But today, I resigned.
There was no blaze of glory, just a letter of resignation. I will not be going into the gory details here. I will say that I have a great deal of respect for my soon to be former colleagues, and will be leaving bearing only good will towards them and the company.
But I just do not fit into the culture that has evolved there, and it is time to go while I can still do so gracefully and hopefully leave them with good will towards me, too.
I have neither a transition plan at my current job nor any firm plans for what I'll be doing next. So there's a lot to figure out.
I have a lot of reflecting to do, too. This is a scary move- I've been laid off before, and I've resigned to go to another job before, but I've never quit without my next step lined up. It feels so... I am not sure what- arrogant, maybe?- to be quitting a job with nothing else lined up.
However, Mr. Snarky and I have a fairly large buffer of money in the bank. It is there to buffer against lay offs, but also to buffer our lives against our jobs.
So, I took the leap. I am a bit excited, too. I am trying to give myself the pep talk I need to trust that I can aim for my biggest ambitions and be OK, while also being realistic about probabilities of success and our mortgage.
Once I figure out more details, maybe I'll be able to post more of them here.
I think I will hold off on the very good but rather depressing links I had been gathering for my links post. I'll post those next week.
This week, let's have a lot of good news and happy things from various people.
Jim C. Hines has gathered up essays on representation and inclusion in science fiction that appeared as guest posts his blog and has published them as an ebook. I read the essays on his blog, and they were quite good.
The Toast is an awesome site- check it out if you haven't already. And it is profitable after just 9 months!
My publisher got some nice local press:
Our children's ebooks profiled in the @ocregister and @irvineworldnews this week. #kidlit #ebooks #OrangeCounty http://t.co/pQGDK1IZk3
— xist publishing (@XistPublishing) April 15, 2014
Slomo is a familiar and popular figure on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach- Mr. Snarky and I saw him skate by many, many times when we used to live in that neighborhood and take frequent walks along the boardwalk. I never knew his backstory- but now I do.
There was also a guy who liked to skate around in nothing except thong underwear, often with his butt cheeks painted to celebrate the nearest holiday. The very first time I saw him, it was Memorial Day weekend and he had an American flag flying from his backside. I haven't seen a documentary with his story... yet.
This is a really sweet short film.
This blog of really bad real estate photos is making me giggle.
Share any good news of your own or the things that made you smile this week in the comments!