RE: techwr-l I'm taking my marbles and going home...

Subject: RE: techwr-l I'm taking my marbles and going home...
From: "Greg Thompson" <gthompson -at- movaris -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 12:57:32 -0700

Hi All:
How does one get a start in grant writing?

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-102428 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of Dori
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 5:56 AM
Subject: Re: techwr-l I'm taking my marbles and going home...

Hi, Gang!

I'm still alive, but it's been an interesting month.

I'm working again, at one of those contract (temp) jobs that pays 33%
than my last one.

Of course, the last one was 18 months ago. I love it here, like the
and the work. It's a foot in the door in the pharmaceutical industry.
a 2.5-hour commute home for weekend visits but I found a house to share
in the city and this too is working out just fine.

The bank foreclosed on my farmhouse and sold it at auction (without any
notice to me, just the announcement in the newspaper). They have put
small farms out of business in my region pulling this stuff, so nobody
bid and they bought it themselves. They have issued a ten-day notice to

vacate. The sale happened the very week that I started the new job.
is synchronicity at work here. The only mistake I will never repeat is
next time I won't build a $17,000 barn on the land that's held by the

I am losing my home, yes. It's a terrific opportunity to be rid of the
mortgage and the old white elephant money pit. I've rented a 40-foot
tractor trailer for $65 a month and most of my treasures will go there
weekend. I've found soft landings for all of my animals except for the
paralyzed goat; if he isn't on his feet within two more weeks I'm having
put to sleep and will discharge my guilt with the help of a counselor
though my head knows it wasn't my fault. Two of my oldest cats have
within days of each other (both of just old age and related difficulties
confirmed by the vet). The next oldest is trying to die now. They know

we're done with this place and it's okay to let go. The other two are
with my current housemate to live in a nice house in the woods with some

friends of his. My little wannabe dog is coming to the city with me.
rest of the goats and the chickens are going to be boarded on an Amish
-- some decent winter income for the Amish children and a good place for

I still own the adjoining fifteen acres free and clear. I'll be
it with good fences and building what I really want for me and my
without any intervention from a bank. I can live very nicely in a
cabin -- or even a camper -- while I spend time between city gigs
working on
my own writing.

Things are great and I'm very glad to be back at work. Am I sick or
what; I
have missed the challenge of untangling documentation messes.

I had tried maintaining the big old house by taking in housemates. They

trashed the place (and my mental health); I'm building a one-room
cabin/cottage this time. I might use time between tech writing gigs to
sculpt a cob house myself (I have a clay bank) -- and write a book about

I am a writer. It is as much about what I am as what I do.

I am a technical writer. When people ask what that is, I reply that we
translate engineeringese, computerese, and educationese into English.

I am not a mechanical or electrical engineer or programmer who is
willing to
work for less money because I also write.

I have qualified for assistance from VESID, and when this gig is done I
probably go back to school for a Master's in Technical Communication.
will pay for tuition, supplies, and living expenses for two years. Will

this degree guarantee me another job? No. I'm just curious about
new in the field but I'm not going to waste one more minute on studies
don't move me toward a more advanced degree.

And now that I'm not killing myself trying to keep things going at the
I'm developing web sites and writing grants for projects that tickle my
fancy -- sometimes for money, more often for free. When I do a really
job the results go into my portfolio.

Dori Green
Organic Farmer/Activist and Technical Writer
Corning and Rochester, New York
Ready and able to work anywhere
(when this gig is up)


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