Life is about to change drastically ... again.
I'm getting tired of drastic changes. I haven't wanted drastic changes. Yet here I am, once again, on the cusp of a new job.
The bookstore was great, except for the fact that (1) I needed to make more than I was making, and (2) I'm really not cut out for work that requires me to interact with people all day long. I think part of the reason I loved it so much this winter was that it was the non-tourist season and the days were long and slow and quiet.
I'd sent a resume to Technical Company several months back, and they contacted me in March. Would I still be interested in a tech writing position?
I thought about it. A lot. Did I want to re-enter the world of technical writing? Sure, I'd checked monster.com periodically to see what was available in our little corner of Carolina, but Asheville isn't exactly a tech writer's mecca. A few hours east of here, yes. Asheville and places west? No.
So I didn't really expect a tech writing position to open up. When one did, I jumped on it. So when they called me for an interview, I thought, "What the heck. Might as well interview."
In the course of the interview, I thought to myself, "Hmm. This sounds like a job I would like. Technical Company doesn't seem like a Cubicle-Land company.
When I went to Technical Company Proper for Interview #2, I told them how, in no uncertain terms, I did not want to be at another Cubicle-Land job. (By "Cubicle Land," I don't necessarily mean I don't want to work in a cubicle; I mean that I don't want to be part of a company where no one communicates with anyone else, and where frustration ensues and lots of time and money are wasted as a result.)
The more I talked to my interviewers, the more comfortable I felt. I actually got excited at the prospect of working for Technical Company. The job actually sounded fun. I left Interview #2 thinking, "I really want this job. I am made for this job. A creative person/tech writer combo is just what they need."
Apparently, the folks at Technical Company thought so, too. They offered me the job. I start the first week of June.
I'll have a $commute$. I'll work long days during the busy times. I'll spend quite a lot of time staring at a computer.
I'll also have a salary and benefits. It's been a while since I've had those.
I'm excited about the job, but I'm a little scared. I'm not scared that I won't be good at the job; I know I will. I'm confident of that. I'm scared of the following:
- Neglecting my novel
- Neglecting George the Piano
- Neglecting my health
- Neglecting the Hubster
- Neglecting home & hearth
I'm an all-or-nothing person, and I'll have to work very hard to achieve balance between a busy job and all of the other priorities. I don't yet know what I'll have to cut out, if anything. All are so important.
So, that's my next step. More later.