Last week the plumber came over to make some repairs in my bathroom. I know, not terribly interesting. Or is it?
You see, my bathtub faucet has been leaking for a long time. It got to the point that I was feeling so guilty about wasting water that I would save the water in the tub and use it for toilet flushing and laundry. So, why didn’t I fix it sooner?
Last Wednesday was the opening of the Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach, California. I have been an artist at that show for the last 18 years. In that time, I have spoken with hundreds and hundreds of people. And, you just never quite know who you are going to end up talking to.
That night, I spent some time talking to Patricia Shanks, a reporter for Examiner.com. She interviewed me and wrote a wonderful story about my music themed art.
It was very interesting to see how she interpreted my responses and incorporated my words into her story. I was also surprised to see that she had been observing while I was interacting with customers.
Her story had me seeing myself through her eyes. What an interesting perspective.
Here's a link to the story:
Taking care of your customers is one of the most important things you can do for your business. It doesn’t matter if you are a Fortune 500 company, an online business, or an artist.
Like me, I am sure you have had a bad experience with a business. Most of the time you might rant to a couple of your friends about it. If the experience was heinous enough, you might do your venting online to your extended group of friends.
Over the past several weeks, I have been participating in The Book Marketing Challenge. It has been an information packed experience. I have learned so much about marketing and I’d like to share my favorite strategy.
I got to observe something really interesting last night. I am busily in the process of creating new artwork for this summer’s Art-A-Fair Festival. As usual, my main theme is music. My boyfriend and I were talking about some ideas for the new pieces. He suggested doing music notes in different colors in a series, maybe even a rainbow of colors. That started my creative juices flowing. I immediately came up with a title for the piece: Harmony.
Ten years ago today, How Original! An Art Gallery in Laguna Beach closed its doors forever. (Well, at least until I go insane enough to try it again.) In many ways I miss the place. It was fun and exciting. And, I learned so much. Most importantly, it helped to start me on this new path of author and speaker.
Friday night I was watching a marketing webinar on how to publish and market books. I already knew most of what they were saying, so I was only half listening in case something interesting came up. While I was listening, my brain was working. All of a sudden something triggered a plethora of ideas. I started madly writing things down so I wouldn’t lose them.
The other day I received an email asking about one of my pieces of art. This is the body of that email:
My office has a window with a nice view to my front patio. It provides me with little distractions throughout the day while I'm sitting here writing. I can watch the people walking their dogs, the cars coming and going, and the birds flitting about.