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* I am in an ugly dispute with an Australian eBay seller. I was pretty damned excited to find two rare-ish Robert M. Place tarot prints two weeks ago and wrangled mightily with myself over the cost. But...I purchased them and asked the seller to combine shipping. Never heard from the seller so paid the $30 total shipping cost. Then the express mailperson took the stiff EMS package, folded it into thirds, shoved it into my mailbox, and scribbled an approximation of my name on the signature line and went back to work whistling. Destroyed. Now I'm dealing with the seller, eBay, PayPal, and my local Post Office. It's a drag. Apparently, no insurance was purchased. And the express mailperson is entirely in the wrong and in any other non-government employ would be relieved of employment, but no. The coverage on the package is 1/3 less than the worth of the contents. I can refuse the shipment because the package is unopened but then it goes back to the seller and I'm still wrangling with eBay and PayPal over my refund. I'm trying to be calm and collected about it but I feel stupid for spending the cash and angry at the Post Office and this rude seller. Ugh.

* All of that aside, I'm really enjoying my "everyday" Alchemical Tarot deck and the accompanying Alchemy and the Tarot book. And there's an app for the Sevenfold Tarot still available but that could disappear at anytime, so download if you have an interest!

* I'm readying myself for another round of submissions. I am still shopping the novella because I do believe in it...although I can see thin spots in its landscaping. I like the Death voice and I like most of Jakob's scenes....I also have a few stand-alone short pieces I think are worth showing folks. This process is a knife's edge kind of emotional experience.

* The world is a difficult place at the moment. Two things that are tangential to the main horrors which are holding my attention are the use of a robot to kill, and the desire to keep tortuous death of innocents by terrorists out of the public eye. So, I'm reading the news from an obtuse angle.


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Jul. 16th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
I have always admired that PiL song! It's so moody and sublime. "This is What You Want ...", following the equally adventurous "Flowers of Romance", was effectively their last experimental release before entering more commercial territory with "Album". I like all eras of PiL, but after "This is What You Want" they seem to have straightened up their act, for better or worse.
Jul. 16th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! I got to see Johnny tour this album and it was AMAZING!!!! Although I will always have a soft spot for Flowers.
Jul. 16th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
Eep, that's so annoying.

Good luck with the submissions
Jul. 16th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm beyond irritated.

Thanks, J! What have you been up to?
Jul. 16th, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC)

Nothing much. Finally started my new job role, and I'm enjoying it so that's good.
Jul. 16th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely be upset with someone folding the package. The seller should have wrote do not bend on the envelope. Goodluck in your fight.
Jul. 16th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
It blew my freakin' mind when I opened the mailbox. Like, seriously?
Jul. 16th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
The EMS employee forged your signature! Call the police! I can't speak for the States, but in Canada that is still a crime.

Also, there is an eBay customer support phone number--I am kicking myself because I can't find it--that I googled years ago when something I ordered arrived in pieces. It looked like a child packed it. Anyway I got a full refund. I can't believe you're having such a hard time with something that is so cut and dried. Especially since the deliverer forged your signature.

Jul. 16th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! That is more than enough grounds for firing!
Jul. 16th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
Folding the package is bad enough, but he FORGED your signature! How he's not fired is beyond me. I hope you get your money back because this isn't your fault at all.

Good luck with your submissions!

Jul. 17th, 2016 07:27 am (UTC)
GAAH for folding the package. How very rude to do that, and outright illegal to forge your signature. That alone should get him fired.

Sorry you lost the prints.
Jul. 18th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
:( Your ebay situation sounds like a nightmare!

Mine was an Etsy person who kept stalling on the "not ready to ship yet, so many personal emergencies, etc." up until the 30-day deadline after payment, and then disappearing. And PayPal's response was, "Well, you had 30 days..." *still angry*

I hope yours works out better. Feels scammy, just like mine.

Good luck with the novella shopping! I have little time or energy to even try writing these days (what I've tried doesn't want to finish), let alone try to push anything toward a publisher. I haven't done that before, and right now it's enough just to try to keep up with the chores and work as G. recovers...
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