The title really says it all. I got called back about a full-time Teaching Assistant job, which I go in Monday morning to learn more about. It will be a one-on-one position that, barring an unexpected hiccup during Monday’s board meeting, I will begin on Tuesday. I won’t be talking much about this because I feel like what I do at this job is more about the students than myself. All I can say is how I’m feeling, but the details of what I’m doing aren’t for public consumption.
Have to admit that I’m a little scared about this because I don’t know exactly what I’m going to be doing. Monday will take the edge off and I’m sure I’ll do fine, but that element of the unknown always pokes at me. Once I’m in the situation, I’ll buckle down and do what I have to do. Yet, I won’t deny that this is a big step, a great opportunity, and there’s an odd weight on my shoulders. Unlike an office or author job, I’m helping a kid through a stage in his or her life. There’s a responsibility to do that best that I can and be the type of role model that I would want for my son. Am I overthinking this? Guess I’m just nervous and my more poetic side is kicking in. Again, I should be fine once I get through the introductions of Monday.
What does this mean for the blog and writing? Well, it means I will only be active in the early mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Not the whole time since I need to spend time with my family and do chores as well. Writing is going to be taking the biggest hit here. I’m trying to edit War of Nytefall: Rivalry, which won’t be easy while I learn about what I’m doing. My schedule means I get home right before my son does, so there isn’t much of a window there. Editing is the easiest thing to do. It’s when I want to write a new book that I’ll be having challenges. My limited time means War of Nytefall will get the brunt of my extra attention, so Ichabod Brooks will be on a hiatus for at least 2019. I hope I can work on his story in the summer, but that depends on how I do with War of Nytefall: 4th Book throughout the winter and spring.
One nasty hurdle is that I really don’t have anyone to read over my stuff. It’s a challenge with a series because someone who hasn’t read the previous volumes might try to change stuff that carries over or hints at future stuff. My writing style (3rd person present tense) causes trouble as well, which has really made it difficult to get beta readers for my long series. One of the hardest parts is that every scene has a purpose for either the standalone story or the overall series. I’ve run into a lot of beta readers and editors that follow the ‘murder your babies’ rule that I don’t agree with. So, I end up getting suggestions to eviscerate what I’ve done. Technically, I’ve already done this with the plotting, outlining, and doing my own editing run prior to letting others see it. Yeah, this is kind of a prissy author thing, but it makes things awkward. For example, way back when, I had somebody try to convince me to remove Sari from Legends of Windemere. They thought she was pointless and got angry when I said she was essential. Other people have demanded more Fizzle, removing Luke Callindor, condensing the series into a trilogy, and other suggestions that seem to cross a line with me. I don’t mind pointing out that something is confusing or doesn’t come across clearly, but not the removal of entire chunks. This is why I’m a pain to work with.
Well, there’s really nothing else to talk about here. Hope people have been enjoying Derailing Bedlam on Thursdays. I’m going to try to relax and rest up for a big life event next week. What are the goals?
- Start new job.
- Learn about new job.
- Get used to leaving house before son gets on bus.
- Find a little editing time.
- Enjoy Thanksgiving.
- Stay home during Black Friday.
- Figure out how to fit biking into the day, but that might take a while. It sits in the bedroom, so can’t use it while my wife sleeps.