Jan 28, 2015 - 4 Comments - Feathers Fall, Life, Writing -

Stress

Work. Real work. The stuff that actually pays. Not something I talk a lot about. But lets talk it for a second.

Work is stressful. Hard? Perhaps not. Challenging? People are challenging. My work demands that I sit politely while people try their best to tear my ideas apart. And I’m ok with that. For the most part. But it wears you down. Essentially, work requires that I’m “ahead of the curve”, so being challenged isn’t about telling others that they’re wrong, or finding out that I’m wrong. It boils down to slowing down to teach others and bring them up to speed. To pull them ahead of the curve. I swear though, some people seem to want to be behind.

Flex, roll, adapt. If you want to work in IT, you need to always be ready to do so, even at the 11th hour.

In more positive news, this feedback for Feathers Fall made me smile – because deep down, it told me I’d nailed the story:

Ok so you got me… I cried. Not just a few tears, mind you, but outright sobs. I found myself so emotionally attached to the characters!
Beautifully written, Ben. Thankyou for writing this story. X

That feels good.

4 Responses to Stress

  1. Jezebel

    *sigh* Maybe someday you’ll write a story aimed at heartless robots.

    1 Feb 2015 - Reply
    • Ben

      I don’t think that’d be a big audience. Or much fun 🙁 Maybe we can grow the heartless robot a heart?

      1 Feb 2015 - Reply
  2. Jezebel

    I’ll see if I can get my hands on an emotion chip.

    1 Feb 2015 - Reply
    • Ben

      I suggest cutting out somebody else’s heart. Most people aren’t using theirs

      1 Feb 2015 - Reply

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