Deborah Armstrong

April is the Hardest Month

Deborah's Diary

I will be happy to see the end of April. I don’t usually like to see the days of the month pass by me. I like to hold on to every day as though it were my last. This year, April has been different. It has been stressful and I don’t like to be stressed.

Sure, it’s tax time and we all have to get our income taxes prepared. There is always a bit of stress when getting the tax receipts gathered and the income and expense sheet prepared for the accountant. I cross my fingers and hope that I don’t owe too much this year.

The stressful part about April has been the publication of Love’s Promises. I have struggled this month with copy editing and customer service reps who should not be in customer service. I have tried to be patient. I have tried to be polite. I have tried to be understanding. On a few occasions I have failed.

I think of a phrase my father always used on us at the dinner table – “Don’t say it unless it’s nice, necessary and true.” This month I have been tested to find the nice. My complaints have been warranted, however conveying them while being nice has proved difficult. I hung up on someone because she wouldn’t transfer me to my marketing rep. I sent an email to my marketing rep with the comment, “Give me a break here.” when the press release she wanted me to endorse about my book didn’t have me listed as the author, but someone else. I have practically shouted, “You have got to be kidding!” at other reps, incredulous at their incompetence.

There are some good things about April. It hasn’t been completely bad – birthdays to celebrate, great sales of Forever Love and the arrival of Spring.

Now I am getting ready for a busy Spring and Summer. There is so much to look forward to – my book release, my son’s wedding and the birth of my grand niece or nephew. Hurry up Spring. And April? Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

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