Is This a Craftsman Blaming Someone Else’s Tools?

How’s it going? I’m still trying to get used to saving all that daylight, and I actually slept in a bit today, which seemed to help some.

Let’s get to it.

I’d like to jaw about a hand dryer–but not just any hand dryer.

At one grocery store I go to every week, there’s a hand dryer in the dude’s room (it’s about twice the size of a closet or so actually). The thing shuts off about 5 seconds before my hands are fully dry.

So I’ve gotta push the button 2 times, and then only use the second lot of air for about 8 seconds before I’m done and leave.

This could mean a couple things:

— They need to get a more powerful hand dryer at this joint…


— I need to work on my technique, because my brother reminded me that I like to leave my handing “sopping wet” (or thereabouts) before I use a hand dryer.

(Something tells me my only solution is number two, unless I want to wipe my hands on my pants, which isn’t out of the question.)

This reminds me of writing, actually. Sometimes (not often) I’d send out a piece just because a deadline for an online mag was looming and I wanted to get something in. Sure, I edited the thing for grammar and what-have-ya, but I didn’t sweat too much on the overall story.

This 3/4-baked effort earned me a rejection for a story with an idea that the editor said “wasn’t fully developed.”

Even just 30 minutes of thinking about the whole shebang might have avoided a rejection, but I did learn something about editors, for sure.

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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