Ladies, gents, and otherwise, it’s the most astoundingly brilliant part of any new oil-sands job: the onboarding process!
Could you hear the sarcasm? If not, you clearly weren’t listening. 😛
Now, don’t get me wrong, my darlings. I will happily jump through all necessary hoops required to get me out on the job site. I’ll fill out a hundred forms, take all the tests, provide all the documentation, and sit through all the online courses and orientation videos. I’ll do it all with a bloody smile on my face.
But that doesn’t mean that it’s any fun. 😛
Or, another way of saying it: I’ve spent almost the entirety of the past 48 hours gleefully hopping through those aforementioned hoops, and I’m so, so, so pleased that it’s almost over. *cough*
Anyway, in case you were wondering, I’m going to be heading out to the new job within the week, which I’m sure will mean a whole lot of things that will become more and more apparent with each of these posts. I won’t really know for sure what things are going to look like until I get there, but for now the things that I do know are:
– I’m going out with a company I’ve worked with previously who treated me pretty well,
– I’m likely going to be doing mostly spark watch and/or confined space watch, both of which are nice, easy types of work,
– The weather is finally kinda-sorta starting to act like Spring, so I should hopefully not be freezing to death,
– There’s a possibility of this job lasting quite a while, which will be tough in some ways, but ultimately very good in many other ways (especially considering how bad the industry has been the past couple of years).
With that in mind, I’ve got tentative plans about different things that I’m going to work on during my days off throughout this job, involving lots of writing, a good bit of drawing, and hopefully a sprinkle or two of voice acting/narrating.
I’m also going to try not to burn myself out, but you and I both know precisely how that’s going to work out for me, right? Right.
Let’s, uh…let’s get to the goal stuff before I incriminate myself any further, shall we?
Goal Set #1: Creative Fulfilment
Well the simple thing to do right off the bat is to get art out of the way because there is precisely bugger-all to report. In fact, when I was getting all my gear together to pack for going back out to work, I put my drawing tablet in my suitcase and didn’t take it out again. And I’m going to say that chances are good that I won’t take it out again until I am actively in the process of traveling, and looking for something to while away the many hours of flight and layovers.
So yeah, artistically I’ve got nothing for ya.
Writing, on the other hand…
Well, it’s a mixed bag, to be honest. On the one hand, I’ve been having some wicked writer’s block on my two most important current projects. The Other World: Book Three is going well, in a manner of speaking, but I’m currently at a slow-moving point and those are the bits I find the most difficult to write. If there’s nothing major or emotionally-devastating going on, I find the words very slow to come to me. You Can Stay At My Place has been a bit better, but I’m also at a bit of a slow point, with my mind constantly wandering forward to some of the big important scenes that I want to get to. Plus there hasn’t been any smut lately and I’m starting to get the shakes. (Just kidding. Kinda.)
On the other hand, I also have this new Our Flag Means Death fic in the works, and that one is flowing really well, but it’s also not a priority at the moment since no one is actively waiting on it. Isn’t that always the way things go? I’ve been giving myself a little leeway with this issue, because obviously writing anything is better than writing nothing, but I also desperately need to get ahead on the other two projects, so I’m kinda pulling my writing brain in two different directions. Bad habits. Basically impossible to avoid.
The positive side of this is, of course, that I hit my Pacemaker.press goal last week. Pacemaker wanted me to write 8533 words, and I skipped a little ways past that with a week’s total of 8930 words. I’m cautiously hopeful to do better this week, but I’m not going to hold my breath or anything because, you know…preparing for a new job, and also trying to spend time with my family before I leave for that job. But you never know! I do have a roughly 16-hour travel day coming up on me, so…
Goal Set #2: Physical Focus
Okay, so…two things.
Firstly, this past week has been (and this current week will be) a total shit-show of slobbishness and excess. Between the fact that I’m leaving soon, hubby requesting food that I make that he loves, me requesting food that he makes that I love, drinking with friends, diving into the NHL playoffs, and other such things, hubby and I have been just…just gorging. Also not doing a whole lot of moving, aside from the after-school three-way basketball with the kid. That’s basically been it. And I’m not gonna lie: I feel heavy and lazy and kinda disgusting for it.
Secondly, I’m enjoying it while I can, because I have every intention of getting my shit together while I’m out at this new job. The camp I’ll be going to actually has a few decent options for dinnertime meals, and I’ll be getting my steps in for sure, and I fully intend to just drown myself in bottles of water throughout the days, so… Yeah. Wish me luck?
Basically, I’ve been trying and failing for ages, but hubby told me that he’d buy me a bunch of cute clothes if I come home having lost some of the weight I want to lose, so if that isn’t motivation I don’t know what is. 😛
Goal Set #3: Self-Promotion/Branding
Remember last week when I said that I didn’t know what I’d done, but that all my numbers had gone up?
This week nearly all of my numbers went down, and once again I really have no guesses what-so-ever. The only things that went up a tiny bit were the author Instagram, and my author YouTube account, which I haven’t posted to in months, so I’m just…I’m just bewildered.
I don’t even really know what else to say here because I just…I just don’t understand.
And no, I haven’t sold any books lately. FML, I guess.
Goal Set #4: Mental Well-Being
I’m going to start off with games this week, just for shits and giggles. I played a bit more Borderlands 2 recently, and will likely play more while I’m traveling, but the game that I wanted to really mention is Slay the Spire. It’s a card-battle game that hubby has been playing, and he kept telling me that I should give it a try because it’s really fun and addictive. And…he wasn’t wrong. I gave it a try, and once I’d failed enough experiments to understand what different cards and relics and potions and so-on all do, it started getting really fun and really addictive. I haven’t played it even a fraction of the amount hubby has, but if I were left alone with it for a few days with nothing else to do, I’m sure I’d play myself right into a bloody trance. It is highly addictive, even when you’re getting your ass kicked.
On the reading side of the table, I didn’t really do much in the past week, to be honest. There was just too much else going on, and when I had free time I mostly spent it writing. I didn’t even touch Part of Your World, but I plan to stick it in my purse for travel day, and I’ll probably murder the whole thing in one setting at that point. I did read a few very short fics, but nothing major. Amazing for me, I know. 😛
Finally we have the watching category, and woo-boy… Okay, so I mentioned that hubby and I have been watching Vox Machina, which we recently finished the first (and so-far-only-available) season of, and I enjoyed that thoroughly. We’ve also been re-watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which is all kinds of fun. But we also watched two movies this past week that I have to mention. The first was Uncharted, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, and I personally adored it. I went in without much in the way of expectation, but I thought Tom did a great job as a young Nathan Drake, and the ridiculous action was very much in line with the video games, which hubby and I both loved.
The other movie we watched is called Blades, and…you guys…omfg. Hubby found it on Tubi, and we checked it out because of the insanely dumb premise of a killer lawnmower running rampant on a golf course. We were obviously not expecting high cinema or anything. But, you guys, we were SO pleasantly surprised. The thing is, the first half-hour or so of the movie is somewhat slow and not overly eventful, but it seems somehow familiar… And then you suddenly realize…this is JAWS, with the golf course as the ocean and a possessed lawnmower as the shark. But no, that realization isn’t the best part…the BEST part is when the movie starts to go from vaguely ridiculous to OMFG THEY’RE ACTUALLY REMAKING ALL THE ICONIC JAWS SCENES WITH A KILLER LAWNMOWER. Let me tell you guys…when they started driving a van around the golf course, tossing out bales of hay with balloons tied to them, I just about PEED myself laughing.
What I’m saying is that if you enjoy a good foolish-while-being-played-seriously parody, you should probably give this one a look. XD
So that’s that for another week! I hope you guys had a more relaxed and enjoyable one that I did. 😛 Wish me luck finishing up my packing and surviving travel day! ❤
Feel free to let me know how your year is going so far! Do you have any big goals? Specific plans? Anything awesome on the horizon? Share what’s going on with you!