And though I had slain a thousand foes less one,
The thousandth knife found my liver;
The thousandth enemy said to me,
'Now you shall die,
Now none shall know.'
And the fool, looking down, believed this,
Not seeing, above his shoulders, the naked stars,
Each one remembering.
--John M. Ford, The Final Reflection

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"The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any." - Russel Baker

Monday, June 18, 2007

Needs And Wants

Life, in one simple word, sucks. However, after much internal deliberation, I've come to finally set down a few things that can make my life better. Yes, folks, this is another instance of me being lazy and putting up a list, rather than an actual post. Deal with it, you bastards.

I need:

1. Better back support at work. My chair is falling apart. I lean on it enough and I can hear the screws holding the back in place starting to pop out. You'd think with all the money the office saves on screwing the writers (and the DES crew too) out of how much they damn well ought to be getting, they'd be able to afford half-decent chairs at least. But no! They have to go out and buy the ones that start to fall apart the moment you put even the slightest amount of real pressure on them.

2. Better pay. Let's face it, I have a life to maintain. Okay, more like a life to actually acquire, but that's beside the point here. The fact is, I get paid to deal with a lot of crap. I won't dispute that. I do actually get cash twice a month for putting up with a lot of crap from the office. However, there's a difference between putting up with crap and being drowned in it.

3. A DSL connection at home. Because quite frankly, I need a reason to not use the office's Internet connection so much. If I had a half-decent Internet connection at home, this would not be an issue and I'd have more time to spend on my fiction. Cecilia & Mint is going to be finished, regardless of events in my personal life that have tossed it around. Yes, I need a better connection. Though it is getting nowhere near my trusty laptop and friend, old Sakura.

4. A boss who knows what his employees are doing. I had this once, back in Ambergris and e-PLDT. The people running the show (no, I don't mean my immediate supervisors) knew what the people working the trenches felt, because they were there too.

5. To never see another thrice-damned carnation for the rest of my life!

I want:

1. A new laptop and PDA. Because it is time for an upgrade, even though Sakura (my laptop) and Kotonoha (my PDA) are still reliable and perform well enough for my purposes.

2. The second season of the Haruhi Suzumiya series, the anime version of School Days to follow the "Conclusion of Blood" ending, and a fully-translated 9th book for the Haruhi Suzumiya novels.

3. A better social life than I have right now. Particularly since someone very special to me is going to go the way of the dinosaurs very soon. Rest in peace, my dear. I'll finish your -- nay -- our story for you.

4. Revenge.

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