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Monkey Work

I wrote a bit on seawhyspers blog today about trying to make the best of a sucky job and taking advantage of down time to get some writing in.

Then the stupidity at my job raised its ugly head again. It's nothing I can put my finger on, but there are times I really believe a monkey (or a well-behaved lemur) could do my current job with minimal difference. I help monitor a new system being fielded, and a lot of it has to do with sitting around and letting people know when something goes wrong. (Now, whether they'll actually do anything when we report it is another topic all together.)

A lot of it should be automated to give us a warning when things go wrong, but it's not. We (the monitors) shouldn't be required to compile half the stuff we have to do by hand because the programmers can't be chuffed enough to automate some of this stuff. (Not all of them, one of the teams we work with is an absolute dream to work with and they seem to understand that the two of us are not programmers, data base administrators, nor network gurus. They're patient and tell us exactly what they need us to do and we're more than happy to help them out.) Well, today, the unnamed powers that be (it's always "the client" or "the management" wants something,) needed us to add in more steps for the morning and afternoon report and some other nitnoid stuff.

Now, are any of the requests earth-shattering? No.
Are any of the requests beyond our capabilities? As long as they come to where we are and ensure our network works like theirs does (one's behind a firewall, one's not), then no. It's probably only another 30 seconds of work per occurrence.
Are any of these requests busy work? Probably not, but it sure feels like it.

Perhaps I'm just disgruntled with the job in general and letting minor crap annoy me. I think that's probably safe to say. This job (and the last contract I was on) have had very little to do with what I was hired to do seven years ago. I definitely feel underutilized in my current assignment although I'm not isolated from the entire team like my last contract. So, it's a slight improvement, but it's still monkey work.

OK, enough grousing about work. That's not why you guys come here.

So, I took the advice I gave Seawhyspers and applied it to myself. Had a nice dinner visiting with wishweaver, went to Fidos for Freedom with her and the daughter-unit, spent some time playing with the therapy dogs. After that, came home, read some stuff on a few blogs (Go Miss Snark!), got a big glass of water, dialed up my Anime songs on iTunes and sat my butt in the chair and started writing.

I heard from my editor now have a new name for my story and I will be having a cameo appearance by a Star Trek character I really wanted to write ever since I read the first few S.C.E. stories. I added another 1052 words to Redshift tonight and just got started moving toward the climax of the story. I'm really hoping I can keep up this pace. I want plenty of time to edit this and still have time for the Doctor Who story once we get the green light for it.

Now, it's time for bed.

Words for Today
Zokutou word meter
1,052 / 1,000

Progress on Redshift
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
6,940 / 10,000

Words for the Year
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
19,101 / 365,000


( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Jan. 18th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear you're having job problems. Those are the kinds of things that, even when they're not major, they just make everything kind of miserable, don't they?

I hope things get better soon.

Congrats on the words.

I haven't even been keeping up with my word count over the past week because I've been pushing so hard to get out some material I've had requested.
Jan. 18th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm . . .

New stuff vs. requested stuff

That's not a hard decision. I'm looking forward to hearing how things go for you. Best of luck!
( 2 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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