New Beginnings…literally.

I am re-starting a lot of things this week. For one, job hunting. The one I wanted and thought I had didn’t pan out. Boo! Second, my diet and workout regime. I fell off the wagon for a bit because last week was rather rough. And third, (and most importantly), I am re-starting a book I started about a month ago. I wasn’t sure what it was or where it was going, then I hit that dreaded 30,000 word mark, took a good hard look at what I had and said, “WTF IS THIS?” I even wrote about this issue in a recent blog post.

Well, I know what it is now, are at least generally. It’s gonna be another teen paranormal, but I don’t think that this one will be a romance. At least not yet. It might end up that way, but my lead heroine will have to jump through some major hoops first to figure out what the hell is going on.

I am really excited about this one. It is the kind of story that I would love to read and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I think it might creep some people out too, which just makes it more exciting.

So basically, I have to get back to behaving. I have to write regularly, and I mean every day. Then I have to make sure that other things go smoothly while I’m at it. Back to my work outs, back to eating right, back to finding a job, and back to writing regularly. Thank goodness I have awesome parents who like having me around and let me live with them. I have with friends with horror stories of their parent’s kicking them out on the mere basis that they can’t find work. Uh…where I come from that is a reason to put them up, not kick them out.

I think I was lied to for most of my childhood. You know that whole thing about going to a good college and getting a education will lead to a job and the grad school will lead to an even better one…and then when promotions come around, you will get it because you are the one with the higher education. Then you do and get out to see that all anyone wants is work experience because no one wants to get their hands dirty with having to train someone new. They just want you to have all the skills at the forefront so they don’t have to do ANYTHING!! GRR!!! Back in my parents day, you pretty much walked into a place and they decided right then and there whether or not they like you. Do I blame computers, the economy? The lies about getting a degree? The impersonal format of screening resumes these days? *head desk*

Anyway, back to work!!


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4 responses

  1. Ugh. The job thing. When I graduated from college back in the day (’99) with my biology degree all I could find was a $7/hr job at a temp agency. I finally went to nursing school (that’s a whole other story) and was able to actually get a good paying job after I graduated. What’s interesting though, is I have a couple of friends who have experience, but no college education and they’re automatically excluded from many jobs because they require a college degree.

    My thought is any job will require some training. When I graduated from nursing school and got my first job at a hospital I had weeks of training. When I took a nursing job at the health department I had no experience in that field of nursing and so I got weeks of training. I ended up a supervisor. And then we would hire people with years of experience and they were terrible.

    Employers need to look at more than the presence of a college degree or years of experience and really think about whether the person sitting in front of them can do the job.

    And good luck with the new book!

    • It’s good to know that there are some people hiring based on experience and a college degree. I seem to run into the problem of being too educated or they don’t give a crap that I am educated at all, where is your experience? You know? Grr… Can’t win.

      How do you like nursing? I had a bunch of friends go into that field and they got really good jobs. I don’t have the mind for the science courses myself. No good at it. So I admire you for being able to do that line of work. Very admirable.

      I do have an internship to keep me busy, out and about…which is good. I think even if I were writing full time I would want something outside of it so I could maintain some social life during the week days.

      • I went into nursing for the wrong reasons – mostly because it paid well and there were a ton of job opportunities. I know that sounds great, but 10 years later I wish I had chosen something I truly loved. But, I will say nursing has been good to me and after all these years (now I sound like I’ve been doing it forever, which I haven’t) it has allowed me to quit working full time and start consulting work. So, I guess I shouldn’t complain.

        And I totally agree about needing social interaction. I quit my job in July and it took awhile for the consulting jobs to come around. I found myself writing a lot – which was great, but the only time I talked to anyone (other than my husband) was when I went to grocery store. How sad is that? And I do miss a lot of my coworkers and those day to day interactions.

        Good luck with your writing and your internship and the job search! What field are you working in?

  2. I know what you mean about choosing something you love, but sometimes you get screwed in the regard as well. I studied what I loved them couldn’t find work. Which I knew would be the case, but I did it anyway hoping that something would pan out. Oh well. The hunt continues.

    I currently have an internship going at least. I work mostly in museum and library sciences.

    At least nursing has allowed you a little bit of freedom. A lot of people can’t say that about their jobs.

    I have done that as well, done so much work at home that I only talked to store clerks. No way to live if you ask me. I was utterly lonely and depressed by it. We need a little interaction daily even if its in small doses, you know?

    Thank you!

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