Re: Thinking Patterns (was RE: Interviews (5 Year Question))

Subject: Re: Thinking Patterns (was RE: Interviews (5 Year Question))
From: "Karen E. Black" <kblack_text -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 10:33:26 -0400

"John Fleming" <johnf -at- ecn -dot- ab -dot- ca> wrote:

I've had to rewrite a few pieces myself along the way. And after
rewriting another writer's piece of trash, I can't help but thinking,
"there's hope for me yet."

There's nothing better than working for 10 or 15 at-the-last-minutes with a manager or director, reviewing a document he/she desperately needs updated for Monday morning, so we have to do it by Friday afternoon ("Can you update this, Karen? I have to spend the rest of the day in meetings <trailing off as he/she disappears around the corner>").

I ask, how about the way I worded this? And this, and this? I found out this isn't a feature any more, so I took it out. And I had to call x about y concerning z, did I get this right? Well, yes, we can put it that way, but how about if we say ...???

Then the manager/director steps back when we're finished, and says, "Wow. That was GREAT <and may or may not light a cigarette>." Of course, I never hear about it again, especially if the Monday morning presentation went really well, because it wasn't my project after all; I just "made it pretty."

But, those very few minutes, during which I can bask in the satisfaction of having done a job well, because I'm good at my job, make it all worthwhile.

Until the annual review comes around again...what th' hell do I have to do, squeeze fresh-baked brownies out my armpit at the start of every team meeting??? Cripes.

Karen E. Black
Technical Writer
"Higgledy Piggledy, my white hen;
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
You cannot persuade her with gun or lariat
To come across for the proletariat."
--Dorothy Parker

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