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Well, that should help a lot

When I got into work this morning, I was informed that I was being transferred to one of my projects full time instead of splitting my time across two of them. Now, some people might have taken it the wrong way, but I think this is much better for all concerned. The project I'm on now is good at giving me specific deadlines and not worrying about things as long as I hit those deadlines. Plus, the manager I'm supporting is good at giving me very specific feedback to what he wants and doesn't want.

The other project, while interesting, was depending on me being more "self-motivating", which would be really cool if I was one of the developers or if I had been with the project from the beginning. However, as the tech writer, I have to work with the SMEs to develop the papers and I sorta need to know when they expect me to have them done. Otherwise, projects with no deadlines tend to slip so I can meet projects with clear deadlines. We were just a bad fit and while I'm pleased about the work I did for them, I can't say I'm heartbroken that "they don't have any work for me in the foreseeable future".

So, hopefully, with only having to answer to one manager, my stress level will go down and I can get back into the "I want to write when I get home" mode again.

And, in honor of this, I did write another 1000+ words on Harbinger of Darkness on my lunch break. I just didn't get a chance to type it in at home, so I can't officially count it on my word production for the day. I did, however, add 1616 words to Childhood's Tears tonight. I know I need to get started on the sekrit project soon, but after nights like this, it's going to be hard to put this one away to concentrate on the one that hopefully has real money attached to it.

In non-work/non-writing talk, I enjoyed going to see Prince Caspian with the family and dzeytoun. I enjoyed the story and some of the symbolism behind the various events. wishweaver and I have been discussing some of the different themes we saw in the movie and even if it's not "haute-cuisine" as far as movies go, if you're still talking about it a couple of days later, it's done it's job in my opinion.

Also, Daughter-unit is still geeking on her new computer and the manga drawing software she got, so we're counting this as "Mom and Dad did good." *grin*

Words for Today

1616 / 1000 words. 162%

Progress on Childhood's Tears

41343 / 90000 words. 46%

Words for 2008

145772 / 366000 words. 40%


( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )
May. 20th, 2008 09:18 am (UTC)
Writers don't need blue sky projects at work. We have them at home!
May. 20th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I don't suppose I should add more to your plate, but you're are attending Balticon, correct?
May. 20th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
That depends a lot on Balticon.

It might be nice to have a schedule more than four days before the show so I can ensure there aren't any scheduling problems or ensure I'm actually on panels I know something about.

Not fussing at you, but this show is eerily reminding me of the 2006 Balticon that I swore would be my last.

Edited at 2008-05-20 10:00 pm (UTC)
May. 21st, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
You are on panels...the Oracle knows
You are scheduled for panels, as I just finished over 26 hours to produce a somewhat coherent schedule from a mish-mash of different formatted lists of programs, descriptions, and participants. I know of 2 panels for you, and the Pocket Program, such as it is, is up on the Balticon Website.

Right now, every little thing that can be found to be wrong with the layout, why isn't this thing here, etc, is piling into my mailbox. Of course, the fact that they were supposed to get a CMS system to standardize the process of entering participants and panels never got done, well that's just not the problem; right now, the problem is that my compatriot and I from Programming, well, we just didn't do anything right.

Yeah, just a bit bitter, especially when people don't even call me to make the changes, just barge into my gig and take it over. They won't be at the table to take the flak if their choices are wrong, I will be. *sigh* Ok, releasing that bad karma...out!

Check out the program...Sue has been trying to get emailed synopsis schedules out to the participants, but it's been hampered by the data issues.

Hope to see you there...I'll be the one drinking in the Registration area...heavily.
May. 21st, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Re: You are on panels...the Oracle knows

I certainly want you to understand that I'm not holding you responsible for this. I know you are trying to get some of this stuff turned around and I appreciate your efforts.

I was just afraid you were going to run into the BSFA inertia machine.

We'll make the best of it.
May. 21st, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: You are on panels...the Oracle knows
Well, were they at least the panels you wanted to attend? *hopes*

We did make ever effort to match participants to their requests, but I wasn't involved in the assignments, so I don't remember if these were the panels you requested.

Part of the inertia is the inability of some to realize they have to share their data in an organized and rational manner if they expect to get the results they demand. I have hope that the nuclear fallout from this year will be acrid enough to move them at least a tiny bit and get a CMS created so we can actually do programming properly.

If the layover is too tough, just hit us at the table and we can change your panels if you want. Otherwise, you're more than welcome to crash in my hotel room instead of driving back.
( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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