Milestones And Opportunities And Villains

I’ve been a little preoccupied with the vicissitudes of life. Earaches and a cold I have been fighting for a couple weeks, the fun things (and not so fun things) of being a parent to teenagers, and now a recent job change. Cisco Systems was a wonderful place to work, but there was a lot of travel involved. So when I got a call from a recruiter at another vendor, I decided to see what else was out there. In a two week period, I had three recruiters call me, and then two job offers extended through my own contacts that had nothing to do with the three recruiters. I have never been so popular. It certainly boosted my morale (I am not going to say ego, because I don’t like that word as a description of myself); I think I am confident, but I certainly know my limitations.

Just a quick note for you folks looking for work: All three recruiters found me on LinkedIn. If you are looking for a job in a professional field, and you aren’t using it, you are missing out. Although my new job didn’t originate with the site, when I was hired at Cisco Systems, the opportunity came from there!

I am very excited for the new position (Senior Data Center Engineer) at Cache Valley Electric. Their office is an easy commute away from home. And I get to play with more toys than before. Who wants to play with just servers when you can also play with networks and storage and software too?

Anyway, let’s get to the point of this post. I noticed something about this whole process in relation to my writing. When all of the attention started to come, my creativity faucet began to flow. The week before, it had been more of a drip, not quite shut off. And maybe the desire to write also has something to do with feeling better.

Last night I had some breakthrough character development ideas for Heaven’s Garden, and I took a lot of notes. I even wrote the beginning to a crucial scene in the book. Villains are great fun to write. And one in particular, especially since I have permission to loosely base the character on a friend of mine, David J. West. I’ll take all his best traits, promise. I warn you, however, he calls himself a rogue. His literary twin, also named David, will be a true scoundrel. 🙂

I certainly hope this creativity trend continues. I’d like to get this sequel done sometime this century. I haven’t looked recently, but I am over 50,000 words. Just about 35-40k to go. Too bad I don’t have a nice relaxing month scheduled in St. Thomas, or Hawaii, or somewhere. Then I’d be done, right?

Oh, one more thing, since I used milestone in the title: The Thorn recently hit 500 downloads at Smashwords. That was done in just over a month. I don’t know what the rate was at Barnes & Noble was. The Nook Store report comes out about once a month.  Did you know it was free? I have my reasons for doing that. Just trust me on this one. Did you download it and read it? If so, I’d love to hear from you.

Here is a bigger question: If you did download the free ebook, and you liked it, did you tell your friends and family?

Help me spread the word!

One more one-more-thing: I get to go to LTUE this year!! I linked to the schedule so you can see why this is a big deal. The past two years, work has gotten in the way. I’ll be there all three days. If you’re going, find me! It would be fun to chat.



Milestones And Opportunities And Villains — 8 Comments

  1. Daron,
    Congrats on the new gig. It sounds like a good move both professionally and from the home life perspective. That is unless your family enjoys having you out of the house…. 😉

    I would agree with your take on LinkedIn. I have been at my current job since before using LinkedIn and am not looking to change jobs (never say never). However I regularly (couple of times a month on average) get contacted by people (HR, recruiters, hiring managers, etc…) that I don’t have a prior relationship with but that find me through LinkedIn. Sometimes it’s through a search they do other times it’s by way of a referral through another LinkedIn contact.


  2. Congrats on the good news! Villains are always fun to write. They give us an excuse to think outside the box and really cut loose. Plus, it’s satisfying to craft someone we love to hate – and then let the hero have at him!

  3. Daron,

    Please, please, pleaseeeeeeeeee get the sequel finished.

    Whatever it is you need to help you dig in and find your way into “the zone” …. give me a heads up and I’ll be more than happy to pray for God to bring it right to your doorstep. 🙂

  4. I checked the follow up content at the end of The Thorn, and thought, “Oh! I don’t have to feel sad that it’s over; there’s a sequel!”

    And moments later I was spewing … “What??? It isn’t finished yet???”

    So yes, you really do need to get back to it, lol.

    Anxious fans are waiting ….

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