Where Do I go from here.
When last I wrote here, I had explored where I had ended up and looked at some places I passed through on the way. A needed exploration of what was tried. While I no longer want the same jobs I have held in past it is not all regret. There were some good adventures and I am happy that I have settled in Vancouver. The pressing question is where do I go from here.
That question lacks a clear answer. The first response in looking for jobs is to try to find something the same yet different. There is a comfort in knowing there is familiar work around. Yet reading those job postings is dull. Being technically capable, does not make the job interesting. I read them and know some time after the learning curve levels off I will bore and my indifference will surface.
To make matters worse the job postings that best fitted my skills and experience were both in the oil and gas sector. I am only indifferent to getting gold out of the ground, I might be actively hostile in dealing with the burning stuff, and burning stuff extraction and transport industries. And yet my historic failure of imagination leaves me unable to see myself in the roles described in other job description. The process has only just begun, I will seek out jobs because well between boredom and the need for cash flow something will have to be found.
As I write this line it has been three weeks almost to hour since I had the talk at work. The lack of work is a mixed blessing. At first a relief, there was a pent up need for a vacation I never could get myself to take, I was feeling spent overall. But I was used to filling a chair for eight hours and providing useful services for up to 6 of them. The first week sailed by before I started to wallow in intellectual doldrums. As my brain scrambled for something to engage upon it tripped across a novella I started years ago and had last touched last October, it has been dominating my thoughts since.
Its terrible timing to take to writing pulp fiction. Both from the standpoint of my own professional best interest and on the simple fact that it is never a good time to try to become a write, now is worse than usual. Yet when I look back at inspirations, personal heros, the names that cross my mind are not geologists, cartographers or prospectors, they are writers. So I fail to answer the questions of what job I want and fail to imagine where my career is going, I can answer a different set of questions. Those answers doom me to a fate of poverty and drudgery.
Yet here is a field I have studied when left to my own devices, a hobby I have toyed with since forever. I have read and absorbed countless books. Talks and books on writing have made me think I could do that. Many free hours up north were spent learning a few things about writing. Perhaps I spent too much time learning a few things about the business without product of my own but that is past. So thinking about what I always wanted to do I find a body of unfinished work.
For ten years three major stories have been spinning around my head. There are others but they lack form. Three tails lodged in my brain for as long as I have been chipping at rocks and pining for chance to go home. Currently I have picked up the one that is the easiest to write. Yet I know its a terrible tactical move. No matter how fast I write how well I write, I will have an eviction notice before I have a rejection letter. Yet foolishly I have let these ideas lodge themselves in my brain.
There has been an underlying assumption in the majority of the professional choices I have made since I got my undergrad degree. Safety. I took the suring things when I could get them, I planned the last 4 years on making my life more secure. And those choices became increasingly passionless. Is it time to take a risk.
Find a job what leaves me with enough energy to consider writing more frequently. The mind numbing technical jobs have contributed to the sharp decline in blog posts. While I am trying to get my bearings I will live cheaply and type quickly.
In the words of Spider Robinson.
Do The Next Thing.