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Deal 1230: Watched

Your phone, so shiny
fancy and new, so many
features to learn. Yet…

watching, all the time
you can’t have it; well guarded
phone, alarm, shiny.

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Deal 1211: Sky’s the limit

“Why am I running an alarm company?”

Pullet was not the sort of man you would expect to have taken the risk of starting his own business. He was quiet, timid, and not at all brave. He seemed particularly ill-suited to the alarm business. And yet, here he was, running Big Red Protection.

His partner was his polar opposite. Where Pullet was unsure, Reynard was confident. Where Pullet was timid, Reynard was brash and outgoing.

In short, their partnership seemed doomed from the outset. But somehow, they persevered.

They had already survived their first year in business. Most new businesses don’t outlast their first birthday. Big Red Protection celebrated theirs by signing up their one hundredth client. While that was barely enough income to keep their doors open, it was still more than either had feared would be the case. Of course, Pullet still jumped when the phone rang. He was certain that the next call would spell the end for their enterprise, and was perpetually surprised when it was just a potential new customer.

Ring.

Pullet jumped.

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Deal 1166: Writers

‘Ware the humble writer, toiling over his ever-moving pen. He is once again trapped by his need to tell a tale.

The fire alarm is ringing, and still the writer sits at his work table, surrounded by drafts of his magnum opus. When it finally sinks in that the house might be on fire, he sweeps up the latest draft as his only valuable possession.

He can say that he’s tried other things, but they alway felt like a disguise to his essential nature. Once a writer, nothing can hide it, nothing can prevent it, and there is no cure.

The only way forward is to push on through, and learn to manage the condition. Write when able, and come to peace with yourself and your idiosyncratic quirks.

And above all, remember to be nice to editors and fans, for they too might suffer from the same affliction.