Recently, I went to a "career brown bag" for the Xbox group - the group at work that I eventually want to move into. It was really interesting and rather intriguing. One of the things I got out of the two hour meeting is just how much I miss working in the gaming industry. Couple that with the utterly fascinating new technology they will be coming out with and you have quite the winning combination as a career path for me.
Honestly, the only thing holding me back from immediately interviewing all over the place within the group is my two year retention bonus. Suddenly, and rather surprising, I am faced with the question of "Is the extra money worth it to possibly miss out on such a good opportunity?" Suddenly, I don't know. I really don't and that is unexpected since money/bonus has been a main goal in my life currently in order to secure the future I want. This career brown bag happens once every three years. This is a new cycle for them and it might be too late to wait 11 months to try and get in on it all.
I think, I will email the HR lass who does the internal recruiting and start asking questions. I honestly do not know which way I would like to go... Program manager, Product manager, Test lead, Tester or... the niggling other possibility that I got a whiff of in the meeting that I can't mention to anyone outside of MS FTEs. In any case, it looks like I need to dust off and up date my resume which hasn't been touched in almost five years.
Wow, two more rejections. Poems this time. I'm down to single digits of submissions in circulation. I guess it is about time for me to start hitting the Ralan list and the EWRA list soon. Not to mention writing more stories for sale/publication. I'm still working on the solicitation letter to the other authors for Grants Pass. I'm not sure how to get across my idea in a short, concise, interesting manner that will make them want to write for it. Plus, discussing a fee in it is very touchy. Almost tawdry. Funny that. I never thought I would be writing a letter like this to any author, less alone some of my all time favorite authors.
My goodness, do I ever feel like I've been rode hard and put away wet and not in a good way. The Crimson Dawn LARP was interesting last night. It had it's good and bad points. A full write up on that later. However, for the first time in a long time, I came home as the sun came up and that was interesting. Especially since I had to take my poor kitty into the vet this morning at 9:30.
Esme is not doing so well at all. In the last two weeks, she's lost 2.5 pounds. That's 20% of her body weight and that is not good. She's doing well on fluids but the doctor gave her fluids under the skin (shudder) and an antibiotic. Plus, some of that really rich wet food. She's eating it now. Starting tomorrow, I'm supposed to mix in the antibiotic. Her (really expensive) blood work test came back all good. So, they don't know what's wrong with her. Maybe a mild upper respiratory inflection of some kind. At this point all we can do is wait and see. I really hate that.
Update: 24 hours later and she's 100% better! She's eating and playing now.
Tarot Card for the Day: Knight of Wands