SJB Gilmour Writes

…and rants and ruminates…

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The Big Facebook Cleanup

As I write this, I have 4353 friends on Facebook.  I reckon only a small percentage of those are people I actually know,  or correspond with, with any regularity.  So, I’m making a list of people to stay friends with.  Everyone I message or chat with, everyone who posts something I like, or likes something I post, plus a few actual friends and family, will go onto this list.  Then, come March 24 2018, everyone else will be unfriended.

I’m not doing this to be an asshole.  I’m not doing this to follow the hipster trend of dumping FB.  I’m doing this for money, boys and girls.  It’s that simple.

In the past few months of selling plants, planters and garden beds, I haven’t made more than I have by writing, but I have made it faster.  So, I’m going to keep my friends list below the 5k limit between now and March 2018.  I’m also going to only accept friend requests from people I know, or Melbournians who may wish to buy stuff from me.  Then, come March 24, 2018, I’m taking a razor to my friends list.

So, if you want to stay in touch, like this, or any other post, between now and this time next year.  If this has rubbed you the wrong way, unfriend me.  I won’t mind.  You’ll be saving me some time.

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My New Half Price Herbs Group!

There’s a saying in retail: “Raising prices opens an umbrella for your competitors.”

When I first started selling my herbs, I set the price at $0.50 for small pots, $0.75 for large pots, and $0.25 for Tomatoes Of Mystery (all self-seeded, none of which I could identify as this variety or that, so they really were a lucky dip!).  I sold out pretty quickly.  So, I raised myt price to $0.75, and sold out almost as fast.

Now, at the urging of Superwife, and encouragement from some customers, I’ve raised it again to $1.00.  That’s double my original price, and it made me feel edgy.  So, I created a way for savvy customers and my precious repeat customers, to get them at my original price of $0.50 for small pots of herbs, and $0.75 for large pots.  All they have to do is join my Bandannasam’s Half Price Herbs Facebook group, and they’re eligibale for the reduced price.

Right now I have small pots of Common Mint, Vientamese Mint, and Basil – all listed elsewhere ar $1.00, but for group members, just $0.50. Also, I have large pots of Common Mint, normally $1.50, but just $0.75 to group members.

Take that, Bunnings!

Also, I just got some pics from a local childcare centre, to which I sold my first batch of raised planter boxes.  Look pretty good, don’t they?!?

If you’d like some, I knock them together for $50 a box.  They’re made out of repurposed wood from forklift pallets.

I also sell vertical wall planters like this one:

Small: ≤ 80cm² $15
Medium: ≤ 100cm² $20
Large: ≥ 120cm² $25

These too are made from forkilft pallets, and come lined with plastic so your plants won’t dry out.  Me, a gardener.  Who’d have thunk it???

 

 

 

My New Gym

There’s something vety satisfying about being destructive.  Last night, I bashed and pried apart a couple of forklift pallets – I need the lumber for some box planters I’ve been comissioned to make for a local day care centre.  Once I’d done that for about half an hour, I’d worked up quite a sweat.  Then, I took a break for dinner, then went out and did it again for another hour.

My arms and shoulders hurt.  In fact, just about everything hurts.  But, it’s a good hurt, and I know if I keep going at this rate, it can only be a good thing.  Now all I need to do is just sit down with Superwife and figure out what days I can ride to work to burn off even more calories.

Sam

And Another Thing…

Just two additions to my New Years’ Resolutions:

  • Get more exercise.
  • Blog more.

There.  That’s enough to keep me going.  So far, so good.  I’ve done some scribbling.  I’m reading, (or at least I should say I’m re-reading,) one of my favourite books.  It’s the Samuel Johnson Series by John Connolly.  If you haven’t read it, shame on you!

I’m also gearing up for the weekend.  TGIF, because tomorrow and Sunday, I’m doing my Half Price Sale on Gumtree.  I can’t insert the link here yet because the ad’s not active.  Instead, my weekday ads are here and here.  If you live near me, and want some cheap herbs (Sage, Basil, Oregano, or Mint,), email, reply here or msg me.  Here are just a couple of pics.

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Mint (Common) – Weekdays, $0.50.  Tomorrow and Sunday, JUST $0.25!!!

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Oregano, (Greek) – Weekdays, $0.50.  Tomorrow and Sunday, JUST $0.25!!!

I’m also offering up a wall planter made up from a recycled forklift pallet.

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Weekdays, $30.00  Tomorrow and Sunday, JUST $15.00!!!

(pick-up only.)

Till next week,

Sam

We’re Recruiting!

In recruitment mode at the day job for our Aspley store in Queensland.

We’ve got a Seek ad running.  The deets are below:

Gilmour’s Comfort Shoes, Australia’s premier footwear fitters, have  casual and permanent part-time positions for footwear fitters at our store in the Aspley Homemaker Centre, on the corners of Zillmere and Gympie Rds, Aspley, approximately 20 minutess north of Brisbane CBD.

We’re looking for reliable, cheerful people.  Good people skills and ready smiles are a must.  Experience in footwear/apparel retail is preferred but not essential. Applicants must be well presented and able to work well within a team.

We trade Mondays through Saturdays. Applicants must be flexible and reliable enough to work all the days we trade, including Saturdays.

Most casual employees can be rostered two to five shifts per week, including Saturdays. – approximately 10 to 25 hours a week.  NOTE: These hours and shifts are examples only, and may vary.  

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the best footwear fitting team in the country, send us your resume!

Please apply in writing with references, AND also use the form available here: http://www.gilmours.com.au/job/app.pdf

Please submit your application in a standard format – PDF, doc or rtf preferred.

Sam Gilmour Director Gilmour’s Pty Ltd jobapp@gilmours.com.au

Share or even apply yourselves!

Sam

NaNoWriMo. Nah. No. Every-Month-Is-Writing-Month.

Call me a killjoy, but I just can’t get behind NaNoWriMo this year.  In fact, I’m having trouble stomaching all the online rev-ups for every damned thing.  If people spent a mere fraction of their time trying to rally everyone to their causes, actually on their causes, they’d get a whole lot more done.

So, Fuck NaNoWriMo.

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Now some might say I’ve just come down with a bad case of Monday-itis, (actually, I prefer to call it Acute Fedupwithit Disorder), or that I woke up on the wrong side of the cage.  Or that I’m just a foul-mouthed asshole.  Any probably fit.  So, fuck it.  I’ll just keep plodding along and writing my stuff as fast as I can get the words out, and when I’m not writing, I’ll be proofing and polishing.  Fifty thousand words in one month?  That’s a fucking breeze.  Writing fifty thousand good words, fifty thousand seamless, well-edited, readable words… that’s something different.  If you think you can do it, more power to you.  I can’t, so I won’t.  So there.

And now, I think I’ll just try to spend the rest of the month with my fingers in my ears in an effort to block out all the fucking Christmas music (gag) being beamed into our brains in an effort to make us buy crap we don’t need instead of that single roll of cling-film we forgot to get when we went shopping on Saturday, but now need in a big hurry or that meat marinating in the fridge for tonight’s stir-fry will make everything else in the fridge smell like ginger and garlic.

Sam

 

 

Another #FREEBIE!

G’ay to all my online friends!  As some of you may know, I gave the keyboard a bit of a rest for a while, but it managed to suck me back in a few weeks back.   Heh, we’ve all been there, right?  Anyway, I’m now “this far” (holds finger and thumb a millimeter apart) away from releasing a new story.  To celebrate, I’m doing a freebie promo run for all my similar works to date!

The nex off the rank is Benjamin McConnell, Silver Shroud!  It’s another character who ends up being one to the supporting cast to my main fantasy series The Adventures of Sarah Coppernick.

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Here are the links:

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Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you have an awesome day!

Cheers,

Sam

Still #FREE!!!

Run Ronny Run! is still #FREE for a limited time!!!

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US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
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JP: http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
BR: http://www.amazon.com.br/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
MX: http://www.amazon.com.mx/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
IN: http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B005CT8LXW?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Sam

Your Privacy

Hi folks.  In light of a recent online tiff between one of my (now ex) contacts, and myself, I’ve added a Your Privacy page to this blog.  You can click straight to it up there ^^^, or read the text verbatim below:

 

“Folks, let me be completely honest and up front with you all.  I’m here to promote myself and sell books.  Contact with me via any social media, be it Facebook, G+, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Twitter or direct comments on this blog may result in me looking at your profiles, and maybe collecting your email addresses.

“I won’t share it with anyone.  Ever.  What will I do?  Simple.  On occasion you might get an email from samgilmourmedia@gilmours.com.au to let you know about a promo I’m doing, or a new release.

“If you get an email from me that you’d rather not have received, let me know.  I’ll delete your email from my address book, and also keep it in a separate file I call my “No Send List”, with which I cross-check my address book before I send out any emails.

“Now, I’ll gladly hold up my hand and say mea culpa for this.  Some may not like it, but at least I’m being honest about it.  Big corporations collect far more data on you, and are far more aggressive about marketing their stuff to you than I.

“There is a way you can stop this kind of thing happening.  Remember, all social media is designed for marketing, but YOU control what information you make available.  If you put your email address, or any other information on public display, it’s going to be added to databases.”

 

There.  Now if this riles you up, or you have anything to add, let me know.  I’m happy to engage in sensible, rational discourse.  If all I cop is profanity and abuse, then I might just chuckle and add screenshots of it to my hate mail file.

Sam

Will I Read Go Set A Watchman ? Umm…. No.

So Harper Lee has a new novel coming out.  Will I read Go Set A Watchman?

Like many, my exposure to To Kill A Mockingbird, was at school as part of my English curriculum.  Let’s get one thing straight right from the off.  I didn’t like school.  It’s entirely probable my school didn’t like me much either.

It’s funny how the memories of reading certain books evoke different emotions.  Take Frank Herbert’s Dune.  I remember reading it as a dorky 16 year-old during summer holidays at Point Lonsdale in 1986.  I remember the smell of the coconut tanning oil, that godawful beach towel I thought was cool, and my severe awkwardness around every single girl I met who was remotely near my age.  I remember immersing myself in Herbert’s world so completely I was both sheltered from embarrassment at my own awkwardness, and probably blind to any interest any of the fore-mentioned girls may have shown in me.  God, I was a dweeb!  Still am, I guess, but that doesn’t matter much any more.  I’ll be 45 this month, and there’s very little left in this world that could embarrass me at all.

To Kill A Mockingbird?  I read that in 1987.  I was in Year 11, which was probably the worst year of my life at high school.  Here I am in year 12, looking much as I did the year before.

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Sure I liked the book.  I thought the movie was okay, even though it was in black and white.  But the whole experience was soured by the horrid time I was having at school.  I can imagine many readers feel the same way about certain authors.  I know folk who refuse outright to read Dickens or Shakespeare for similar reasons.

Sorry Harper Lee.  Unless Go Set A Watchman makes it onto either of my daughters’ school curricula, I won’t read it.  It’s nothing personal.  It’s just me.

Sam