Today, the Chief begins the next phase of his increasingly curious life – another job. It’s a contract technical writing position – the third one in the past year. The last two were pulled out from beneath me without much warning. So, we’ll see how this one goes. I’m trying to temper my enthusiasm. A close friend of mine told me not to be so pessimistic; that people can sense a negative attitude and eventually steer away from it. I almost told him to go to hell, but he’s such a good friend, and I don’t have too many friends. Such is the plight of the writer. We observe and write about human nature, but just don’t like to get too close to those human types. Admittedly, it’s tough to be optimistic after enduring unemployment for the better part of the past two years. Getting laid off from that engineering company was a mixed blessing. The stress throughout that last year had become almost unbearable.
So, why would I put myself back into that maelstrom? Well, there are these minor inconveniences called bills. They’re like zits to a teenager. You eliminate one, and another pops up. They just don’t go away. My student loan zits have become especially annoying. They really just won’t go away! They impact another little inconvenience called credit reports. I suppose I could pack up and move far away to some isolated coastal community like a lot of writers and concoct a new identity to eschew those little pests. But, I’m too tied to this community.
Thus, I reenter the corporate world once again; pushing my creative writing career just a tad further back. But, I need and want this technical writing experience. I love it almost as much as I do fiction writing. I trained for it anyway; my English degree specializes in professional writing. I have to make that pay off. Besides, I reflect on my years in the standard business world and found all the crap I’ve seen and done makes for some great stories! That’s the writer in me: always finding a way to humiliate the people around me without them realizing it.