I Met My Deadline

July 2 was a big day for me and my DE project. For a week or so, nobody reinvented the scope of my work, so I was able to do it according to the last reinvented specs and turn it in on time, on the day I picked. I’m pretty happy about that. I still have the seven, maybe eight, appendices to deal with over the weekend, but they are short and should all be final and turned in by Monday.

It makes me wonder what’s next…. It became clear a long time ago that this book doesn’t fit the mold, nor does it easily fit into the well-oiled production machine. Consequently, I’m thrilled to be working on something that’s innovative and stretching the boundaries a bit. It gives me more opportunity to be creative and artistic on a product that’s usually fairly predictable. It also unfortunately pairs my name with the Difficult Project in the minds of all the production people at this publishing company. On the one hand, with my boss and her boss, I’m a creative problem solver who is game to go above and beyond the call of duty. On the other hand, the people who have to work with me to churn it out might think I’m a pain in the ass because I’m asking more of them than usual. This duality leaves me feeling somewhat anxious. I’ve probably already mentioned that this client is very important to me. 

So, yeah. From here on, I’m in uncharted waters, although my boss will provide guidance. But she has never been asked to do the stuff I’ve been asked to do. All of us are figuring it out as we go. But damn. There’s every indication that the end result could be spectacular. I’m told to expect a certain number of hours per month until December, but she doesn’t really know how many hours will be required and neither do I. We are swinging into the "busy season," and I’m hopeful I can rack up a hefty number of projects between now and the end of the year.  

In other news, we’ve all been kicking around the house for the last few days, laying low and letting Ian heal. He’s somewhat fatigued and fuzzy when on the pain meds, achy when not.

I really need to get the hell out of here for a while.

2 Responses to “I Met My Deadline”

  • lunagirl35
    July 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Congrats on meeting your deadline! I think you deserve an afternoon (or so) to yourself as a reward


  • t8bloom
    July 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Wow, sounds like an amazing end to a huge project. Congrats on having a successful ending to a monster job!


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