The Great Staples Coupon

How’s it going? I got a great coupon from Staples a week and a half ago. It was valid for a random amount, to be determined when you checked out. Well, I volunteered a 48 cent pencil for that effort, and learned that the coupon was actually worth…


Not bad. The next week (which was last Monday), I ended up buying a microSD card for my phone, some printer ink, five Snickers bars, and a sucker. Why five? Well, the coupon didn’t go toward sales tax at all. So after the ink and microSD, I had about $6 left over.

And spending only $6 seems easy at first, but it really isn’t. The sucker took care of the last nine cents or so of the coupon (and by the way, since they already issued me a coupon after I bought the pencil, I had to spend all of that coupon).

I also discovered apps that aren’t on the internal hard drive of my phone tend to disappear from the home screen if they get moved to the external microSD card’s storage, but that’s another post.

And my point for today?

With marketing and fiction, you never know until you try. Can you get a job at a digital media startup? You won’t know if you don’t at least consider it, and put the pieces together so you can give it a shot.

Can you write a fiction piece in second person, about a robot? Different question(s), but same answer. How about trying your hand at ghostwriting for someone? Same deal.

And I don’t mean to be lame or “rah-rah” on this. Some people work better just jumping in, or with a plan. I think I might be a strange combo of both types of approaches on this—planning some parts, but knowing on some level I have to jump in and get things started.

What about you? Do you plan or jump into your fiction, emails for clients, or what-have-ya? Or maybe both? Drop me a line in the comments.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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