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Friday, January 04, 2013

I am writing this at lunchtime, after having just finished my final draft of the certification submission I have been writing for work.

So what's the big deal?

It is my 58th version.
It is 40 pages long, with 148 separate attachments.

I am big-time attached to it.

Don't know if there are any technical writers out there, but boy do I find the work stressful. You have to be so careful and pay attention to detail, and remember what you said before so you don't contradict yourself. I had to insert some extra attachments and re-number others. That almost sent me over the edge :-).

Not finished though, I have to create cover sheets for the attachments and put it all together in three big binders--three copies, and then we have a site visit with focus groups in April.

Oh well, onwards and upwards!

Another "whew" is about one of my guitars. The performance, all solid wood (no laminates), sensitive one. When I had him out earlier in the week, he was buzzing all over the place and would not stay in tune! Yikes! I was almost planning a trip to the one luthier I trust, but had him out again last night and he was behaving. The difference; a degree or two more of relative humidity in my music room. Something to be monitored.

So, two whews going into the weekend. With any luck my dryer will be fixed when I get home and I can make it three.

Anything to be learned? Stick to things (58 drafts!) and you will get them done! If you are having problems with something, have a Plan A and a Plan B. Find professionals you can trust when your valuable stuff needs fixing. Persevere.

Hope you have a few whews today as well and a great weekend!
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  • v MEXGAL1
    Wow, that is dedication! I am not sure I would be able to stick with something for that many tries.
    Good for you!
    Have a terrific Sunday.
    1333 days ago
    I hate having to write; I resist it like crazy. I have to write for my professional journal, people like what I write, but I do not enjoy the process at all. So I have great admiration for writers of any kind, and understand well how stressful it is. I can see why you are attached to this document!

    About the guitar. Do you have a humicase? If not, I recommend one. My sweet Cordoba was made in Spain with cypress wood. She is very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, so she stays in her humicase accept for when I play her. I know you can find a humicase or a humicase kit for your existing hard case online. It might help.
    1334 days ago
    Very good conclusions I think. That paper work did sound really heavy and I am impressed that you followed through! That humidity thing is why I thing I should not take up playing guitar...
    1334 days ago
    Celebrate that accomplishment!!

    For quite a few years I was a grant writer. Sometimes a federal grant would take 3 months or more to write, while a foundation grant I might write in four hours. I remember renumbering pages and attachments and all the frustration that could cause with the table of contents. I remember the importance of consistency and not quoting sources that conflicted. I remember feeling like I was coming out into sunlight after hibernation when I packaged up the grant proposal and got it into the mail.

    Again, celebrate getting it done. That is great! And if you took care of yourself in the process and remembered to stand up at least occasionally and stretch and eat right and drink water and all that, well, pat yourself on the back!!!! -Marsha
    1335 days ago
    Ouch-that's about your guitar. I only have a laminate cheapo, but she is sensititive to humidity, too. She doesn't like hot weather in the summer. Poor little darling LOL, just like me!
    Wish you succes with your dryer!
    1335 days ago
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