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Feelin groovy...

First off, I'm feeling much better today. I was heavily in the midst of my photo shoot last night when a feeling of near euphoria took me over. So anyone who was responsible for that...thank you very much! And whoever threw in the little dash of horny in the mix, that was good too.

The shoot went very well. It was over across the River in Tazewell County. Creve Couer to be exact. We got done about 20 shots in 4 hours which is moving along pretty good, especially when you have to deal with models. We had 8 models in all. Now for our books, we have to be particular about showing ethnic diversity. So we had two Hispanic models, two Asian models, two African/American models and two Caucasion models. One male and one female of each. I told the photographer all he needed to find now was an elderly disabled, Native American and we'd have all our bases covered. I know, I'm going to Hell for that comment. I told Deb over dinner that at some point we'd probably be under pressure to show a significant amount of gays and lesbians in our books. She said, not as long as Texas was still a state would that happen.

You wouldn't beleive the amount of influence a very few states has over the entire textbook publishing industry. It's amazing. And yes, there was a time recently when we and other publishers had books rejected in many states for not showing enough ethnic diversity. So many states are pushing laws that deal with "traditional" nuclear families that in most cases we can't even mention the word gay in the context of a viable or normal relationship. It's pretty sad actually.

There was a high school student who was job shadowing my photographer for the shoot last night which was cool because I got to explain to her a whole lot of things about why we do certain things in the publishing industry. She was very interested which was a nice thing to see in a young person. She was also quite pretty. They sure didn't make them like that when I was in high school.

There was this guy Ron had along as an assistant who was just so much the geek it was pathetic. Nice enough guy but very focused in only one area. I was sitting next to him watching Ron pose the models when out of the blue he just started talking to me about how he worked for Ron's son Graeme in his sound and light business and how they had two shows this weekend and how both of them lasted like all night and how he like wouldn't get any sleep the whole weekend. Then he rambled on about other shows and I tried to be nice and throw in a couple pertinent questions but it was obvious he just wanted to impress me with his knowledge of sound equipment so I threw out the fact that our fireworks company had done all the indoor pyro for the last KISS tour and he was stunned. He quickly copped one of the "we're not worthy.." sort of attitudes as I rambled on about the technical aspects of doing pyro. Then he fianlly realized I knew as much trivial shit about my area of expertise as he did about his and we were on equal footing. Everything was fine after that.

The shoot ended about 7:30 and we all beat feet back across the river because Creve Couer, where we were shooting is just a bizarre place to be in the daylight much less the dark and we didn't want to be there any longer than neccessary.

I'm about to go and get the digital images from the shoot last night to see how they turned out and Ron and I have to organize yet another shoot.




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Mar. 28th, 2002 12:46 pm (UTC)
You're pumped up on drugs, aren't you?! ;)

Good to know you're able to operate today!!
Mar. 28th, 2002 02:52 pm (UTC)
Just Tylenol Sinus for Spring allergies now. really the energy did wonders.


Mar. 28th, 2002 01:12 pm (UTC)
Textbooks are bland, uninspired, dry little things. I kick the influential states.

Wait a minute. They're not little either. I'm going to start suggesting chiropracty (?) as a potential job choice for kids these days. Kids these days with their bookbags and their Drowning Pools and their bling blings and the hey-hey-hey.

Ryl, who is not as bitter as this may sound
Mar. 28th, 2002 01:37 pm (UTC)
Actually, OUR textbooks our meaty, moist and inspired as opposed to those of the competition. I agree on the job choice.


Mar. 28th, 2002 01:49 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any of your books, but I'll agree with you on the competitors thing. Prentice Hall sucks ass. In the new literature books I swear they have excerpts of excerpts. And no Shakespeare at all? What's up with that? It's accepted fact in NC that Julius Caesar and Midsummer Night's Dream count as world literature. Hate Prentice Hall.
Mar. 28th, 2002 03:05 pm (UTC)
I've often wondered why we haven't bought out Prentice Hall like we do all our other competition. It may have something to do with image though. I coul send you some of our books but the ones we publish out of this ofice are Tech Ed and Home Ec kind of stuff. I could try to get you a Lit book if you want.

Mar. 28th, 2002 03:14 pm (UTC)
Part of me wants them bought out, part of me wants the competition. Mostly I want the old lit books back. Not because they're the ones I had in high school, but because they actually had things that are on the curriculum in them. Like the Miracle Worker. Oh well, I guess that's what class sets are for.

I am so glad Spring Break starts tomorrow. Then I won't have to deal with textbooks until April. Yay me!
Mar. 28th, 2002 01:38 pm (UTC)
*Raises hand*
Sorry. I'll take credit for the horny. I swear to the GODDESS on this, I came within an inch of writing you to warn you about the effects of the seith I was doing yesterday.

I went into the temple, cranked the music yesterday afternoon. My hormones had just peaked, and as I started the energy building, I was trancing fairly well. It took on a somewhat sensual edge, though, which is normal for Freyja's magick. I think that with the moon full, my hormones having hit the summit, and the semi-erotic trance I was doing, that you may have had some residue.

It's too hilarious that you mentioned the horny thing. I swear on my LIFE, I was about to warn you. My former covenmate, who is a shaman, once got sick. At the full moon, I did some trance dancing and sent him a ton of energy. I was told the next day by his wife that what he actually felt was a surge of pure erotic energy. He did feel a bit better... but then his wife was complaining about his sudden friskiness. :D

Sorry about that. I had good intentions, though.
Mar. 28th, 2002 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hey, I ddin't mind at all. Just bad timing that I happend to be talking to a pretty high school girl and not home with Deb where I'd at least have an outlet and someone to have a more positive effect on. I've actually done that too before which is how something got started witha certain someone who is no longer on my friends list if you know what I mean?

Thanks very much for the energy though. I told Deb about it later and she thought it was funny.

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