Halloween is an interesting celebration, an almost uniquely Western phenomenon. Other cultures do celebrate some pretty macabre things. The Mexican Dia de los Muertos is one example. At this point, it’s a bit difficult to separate which traditions belonged to the Indigenous peoples of the area and which ones originated with the Spanish conquistadors.
Genre is one of those words that gets tossed around in book circles frequently. We talk about “genre fiction” more often than not, sometimes with a disparaging note in our voices. We’ll talk about kinds of movies or music. We walk into bookstores and we’re greeted with helpful labels telling us where to find books in particular categories. When you’re publishing a book, you’ll even be asked what “genre” your book is.
I’m not really one for euphemisms. All too often, euphemisms lose people. You’re better to just be blunt about things. After all, the purpose of communication is to be clear and concise. If someone loses my meaning because I put it in a pretty package with a neat little bow on top, I’m not doing my job effectively.
Recently, I was reviewing a potential partner. I’m looking for ways to more effectively manage my small business.
And by small business, I mean small. I’m the only full-time employee. I have two other occasional workers, both of whom work remotely. We’re going through some growing pains, and some hard lessons have been learned about effective communication.