On Asking for Help
John Scalzi with a hilariously direct article on why he can’t accommodate all favors. I think it applies to anyone. I’m in this position every day and I try to help where I can but usually higher priorities prevent it.
Here is the list of the people and things to which I am obliged, in roughly descending order:
1. My wife and child.
2. My work.
3. My friends and the rest of my family.
4. My editors and producers.
Now, you might notice that you are probably not in that list. You know why? Because you and I don’t share a life bond/genetic consanguinity/mutually beneficial business relationship.