The Ice Cream Man Cometh
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- Recently, I competed in the NYC Midnight 48-hour short fiction contest. Late Friday evening I received my assignment. The target was to write a story of 1000 words or less using the provided genre, location, and object. The first draft was over 1900 words, which I wrote in under a day. The remaining time was spent whittling the story down. Instead of seven words, I could say the same thing in one or two words. I had to trim some throw away comedic lines. The final story was just under 1000 words and conveyed the same story I wanted to tell. Plus, it was filled with puns which helped build the world. I should see the results if I progress onto the next round about mid-September.
- I updated these status updates. Previously, I reused the same table I use for the blogs, but replaced the text of the same entry for the status updates. I decided I wanted to track my updates so I can relive my accomplishments and struggles. This is more of a selfish fix. Who knows? Others might be interested in that, too. The previous status is actually the first entry in the new preservation of these updates.
- A member of one of my writing groups share a link to a series of posts by Hugh Howey. It is a four-part series, each with ten (sometimes more) insights on various aspects of becoming a writer and published author. I found the series very inspiring.
- I have been "threatening" my family with becoming an ice cream man. It's not that I would actually become an ice cream man. It's just that I have been feeling frustrated with my day jobs, in general. Similar frustrations follow me from one job to the next, so in hindsight, I believe my frustrations are with the computer science industry in general, and not with any one particular company. Not all the companies I have worked for have had the same frustrations, but most of those companies were gobbled up by bigger companies which did have those frustrations. So, I'm soul searching to figure out what other profession I might enjoy more while I still cultivate my writing profession.
- One other career path I've considered (besides ice cream man) is tech writing. I think tech writing might compliment my personal writing. Even though I worry about getting writing burn out. Actually, I do a lot of writing in my current day jobs anyway: test cases, bug reports, specifications, how-to guides, etc.. I could probably put together a decent sample of the kinds of documents I write normally to help pursue a tech writing job.
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