No, really…

by Marian Schembari on November 3, 2009


Well then! Apparently I pissed some people off! Is it weird if my response to that is “awesome”?

Negativity, worrying, stress and doubt really piss me off. I don’t want to hear about how hard it is to get a job or how the media is dying. Are these things not true? Of course not. But I don’t like worrying, so I’d appreciate it if you didn’t stress me out. The thing is, we are in a difficult time. The other thing is that the way things have always been done is not going to solve these problems.

If you think I’m callous, or in the words of one commenter, “self centered and glib”, I assure you I do my research. While I refuse to do the whole “today I went to the market”-personal-shit on my blog, I have been affected in my non-publishing life by said recession. Remember, 3 out of my 5 other family members work for The New York Times. Both parents are published authors. I work in publishing. I am, in fact, fully informed.

Maybe it’s my youth and/or nativity. Or my glibness. Or maybe my optimism. But I see people every day doing ridiculously amazing things and making it in the media world, despite the recession. Times are a-changing, and some people roll with it and succeed. Others roll over instead.

Example: Bookavore wrote a badass comment, with a lot of great points. In all technicality, since she is a bookseller, I accused her of whining. After doing my research and checking out WORD (her shop), she is NOT who I was referring to in my post. In fact, she is a bookseller who appears to be taking this stuff in stride. Check out the site, you’ll see what I mean.

The “whiners” I referred to are those who don’t have the imagination or creatively to turn a shitty situation into a good thing. A bookstore who can’t see passed the dropping price of books. Yeah, for those stores who are only open 9-5 and charge $25.00 for a new book, whine away. Sucks to be you. But for those who have events and make funny videos about the Kindle, and FIGHT BACK… Well, don’t whine. Because you’re awesome and I want to be your friend.

So I hope this clarifies my point. I like people who think outside the box, and in “this economy” (I said it… shudder) you are the people who are not only going to survive, but thrive.

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  • http://mbreau.wordpress.com/ Melissa Brea

    I think the most relevant part of both this post and your last is that people need to try and be proactive. Growing up, my father frequently used to say “If you don’t like the way something is being done, get involved and change it.” He did this frequently.

    You’re right that people need to start thinking about solutions and stop complaining about problems. It’s not that the problems don’t exist – it’s that they aren’t going to solve themselves!

  • http://mbreau.wordpress.com Melissa Brea

    I think the most relevant part of both this post and your last is that people need to try and be proactive. Growing up, my father frequently used to say “If you don’t like the way something is being done, get involved and change it.” He did this frequently.

    You’re right that people need to start thinking about solutions and stop complaining about problems. It’s not that the problems don’t exist – it’s that they aren’t going to solve themselves!

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