Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s not Monday anymore, so that’s a victory in my book. I want to start by thanking everyone that gave me some suggestions on places to find some writing tips and tricks. Michelle from Putting My Feet in the Dirt suggested Blogging University from WordPress and Weird Weekends shared his writing process, which is very similar to mine!
I’ve also signed up for a course through coursera.com that focuses on creative writing. It’s actually a five-part program that ends with a capstone course where we have to write a 15-18 page short story or memoir. The first four weeks focus on plot. The upside is that it is a college level course. The downside is that for full participation, it costs money. I’m OK with that. This is something I’m really interested in pursuing and seeing how I can improve.
So, on to my ramblings. I’m at work, which I’m not sure I should admit, but I’m going to. Tuesday mornings I take a turn in our group’s walk in lounge where people can come in for general computer help. Most days it is fairly slow, and it is a good time to catch up on email, help desk tickets, and other projects. Me, being the procrastinator that I can be, chooses to write a blog entry rather than work.
Honestly, though, my overall work load lately has been devoted solely to helping to get new buildings opened up. The company I work for has been growing rapidly the past few years, and as a result has been feeling a space crunch. We’ve opened six new office buildings in the past year, with 2 or 3 more scheduled into 2017. I’ve been our group’s new building person since December of last year. This means I go in and set up all the common areas that need computers such as conference rooms, visiting offices, and computer labs. It isn’t difficult work, but it can be time-consuming and is very dependent on the spaces having the necessary infrastructure in place such as tables to set the equipment on.
This latest building opens tomorrow, and will be last new building until October. I’ve had one open every month since February, so I am very ready for the break. I enjoy the work and the sense of pride and accomplishment when a new building opens, but it does disrupt from “normal” work. I just have to do a walk through of the space today to make sure that everything is still good to go.
I’ve been doing IT work for nearly 17 years now. I started my professional career as a Speech-Language Pathologist working in the public schools. My college degrees are reflective of that. I took a crash course in IT type stuff back in 1999 shortly before my son was born, and I’ve been doing that ever since.
I enjoy it for the most part, but I was starting to get burned out working for my previous employer, which led me to being where I am today. I’m hoping that this job can take me through the next 20 years or so, and I think it will. The good news about where I’m working now is that they seem to have the structure in place that allows people to branch out and try other roles if they are interested in learning something new.
I think my dream job, though, would be working as a tour guide or park ranger at a place like Gettysburg. I’ve always been a history nut, and that sort of gig really appeals to me. Who knows? Maybe that can be my job in my retirement years, although I’m not sure I would want to leave Wisconsin. I have the feeling, though, that there are plenty of places within the state that can offer up similar opportunities. Perhaps I can combine the history and the writing and pursue that! We shall see what life brings.
I think I’ve taken up enough of your time today. Thanks for stopping by to read this. I may also share my assignments from the writing class. It will be something slightly different from what I have been posting. I hope that everyone has a wonderful day!!