Saturday, June 03, 2006

I Am So Going to Regret This in the Morning

I came home a little early today but ended up napping from around 6 to 8 pm. Thus, here it is at 2 am and I’m still awake. I need to get up at a reasonable hour tomorrow because I have a whole list of stuff to do that I want to accomplish in the morning so I’ll have the afternoon to sit in the sun reading.

Why am I posting then? Couple reasons. First of all I want to thank all the new folk who are visiting, and especially the ones that comment. I will try over the next few days to get everyone on the blogroll. It is wonderful to make new friends and connect off the ‘Cooler with folk I only knew from there.

Next, I’m not whining or begging here, but there have been no sales on the Café Press store. Is it too expensive? Are the items not presentable? Help me make it better, because it’s for Jenna and AW, not me. Again, please be assured that I don’t make a penny off of any of it. Actually, if I do sell items I’ll be taking a tax hit – and gladly, it’s not that I can’t afford it, so don’t worry about that. But if there’s anything I can do to improve things or if you have any promotion ideas, please email me (there’s a ‘contact Dawno’ section over there in the sidebar with my email addy) and let me know. Thank you.

Lastly, I need to talk about my son again. It’s been about a week since he told me he’s actually started training. I worry about him every day. It’s so hot and humid, it will be so physically and mentally challenging. I’m positive he doesn’t realize what a sheltered and fairly privileged life he’s led and now the real world is undoubtedly trying to knock him on his ass and keep him there. Add to that the imagery of Memorial Day, the near daily pieces on the families of soldiers in Iraq that I hear on my drive to or from work and my own upbringing as an Air Force brat during the peak of the Viet Nam war. I am constantly fighting down the urge to just curl up in a ball and go catatonic – visit a happy place and never come back. So I’m just getting it out here, not asking for anything from you but your patience as I vent. Thanks.

Meanwhile, the folk at Absolute Write have been continuing their efforts to get the site back up. Please don’t sit at your computer clicking refresh, go to the Refugee Camp and watch the news posts for when it’s ok to give it a try. It was up for about 9 minutes yesterday but things aren’t stable yet and it’s back down. You can help most by keeping your browser pointed to the Refugee Camp and not trying to log onto AW until you get the go ahead. Thanks!


Unique said...

Dawno -

Something I just HAVE to tell you because apparently you have forgotten:

When you are a mother, no matter the age or your child, you will never, ever, EVER finish
everything on your To-Do List.

So stop trying!


I've just now had time to go visit your store (I hope you accept Pay Pal) :D I've been wrestling with my own To-Do List and it's NOT a pretty sight. (Uh, because I'm losing, okay?) Hang in there . . . and remember, if you can't fix it; f*** it.

tlh said...

I'm going over there right now, I've been trying to get a gift card going so I can order over teh interweb. :) I may be the only person alive with no credit cards or debit cards.

Your son's situation... you brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could give you a hug! It's so frustrating, I'm normally quite wordy, but on this... I just wish I could give you a hug.

tlh said...

Eeps, I just saw your comment in the other thread -- thank you for the compliment to my blog! I just now saw it; I'm still not used to this blogging thing and I keep missing cues. And forgetting other people see my blog posts, too. :)

I'm going to put together a few suggestions and mail them to you, since I have to wait 4 hours for the card to be activated anyway.

TJWriter said...

Dawno, I fully intend to buy things from the store, but I need a few weeks. I finally have a job! I just need to wait for that first paycheck. I happy-danced with my daughter all around my mom's kitchen Friday afternoon. I don't start until the 12th though and I'm not sure how soon I'll get that check, but I can't wait to buy some of that stuff

Dawno said...

Thank you everyone - I just want to make sure that you understand that my post was really about whether or not there were issues that would keep folks from buying and get suggestions on how to improve it.

I'm touched that you all want to support my little CafeShop effort but it's better to give the whole amount you'd spend to the donation site unless you've got some 'frivolity' money to spare.

I sure do love you guys!

Art_Addiction said...

What? Weird. I ordered a journal and received an order confirmation email. It didn't come through to your control panel in your cafepress account???? Moof.

Dawno said...

Not yet. Maybe there's a time lag for authentication or something. Maybe until the product is shipped? I slapped that thing up so fast I haven't slowed down to read all the collateral!

I'm really jazzed about the newsletter - it's more about AW stuff than my store, although it does tout items, but in context. :-)

Kiskadee said...

Hi Dawno, thanks for all the great work you (and the team) are doing for AW.
I love the stuff in your shop and I will buy as soon as royalties - already 5 months late - arrive.

A huge virtual hug on account of your son. As a mother of a 21-year-old I can't even begin to think what that must be like, but I do have a close friend in Florida whom I visited two years ago, and her son was in Iraq at the time. I felt her agony and I can feel yours now.