Dancing to Dirges

Depressing and happy things Tim says, sometimes while drunk

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Invokation. You're going to read this word a lot in the new book. Get used to it.

This is the third day since my departure was announced to the front office. Three days I was supposed to spend answering questions and helping my coworkers get ready for the transition. Here's what's happened so far:

1)My coworker has spent most of that time training someone else to do his job. He basically expects to dump most of the work onto this person. Which, I believe, is exactly what will happen.

2)I have done no training of anyone. Theoretically that's no big deal, because this guy is supposed to be able to do my job when I'm on vacation. Trick is, he's demonstrated time and time again that he can't do my job when I'm gone. Again, after the 12th it's not really my problem.

3)They still haven't announced it to production. I don't know why. It's awkward.

4)I serve as CSR for a handful of clients. I was told to not contact any of them, that my boss will be taking over those accounts and he'll handle the transition. Some of these guys are submitting jobs and I am technically coordinating, but they'll be mailing after I leave. I'm trying to get my boss to deal with these things but he's just not willing. It's weird. I think he should interact with these people as soon as possible. He's only told people he absolutely has to tell. I've tried to talk to him about upcoming jobs and client patterns, but he just doesn't want to hear it.

I can't figure it out. But then again, there are a lot of things that they do that just boggle the mind, so I guess this is nothing new. In fact, this is pretty much why I'm leaving. At least they're consistent.

Book news, book news. The new book is going well. I wrote a lot last night. I've just been cutting off chapters where I felt it was appropriate for the narrative flow, but that's ending up with some inconsistent lengths and, frankly, some very short chapters. We'll have to see if that reworks itself as I go along. I have also removed guns but kept cog-driven carriages and monotrack railroads. Also turbine driven flight packs. And the magic is fun to write. I just hope it's not too confusing.


At 1:02 PM , Blogger colin said...

Splicing and splitting chapters is easy. I try not to worry about it myself, at least until the book is done.

I fail.

Good luck on the new job. I hope your writing keeps flowing, too.

At 4:02 PM , Blogger The Brillig Blogger said...

there is no mandatory chapter length in the contract. Long chapters and short chapters can sometimes go together like chocolate & peanut butter, Starsky & Hutch, grape & nuts. don't sweat it.


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