I took a job in a big chain retail store for the holiday season this year. Surprisingly enough, our slowest season in November through January, and I thought it would be wise to get out and do something different that actually makes some money during these months. Believe it or not, I am having a blast. My co-workers think I am crazy.
My third day of work was the dreaded Black Friday! Thankfully, there were no fights in our store and a disappointing lack of lunatics. I was exhausted at the end of my 11 hour shift, but that was mostly from running all over the store helping people find what they were looking for, and making sure toys got back on the shelves as they were emptied. I will say that the toy section was an almost inescapable vortex. Once you got sucked in there, it was nearly impossible to escape again. After people saw that I had a little scanner, everyone wanted to know if we still had X toy or Y toy in stock, which in most cases we did not. I also had one couple very disappointed that we were out of the doorbuster sales by 6pm at night, a full 24 hours after the store opened. I think they misread the ad and were genuinely shocked that we had been open all day and the previous night.
Which brings me to the shenanigans of being open starting Thanksgiving evening and staying open for the next 28 hours. I personally don’t see how it makes any sense, from a expense angle, but I am not the one in charge of making such decisions. None of the employees seemed upset about it, the management fed everyone who was working, and all the guests I met seemed very respectful of the fact that some of the clerks had been there through the night. Everyone was pretty mellow.
In case you missed it, I also released a new book on Black Friday: “How Gandersnitch the Goblin ALMOST Saved Christmas”
This is an irreverent and inappropriate look at the holiday season as Gandersnitch and his daughter trying to figure out what the deal is with this Santa Claus fellow. It is short, technically a novelette at 13,000 words, and available only as an eBook for the time being. We are also planning to post it for sale only during the holiday season, so get it while you can. People have asked if I will do an audio book of this one, and I am pondering doing just that. I want to do it but I may not have the time to do it this season. We will see.
Lastly, the kickstarter for Hogswallow continues apace. We are at 58% funded with 18 days to go. Things are always slow in the middle, but the numbers are starting to unsettle me just a bit. None of the interviews/reviews/promotions I had set up have dropped yet though, so we will see. I still think we have a very good chance of hitting our goal, and we have other games we want to make if this one every gets off the ground. So, please keep sharing and telling everyone you know.
And have a great weekend. Oh yeah, you may start playing the holiday music now… if you must.