End of Week #12

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Week #11 was Spring Break! So I was home getting ahead of all my school work. At this point in time I’m three weeks ahead of the syllabus for one class and waiting on group feedback for another class. I feel good about it.

Before I left for Spring Break I cleaned up the inbox for the marketing intern email. I archived everything since I’m paranoid about deleting emails. Ever. And I figured I’d get back and see a couple hundred just from Staples and Newsletters and things. But there were so many more than that.

There were over 1,200 emails about the #PPZ Swag Bag Giveaway. And I had to browse through them to look for things that Quirk Staff had sent me to do, which included blog posts, of course. But it also had a project for Nicole, head of publicity. I’m currently looking for any and all Bookstore/Cafés (or bars) in the US.

Some of these places look amazing, by the way. The pictures they have up make me want to go there and order some of those pastries! But there are a lot. It’s a shame there’s not a way to download those listed in Google’s directory… or is there? I’ll bet there’s a way to get that all with contact information too. I should look into that.

I’m also picking up a project that a previous intern had re-doing the taxonomy for the site so that it can be navigated easier.

And of course I had more Miss Peregrine’s calendars to mail out. One of the first emails I opened on Wednesday was from a girl I’m assuming to be twelve years old because I also assume an adult wouldn’t send such an email, rudely telling me that she had signed up for a calendar a week ago and couldn’t believe it was taking this long to send.

Um. First of all, more flies with honey and all that. Second, I wasn’t even in the office last week. Third, how did you get that email?

I sent out 124 calendars on Wednesday. And we still have soooooo many left. Part of me wants to tell you the link so you can sign up to get more-the other part of me is falling down from carrying all of those calendars upstairs to put them by the door for mailing.

I will say that Wednesdays are my worst days. I have to leave by 3pm in order to get out to class and that means I have two hours less to get my work done. You wouldn’t think that it’s that big a difference but I feel like half my day is missing. I hate leaving without finishing everything I was given to do. Not only because I feel unaccomplished leaving that way but also because it cuts into the next day, and sometimes I have big projects that need attention.

I know what you’re thinking: welcome to the real world. Yeah, I get it. It doesn’t mean I can’t be mad that I didn’t do everything.

And Friday is starting with Internet connectivity problems. Which means I can’t do anything unless I destroy my data plan. Today, I still have messages to forward and respond to, a mailing, the remainder of Nicole’s bookstore/café list, the taxonomy project, and most likely blogs. The blogs will be especially hard to do should the internet not let me back on.

The internet came back around 11:00am so it’s been pretty busy for me and Lauren all day. But we were productive regardless of connectivity. We cleaned up the marketing bookshelf, moved some boxes, oh and I cut my finger–because why not?

I continued to work on the Bookstore/Cafe list today and could only publish one blog post because the author doesn’t have an account on the site and I didn’t want to publish it without credit.

It’s been a busy two days back and there’s more to go for the next month. See you all next week!

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.