Monday, August 30, 2004

I've Been Slammed

My job is one of those feast-or-famine kinds of desk jobs. It all depends on when a product is due to go out to a customer, and when the documentation has to be ready. If no products are due anytime soon, then I'm twiddling my thumbs for a few days, preparing drafts for future versions of software, and updating our online glossary. Oh, and blogging when I get a chance.

Sometimes, we're told in advance of a deadline and are able to plan for it. You know--take our time, apply our high standards, make sure a document can go through several edits before going out to the customer.

That's the way it's supposed to happen.

But, as is often the case here in Tech Writing Cubicle Land, the powers-that-be suddenly decided to tell the customer that we would have X Installation Guide for them early next week.

X Installation Guide is supposed to be around 70 pages. Not a bad length. But, X Installation Guide does not exist at this time.

At the same time, I just learned that an update of Y User Guide is ready for documentation. Y User Guide is 400 pages long.

So, I took a deep breath, dusted off my magic tech-writing wand, and felt sad because I will not be able to blog as much this week. I am probably much sadder than you are, dear readers. You know that head-exploding thing? Well, when I write installation guides and user manuals, all the creative thoughts leach out of my system and into the keyboard. The keys get sticky and don't want to work. My brain begins to shrink. The brain tread starts to crust over. I start seeing double. My heart cries. My soul groans in despair. I fall upon the thorns of mindless error messages and computer hang-ups! I bleed!

OK, so maybe that's taking it a bit far.

I do have some good news today, though.

1. It's PIANO DAY!

2. Cousin Shorty (a.k.a. Jennifer Hebert) is 26 years old today! Happy Birthday and Hallelujah (splash)!

3. The RNC starts today! Jan, if you look into the camera, don't forget to wave!!

Happy Monday, everyone. The work-shackles are firmly in place. I'm ready to start writing X Installation Guide.

Ooh, did you hear that creaking noise? I think it's my brain shrinking ...

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