Doing mail ate the day

Actually, the mail part of the process of sending out contest winners’ books wasn’t too time consuming. Finding the books, however, was a nightmare. It turns out that I have no more copies of either Diplomacy of Wolves or Vengeance of Dragons (or if I have them, they’re buried far, far away from all the rest of my author’s copies.) But I didn’t determine this until I’d turned the house upside-down trying to find them.

So no words got written and no charts got made today. I did, however, discover that someone found my website with the following search.

“do nurses get paid less than football players”

Long pause while you consider this question. Any guesses on the answer?

The answer to that question is Yes. Lots less. Bunches less. Unimaginable mountains less. If your job options are professional nurse or professional football player and money means anything to you, play football. The pro football contract-minimum salary is about twenty times what a top nurse makes in a year, and if you’re any good, the salary inequity becomes staggering.

If you like your knees, though, and you value people, be a nurse. It’s a critical job, and you never doubt that you’re doing something with your life that makes a difference.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

9 comments… add one
  • hollylisle Oct 23, 2006 @ 8:05

    LadyQ—No apologies. Seriously. I wanted to be able to give you the books you wanted, and was tremendously disappointed to discover I didn’t have them.

  • joela Oct 22, 2006 @ 20:08

    There’s also more job security for nurses; no one’s scared of nurses (unless you’re a kid and/or they’re holding a needle); and, unlike football players, nurses get better with age 🙂

  • LadyQ Oct 21, 2006 @ 17:32

    I’m sorry about making you waste a writing day. 🙁 Really, any book would’ve done. Talyn was the one I that I really really wanted. 🙂

  • S William Shaw Oct 21, 2006 @ 0:33

    Is this a trick question?

  • PolarBear Oct 20, 2006 @ 18:53

    Work was too long a day today. I read the title as “Dogging Mail Ate the Day.” Maybe “dog ate the homework” was on my mind from a comment someone made to me today while venting about a process I’m responsible for but have no say in how it works.

    The post made perfect sense, but I couldn’t reconcile the title until a couple hours later when I read it again. Ugh.

    Just to be clear, “twenty times more” isn’t staggering enough????

    I used to like my knees. Wish I could get them back. Will nursing do that? But wait, then I’d have to work with people directly and non-stop, wouldn’t I? Knees are fine.

  • shawna Oct 20, 2006 @ 13:22

    Mmm. The great book hunt. We have those, though usually for library books. Did you find any cool books you’d forgotten you had? We occasionally get that neat side effect.

  • shay Oct 20, 2006 @ 13:15

    seeing how people found your site is funny, i have a similar feature on mine and apparently someone found it by searching for christopher paolini’s official site and my site was the first one listed in the search….weird

  • hollylisle Oct 20, 2006 @ 12:43

    No apologies necessary, Mike. I’m sorry I haven’t been quicker getting these out the door.

    As for the question, I have to assume it was serious. It was a search item?

  • orangemike Oct 20, 2006 @ 12:32

    “Actually, the mail part of the process of sending out contest winners’ books wasn’t too time consuming. Finding the books, however, was a nightmare. …
    So no words got written and no charts got made today.”

    Sorry!

    ““do nurses get paid less than football players”

    Long pause while you consider this question. Any guesses on the answer?

    The answer to that question is Yes. Lots less. Bunches less.”

    Mega-DUHHH! Was the question asked in seriousness? I am stunned at the idea that anyone could not know the answer already.

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