Jelbert 16/07/12 – reality check

This is my first experience of trying to get reviewers to notice me and the enormity of the task is becoming clear. I have sent out promo codes and tell myself I must try to be patient, but I can’t stop checking my email – it’s becoming an obsession!

I heard back from Mumsnet last week, who said I would have to pay £4000 for a review, so I declined politely.

I received an email today from a very nice man from MacFormat who did say, at least, he was passing on my request to the appropriate department. At the end of his message he left an inspiring and unexpected gift, a quote from Steve Jobs….

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

Rest in peace, you brilliant, brilliant man. 

After this, to bring me back down to earth, a man came round to talk to me at home about pensions. There was nowhere to run. I am trying to blank the experience from my mind – artists don’t earn much money, it’s not my fault I’m poor!

And my children break up from school this week. All three of them will be home… for SIX WEEKS! I feel the need for a cold glass of cider and some rubbish on the TV….


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