Nevermind me, I’ll just vent for a bit.
The current overall situation around my country is, should I say, shaky like it hasn’t been in years and there are reasons to be very concerned.
Both of my cats are down with some mysterious and quite violent disease that is either an allergic reaction or a virus infection. It takes days to effing get the bloodwork results done and boy do cats have some really homicidal viruses that can kill them in very short periods of time. And I’m told to “observe” and wait for the results.
Then there is this one buyer who thinks admitting she has no idea what she wants makes her charming. She puts smiley faces at the end of her sentences, sends out instructions that contradict one another and thinks that revisions are full-blown redesigns. I’m so deep into this project with no vision or insight, it starts to feel like a maze I’m stuck in. I have no idea how to get out of the project without exploding and saying things that’ll get me banned.
There is this other guy I’m 7 orders in who bought 7 posters, printed one with his office inkjet printer on a regular paper and is now concerned that the gradients look “off”. There is a dark cellphone photo of the gradient in question as a proof. Hopefully, he’ll get an official test printout from the actual printer he’ll be ordering the entire set from and it’ll turn out fine for his taste because if not, again, I’m 7 orders deep with this guy. 2 of the orders are still in progress. I now have no idea what to do with them.
And the third one is your classic “something is missing” guy. It’s the entire revision, btw. I got back to him with: “Your reference and initial request was to create something minimalistic”. He said, “I know, but still something is missing. Thanks anyway! “ (It’s the entire second revision and a direct quote, smiley face and all). I have no idea what I should deliver.
I maybe have 10 hours of sleep total in the last 3 days between the vet clinics, reading the news and dealing with this continuous onslaught of a professional mess that I swear has gotten worse and more bizarre than I remember it ever being.
I am, admittedly, stressed and sleep deprived and maybe I’m imagining things but it feels to me that the wave of you rising prices to weed out the most unreasonable buyers and protect yourself from undesirable situations that used to work so well has passed and now you just get someone unreasonable x 10 who goes by: “Well, I’m paying you good money, so…” and all the fun that comes with it. By “good money” I mean $50-$100, we’re not talking about some astronomical budgets here.
If somehow magically I’ll manage to make all of this work without a single cancellation and/or crawling into the darkest corner to cry, I’ll be so impressed with myself.