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I Ain’t Ready To Quit

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Happy Sunny Seattle Day To You!


Oh beautiful, for spacious skies! The sun is out; the window is out; the the mountain is out . . . and soon, I’ll be out! Whoo hoo!


What happens when you get 4 hyperactive creatives together in a room? This. This is a glimpse into our Publications Staff meeting at the ‘Ol 9-to-5. For reference, L— is my boss, K— is one of my co-workers, and T— is our newest co-worker, who shares the part-time role with me:


L—: Amanda is drinking Goji Berry tea!

K—: Well she’s absolutely beautiful.

L—: Of course she is! But I mentioned it because we’re growing Goji berries in our garden right?

K—: Oh yes, I believe so, if the weather stays good we’ll be growing them, anyway. But just look at her, she’s absolutely gorgeous. I love that color she’s wearing.

Me: Thank you. *blushing*


meetin’ and a greetin’


L—: Okay, so coming up on our to-do list is the F— Manual, the F—  Teaching Guide, the Guidelines, a French pamphlet, and our next journal issue.

K—: My mind just went topsy turvy. I’m going to have to write that down.

L—: Ooooh! Maybe we can make a song out of it—like SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!

*We all give blank stares*


Ready to play an impromptu game of wiffle football at our desks! Oh the things creatives do! ; p


L—: Well, editing is coming along very slowly.

K—: Why?

L—: Because I’m tired and the articles are poorly written!

Me: Well, you know, we could always just take some articles from the last issue, put them in this issue, just change up the layout and see if anyone notices.

L—: (laughs) That’s a perfect idea! I doubt anyone would send in e-mails about corrections.

K—: We could make up our own e-mails about corrections and put them in the issue!

Me: We could also put in ads to sell off things we don’t need here in the office. Like old magazines and stuff.

K—: I have a used toaster! We could put an ad out for that! It could say, “Get yours today because it wouldn’t sell on Craigslist!

L—: Yes! Now all we need is a good cover! Something with skulls and crossbones!

T—: Well we do have that one photo that was sent in of some skulls in a cave.

L—: Perfect! Now we just need a chipper quote to go along with it.

K—: Or we could put in a really terrible drawing on the cover instead!

Me: Don’t we still have that dancing cat photo?


Well, well, well. It seems that our guest already knows the drill for our staff meetings! ; p


L—: I feel really embarrassed about my drawings.

K—: Yeah, we’ve heard this before.

L—: (laughs) Well you can only have so many flower drawings in an issue and that’s all I’ve been drawing lately.

T—: What about cats? I like when you draw your cats.

L—: Well, I only know how to draw one cat. I just draw it a lot.

Me: You could give it cow spots to change things up!

K—: Yeah, or plaid! You could make a Plaid Cat!

Me: Or a cape! A caped cat would be awesome!

L—: Nice! See, now you’re making me want to draw lots of things with capes! I could do that.

Me: Like a pencil with a cape!

L—: (laughing) Yes! I can just see him flying around now!

Me: Ha! And now I want to draw a pencil flying around in a cape.

L—: Oh please do it! Do it now before the idea escapes.



Ohhhhhkayyyy . . . you asked for it! ;)

Ohhhhhkayyyy . . . you asked for it! 😉

There is seriously never a dull moment around here!


Author: Amanda Martinez

I am a mexican chick, born in Germany, raised in Austin, TX, lived in Seattle, WA, and now back home in Texas! I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a graphic designer, a youth pastor, a comedienne, a songwriter, a screenwriter, and a lover of music, art, people, and the world around me! Join me on the journey as I share with you my thoughts, dreams, passions, and experiences!

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