80 Post Challenge – Post 17

List 3 things that went right (or wrong) today.

Hmm… okay. Well I can probably do both, just to cheat a little bit. We’ll see how far I’ve gotten after I’ve done the three things that went right today.

Right: One
Stick Men At Table from OpenClipArtI got through my interview. It was agonising and, as soon as I was done in that room I thought of all the other things I could have said, but that’s always the way. I still feel that I was able to answer the questions in a suitably full fashion and due to the nature of the role I was applying for, I’m not concerned that the interview itself only took twenty minutes when I was expecting sixty. Truth be told, there wasn’t too much more I could have added to what I said during the course of the interview, so all I need to do now is wait for Friday and see what happens.

Right: Two
I solved a couple of items in my queues at work that were taking a phenomenally long time to sort through. I had a flash last week, like instinct, telling me to ask a particular person about the problem I was having. Something in my head just told me that he was the best equipped. But I didn’t chase up on it. Today, while speaking to the helpdesk it quickly became plain that they were not going to be able to give me the information I needed, despite being told by several people that these were the folk I needed to talk to. So… I went back to my instinctive thought of last week and poked the chap who sits just two seats ahead of me. Low and behold, not only does he immediately understand what I’m talking about, but he has the other end of the query and is working back towards me. Ha! Its another indication of how much I should trust my instincts in the workplace; first thought often proves best.

Right: Three
I calmed the hell down. After my agonising night of not quite sleeping well enough because of interview worry, waking up early and all around being miserable, I was able to come home and chill. I was able to apologise to my partner for being a major grump (yes, that is the word I used) and cook a nice dinner when I got back. I might have over done the jerk seasoning just a lil bit, but it made for some damn pleasant pork chops. Oooh yeah. 😀 More than that, I’ve had another chance to step back and assess how good my life is now and how much of that is because of my partner. And how much I don’t want to fuck it up! o.O So… something I never managed to do in previous relationships, but if I know I’ve made a mistake, I’ll not only say so, but I’ll apologise too. And even that makes me feel good inside; it means I’m growing as a person.

Hmm… okay that was a little too easy. In fact, that last one has put me in such a good space that I’ll probably have trouble thinking of bad things. Aaah well, here it goes!

Wrong: One
I haven’t been online today. Not properly; not to check my emails, work this site, manage comments and the like. I was so wrapped up in the interview prep that I haven’t done any of my usual morning work, which usually involves checking out statistics from the day before and readying myself for what I’m going to write next. In fact, today has been something of a day off which, though I think I needed it, has put me behind a little. It will be interesting to see how my stress levels deal with making that back. Though I guess writing this entry is a good start.

Wrong: Two
Panda under an umbrella from OpenClipArtGetting around. It was wet today. I mean really wet. Wet to the point that the second I took off on my bike I was soaked straight through and the moisture all but killed my brakes. The bike just doesn’t respond as well in the wet which means that on my route this afternoon, which is mostly downhill, I spent a lot of time blinking and frantically tugging at my brakes and realising that I’m not slowing down. All of my journeys today were somewhat slower than they needed to be, because I had to be sure I could stop in time for potential hazards. Normally I love the downhill sections of my ride; today it was just a pain in the ass. In fact, going up hill was actually nice!

Wrong: Three
Linked to item one, I suppose, I haven’t done any writing today. Well, except for this. I did work on Clash Of The Animal Kings a little bit during lunch, but nothing worth writing home about. So not only am I behind on maintaining the online gaff (including The Ice Wolf Tavern) but my actual writing is suffering too. I need to get back onto some sort of schedule; I need to be stricter with myself about what I do and when I do it. It was a week ago that I got my synopsis and cover letter ready and about the same time that I sent enquiry emails to those agencies about who to submit work to. A week later and I’ve done nothing since. Its not good. In fact, its making me twitchy.

So there you have it. Three things right and wrong today! Looking at it, I wonder if I’m moaning for no reason. I mean I can think of several scenarios where someone might write a list like this and the only good thing would be that they didn’t die. Or they would have to include things like a tsunami knocked my house flat, or my car hit a tree and left me in traction. All things considered, I’m pretty damn lucky if that is all I have to complain about.

My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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