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Adventures in Job Hunting: Updates!

Wonder

  • I got my first five-star rating on a sourcing job this weekend. That felt really, really good. Of course, the next job I was assigned was one I couldn’t figure out, so I had to release it, and that didn’t feel great. I love being able to read what other analysts are thinking and doing, and I especially love all the examples of five-star work available on the dashboard. I feel like I’m catching on. I think it’s reasonable to expect I could take a sourcing job 3 – 5 times a week before bed, and while that’s not a ton of money, it’s not bad, especially since the work feels so good.

UserTesting

  • I haven’t qualified for another test since my first one, which is pretty disheartening, but it still doesn’t seem like a bad side gig. I tried applying for TryMyUI, but my oldest decided to have a post-bedtime meltdown about five minutes into my attempt, so I had to stop and go help her, effectively failing my test. It looked pretty comparable to UserTesting for anyone else interested.

Leapforce

  • I failed the third part of the exam. I knew I’d failed it by the second question in the third part, so I just did my best from there, but it wasn’t enough. On the plus side, I do have the chance to re-take it, so I think I will simply because I’ve already invested several weeks into getting this side gig so I’d like to exhaust all of my chances before I give up.

Mturk

  • I’ve been busy, so I haven’t done as well as I’d have liked. A lot of the HITs this week seemed way out of scope, but there have been a few fun ones, so the work I have done has been engaging and rewarding. I think it’s reasonable to assume I’ll be able to earn enough to make a minimum credit card payment, which is certainly nothing to dismiss easily.

The husband, of course, has had much better luck with Uber and Lyft. Just a few hours a night and he’s earned about $500 over the last two weeks.

On Writing: At Least I’m Thinking About It?

It has been such a busy week.

School started, so getting the oldest set up and into the habit of doing her schoolwork was a priority, but her computer died and mine frustrated her, so I had to order her something that both fit into our budget and did the things she needed it to do. (I’m so grateful for clearance sales right now.) The notary I paid to help me with my I9 didn’t do half of what she was supposed to, so I had to have a friend help, and it’s always awkward asking for an official favor like that. Realizing that the kid needed her own workspace for school and I need my own workspace for, you know, work led to a total-house deep-clean and rearranging the Lady Cave (the family room; since the husband has his man cave, the big one decided to call our girls-only family room the Lady Cave… yes, I know what it sounds like, and that’s the whole reason I agreed to call it what she calls it) and the guest room. The weather has kind of wreaked havoc on the pool, so evenings have been spent trying to keep it from getting too bad, since there’s only another six weeks or so of regular swimming available. And in my spare time (lol what is that) I’ve been pursuing side gigs: website user testing, search engine evaluation (I’m in the middle of the exam part of the application for that, and there’s a LOT of studying to be done), research (I failed one task request and just straight up couldn’t do two more, so I’ve been doing a lot of studying between attempts), and Mechanical Turk (lots of small tasks, but finding the right ones to do can be kind of time-consuming for the payoff, so I’m still trying to learn that). So I haven’t had a lot of time for writing, not even for editing, though I’ve definitely been thinking about it.

Cass, for example, seems to be gently reminding me about the planned sequel, Cass and the Girls Next Door, and letting me know she’s really pretty interested in it if I don’t mind. 

I stumbled across these lighthouses for sale. Once I accepted that the husband probably isn’t ready for that much isolation, I’ve been wondering how I could use it in a story. Maybe a story about an adventurous cook from the Southwest interested in a change of scenery and challenging her recipe-building skills? She doesn’t seem to have any interest in romance which will be new for me, too. Not that romance and smut are in everything I write, but, let’s be real, it’s in most of what I write. 

The novella draft I’ve had sitting in Yarny and on my hard drive and now in Google Docs for years might have just solved itself. It has so many problems. I’ve poked at it over the last few years, but I haven’t been able to fix it. Until I was washing dishes this week and thought, “What if I just make it gay?” Changing my hero into a heroine fixes so much of it and makes it so much more interesting. I already had most of the reason behind their being thrown together worked out; making them lesbians works out the rest of it, eliminates a major problem, cleans up the drama, and makes the whole thing seem neater and more pull-together. 

Digging around in old fic for a friend brought up some gems I’d completely forgotten about that don’t really feel like they belong in fandom, so it may be worth it to explore how they fare as originals.

I also ordered a nifty lighted cover for my five-year-old Kindle. UPS lost the first one, so I had to buy a second one, and it came in today. It’s so pretty. Now I can turn the lamp off and read in bed!