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Friday, May 28, 2010

Boring Steve is just my mild mannered disguise

So, for the past month I've been boring on these here internets. That was do to a confluence of several events.

First, a "temporary part-time job, intermittent schedule" basically means, you have no life. Expect to work at all hours and everywhere. Don't forget to keep your cell phone close. And the stress is enormous. You're basically running until you run out. I had the largest district in NE Ohio, and had one of the smallest crews. I had to re-jigger the logistics no less than four times to meet the continuingly evolving requirements and mandates.

Yeah, that was fun. The people were good, that is the ones I worked with. Most people in the field were nice. The minority of problems, though, made the rest of it difficult. Seriously people, "I'm angry with the government" is not an excuse for failing to follow the Constitution. And here's the kicker, the major problem people were the ones who are "patriotic" and "want a constitutional government." Really, Sparkey, how about reading the Constitution first before you say that you support the Constitution. I guess I shouldn't expect any better. they're cut from the same cloth as the "Read the Bible" and "Read the Bill" people. None of which actually do what they say they want others to.

However, and here's the sekret, I have a full time job offer. So, goodbye Census. Took the drug test today. They're working on the background check. I've signed the letter of intent. Unless something big shows up on the background check (which it shouldn't), I'll be working at a new full-time job in a week or two (it's still being negotiated). I'll be working in-house for a defense contractor. The interview with the person who will be my boss went excellently. We clicked. I just hope that continues with the working relationship.

Now, with the full-time job I'll be heading back into a regular schedule, which should be good. It should also mean I can get back to being more interesting. Like talking about the classes I'm taking. Or about the writing.

Which I had great critiques last weekend. My reviewers pointed out some of the critical faults and how I could correct them. All things I had been pondering, and now know I need to do. The one thing that came up that I hadn't been thinking about was to expose the main character's emotions and drivers. I thought I had a little, in line with noir heros, but I guess more is wanted so readers can make an emotional attachment to the protag. Also that the protag should protag even more. Oh, and fix all the damn comma splices and homophone mixups. Yeah, I do that.

So there's some non-boring things going on, but I'm probably still telling them in a boring manner. Hopefully that will change back as well. Here's to not being boring for very much longer.


Eric said...

Congratulations, Steve!

vince said...

Hurray for full time job!

Elizabeth said...

Congrats on the job offer!

Matt Hughes said...

Congrats Steve!

WendyB_09 said...

Yay! Congratulations!

Seems I started a trend a few weeks ago and didn't even know it when I went from part-time to full-time on my job.

Dan Berlyoung said...


Now I can get over survivor's guilt at getting a gig myself.

Looking forward to wasting time on IM again!!!

David Klecha said...

Dude, you rock!

Let's hear it for stable full-time employment, yes?

Anonymous said...

Great news, Steve! Congrats!

Anonymous Cassie

Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

Remember, those people can't read a birth certificate -- in English -- either.

Dr. Phil

Steve Buchheit said...

Thanks, everybody. It does feel good to have full time employment of the prospective horizon. If it all works out, because of Bette's hard work this past semester, we shouldn't end up much worse for wear.

And you have a new gig, Dan? That is excellent.

Anonymous said...

Yes! You have a job! Yes!

Steve Buchheit said...

Thanks, Cath. I'm getting psyched about it as well. Just hoping I don't psych myself out.