I almost logged in last night to do some writing. I didn’t because I felt like I needed to save my thoughts for today instead–just in case. That was foolish.
Poynter Online has some great and medium great instruction on writing better by Roy Peter Clark. It’s journalism flavored. Most of the advice is at the sentence or sub-paragraph scope so it translates well for all writing. As I was checking for a good URL as reference I caught the name of an author, Amy Gahran. Small world.
I should get in touch with her. Maybe she needs a mentoree of sorts. Might be a great way to break into a writing career while working as a code monkey.
Recently, my manager called me to discuss the new retention bonus plan for employees of my stripe: that there won’t be one anymore. From the wording it implied that I should have or will have had a bonus for at leas this first year of my employment. I did. Since he’s just my manager and not HR he wasn’t sure about when or if it would come and stated that he’d get back to me. After less time than I was expecting he did just that. Turns out I was due for a bonus that would be paid today. I’ve known this for a month and had calculated, based on past stinginess and vow of future frugality, that I would be able to go out to eat on the extra cash. I was surprised instead to find the bonus was slightly higher than my regular pay!
Gotta pay the bills…