Friday, January 13, 2006

It is Friday the Thirteenth

And I am home today. Home until the Gods of employment gift me and my own stalwart efforts gain me another job. Once again we do the round of what seems to be the inevitable corporate consolidation and downsizing. A Human Resource that is no longer required.

That is an interesting phrase "Human Resources". I consider natural gas and oil resources. I consider iron and tin resources. These are things we use to make and build and go places. We are the agents of creation and movement. But when we ourselves are the "resources"? In my mind that predicates an agent over us using the very fibres of our being to make and build and go places for themself.

Call me old fashioned but I prefer the old word "Personnel". There is a "person" in that very word. So on this blog, I hereby ban the use of the term "Human Resources".

M.G., bless her soul, has already listened to the full outflow of my imbalanced humors. She says to take the time to find my authentic voice and do more writing in between job hunts and the daily round of visits and meetings to keep roof over head, cupboard in bread, and gas tank fed. So I heed wise advice, being past the point of thinking I don't have to listen to anyone.

My writing? Probably won't talk that much about it here since both books are mere embryos and nowhere near where the rest of my bunioned cohorts are. But observations? Likely the things that come up in the day to day round of news and world events and the definition of words.


At 12:46 PM, Blogger M. G. Tarquini said...

Lisa's embryonic bits are incredible. She's a woman with the gift of words. I'm sorry about her job, but I'm glad she'll have time to work on her avocation.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger E. Ann Bardawill said...

I often find these things turn out to be a blessing in disguise. I hope, truly hope, this all works out for the best.

Did I ever tell you about the time I got stood up for a date, and the next day met my husband?

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Bardawill - so are you telling Lisa to expect to meet her husband tomorrow?

And yes, Lisa's talent as a writer has been wasted in a 9-5 job. Though having food on the table helps.

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Lisa S. said...

It certainly does Dana.

And you bunions should know that I have already filed my unemployment benefits claim (it can be done online here) and have sent out two resumes in my field.

Grass will not grow under these bunions....

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Lisa S. said...


Your mouth to God's ear.

Now if I could find a man who'd support me in the manner in which I would like to become accustomed...I would happily forego the job hunt...

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Adam Hurtubise said...


Hang in there. Getting laid off is a bummer, but it can also be a blessing (think: time to write).

The other pearl of wisdom for today is:

Listen to whatever M.G. says.


At 4:23 PM, Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...


I hope that this is one of those "mixed blessing" experiences, like JK Rowling writing while unemployed and turning the corner to international fame.

Hope to see more of you in the blogsphere.

It's always darkest before the dawn, though it still feels like crap when you've been kicked down.

I'm here for you!


At 4:53 PM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Sorry to hear about the layoff, that can be tough, especially if you are a hard worker and I get the impression you are. I was laid off from a job that I moved to a different state to take. It blew my mind, left me feeling well...less than valuable, but you know what? it led me to the job I have now, which turned out to be a better gig than I could have ever dreamed of.

I guess, all I am getting at is that everything happens for a reason, it may suck now, but chances are something good can come out of it.

Hopefully, you will find solace in your writing. M.G. says you are a kick ass writer and she is a tough cookie to impress (I know from experience, having failed to do that myself).

Keep the chin up and the fingers tap, tap, tapping on the keyboard. I look forward to seeing what comes of all this.

Best of luck to you...

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Bonnie Calhoun said...

"In my mind the predicates an agent over us..." pssst Lisa, don't look up! LOL

This will turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you! You know how they say "Hindsight" is 20/20. Well if you could see the end from the beginning, then there would be nothing to trust in.

You have unemployment, a roof over your head, bread in the cupboard (although if you eat it like M.G. eats pizzelles, your butt's gonna' spread!) and gas in your tank.

What more does an aspiring writer need. Use the opportunity to your full advantage and I'll be praying for you!

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Lisa S. said...

Bonnie, M.G. eats pizelles and I eat Cheetos.

Thanks for the good thoughts and especially the prayers. I think I've called on all the prayer warriors I know around here today.
I was lucky in this last job to work with a couple phenominal women of faith. I think I'll miss seeing them every day the most of anything.

One of thems mother actually served drinks to Hemmingway in a Key West bar. So I'm lke 3 degrees from Hemmingway?

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Adam Hurtubise said...


To answer the stuff you posted over yonder on my little rant:

Never a wrong time to listen to Bruce.

You should skip "No Surrender" and just listen to anything on "The River," however. These things tend to go better if you involve bourbon, too.

Yes, you can feel free to link to my blog. Good luck with the job search. Been there, learned from it, glad it's over.


At 9:03 PM, Blogger R.J. Baker said...

I have a fellow writer friend in a similar situation but many times an opportunity that was unseen will reveal itself during the lowest time. It sucks. Its painful in many ways, but we endure and are better for it. Check out his blog at, he has a very positive mental attitude about his situation(Twisted as it may be). He also just began posting as you just have. Anyway, good luckI look forward to your posts...

At 1:32 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

Don't let the buggers grind you down, Liza.
It may feel like a slap in the face, now, but it really isn't. It's just an economic decision that, like a publisher's full list, has nothing to do with you or your value or your competence.
When one door closes, another opens.

At 6:31 AM, Blogger Erik Ivan James said...

Thank you for stopping by mine. I plan to come to yours often.

Lay-off? No sweat--read my profile. And, the others here are correct, everything does happen for a reason. I'm having more fun now than ever, even though I'm close to living under a bridge--again.

I'm going to go write today's post now. A sex scene that hopefully M.G., Dana and the rest will enjoy.

At 6:49 AM, Blogger jason evans said...

It's good that you're trying to see the positives in the situation. Something will work out. In the meantime, you can make those embryos grow!


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