Onward and Upward!

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2017 was an interesting year for me to say the least, but I’m actually looking forward to 2018. My birthday was yesterday, and I turned 27. I don’t feel it or look it, but I know I’ll be at a better place soon mentally. I graduate in December which means my time at VCU is almost up. I finally got someone to narrate my book Tales From Behind the Counter, and I’ll post when it’s done. I’m trying to finish AngelWitch at least, and all I need to do is write her last two weeks then the rough draft is done. It’s been a wild ride since this semester at VCU we are working with CBS 6, and come the elections I’ll be working in the newsroom. I’ve also given more thought of what I want to do. I’ve been working retail during the weekends, and going to school. It’s left me in a rut in a way. After school I’ll need to start looking for a new job in the field I want. I’ve been getting tired of retail too, and it’s the same old, same old thing. People complain over the stupidest stuff, and are rude too. It’s all been there, done that, and I’m ready for a change. Also been doing a ton of book buying and game playing too. It’s just been a finish school and get my degree then come up with the next steps. Also, save up money for editing my books and cover art. That is all I need to afford anyway since I have Vellum to format my books. Best money I’ve ever spent. In the meantime I’m working on books and writing stories as a journalist in the IPad Journal project at VCU.

Link to one of the articles: http://wtvr.com/2017/10/20/northam-supporters-pack-convention-center-to-see-obama/

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

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Tales Behind the Counter is out for Kindle!

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My book is finally out in Kindle form, but the paperback had issues since I wanted to use colored because I designed a pretty blue chapter heading, but it didn’t show up on the print one. It’s being reviewed and the minimum price was 40.63…nope too much. As soon as it’s done being reviewed I’m changing it to black and white. Then after it’s reviewed I can order my proof in the meantime here is the Kindle version for $0.99 just for 5 days, and then it will be going up to $2.99.

 

Description:

If you think the customer is always right, you’ve never worked at a place like Kyle’s before.

Angeline has seen it all–crazy, stupid, and even mean. For the last five years, customers have tormented her daily in over five departments at her workplace, Kyle’s General Store. In one chapter, she gives advice on surviving retail and shares her biggest pet peeves in the departments she has worked in. Join Angeline down memory lane as she tells her stories about crazy customers and the downright stupid questions they ask.

 

http://amzn.to/2rZYiVb

 

I’ve also put it in Kindle Select, and it’s free if you have a kindle unlimited version.

 

I’ll keep you posted on the paper back version!

 

Until next time,

 

Wolfdreamer25

Where I have been:

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School started way earlier then I thought, and it’s been nonstop article writing for Capital News Service. It’s pretty cool since it covers the Capitol and the Virginia General Assembly. It’s been amazing seeing the results too since this class means you actually get published too.

 

I’ve done a ton of stories, and here are the links for them so far:

http://wric.com/2017/01/29/virginians-say-colleges-prepare-graduates-for-jobs/

 

http://altdaily.com/virginia-attorney-general-mark-herring-vows-to-fight-trumps-immigration-ban/

 

http://www.nbc12.com/story/34271944/capitol-is-site-of-dueling-gun-rallies#.WH6IN0DGEVc.facebook

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/lawmakers-target-college-tuition-and-access/2017/01/18/4e9fd59e-dd8c-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.91e5d4c41955#comments

 

http://www.insidenova.com/headlines/poll-finds-support-for-workforce-training/article_3fcbe9fe-d9b8-11e6-96f9-67dd50f1bd47.html

 

http://www.henricocitizen.com/news/article/treat_dont_jail_drug_users_poll_pays0125

 

http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2017/01/30/poll-k-12-underfunded-colleges-more-effective/97236772/

It’s been a wild ride, and I hope to finish up the last two semesters at VCU strong. I will graduate in December, and finally receive my degree A Bachelors in Mass Communications for Print/Online Journalism.

 

It will be good to be done with VCU, and get my degree. I’m definitely going to love journalism. On the writing front I’ve been working on finishing #AngelWitch and Tales From Behind the Counter needs to have more of a narrative to it. It’s a wild ride with that book, and I hope to have more out soon.

 

I’m going to start blogging more once a week, and I can make it related to my novels. Like character sheets, excerpts, and I want to plan to have out more stories so I can get myself out there. At the end of the day I’ll have my writing even if school comes to an end my stories and novels will always be there. I also updated my website, and I can do more with it since I got the premium. I want to start a newsletter since I want to offer some free stories just for subscribing.

 

Do you subscribe to a newsletter? How often do you want them? What do you hope to see from it?

 

Until next time,

Jessica Samuels

Updates for October…

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It has been sometime since I’ve posted an update, and this is what I’ve been up to. I go to school Monday-Thursday and work Friday-Sunday which is keeping me busy…Not that I’ll be busy for long since I don’t have that much longer till this semester is over. My last day is December 8th…I can’t wait since I don’t like going to school 4 days in a row, and next semester is one class only. I’ll of course have to find an internship before I graduate next fall. No worries there since I need to step it up. I’ve been working on Tales From Behind the Counter and AngelWitch the most since I need to get those out soon. I plan on having a 6 book series for AngelWitch, and it will be self explanatory when AngelWitch comes out why it will be six books. Of course this year I want to attempt National Novel Writing Month again, and use the book A Witchy Beginning which will be set in college instead of high school. I want to include elements from The Killer Contract Agency in  it, and it will tell you what happens after Salina and Carter took over. You’ll even get to see it play out differently and I can’t wait. All my books are going to involve soulmates since I believe there is someone for everyone. I read a lot too lately and I can’t wait till school is over since I want to write full time instead of work retail which will be a goal of mine. I’m also going to be trying out Kindle Select for the first time since sales aren’t good for me with other outlets. I have 90 days then I can go wide if I wish to. I just want to get through school to have more time to write, and I might want to try other things with the blog too. I just haven’t had time to do much, but once the holidays hit I can write, edit, and publish more…Just need to hang in there and get through school.

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25

Retail, Tales from Behind the Counter, and AngelWtich Stuff…

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So in case my followers don’t know I work retail, and have been for almost five years. I’ve created several books because of it: Being a Vampire in Retail Sucks, Angel Witch is heavily involved in retail, and Tales From Behind the Counter…All in an effort to make fun of a job because of how crappy it can be. Being a sales associate is not easy, and if you think it is you try working it for a week or on holidays to see how crazy it can drive you. Sometimes it’s just you doing several departments at once, and when you do them at the same time it will drive you to drink. Dealing with customers, coworkers and managers is a lot since people can be rude, nasty, and down right hateful toward you. I’ve been getting fed up with it all since half of the time I’m yelled at it’s not even my fault. There is no need to be rude to someone trying to help you. If I can do it I will, but you don’t need to be so nasty to me. People can be horrible to retail workers treating them like they are the scenery instead of a person. I’ve had a guy whistle at me to get my attention like I’m a dog instead of a person, and I said nothing but I was very tempted to say thanks for whistling at me to get my attention jackass. I can’t stand it. Also people treat me like I’m stupid, and then talk to me like I’m a child. I get it but I’m 25 don’t ever treat me like a child.

It’s not easy, and the phone people are worse since one guy was being an asshole when he wanted me to get insulin off the sales floor. It’s refrigerated and apparently you don’t need a prescription but you still have to get it from the pharmacy. He was such a jerk about it saying can you look for it for me…Yes, sure. Before he said well since pharmacy is closed it would do no good to transfer me. Duh. I’m not stupid. I told him we did not have it on the sales floor, and he got mad asking me if I looked. No, since he can’t get it unless the pharmacy is open, and then asked for my name. Please, complain on me since I can’t perform miracles…Also if I say hi to you when I’m working don’t fucking ignore me. I’m trying to be nice to you, and when you do that it shows that I should not say anything. And if we can’t do something we can’t do it. Phrasing the questions differently is still going to be met with the same answer. Begging me for the item and wanting me to have it when I don’t is not going to make it magically appear. Is it any wonder why some retail workers are miserable? They are because they are over worked, picked on, and treated like dirt. But I don’t want to just tell you. I want to show you which is why Tales From Behind the Counter will show people what it’s like to work retail. It’s not all good, and there are times when I want to rage quit because of some asshole customer, or a retarded policy change. If we are out of an item it’s not up to us to afford it but to the company instead. We don’t know when we will get something in since they don’t tell us when we will get it in at all. I’m sick of people who try to guilt us into pulling an item out of the back since it’ s not there….
I could go on and on about it which is why I wrote Tales From Behind the Counter. It is a collection of stories from me working retail, but I’ll be using Angeline in my place and Kyle’s General Store as the place since I can’t use the real name of me or the store I work at. It will tell people the good, bad, and the horrible. People can be rude and horrible to retail workers, and I want to show just how rude and stupid they can be. From getting yelled at on the phone to people getting mad that we can’t pull the items they are looking for out of our ass. It will have it all. It’s not for everyone and if you have not worked retail then you might not understand it at all, or thinking I’m rambling and ranting while using too many curse words. It was fun and I hope to have it out in the future. The other book is called AngelWitch, and we return to our favorite loud mouthed sales associate that can feel people in her head, and she is still at Kyle’s. It’s coming to an end though once she finds out who she really is and I’m still in the process of writing her last two weeks. Then the rough draft will be done of book 1…Here is an excerpt for the stuff in store for the next books since it’s a series:
As soon as my skin touched the stone I was whisked away. I could feel all four of them in my head. 4 girls with 4 different stories and backgrounds.
One girl in her room looking for that one special guy to spend time with. One having an Obsession Spell on her because the guy who wanted her is a psycho. One witch running from an evil witch coven. One lost her way in the Crystal Crest realm after her twin ruined her life. I see it all and each of them has the power to help me stop the evil threatening this harmony I came back to myself.
I hope you enjoyed this, and I can’t wait to release these books to the world.

Until next time,

Jessica Samuels

WIP Wednesday Excerpt from AngelWitch Unedited…

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A customer flags me down, “Do you have anymore of these in the back?” She holds up a pair of shirts exclusively for Black Friday.
“Are those the only ones in the area?” I ask her wanting to hit her for being so stupid.
“Yes, there isn’t anymore left, and I need it in a size medium 8-10.”
I gave her a sympathetic look, “I’m sorry since we only get a limited amount of those shirts for the event once we run out then we are out.”
Her look turns to one of hatred, “So you won’t check in the back for me?”
“No, ma’am since this is all we have for the event everything is out.”
“Thanks for nothing.” She spits making me wonder why I can’t slap her because of how rude she is. No wonder why I hate working here the customers are just rude pieces of shit. Stupid bitch it’s not my fault we are out yet it’s still taken out on me. It’s not a big deal since I’ve dealt with it for two years. I begin straightening out the area near the jewelry department cleaning the racks when this happens.
“Get me a manager then this is ridiculous. I paid $5,000 dollars for this watch, and you won’t even do it. That is disgusting. You won’t do it because you won’t carry it? I have had it done here twice already.”
I look over to see Jasmine the jewelry sales associate explain why, and the guy is not having it. This is not the first time. She leaves to get the dumbass a manager, and that is when I have a little fun. I say fuck it because if I really am that special I’m not wasting anymore time at this shitty job. I’m quitting and finding something that does not want to make me hang myself every time I come in.

If You Want Good Service be a Good Customer:

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The world we live in is really discouraging sometimes especially when you work retail. I’m not saying where I work, but I do work as a sales associate. This was my first job working with the public, and after working it for four years with no opportunity to move up you get discouraged easily. I love the people I work with in my area, and I do love some of the shorter shifts since people are easier to deal with in small amounts. It can really get to me though when I’m trying to be nice to a customer and all they are giving me is yelling and bitching in return. That is the part I hate about the job. I love fixing watches and putting batteries in, even putting up clothes and freight is fun. Zoning isn’t too bad either since it’s just straightening up clothes. Cashiering in the main registers can be a pain since I’m treated like crap when everything goes wrong. Somehow it is all my fault even though all I do is ring it up. If something is mislabeled it’s my fault too. Meanwhile, we are so short handed we worked like dogs, and people wonder why we have bad attitudes when serving them. Already overworked and it doesn’t help when you act like an asshole toward us when it’s not our faults…I don’t control the prices in the system. It’s not my fault if it rings up a different price in another department. Just because I work at that place doesn’t mean I know where every item is, and if I try to help you don’t get mad if I can’t tell you the exact place where it is. If I work in a department then I’ll only be familiar with items in that area, and not others. By the way I hate people who talk on the phone while I’m serving them it’s rude and disrespectful. Finish your conversation then talk to me. I don’t need to hear your business either. I also don’t need to hear your entire life story because I really could care less about it. Return policy is the policy and I’m not breaking it since I don’t want to get fired for someone I don’t know. I’m also tired of being blamed of things going wrong with the register. I have no control over it either so stop acting like I do. I’m also tired of getting talked down to like I’m stupid because of where I work.
I graduated high school, got an associates, and I’m getting a Bachelors so I can get out of retail. I’m trying to better myself, and even write novels on the side. It will be a full time job the more I write and publish. Stop repeating my name a few times like we are best friends when you don’t know me. One customer kept saying my name so much I almost asked her to stop. Also stop acting like you’ve never used a debit card before, and getting me to help you with it. You should know by now how to use a card. Wait your turn, and don’t be rude to ask me a quick question especially when you know I’m with someone else. It can be applied to all retail stores, and I’m not the only one who feels this way. The people who work retail will totally understand what I’m saying. I’m even working on a few stories that involved working in a retail store since it still amazes me the way people behave there. Retail associates try to smile and say hi. There are ones who are nice and smile back, but a lot of the time they ignore you. They also have a bad habit of saying item and then not even treating the associate like a person. Be nice and say hi then item. Don’t just say item and that’s it cause it makes you look like an asshole. Different stores carry different items, and no items are not all the same. I’ve seen it before different stores have different brands and prices. If you get mad and say, “Well if you wont break policy for me I’ll go to your competitor.” Then go no one is stopping you. In fact the company doesn’t need your business especially if you act like an asshole.
All in all, just act like a nice human being. Treat retail workers with respect and be understanding. Don’t yell at them over things they have no control over, and above all try to be a decent human being. They are trying the best they can especially when half of the time they are shorthanded and doing the best they can to give you the best customer service possible.

In other news I’m going to school in a few weeks and it led me to only working three days a week. I’m happy about it since it means I can get more writing done. I’m going to school Tues-Thurs. Monday is a free day. I’m going to try to finish #AngelWitch in the next few months. My problem is I’m focusing on too many projects at once not good. I won’t finish anything doing that.

Until next time,

Wolfdreamer25
Ps. If you have worked retail or working retail let me know what you think of it. I might make more posts like this. If I missed anything just say so in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed the article I wrote. I really don’t mind the job, and I was just talking about some of the things that made me mad about it.