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28 July 2016 @ 11:28 pm
Oh, hi!  
So in a very brief recap, I was made redundant and sent off with enough money to not work for a while, so I've taken July off. I might take August off, too, I'm going to play it by ear. After working like a maniac and stressing myself into a pretzel for years, I am very much enjoying not working and have instead been gardening, making things, learning to play the mandolin and writing my own stories. And realising how stressed I had been. You'll not be surprised to learn I seem to no longer have a stomach ulcer. Also, totally failing to be a good communicator. Emma, I will get those things to you! Oceaxe, I'm crap and keep failing to get back to you. Pretty much everyone, sorry!

All cats are still alive, the garden is coming along nicely: tomorrow I plant late potatoes! I keep meaning to write about politics or world events, but the short version is 'Oh, for fuck's sake…', so let's just say instead that I went to the dog park with doggy friends on the weekend and a pug climbed into my lap, as did a basset hound/laborador cross and I met a tiny tiny French bulldog puppy. Good day.

Which brings me to a poll!

Should I try for hd_erised?

No. Think of those poor mods, you've not met a fandom deadline this decade.
0(0.0%)
No. Finish your own novels, woman! And then the garden.
7(21.9%)
No. People who want to do it desperately miss out, and you're not that engaged.
0(0.0%)
No. You've got what, five HP WiPs unfinished? At least update the Christmas one, you muppet.
2(6.2%)
No. Nobody needs another 70,000 words of auror politics. Just do a tumblr of HP gags.
1(3.1%)
Yeah, sure, why not, I mean, people vote for Trump, there is no reason anymore!
18(56.2%)
Who are you and why are you on my friends page?
0(0.0%)
Surely you should be in bed by signup time now sleeping is back in your life.
4(12.5%)
 
 
 
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on July 28th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
One day I'd like to hear the full story of you being made redundant. Preferably with a good glass of wine. Gardening sounds very, very good. Also, no stomach ulcer. \o/

Sign up Erised, Brammers!!!!! ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 28th, 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)
I voted that I should finish novels ;-P

My theory is that a good compromise would be to not sign up, but to offer to pinch hit, as I can then in good conscience write something shorter and also there is every likelihood that no one will want anything PG as a pinch hit.

Last year I was humming and hawing and then I did, and then that night I read a 'Damn, missed out' post from a lovely person on my flist and I felt terrible. I mean, not terrible enough to drop out in favour of them like a decent person, but, you know, quite bad for someone as indecent as me.

Redunancy story is very simple: the bank is pressuring the parent company for money. Instead of acting like a sane company and cutting costs across the board, they have stripped the cash out of international and I had the highest salary. It's a huge relief as I had run out of magical ways to keep up the quality with ever dwindling resources. I look at it as a paid holiday and job search :-)
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Gayle Madwinqueerbychoice on July 28th, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
Redundancy happens to editors far too often, but I'm glad you're managing to enjoy yours.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 28th, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's just ridiculous. I'm jumping over to something corporate and going to demand scads of cash. I'll be bored solid, but at least paid for it.
Emmaemmacmf on July 28th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
I need another 70k of Auror fic, it's my favourite kind of fic!

It's rubbish that you've been made redundant but I'm glad you've turned it into a positive and you're taking some time for yourself! <3
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 28th, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC)
Give me a few years to get organised enough to never work for anyone but myself again and then we can get back to that :-)
germankittygermankitty on July 28th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
Where's the option for "OMG, yes, please!!! *off-wall-bouncing with glee*"? ;-)

Also, unfinished WIPs? Gimmegimmegimme!

Seriously, shame about the redundancy, but good for recovery! (I'm just now reading your 2014 Erised fic, and am loving it to pieces! Draco as a 19th-century CSI is priceless, and I adore your Astoria. Charlie and Hector are adorable, too!)

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blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
No, terrible option! I need to write novels and make enough money from them to not work for maniacs and then I can write fic whenever as there are actually enough hours in the day to do lovely things and walk and write when you don't go out to work for said maniacs!

At least some more of the Christmassy one should happen, I think.

And yes, I'm very much better off out of there. And slightly obsessed by dodos ;-)

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Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on July 28th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Fellow mandolinist eh? :o)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2016 12:01 am (UTC)
I've had it less than a week and so far have four chords under my fingers, so that's a generous assessment, but soon! Lovely things, the brightness of the sound is just charming.
oceaxeoceaxe on July 28th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you got laid off (? Unless it's just sheer good fortune all around) but very glad you're turning it to good account! No ulcer sounds great! I'm managing one at the moment and it's no fun.

Don't worry about not getting back to me immediately! RL comes first, always.

re: Erised- I'm planning to sign up this year for the first time. Been writing and it feels good, so I want to keep the momentum. As for you, well - I know fandom would love to see you do it, but you should make the call that suits your life best. I voted Y but don't let my selfishness sway you! I'm mostly just excited to see you posting!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2016 07:35 am (UTC)
It's absolutely good fortune for me -- I was exhausted and stressed but still trying to carry everyone and now I can just go 'Yeah, not my problem!'

Ulcers are horrible. Are you using Nexium? It is The Best. I hope you get well soon! And yes, SO MANY THINGS TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT and I have failed on all counts.

I'm not going to sign up but will sign up for pinch hitting. That way people who we should all be hearing from now -- like you! -- have one more opportunity and then if the fates fall my way I will still write something, and if they don't, I'll write something anyway and just not fest! It will be old school! Like 2008 again!
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being_herebeing_here on July 28th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
Pinch hitting? I mean.... anything that gets me more of your words is a good thing, so...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2016 07:37 am (UTC)
I think that is the most sensible option: I can turn something around quickly if there's a need and won't agonise for months and plan a monster that gets in late, but not take up a slot from a great new voice we haven't heard of and who might miss out due to my advantageous time zone of having hours of evening to prep and then just stay up a bit late to hit 'post' when the clock ticks over.
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Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on July 28th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
You are not redundant: you have exceeded their capacity to house you. I think you are transcendent. And yes, paid holiday and time for a job search. <3 We've missed you!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2016 04:39 am (UTC)
I think it was their capacity to pay me, but I love transcendent and will be borrowing that term gleefully!

I've missed you, too. Congrats on Leviosa, it looked amazing!
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on July 28th, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
LOL I can't with these options! There should be one of "yes, of course! And this time I'm ACING that deadline right on time!" like, super optimistic!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2016 04:34 am (UTC)
Oh, you made me giggle. I am the queen of real life deadlines, which means THE WORST at fandom ones, alas! But I have always been much, much better when doing pinch hits, so I think that is the compromise. 50% chance I'll be needed, 50% I can just sit back and read and actually put up the next bit of the very slow Christmassy fic
sassy_cissasassy_cissa on July 28th, 2016 10:54 pm (UTC)
why was was there not "OH HELL YES!!! Sign up for Erised" option???

*cough*

*regains self-control*

Yes, you should. ♥
piratesmile331: Gidgetpiratesmile331 on July 29th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)
I second this wholeheartedly. I kept on looking for the YES INDEED option.
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Frock Chick: pic#124383763pinkdiamond on July 30th, 2016 12:29 am (UTC)
Or how about 9) please help me edit a stupid research document.

Actually it's okay, I am phrasing each and every new paragraph with WWAYD? And it helps keep me in check :)

I just need a way of saying "I've been looking at these paintings for 20 mumble years, I can tell the difference between the work of the master and later copies" and "the copies just look like poo in comparison" And "I have a BSc but I spent more time in the art departments in my own time."

Anyway.

Boo to redundancy, yay to a reasonable exit package, and yay for no stressmonster for a while.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 30th, 2016 01:48 pm (UTC)
If you can wait two weeks, then YES! I can totally help with that. I have a few things to get submitt in the next week and a half, but after August 10, happy to be the proofreading fiend I am :-)
la, zeitgeist!: [default] z blackgoldzeitgeistic on July 30th, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
I need another 70,000 word of auror politics.

I am sorry that you were made redundant, but maybe I'm not because the rest of your paragraph kinda makes it sound like the best thing ever! Hope you're okay!
fantasyfiend09fantasyfiend09 on July 30th, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't see you on the sign up for Erised, so I hope that means you are writing a novel. I'm happy so long as you are writing. Or gardening. Or doing anything that makes you happy and doesn't give you an ulcer.
glorafinglorafin on August 9th, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
My answer would be a mix of two : Yes. We all need another 70,000 words of auror politics.
Nennenenne on August 19th, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about the job situation. How do you feel about it now? Are there relevant and interesting jobs around to apply to?