I never had to make good on that offer on ANYBODY besides "the usual suspects." The tried and true people came through, but when I tested this on those outside the inner circle, they failed with filing colors. Apparently, the "if you ever need anything, just call me" is a polite blow off. But I heard an amusing and creative variety of excuses about how "oh, if I could if I would but I just CAN'T because I'm SO BUSY."'
I remember that today because in the past week, I've asked for help twice, and it's a rerun of last year. Nope, too busy. And people really aren't at their best, either. I've heard more fussing, complaining, and wisecracks over the past week than, well, last December. And it's everywhere. People are stressed, they know it, and they're going to let you hear all about it if you dare to get in their way.
For the most wonderful time of the year, people sure are miserable. I don't know if they mean to look that way, but that's what I see.
I know, having a tirade won't help. I tried that last year, and found people could match me attitude for attitude without missing a beat. So instead, I'll just say thank you. Why? Because it's given me the concept for the next novel I want to write after I finish Incursion in 2014. And this idea has so much potential that it could possibly spawn more than one creative work in the new year. It's really basic and nothing more than a theme right now, but I want my next story to be about someone that loses something very dear to them - perhaps more dear to them than they realized until it was going and couldn't be retrieved - because of laziness. They just couldn't be bothered to do what they should have done to keep it, and poof! It's gone and they can never get it back. It won't be a lost love story, but there are a lot of things that can be lost to atrophy - just being "too busy" (or rather, too lazy) to bother with it. And I think I'm going to find a lot in this concept.
So thank you for not having time for that. Now I'm going to start working on this concept of exactly what DOES happen when you misjudge what you need to have time for.
Thanks. And in the meantime, if people get an attitude with you then you can share the advice that Rick came up with earlier today: if you want holiday cheer, get your head out of your rear.
That's all today. Have a great week and be careful out there because if you aren't, well, people ain't got time for that!