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Writing and the Day Job

Many years ago I did something that I thought wouldn’t work, but has turned into something kinda great, and I wanted to tell this story so others might be able to use it. I was into writing as a serious hobby and was always thinking about it. One year, at my annual review at work I asked it I could start a staff newsletter. They said sure. Now it was only a couple extra hours a month, but it was regular paid writing and it felt wonderful.

Sometimes I really have a hard time coming up with new, interesting things to write about, and I’ll try to talk to management to see if there are topics they want me to cover, but generally I’m left alone to do what I want with it. I interview new employees to get to know them better. Run little surveys and make games out of the answers people send me. Try to throw in current news of the industry. And in the last couple years I’ve asked for book and TV show recommendations from the staff and include one a month of each.

Since I don’t get much feedback about what’s working and what isn’t, other than everyone telling me it’s great (I work with the sweetest bunch of folks!) I have lately just decided to keep myself entertained, and if I’m getting bored, then it’s time to change things.

So two months ago I decided to add a little fiction into the mix for fun. We have a hospital cat, and since we’ve been closed to the public and only doing curbside appointments she has been allowed to wander and have the run of the front office. I thought a fictionalized story of her imaginary adventure would be fun to write. This has been a huge hit with the rest of the staff. Last month, to encourage feedback, I decided to make it a choose your own adventure story and gave two options about what she would do next. I thought one choice was the obvious, fun choice so I already mentally planned out how that would roll into the next installment for this month and was kinda excited about it. Obviously, you know that means that the survey came back with 100% of responses choosing the other option. That’ll teach me to plan ahead.

The hospital owner enjoying what I’ve done has also led to me doing more writing. I did a press release when we moved into a new location and I’ve done some blog posts for the website and have been asked to do more. My biggest challenge now is myself. I get to do this writing work at home and I’m not as organized with my time as I need to be. I’ve set myself a time schedule and so far so good. I don’t always hit my goals but I’m doing much better than when I didn’t make any goals at all and would stay up into the wee hours to finish a newsletter before the end of the month. That wasn’t healthy for me and it didn’t produce my best work. This is an ever evolving place for me and if I come up with any wonderful productivity or time management tips, I will be sure to share.

I mainly wanted the throw this idea out there to other writers. I’ve learned that most other people hate to write. It’s a weird idea to me, but it’s true. If you love it, and offer to do it, people just might take you up on it.

Now to figure out how to continue that cat story. . .

crafty things · crochet

March Temperature Blanket

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March 2021 Temperature Blanket

Took this photo outside so the sunlight is making it hard to see the pink at the top. Defiantly getting into more pink and green. I had planned on predicting that I might be done with the grey categories all together until winter, but then yesterday dipped into the light grey range. So I’ll predict we’re done with dark grey until winter. Ha.

The full blanket is getting a little big to take with me places. I like to bring it to my daughter’s violin lesson. Even though I wait in the car now to minimize people near each other, I can still hear her play and it’s nice to crochet and enjoy pretty violin music and relax. It will soon become a sitting at home project and I hope I keep up with it. Although I’ve kept up for 3 months now, so I’m doing really well.

A quickie measurement at the end of March puts the length at 19 inches. Times 4 that brings me to 76 inches, but since Feb is so short, maybe I can expect to land somewhere near the 80 inch mark for a final length. I’m happy with that outcome so I’m going to be happy with the choice to go with the small moss stitch for this project. I will be putting a boarder of some type on at the end which will add some as well, and how much more I want to add will help me choose what boarder I want to use when I get there.

Onto April!