Finally, the Writers’ Conference … same old issues
March 25, 2014
Next week is the writing conference. It takes me two months of prep work to attend the conference. I have to find three people to attend the conference with me to take notes, pitch to agents and hand out cards to people. e and schedules are written with specific instructions telling people what I want. Care attendants have to be scheduled to get me early. If my attendants don’t want to work early, then I have scheduled the On Call service to get me up. My case manager schedules the bus to avoid “mother’s weather problems.” The bus will be either late or early depending on the bus driver. We probably have to pick up a mentally disabled person taking them to “work” before I go to work making me late. But it’s all worth it. That’s an author’s life.
I had an attendant for five months. She is an English major and was a reliable attendant. But she developed a habit of being late saying that she had baby-sitters problems. One day she didn’t come or call at all. Another day Mom had to go get her. Mom becomes lost looking for my attendant’s apartment. I wet the bed waiting for my mother and attendant to arrive. Mom can’t get me up on her own anymore. This attendant had promised to get me up early during the conference weekend. She wanted to go to the conference, but I distanced myself from my attendants on purpose to avoid from being hurt. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like or care about my attendants. I lost trust in the English major attendant. She quit giving CLA and me a two week notice after I complained to her about being late. I have to scramble to find an attendant to get me up early during the conference weekend. The Viking attendant agrees to get me up early. She finds a co-worker for me to interview. I interview him, but a day later he doesn’t want the job. The scheduler at CLA finds an attendant, but he didn’t call for an interview. The scheduler thinks that the interviewee has called. I know nothing about this until I start to complain to the scheduler. The problem with the Community Living Alliance is that it has gotten too big and doesn’t hire enough support staff. Todd Costello, the president of CLA, needs to hire more employees, but he probably doesn’t have the money to do so. Thanks to our Governor!
I’m trying to rewrite my young adult manuscript for my agent half of the day while managing care working late at night. Why would I do all this? Because I care! My mother doesn’t know what to do when we have care attendant problems, but she wants to be in control. I will go the writing conference with the hope that Michael Perry and Doug Moe will read this. Maybe they will write an article and just maybe I will land another agent. At least I will get to see my agent. Not many people can say that! That is why I need good care.