I went to writing class last night. I thought I had a 3-step process for dealing with critiques (when they don't go well) - but when I told my friend about "my three steps" ... it morphed into SEVEN STEPS. (ops!)
Step One: Sit and listen and say "I won't cry, I won't cry, I won't cry"
Step Two: Continue to sit and listen and say, "I won't be defensive, I won't be defensive, I won't be defensive"
Step Three: Get the hell out of dodge (or class)
Step Four: eMail Jason and assorted other friends - and act like a small overly sensitive cry-baby
Step Five: Go to bed
Step Six: Wake up in the morning with plans to tackle the re-write
Step Seven: Re-write carefully evaluating the suggestions and implementing most of them
I guess the 3 steps should really be:
- Hold it together
- Get to work!
So - I woke up this morning ready to tackle the day. The first piece of business was signing my Letter of Acceptance for the temporary position I've been offered.
I thought I'd do that - just so I have it out of the way. Then I could get to my writing.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME I FINISHED?? (9:30 am ET) I started on this "quick" project at 7:00 am ET. Holy Cow! Two and a half HOURS to fill out all the paperwork? *shudder*
Part of it is tracking down all the info.
Besides the letter of intent, there was the ok for a background search, the actual application which wants to know where I've lived for the past 10 years (like I keep track of all those addresses???), where I've been employed for the last 3 jobs (again with the addresses and phone numbers and supervisor names!) - which is extra challenging when the companies are no longer in business, or everyone has gone back to Japan/Australia or to work for other companies.
Then they want a list of the churches I've attended (this is the south). Thankfully I do have a list of churches (excluding my heathen-loving time in Az) - but still - do YOU know the phone number and address of YOUR churches ... possibly back to childhood? If I didn't I it would reflect negatively, I think I'd just write "atheist" just to save some time.
A list of my educational past (once again addresses!!!) And universities are the WORST - because their addresses are always PO Boxes with some horrendous code for a department and there is no such thing as a "general" phone number.
And my high school now has a name (I refuse to use it). It was always (I think) just plain old City Name High School. Now it's got some (dead, I assume) person's name attached to it.
PLUS A HOMELAND SECURITY release. ??? I guess it's a good thing I've never lost my temper in an airport.
And then the banking info - for paycheck deposit. Which is GREAT since I bank out of state - BUT - once again - not so easy since I don't bank at the main branch and trying to find the phone number and routing number (why is this such a big freakin' secret?) is a TIME CONSUMING hassle.
And THEN - Federal AND State tax forms!!! More numbers - more adding - more decisions to make.
I have now entered all this information into a document that I can print out if I need to - in the hopes that sooner (or later) I'm going to need to do this again.
And then there's the personal reference info: 3 people from your past. I thought it would be wise to do one from NC, one from AZ, and one from CA. Except who do I know in CA who I still keep in touch with - who'd be a good reference for me - that isn't also a "friend" or "family member" ????
I have written to several business acquaintances prior to this time asking if I could use them as professional/personal references - but for this particular job - most of those people wouldn't be very good.
Well - with that all done - it was off to eat breakfast, take a shower, and get busy on the day. Would you believe I was behind on my schedule all day? 'Cause I was. Ah well, the plans of mice and men, eh?
Happy drippy, frustrating Tuesday everyone!