Friday, January 20, 2012

1/20/12 - Picking an Office

Well, if I could choose an office, the one I had yesterday wouldn't be bad at all. I took the dogs for a long hike around the lake and then we settled at a remote picnic table for Mommy to get some writing done. For most of the time, it was just me and the dogs. Sometimes the only sound was the wind through the trees, the birds, and the lake lapping against the shore with an occasional boat engine in the distance. I was in Heaven. It got up to 74 degrees and it was just picture perfect. See for yourself.

And then there was this little guy. He just came right up to the tree beside our picnic table. Bentley had a stare-down with him, and even talked to him. Nonni on the other hand decided it was too little to eat, got bored and laid down with a thud. Bentley remained diligent until the bird flew off which wasn't for quite some time.

Here's the kicker. I was able to be at the lake, instead of a walled-up office because I start a new job on Monday. It's not the career job I had hoped the previous one would be, but it is a job where I can be of service. Hopefully it will be my last j.o.b. EVER.

I will be an assistant (secretary) to the President of a company, no OT, and no weekends. Won't that be nice? Maybe I can enjoy more days at the lake. The key is that I will get off work by 4:30 each day and can devote my evenings and weekends to my online businesses and my writing. Then one day I can pick any office view I want. Won't that be nice?

Until then, be sure to let me know if you have any photo or admin needs.

While at the lake today I made progress on what will be my next contest entry, A Pigeon Story. I'm already at 3500 words and I was worried about coming up with enough! Ha! The limit is 8,000 words and I'm only about 1/3 of the way through the storyline!

Nora Roberts, my favorite author, says to just tell the story first. Then go through and do any edits and polishing that is needed. So, that's what I'll do. I'll tell the story first. It will be interesting to see just how many words the base story has. I sure hope I don't have to cull too much. I have to get better at brevity in my drafts, if for no other reason than time management! :)


Welcome to our newest wonderful reader! Her name is Mrs. Hopson and her profile says she is in education. She has the cutest darn blog: Take Time With Me which shows her talents as a teacher. I also love the way she organized her Pinterest page. You rock Mrs. Hopson!

And by the way, I happen to know she was a beautiful bride this past June. Mrs. Hopson, Elisabeth, is my niece! Welcome aboard sweet thing!


  1. Gorgeous lake pics!! Congrats on the new job!! You had been keeping that rather quiet......

  2. @ Blacksheep. Glad you like the pics and thanks! The new job thing came up really fast! I only put my feelers out a couple of weeks ago and the interview and actual job acceptance happened literally overnight. Be safe on the road home!