Monday, November 7, 2011

Rants, Rages and Respect

Yesterday our lovely MLs arranged a write in for the wrimotaurs. They always work so hard to find us venues that can deal with our very specific needs. As most of you are aware, we need plug ins for our laptops (some of us struggling artists can't quite afford brand new computers, which means that batteries don't always hold their charge, and numerous other issues that can arise). As we can have upwards of 20 people at the meets, that usually means there are extension cords that tend to run all over the floor, and with that many people, in a restaurant, you can bet that people are going to be eating.

Anyone who knows our MLs can tell you that there is no way in hell they would forget to mention any of the above. It just doesn't happen.

So what I don't understand is how we can arrive at a venue, which seemed to work so perfectly, only to encounter a headache.? How can 'yes we do have plug ins' turn into 'wait, you want to use our power'? And please, someone, tell me how it is possibly okay to ignore 26 people in your restaurant, and glare at them when you are serving them?

Now, I'm not going to name names. And, I'm certainly not going to turn this blog into a rant, so those are the only details I'm going to mention. But suffice it to say, by the end of the write in (which turned out awesome, thanks of course to the wrimotaurs who showed up and didn't let a little pesky venue issues ruin their fun!) many of us weren't very happy.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I find nano a hard enough venture. Now imagine trying to get your word count in (whatever your goal may be) while trying to find a new venue for our Sunday write ins? Or dealing with other venues telling you that they are no longer open 24 hours?

Personally, I think our MLs are heroes.

So today, on this the seventh day of Nano the 13th, I say we all give our MLs a cheer for all they do for us. A quick email to thank them for their hard work. A hug when you see them at the write in. Whatever you have to do, make sure your ML knows how much you appreciate everything they do!

Who knows, enough hugs might help them with whatever headache they have to face next week.

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