Phil
    October 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    “If this is the last mistake I make in my life, then I’m afraid I’ll be dead before tomorrow.”
    ~My Dear Aunt Connie~

    Kim, we all make mistakes. It happens. No worries. What’s really unique about us as humans is how we just dust it off and move on. Embarrassing? Perhaps. But quite frankly, you remain the same Kim as you were before you sent the message, and a typo sure as hell doesn’t change the substance who you are. Neither do the comments of some bumbling person who feels the need to point it out in rude fashion change who you are.

    By the way, my Aunt Connie is now 93 and still kicking. And she’s made plenty of mistakes I am sure since she told me that quotable quote. And you know what? I love her just as much, no matter the mistakes, just the way we all love you.

    Major mistake on a contract proposal I once was involved with – a 50 page defense proposal with Fort Rucker. The original proposal made reference to it a number of times, but there were four instances where Rucker was misspelled Ruckker. So the simple search and replace corrected it, well sort of. Guess what key is near the R? Yes, we sent out the final proposal with those four corrections to Fort Fucker. We were all ghost white when we picked that mistake up too late.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 16, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Phil,
      thank you for that most hilaaaaaareous story.

      FANtastic! Hope you are well, dear. Xxx

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    October 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Yep, that’s a little awkward! But you’d better believe we’ve all done something equally embarrassing, and it doesn’t seem to matter if we proofread. It still happens!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 16, 2012 at 4:39 am

      Liz,

      this is true, but embarrassing! x

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    kkpeeper
    October 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    It’s funny and sad at the same time)
    Kardashian Sucks- there is nothing to add
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 16, 2012 at 4:40 am

      Dear kk,
      Tell me about it! X

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    Bridget
    October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I wrote a post about poor grammar. It had a there/their thing going on that was pointed out by a reader. I almost passed out.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 16, 2012 at 4:41 am

      OOooo, Bridget,
      I feel so much better about myself. Haa
      FAB.

      I always spell Piece/ Peice wrong! what the hell is wrong w/ me? Xxx

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    Feeling Beachie
    October 16, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Kim – Like you, my dream is to be a real writer BUT I can’t spell for my life. AT ALL. I am beyond bad at spelling. More times than not, someone emails me that I have spelled a word wrong on my blog!

    But talking about silly things we do, check out what happened to me last week… it will make you feel better http://www.feelingbeachie.com/?p=2634
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 16, 2012 at 4:42 am

      I shall click over, Beachie :)))) XX

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    Debbie
    October 16, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Follow your dreams, dear friend, Follow your dreams! I, too, am in a similar boat — wanting to write on my novel but having to work to keep food on the table and clothes on my back! It’s not easy, is it? At least we can exercise our writing muscles by blogging! Don’t give up, though, ok? If you have a story to be told, you have to tell it — go forth boldly, even if you have to sneak time away in minutes rather than hours!
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    October 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I was somewhere in my early twenties working for the local newspaper as a typesetter. The machine I typed on created this long line of paper tape with punched holes for words, then one would take the “tape” and weave it into the machine that sent the info downstairs to the guys who printed and published the newspaper. You sort of became adept at reading the holes, sorta. It’s been a loooong time so don’t look to me to remember what everything was technically called back then.

    Anyhoo, one of the things I had to type up was the listing for the movies showing at the theatre that week. One showing was a movie with Paul Newman entitled “Slap Shot.” Shot. Can you imagine the typo I made that went out in the newspaper for allll the nice people to see? It involved an “i”. I heard roaring. I wasn’t fired since there was more than one typist and thankfully, the owner was so mad he didn’t ask, but boy howdy, it was interesting at work for awhile.
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    countingducks
    October 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Perhaps I shouldn’t have, but your experience made me smile. I have two similar experiences for you. I applied for a job when I was a teenager and got the following reply. after a paragraph of explanation he ended the letter “It would therefore seem you are incapable of doing the job for which you have applied”. I have treasured this response all my life

    More recently I amused myself, after looking at some middle management job in corporate land, written in baffling goobledygook and corporate buzz words. by writing them a letter saying.” I shall be applying for this job as soon as I understand what it is”. Sadly I didn’t get that job either. The more interesting a person is, the harder they find getting a rewarding and nourishing job. You have my thoughts and my sympathy
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    Kelley
    October 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Oh, yes. I feel embarrassed a lot, it seems! You are not alone! You are an awesome writer. You don’t have to get all of the words spelled right or all the grammar perfect to be a good writer. You choose the right words and convey the message in a way that is unique. You rock!

    BTW, sorry it has been so long since I’ve been over here! My blogging life took the back burner this summer until now. I am trying to get back in the game!
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    Blond Duck
    October 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I wouldn’t be embarrassed. You had a post of passion and enthusiasm, and all these grammar nazis were tearing you down. Screw them.
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    totsymae1011
    October 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Oh Kim, don’t be so hard on yourself. Now you’ve learned something and you’ll move on to write yourself a great ad in your pink lipstick. Shit. I spell stuff wrong all the time after I hit publish on my blog but it’s not for a lack of spelling know-how. Someimes I’m not wearing my glasses ’cause I can’t find them and I can’t see shit. And be thankful for your job. I work at home and hanging out at the watercooler talking to my damn self these days. It gets confusing, especially when it’s a detailed conversation.

    Love ya and stay sweet.
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    Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson
    October 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Kim:

    Yes, a teachable moment for sure.

    And yet, you are not discouraged.

    You are not diminished.

    You pick yourself up, brush yourself off, get the dictionary, and make the changes.

    You do not quit.

    Important, though, to remember your blog represents you. And your body of work.

    So.

    If you want to be a writer, you absolutely know how to express yourself, but maybe your grammar needs some buffing and polishing. Maybe it’s time to take a class? Maybe it’s time to take a WRITING class, and get some feedback on your strengths and work on those few things that could be improved.

    And dammit! Be careful with ads on Craigslist. You are NOT desperate! For goodness sake! DON’T go anywhere without telling someone. I think you are one of the most brave women I know. As for embarrassing moments… Stay tuned. That’s coming in December. 🙂
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    Tara
    October 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Oh yeah, I totally know what you mean! When I was unemployed, I’d send out resumes by the dozens, only to realize too late that I misspelled something, or worse, put the wrong company’s name in the cover letter.

    EEK!!!

    Don’t let it get you down, Kim. Just pick yourself up and try again. Those two jobs aren’t the only ones out there, and if it helps, just tell yourself they probably suck anyways. There are more fish in the sea, and any one of them would be lucky to have you.

    I’ll keep my eyes open for you! Have you ever thought of freelance writing? It’s kinda neat, cause you can work from home, but you have to be your own boss (which I’m no good at; if no one’s telling me to do anything, I ain’t doing anything! :p ) Check out elance.com, though. I’ve gotten some work through there, but there’s also a lot of freelance work on Craigslist (just be sure not to short-sell yourself payment-wise, as some of these employers will try to do that).

    Like Revlon says, “You’re worth it!”

    Love you!

    Tara
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    Katybeth
    October 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Those people are assholios.

    We have all made mistakes like that at least a million times. I know, I’m going to hit submit comment in a few words and then not look back because I will see all the places I didn’t put a comma or spelled a word wrong or god forbid screwed up a segue.

    Good for you for fixing the errors…now carry on you have dreams to fullfil.


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    Jack Milgram
    October 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I love your honesty. I do not know another person who could accept his/her imperfections to the fullest the way you do this. Everyone should follow your example.
    This pic is the most impressive visualization board I have ever seen.
    Keep going, charming Minnesota girl. You are on your way to a new better life.
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    Hotly Spiced
    October 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I hate day jobs. They always do get in the way of all the important and interesting and better things we should be doing. I’ve had plenty of embarrassing moments. Too many to mention in this little box. Do the Craig thingy again (using spellcheck!) and see what happens. You just never know!
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    Pamela
    October 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Oh honey that had to just suck. My big moment of flaming humiliation was when my husband to be accidentally sent an email from me to the entire company. So much for keeping a mild flirtation a secret. I think he had ulterior motives, don’t you?
    So lemonade from a real doozy of a lemon…i will hope the same for you and keep working on that book!
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    Sandra
    October 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I haf two konstinly reemind mysef too spellcheek. Luv ya Kim!!!!
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    Blond Duck
    October 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Any plans for a fun Halloween?
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    Debi Pasricha
    October 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Kim! I hope you are laughing about this by now! If you’re not, I’m going to have you laughing in just a moment when I tell what I did not so long ago . . . On the final exam of my editing class (yes, editing class!), I misspelled the word DICTIONARY. Holy Flippin’ Guacamole. I was likely as red and as embarrassed as you were on Mr. Craig’s list. xo
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    Klara
    October 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Usually I don’t use the spell-check because of some laziness and sometimes I can make really big mistakes, and I know it is a shame, but…
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 21, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Klara,
      who really cares in the big scheme of things, right? X

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    Lafemmeroar
    October 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I would love to get paid for doing nothing … but sadly that will only come true within the insanity of my mind. My physical body unfortunately resides in reality.

    I was doing a report once and mispelled “Titles” to “Titless” that extra “S” was bad …
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I don’t want to get paid doing nothing, L?

      I want to write!! Xx That’s work, man.

      titless!! haaa

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    Liz
    October 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Kim,

    A few years ago, I remembered that I was supposed to be a writer (after 20 years in the corporate world.) So I started looking for freelance work. The local Skirt! editor introduced me to another magazine editor who gave me an assignment. I was thrilled. I was home. I was on my way. I misspelled the name of the main subject in my article!

    I was embarrassed. I was devastated. I survived. I kept writing. I met you. I too am writing a book. And, while I don’t think pink is my color, I would buy and wear tubes and tubes of Kay Just Kissed You lipstick. Write on!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Liz,
      can’t wait to read your book :)) Xxx What will it be about?

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    vanita
    October 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

    girl, craigslist is littered with trolls. and losers trying to scare the competition. if it were a possible client, he would not have bothered to answer you.
    i suggest search indeed.com for copy writing gigs. problogger.net also has a jobs board and i’ve heard of bloggers getting several gigs there.
    don’t give up sugar.
    it’s not all about spelling and grammar.
    your writing is entertaining and not many can say that for themselves.
    look how well you took this experience and turned it into an awesome post.
    hugs to you girl!
    you can make it, just don’t give up.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      October 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Vanita,
      You rock!! thanks for the inspiration. xx

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    Bella
    October 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Kim darling, I think you should have written Mr. Craig and informed him that you were making use of artistic license. Hence, there are no misspelled words; you misspelled them intentionally to get your ad noticed! ha! As writers, I believe we have the right to misuse words for dramatic effect. We are after all, beautiful divas who have the right to distort for emphasis as we see fit. Prospective employers should see this as a sign of a higly imaginative and creative mind and hire us on the spot. Methinks that anyone getting hung up on a little grammar errors is a bit too anal and possibly quite boring to work for. In other words, replies such as the one from Mr. Craig should be seen as blessings in disguise and as an indication that a groovier employer will see past spelling errors and focus instead on the delightful personality you project in your text. I’m just sayin’. Hugs and kisses to you from Roxy and me! 🙂

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    (FL) Girl with a New Life
    October 23, 2012 at 9:32 am

    My life is full of these moments.

    “Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” -Sophia Loren
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    Brenda
    October 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I think I said this before, but every writer has typos, makes a mistake, and misspells words. My first query letter I sent out, the agent asked for a two page synopsis. No problem, I had a perfect one, one that had been edited not only by me, but by someone else… YAY!! So when I sent along my query letter, and the perfect two page synopsis, of course, I sent along the DRAFT of the perfect one. What the F! I wanted the world to open up an swallow me whole. There was nothing to be done. It happened. Now that’s one person who thinks I am a moron. It took a few glasses of wine to get over it, but I did. Now I just assume I’ll have a least one f**k up a week.
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    Jessica
    October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I hope that you are able to get the job you really, really, really want.
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    Lady E
    October 25, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Hey Kim,
    I would typically do this kind of stuff. On my top ten cringe list, I have sent emails to the wrong people at work, and by that I mean the WRONG people. And this morning, my gaze crossed my neighbours’ as we were both heading to school to drop off our children. Let’s just say that it is extremely unfortunate that my bedroom and theirs happened to be so very close, and that our neighbourhood is so very quiet at night…
    (yes, I could not mention this on my blog)…
    😉 x
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