Showing posts with label career. Show all posts
Showing posts with label career. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jane Austen -- ZzZZzzz Research Participant

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

Yawwwwwwwn. Jane Austen, Action Doll, stretched her arms.

"This new job came at the perfect time," said Jane. "These past 25 weeks have completely tired me out. Once this project is done, I shall return to my writing. An idea is brewing."

Today marks the end of round 17 at ABC Wednesday, a long-time meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and administered today by Roger Green and his ABCW team. Thank you very much! To check out other Z themed posts, click here.




Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jane Austen -- Yardmaster

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

Jane Austen, Action Doll, sighed.

"That Lydia," Jane mumbled. "She never puts the ladder away.  If only I could fire her and Wickham. They are horrible workers."

"Perhaps I could get myself transferred from this rail yard," Jane thought. "Hmmm, I wonder. . . ."


Today is the letter Y at ABC Wednesday, the weekly alphabetical meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and administered today by Roger and his ABCW team.  To check out the other participants, as well as to join in, click here.



Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jane Austen -- Train Conductor

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"It's a beautiful day for a train ride," said Jane Austen, Action Doll, to the handsome long-haired passenger.

"Do you enjoy being a train conductor?" he asked.

"Verily," she said. "I'm a substitute, working on weekends when the regular conductor is ill or needs to be absent."

"Would you like to do it permanently?"

"Perhaps, one day. I have other jobs," Jane said, with a twinkle in her eye.


It's the letter T on ABC Wednesday, a fun weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and today administered by Roger Green and His ABCW team. To join in and/or to read other T posts, please click here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Jane Austen -- Smokejumper

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"Helping fight wildfires is part of my duties as a park ranger," said Jane Austen, Action Doll. "Being trained as an aerobatic pilot, I thought I'd be able to handle being a smoke jumper. Hence, when an opportunity became available, I signed up."

"Fighting fires in the remote areas is very frightening. That's a good thing, I believe. At least for myself. It keeps me from doing disingenuous bravado things that could lead to injury or death of my teammates or myself."

The photo (sans smokejumper Jane Austen, Action Doll) is in public domain.
The photographer is Karen Murphy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The photo was downloaded from Public Domain Images

Today is the letter S at ABC Wednesday, a fun weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and now administered by Roger Green and his delightful ABCW team.  Want to participate or read other posts? Then click here.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jane Austen -- Park Ranger

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"I am truly in my element," exclaimed Jane Austen, Action Doll.  "Being a park ranger is definitely my favorite job thus far."

Jane threw her arms up in the air. "Delightful!"



'Tis the letter R at this week's ABC Wednesday, hosted by the wonderful ABCW team lead by Roger Green. The meme was begun several years ago by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt. If you'd like to participate or to read more R posts, please click here.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jane Austen -- Pearl Diver

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"Pearls are a girl's best friend," said Jane Austen, Action Doll. She took a deep breath and dove back into the sea.




It's the letter P at ABC Wednesday. Click here to sign up or to check out what other participants are saying about the letter P.  Thank you Roger, Di, Melody, and the rest of the ABCW team, and thanks to Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, who started it all.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jane Austen -- Oxymoron Phrase Analyst

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"Oh, my," said Jane Austen, Action Doll. "This job is definitely not for me."

"I like the idea of a silent scream in my rock garden, or taking a mud bath as I consider an impossible solution for a story. I love the image of a group falling into a 'deafening silence' after hearing the 'idle gossip.'"



It's the letter O at ABC Wednesday. Click here to sign up or to check out what other participants are saying about the letter O.  Thank you Roger, Di, Melody, and the rest of the ABCW team, and thanks to Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, who started it all.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jane Austen -- Nut Farmer

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"Jane, dear, a walnut farm!" exclaimed Martha Lloyd.

"Is it not grand, Martha?" Jane Austen, Action Doll, asked her friend.

"What are you going to do with all the walnuts?"

"Why make walnut ketchup. You know how much the family and I like walnut ketchup."



It's the letter N on ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme began by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and administered today by the ABCW team of Roger, Di, Melody, and others.  To participate or read other N posts, click here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jane Austen -- Musician

My ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change
"I'm all about that bass, about that bass," sings Jane Austen, Action Doll. "No treble."

You go, Miss Jane!


Hooking up with ABC Wednesday to share my letter M. Thank you, Roger, Di, Melody, and other members of the ABCW team.  To check out what bloggers around the world are saying about M, click here


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Jane Austen -- Lizard Tamer

My ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"This sweet fellow simply loves to dance," says Jane Austen, Action Doll. "He does come in handy when I do not want to dance with a chap. One look at my sweet fellow on my arm, and the chap runs away. I do not think Mr. Darcy would be such a coward."



It's the letter L at ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and administered today by Roger Green and his ABC team. To check out other L posts, click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jane Austen -- Kiteboarder

My ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"What was it that dear boy said?" mused Jane Austen, Action Doll, as she rode the wave towards shore.

"Oh, yes. Cowabunga!!!"



Today is the letter K on ABC Wednesday. To see posts by other participants or to post one yourself, please click here. This weekly meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and continued today with the dedication of Roger Green and his ABCW team.



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Jane Austen -- Jellyfish Expert

My ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"Are not these jellyfish simply darling?" asked Jane Austen, Action Doll, of her audience. Some nodded in agreement, while others looked doubtful.

"We only began calling these lovely things "jellyfish" in 1796, but they have been around for at least 500 million years.  Some of my colleagues believe that they are as old as the dinosaurs, possibly older. Imagine that," said Jane, the Jellyfish Expert.


Today is the letter J on ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and administered today by Roger Green and his lively ABCW team.  Thank you! To check out this week's participants, or to join in, please click here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jane Austen -- Industrial Inspector


"Industrial inspector is merely another name for quality assurance inspector," says Jane Austen, Action Doll. "I shall not be one for long. All this climbing in long dresses is rather cumbersome. Not to say quite dangerous. However, this job is better than the alternative—an ichthyologist. Imagine me with icky fish. No thank you."


The appearance of Jane Austen, Action Doll can only mean its time for ABC Wednesday. Click here to check out the fun. Started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt, this weekly meme is managed by Roger Green and his awesome ABC team.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Jane Austen -- Hula Dancer

My ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change
"As you know by now, I am not shy about trying different forms of dancing," said Jane Austen, Action Doll. "Exotic dancing was well and good, but after awhile I found no joy in it. Hula dancing of the Sandwich Islands is more to my liking. I do love wearing the fragrant flowers."


It's the letter H at ABC Wednesday, a weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and today maintained by Roger Green and his team of ABC wonders. Click here to participate or to check out other letter H posts.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jane Austen -- Florist

My ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"Yes, being a florist would be a wonderful alternative to being an author. All those beautiful, fragrant flowers. Heaven," said Miss Jane Austen, Action Doll, as she tried her hand at the flower stand.  She even brought her own apron.

 
It's ABC Wednesday, a fun weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and today administered by Roger Green and his ABC team. To participate or to check out this week's F theme, click here.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jane Austen, Aerobatic Pilot

ABC Wednesday theme: Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a Life Change

"Shall I be an aerobatic pilot?" wonders Jane Austen, Action Doll.  

"Could I be so bold to soar and tumble in a monoplane, then fly upside down?  Could loop-the-loops and barrel rolls be as satisfying as writing about Elizabeth and Darcy? Would I prefer to see a crowd waving below, cheering me on, rather then sitting in a room alone, wondering if anyone might like what I do?"

What do you think?  Is being an aerobatic pilot the best choice for Jane Austen, Action Doll?

Today begins the 17th round of ABC Wednesday. It's a weekly alphabet meme in which participants blog about a topic of their choice around the week's letter. The meme was started in 2007 by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt. Today, it's administered by Roger Green, who is helped by his team of ABC wonders.  Want to participate in the meme or learn more? Head over to ABC Wednesday.   To check out other letter A posts, click here.



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thirty Years Ago. . .

Some of the first books I wrote and edited at Janus Book Publishers.
Thirty years ago, I began my first day at work in the publishing industry. It was actually my second day of employment, but the first day was a holiday. I still think that was (and is) definitely a great way to start a new job—and a new career.

I had not planned to enter the publishing world. Back then, my goal was to get at least five years of teaching under my belt so I could eventually become a high school counselor or a curriculum developer in a school district. So, what happened? Simple. By the time I earned my teaching credential in social science, there were few teaching jobs. I was in another bout of unemployment when I saw the newspaper ad for an assistant editor position at a small educational publishing house. I figured it was a long chance, but heck, what did I have to lose.

Throughout the whole job selection process, I had a good feeling about the job. I had to do a writing sample, and as I worked on it, I knew that this was the type of work I wanted to do. Creating textbook materials was the best way for me to contribute to education. Alas, I did not get the job. Still, I felt like one day I would work for the company. 

Ring. Ring.  You got it. About a month later, another position became available, and I was offered that position.  Every day, for four years, I commuted from San Francisco to Hayward, about 45 minutes away, to edit and write student materials at a third grade readability for teenagers with learning, reading, and language disabilities. The interactive workbooks were used as supplementary materials by teachers to teach core curriculum subjects. Although the primary audience was teenagers, the books were also being used in regular elementary classrooms and adult basic education programs.

My time at Janus Publishing was essentially an apprenticeship. I was fortunate to work under the editorial direction of  Winifred Ho Roderman, who had been a special ed teacher and so was quite committed about developing materials that taught concepts in small, manageable, and progressive, chunks of learning. She was ruthless with her purple pencil, but so worth it. She was a visionary and fair-minded. What I especially liked about Winifred's work style was her dedication for explaining to an author or an editor why a change needed to be made to improve the manuscript. Winifred demanded excellence and I did my best to give it to her.

Let me tell you, I learned quite a lot in those four years at Janus. Not just about editing and writing professionally, and how the publishing cycle works from developing book content outlines to producing books, but also about science, mathematics, history, English, government,  home economics, and other subjects. I was actually learning basic concepts about the solar system, simple machines, human body, and earth science for the first time. I had science in grammar school and took most of the science classes in high school, but for the life of me, I do not recall learning things such as we always see the same side of the moon as it revolves around the earth, or that the inclined plane is a simple machine and a screw is an inclined plane. It blows my mind away again as I tell you those basic concepts.

I was perfect for writing the Janus workbooks. I was like the audience, a bit slow in grasping abstract concepts. I wrote and edited words, sentences, and paragraphs so I sure as darn tooting understood what was what.  It took a lot of  hard work to state tough concepts clearly and simply. But, then, that's the way everything is, isn't it?

Yep. One of the best things that ever happened for me was Winifred willing to take a chance on me—an inexperienced teacher, editor, and writer—and hire me, all based on what she perceived I could do through my writing sample.  Thank you, Winifred!

So, here I am 30 years later. Writing and editing haven't gotten any easier. But, then, why should they?