Steemhouse Publishing Has a Representative at Anarchapulco

2년 전

The Steemhouse representative at Anarcapulco will be me, @michelios . In fact, I’m already here, in Acapulco, killing time on the beach until the conference.

I didn’t publish much on Steem in the two years since I first got my account. But now that I’m part of a very active Steem writing community, I’ve started to feel some pressure to actually write.

When I met @rhondak and @gmuxx at Steemfest, I didn’t see myself as a writer. But in the weeks after, I started collaborating with Rhonda on many projects. She got really bossy and started telling me what to do. She said I can’t stay forever the “perfect little spy” lurking in the shadows. I survived her lectures. But see? I’m writing. Sometimes you just have to go with it, even if your laptop battery won’t recharge and you have to write everything out longhand.

Originally, I planned to attend Anarcapulco for personal reasons. But seven days before I was set to fly out of Paris, an idea burst into my head that it would be a good idea to promote the Steemhouse Publishing Group during the conference as well as the novel we’re about to launch. This happened on January 31. Problem was, I held tickets for a flight to Mexico leaving on February 7. Could we even get this done in time?

Rhonda liked the plan and so did GMuxx. So we scrambled. In order to make this happen, I had to design a QR code and link it to a site GMuxx hadn’t even finished building yet. Once that was done, I found a custom printer in Lille who could have a couple of shirts ready for me in time for my flight. Then came the cards--and that’s when things got tricky.

To our dismay, Rhonda discovered that VistaPrint doesn’t deliver to Mexico. So much for receiving the cards there. Through an internet search, we found another print shop local to me that would expedite a rush order of business cards. This should have given us plenty of time for the cards to print and be ready for pickup.

But no--I received an email from the print shop saying the image I sent them was not suitable, that it seemed to be a scanned image. It was not. Back and forth with them I went, sending and re-sending images until they had one they could use. The cards were promised to me for delivery on Wednesday before I flew out on Thursday. But as you might guess this didn’t happen.

The cards were not ready for pickup until 30 minutes before my bus would leave for the airport. In my second attempt on Thursday morning, I finally was able to get them. I grabbed the cards, grabbed the shirts, and ran through the streets of Lille like a madman with all my luggage in tow. I made it onto the bus literally two minutes before it pulled away from the stop.

Once I arrived at the airport, stressful news was waiting for me. I didn’t know that taking a France to Mexico flight that passes through the US obligated me to have a return ticket. Even though I was there in plenty of time to make the flight, I now had to choose the place and date of my next flight while dealing with connectivity problems and battery on the phone trying to die. Those were tense moments and it was hard to remain calm. But I stayed focused and made it onto the plane five minutes before the door closed. Whew! No need to run or drag luggage or stress any more for the next ten hours while I crossed the Atlantic.

After more than twenty hours, I landed in Acapulco. I had made a last-minute AirBnb reservation but it was not on the coast near the conference center. Some previous research and warning from others had convinced me that parts of the city were not safe. So I had to balance this concern with my need for affordable pricing, especially in the days leading up to the event. After two days, with the help of locals, I found a nice hotel on the beach. It’s off-season here and there are very few other guests. So I was able to negotiate a price for a room that is nearly half the price listed at the registration desk.

So now I wait until tomorrow for the Anarcapulco conference to begin. I am ready with business cards in hand and a smile on my face to talk to potential investors about Steemhouse Publishing. I’m very happy to be here representing a company at the forefront of innovation. If you are planning to attend Anarcapulco this year, please look for me at the event. I would love to speak with you.

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You are indeed a born writer!
I grabbed the cards, grabbed the shirts, and ran through the streets of Lille like a madman with all my luggage in tow. I made it onto the bus literally two minutes before it pulled away from the stop. This, after every obstacle gets thrown your way. Some people give up in frustration. Some just keep trying. You remind me of Lt. Dan on the mast of that ship during the hurricane, shaking his fist at God: "Bring it on!" - keep writing, and thank heaven for bright young minds like you navigating the cyber world as well as the publishing world and the sandy beaches and air travel and...

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Carol, you have noooo idea what a gem we found with this guy. I'll have to message you. . . :-)

Great to have you there promoting Steemhouse!

Hi @micheliis! I’m here too! I think @binkyprod is trying to organize a steem meetup in the bar tonight sometime around 8 or 9.

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He's not able to comment from his Steem account just this minute, but I told him! Message him on Discord, please ma'am. Thank you!

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Hi @michelios! Glad you made it through all those hectic preparations and can enjoy a few days of relaxation. Sounds like we are very lucky to have you representing us at the conference. Good Luck!


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This is so great, @michelios! What an adventure. I hope you are having a fantastic time. And I hope the return involves fewer hassles. Please give @coruscate a hug from me!

Bossy? Not me. Nevaaaaahhhh. . . .

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Pfft. As if...

Oh wow! That's nuts-o! But it's awesome you made it and that you're repping the company! I'm sure Rhonda l o v e s you <3

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I do! I do!

Hi @michelios! Glad you made it through all those hectic preparations and can enjoy a few days of relaxation. Sounds like we are very lucky to have you representing us at the conference. Good Luck!

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This is great news. My experience with Steemhouse Publishing back in 2017 was that I found the organization to be highly centralized and authoritarian. Is there now a more decentralized structure? Is Steemhouse pushing ancap or anarchist ideals in some way?

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Geke, the problem was that you were just clueless about things from every angle. You never understood the "structure" in the first place. If being "centralized" means that we refused to let some nitwit alcoholic team up with a jealous wannbe "queenie" and mutiny against the team leadership, then yeah. I guess we're pretty damn centralized.

You want to come on this post and start FUD? You can. "Decentralized," right? But be prepared for the other side of the story to get told, unvarnished and in your face. When you and the rest of that bunch campaigned to have GMuxx and me removed as admins from The Writers' Block, you failed miserably. But you had your own ideas about how to run a Discord, and the anthology bullshit. Well, we see how that turned out, don't we? Good thing you morons didn't succeed with your plan to have TWB admin removed. Otherwise there would be no Steemhouse, no novel, no rep at Anarchapulco, and no post telling everyone how we succeeded in spite of what you all tried to do to stop us.

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Centralized is pretty easy to define. If you're confused on that one, I'd suggest looking it up. Can you describe how anything done at the WB promotes decentralization or anarcho-capitalism? The fact that the majority of your editors and admins (or whatever you ended up calling the various levels of your centralized hierarchy) have left the WB in protest says more about you than anything I could ever hope to achieve with my limited writing skills.

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First of all, Steemhouse Publishing is a real-world business. Not fantasy football. Real-world businesses are required to have a legal structure that includes board members and CEOs and things of the like. If you're confused on that one, I'd suggest looking it up. You want to bitch about how anarcho-capitalism and incorporation of a legal entity don't mesh? Be my guest. It just makes you look uneducated and dense. It also makes you look a bit like a centralist tyrant to suggest our representatives have no business attending this conference. Our people are free to do as they choose, with the exception of a hostile overthrow of our corporation. And as far as the people leaving? Good riddance. We now have the right team in place to make this happen, without drama and bullshit like you try to start. Life has been so much better since the purge.

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Did I "suggest" your representatives have no business attending the conference? I asked a simple question, for which you don't seem to have an answer. Did I try to start drama? I think my initial reaction was that it would be great if WB was embracing decentralization. Your reaction contained much more drama than my initial comment. On the contrary, I wish WB (the group) luck and hope that some of the ideas at Anarchapulco rub off and take hold! 😊 (I think if they did you would have fewer "purges." Just sayin.)

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I do believe that was the subtext of your comment, yes. Because after all this time of you being silent, you pick this post to complain about us on. As far as "embracing decentralization" --- oh, you mean the way the first group who left embraced it? Like I said, we see how that worked out. So actually, I think we have the right balance at Steemhouse. We're the only ones actually making good on our promises to people and producing the results we said we'd produce. So maybe our ideas about "decentralization" fit even better with those being taught at Anarchapulco than yours. Just sayin.

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I pulled out of the Isle's anthology plans because of the volatile behavior of Inna, not because of a failure to structure the organization properly. And my guess is that you have no idea what's being taught at Anarchapulco. But again, if WB moves farther in that direction, I'm all for it! (This is not a complaint; it's a compliment.)

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Like I said, we see exactly how the first group's idea of "decentralization" worked out. Not too well, from the looks of it. So I'd be careful with the lectures and insinuations if I were you. Proof is in the results.