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17 December 2011 @ 12:46 pm
I always prescribe generic.  
Every time we have a drug rep-sponsored meeting* one of the consultants, who is so old-school he was around when the school was a kindergarden, always asks them to give a 'vaguely promotional talk'. At our Christmas dinner he stood up to give a speech and my intern yelled, "Make it vaguely promotional!" You ... probably had to be there.

*Every other class of worker gets really pissed about our 'free' lunches, which actually involve being inundated with dodgy statistics for ten minutes followed by an hour of teaching. I say, any time you want to pull a thirty-hour shift with no protected breaktime, cold showers and referrals for 'heroin overdoses' (Me: So they ... just took heroin? A&E: No, they took too much heroin. Me: Isn't ANY heroin too much heroin?) at five in the morning, feel free, and then see how much you enjoy uninspired free sandwiches and a cookie! JESUS CHRIST. (It's his birthday soon.)

The point of this was a thought I had about blogs. Blogs are awesome! But they are also relatively new. How did authors give their vaguely self-promotional talks before blogs? Before websites? Did Hemingway do book tours? I have to admit I am puzzled about what I've learned about being a twenty-first century author. I thought you just had to write the book. OH, WHAT INNOCENCE.

Also, I went out last night and did not have a good time. It was another hospital Christmas party, which might have contributed to that, because when I'm around other doctors I feel pretty insignificant. (Which is also why I wear blue polka-dot circle skirts and Barbie pink tights to work.) This post by the Bloggess actually made me feel a lot better. Just because I suck at this and other people don't doesn't mean I suck! I think. IS MATT DAMON MELANCHOLY?
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: one direction I KNOW I KNOW
l.m.: hp; quidditchincandescent on December 17th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
I love how random this post is, and I love you for it. ♥ Darling, I sympathize.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 17th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
I keep getting access to the internet in extremely unpredictable spurts, so I feel like I should USE IT. NOW.
l.m.incandescent on December 17th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
That's the way it should be used, I think. If only we could all live in the moment like you're being forced to. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on December 17th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'm mainly using it to watch hedgehog baths. :D
l.m.: inception; the impossibleincandescent on December 17th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, YOU.
JRevalangui on December 17th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Well, according to Timothy Spurgis in The English Novel (don't ask what's wrong with me, studying English at uni and reading this on my free time), Dickens was one of the first to do booktours, he even toured to the USA. He did readings of parts of his books and made a lot of money that way, too. Before that books tended to be published in periodicals so people got hooked because they were buying the whole thing and got a chapter of your book. I believe there was a fair amount of reccing going on among authors/publishers, etc.
jehntjehnt on December 18th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
JESUS CHRIST. (It's his birthday soon.)

hardest I've laughed all day
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Timepunching: Hand to heartscoradh on December 22nd, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Glad to be of service, my liege! *sweeps bow*
Sereniaserenia on December 18th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
I don't envy you the drug-rep lunches. I do love the reps for the free pens, notepads, paperweights and other knick-knacks, but I got all that as a medical receptionist without having to endure all the rest! I might even get some if I get to do the nutrition & dietetics course I want to do.

Hey, this'll make you feel good - you're younger than me, and a qualified doctor, and I've finally decided it's time to finish high school! XD

Polka-dot circle skirts are love!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Timepunching: peacockscoradh on December 22nd, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
They're handy out if you just want something quick without having to pay. The hospital canteen is pretty shit so it's all about equal.

Oh, but you have a husband and family! I don't think you can ever balance lives out like that, though by god we all love to try.

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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Timepunching: back of girl's headscoradh on December 22nd, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
The thing is, though, that I don't think I've come across a fascinating author's blog yet. They're full of useful information about publishing and so on, and of course self-promotion (which is fine if you're a fan), but ... I go to blogs because I like the authors. I've never gone to a book because I liked the blog. Which is weird, when you think about it, because their job is to be interesting writers. Ho hum.

I was telling the Muslims on my team the Nativity story. It started, "There were no hotels available because Joseph hadn't booked in advance and there was no Trip Advisor because God hadn't invented the internet yet..."
mesurexit on December 20th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I wear blue polka-dot circle skirts and Barbie pink tights to work

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Quotey: princesses save themselvesscoradh on December 22nd, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
haha my consultant calls me Alice, after Alice in Wonderland. (I think she has her sources mixed ... I look more like the Mad Hatter, Johnny Depp version.)