RTFM

Read The Fucking ManualLong day. Not so much with my workload, more so with the fact I have STILL got this damned cold. I’m still coughing and my head is still full of gunk, to the point where headaches are just something I live with at the moment, and I’ve become used to talking through half-deaf ears.

It’s a pain in the arse, which oddly enough, has nothing wrong with it.

Day Job went ok. After my initial training and walkthrough the other day – which was very high level – I’m now into the RTFM phase. RTFM is a term known very well to I.T. professionals, yet you won’t find it in many manuals. It’s an acronym for Read The Fucking Manual, and it stands true in many cases.

In my case, it consists of several hundred pages of technical information and processes, that once I began to break down, started to resemble a number of little square boxes (servers) connected by lots of spaghetti (cables). I’m also realising that despite the current high level of moaning by the current members of my new team, that really, what they do is not that complicated – it’s all a matter of understanding the environment, following the little bits of spaghetti through the line, and thinking about it logically. Which, I suppose, is what technology is all about.

It’s good. I’m getting a wee kick out of it – for now – and it’s making the hours in the day office go a little bit more faster, which is always a good thing.

I got through some work in the evening to keep me moving through my GDRs and on top of things. The second of my two-part articles on SEO article writing is now up at: Daily Writing Tips.

I keep getting comments left (same person I think) about my poor level of grammar and spelling, yet each time, nor myself or my editor can find anything wrong on going back over the piece. I think what we have is someone who prowls blogs and forums looking to start flame wars, so I’ve stopped taking it seriously. I’m getting the support from my editor so that’s good enough for me.

Speaking of which, he sent me the manuscript for his new e-book that I will be editing for him. It’s a very good first draft, but I saw areas on my initial read that I can improve on. The thing that got me the gig (I think), is my experience in a technical environment as well as my writing/editing skills. Not only can I improve on a project, but I can add to the content in an informed way. I suppose I should be thankful to the day job for that, but I hate to give it any kudos.

Scotland’s Treasure is nearly ready for sending off to my editor at The Scruffy Dog Review in time for next week’s latest issue. I just want to polish the final review, and then give the whole thing a final review. I also need to get good images for each of the three topics; Omid Djalili, Swan Lake (Irina Kolesnikova), and Six Characters In Search Of An Author.

I updated my website and blog to remove all the download counter code, which seems to have gone out of business rendering all my counters useless. It was preventing people from downloading everything from the latest issue of the Ranfurly Review to Brick by Brick.

I took a long hot bath, something I rarely do being a morning shower person normally, and read to the end of my current book, One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It has to be one of my favourite books, due mainly for the way empathy is drawn out towards the main character, and how you really get close to him. For me, there’s some fantastic imagery in it, and I love the concept, of taking one day out of the 3653, and using it as a typical example of all the others, or indeed the entire sentence, but of the way it reflects life as a micro-causm of Russian society and daily life back then. Life under a totalitarian regime has never been better described.

Next up on my reading list is to complete The Well Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, start The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster, and also make a start on Novel Writing by Evan Marshall – two non-fiction and one fiction, you will notice.

About Colin Galbraith

Thriller author, music fan, St Mirren fan, fluff chucker, rabbit tamer, outstanding fake faller. Loves cannoli.
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