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08 May 2013 @ 10:53 pm
I got the job. Not just a job. The job. The high end programming position I applied to at Penn State, whose listing sought a driven and creative problem solver. The one with an interview I prepared for by mainlining '80s tunes in the Kern Building lobby beforehand, and in which I shed my suit jacket and flexed for a room full of staffers in response to an inquiry about my hobbies. It's a position within a department seeking to grow and develop its information technology division. It's my closest approximation to tenure. Said department has lots of other women, who I had a blast interviewing with. You bet your ass I'm stoked.

I can still walk to work. My office space seems quiet and private. I get a deep tuition discount and a boatload of vacation - that trip to China is A-OK with the management and won't put me in time off debt for the next century or so. I do have to dress business casual - a culture shock to someone raised in the jeans and snarky T-shirt world of web development and research engineering - but I have plenty of comfortable options, and I can use a wardrobe refresh anyhow. It's a good reason to kick me back into the Cleaning Out Clothes for Goodwill Project I started a couple of weeks ago.

I've been a lazy vacation bum. I had a full week where my best defense against doldrums was room escape and tile swap puzzle games. I also had breakfast with penm_rx3, who has a creative writing minor and a planned cross-country move. Which gave me a nice novel-related goal of finishing my first act to send them for some hardcore critique. I do appreciate the honest feedback from my friends who share my tastes and understand what I'm going for, but I need that detailed impression of themes and threads and pacing and prose. I understand that such requires money for the hours of work and experience involved. So if I can help my friends build their bank account and shore up Act 1 as a solid prototype for the rest of my structure, style, and tone - ayyyyyyup. It's moving in steady steps, with previously yet undetermined character chemistry falling neatly into place. I had reached my limits for how much I could plan ahead, so focusing on early content is just what I need right now.

Dynasty Warriors costume DLC is at its best when it involves absurd and/or modern themes. The Wei jobs exemplify this. Zhang He is a literal assclown, and Cai Wenji and Jia Xu are also in the circus because they are a popular fandom ship because matchy matchy let's pair up the new characters together I understand why people like it but I don't feel it at all. There's a lot of assorted military business, Xiahou Yuan is a crime scene investigator (who would totally be eating on the job to prove he isn't disgusted by anything) and Cao Ren is one of those technical rescue team guys. I have a perfect reference photo for him going after someone's cat stuck on a roof, but I've been more about words words words and there goes that damn artistic performance anxiety again. Although for once I've drawn something I don't facepalm at the flaws in two months later. Go figure. I'll get over it. And I do have plenty of in person reference for felines.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: 24Herbs - Wonderland
sissyhiyah: fuck yeah!sissyhiyah on May 9th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)
Hell yes! Congratulations!
The Heavy Metal Matador: Vault Boy Winkingrydain on May 10th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Doness: Spy 8Ddonesschen on May 9th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
YAAAAY! That sounds awesome! :o Wow and quite formal too, regarding the dress code. But hey, congratulations! :D

Also, what the hell is Lian Shi supposed to be? A fisherwoman? Also, will she EVER cover up her chest?
The Heavy Metal Matador: Ren/Yuan Gay Apparelrydain on May 10th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's not too bad from my Captain Casual perspective. The dress code is basically what you would wear to a nice restaurant. I already had a bunch of random black dress pants from my mom, so I just had to buy more shirts to go with them. I found plenty of comfortable, simple styles in my preferred colors of black, deep blue, and whatever else goes. XD

People on KOEI Warriors say that Lian Shi is supposed to be a pearl diver, so we're probably lucky that she isn't all out DOA dental floss bikini. I am disappoint that Lifeguard Huang Gai isn't wearing a Speedo. Lu Meng is random as hell (I guess they didn't want to recycle his very in character DW7 teacher DLC?), but if he's driving for Rich Bastard Swag King Lu Su, I suppose I can get some happy thoughts from that.
Doness: Zhuge Genius!donesschen on May 10th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
"I am disappoint that Lifeguard Huang Gai isn't wearing a Speedo" - LOLOLOL, only you! Why am I not surprised? XD
The Heavy Metal Matador: Naked Timerydain on May 14th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, there were multiple others on KOEI Warriors saying the same thing. Some out of lulz, and some who are awesomely wrongheaded like yours truly. :D
quufer on May 9th, 2013 09:34 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Glad that it all worked out in the end.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Rock and/or Rollrydain on May 10th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! Indeed it did. Penn State has always been in the back of my mind as an ideal place to work, but I wasn't looking around for other opportunities until the axe fell.
Mountain-Hikermountain_hiker on May 9th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
HUGE congrats! :D
The Heavy Metal Matador: Naked Timerydain on May 14th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Randy Ward: Bloofndragon on May 9th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
And what did I do to help?

I broke the toilet. You're welcome! :)
The Heavy Metal Matador: Bowser Smashrydain on May 10th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Love you too, Wreck-it Ogre.
Skurtchasor: YulBrynnerskurtchasor on May 10th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
You broke a toilet? That's worth a post.
Randy Ward: Dragonfndragon on May 10th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Nah. I just sat on it and cracked the particleboard cheap seat earlier this week. Nothing too exciting.
spicyleesh on May 9th, 2013 03:49 pm (UTC)
yay you!!!!
The Heavy Metal Matador: Vault Boy Winkingrydain on May 10th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Skurtchasor: Zhugeskurtchasor on May 10th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
The Heavy Metal Matador: Naked Timerydain on May 14th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)

The Dynasty Warriors DLC website was sneaky and put up Wu's costumes while I was typing this. If you haven't seen Xiao Qiao yet, I predict you will be incredibly and highly amused.
silverluzsilverluz on May 14th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Congratulations, the new job sounds kickass!
The Heavy Metal Matador: Kuribo's Shoerydain on May 14th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! It really does - I get the enjoyable day to day task variety of commercial web development with a seemingly saner schedule. The department is full of friendly and competent people as well.