Well Chosen Words

Location: United States

Recently awarded rank of Fellow, Society for Technical Communcation (STC). Owner, Well Chosen Words (http://wellchosenwords.biz), providing consultative support for communication projects including management of complex proposal projects for small business clients to submit to secure contracts with government agencies. Aging gracefully with the ability to see humor in the ironic.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Calming Influence

With a second hurricane threatening one of the places we used to live, we're scanning the weather maps for some "calming influence" - an atmospheric condition to tame down the storm called Rita before it hits Texas or Louisiana. Friends still not back home and another one coming.

Life in general is kind of like that too. Time management experts extoll the advantages of making lists and eliminating the unimportant. Life coaches urge us to give up worrying about what we can not change. Others point out, "one person's bad planning is not another person's emergency."

Well, it sounds good in theory. But, here it is - the day before leaving for LavaCon in Hawaii - and, I'm not finished with what I need to get done so that I can feel okay about leaving. Lists won't help - too many items on a list tend to cause racing pulse and dry mounth. And, if clients waited to ask for support - well, it is an emergency for good consultants - guess we'd just better anticipate future requests next time. And, when family or friends need us - well, a week isn't that long, after all. And, as for eliminating the unimportant - that is the hardest part of all. Knowing what is and what isn't. Sigh!!

Calming influence? I think I'll play solitare until I win one. jmh

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Humor in the Ironic Posted by Picasa

Frustration Level - Moderately High

Well, I decided today to take the time to publish posts in this blog daily. It is time I don't have, but something I really want to do. So, I wrote a very nice piece on some work I'm doing for a presentation on virtual collaboration using web-based tools. It was well written, interesting, and demonstrated my penchant for seeing humor in the ironic.

Then, then...I previewed the page - and, at that moment when I was ready to publish, a momentary interruption between my computer and the serve, and - it was gone, gone, gone. A very amateurish result for someone in the business of technical communication for about fifteen years - you guessed it - I hadn't saved the draft - and, it was gone...just like the bad ol' days of early word-processing. Thank heavens it wasn't a great poem.

Well Chosen Words will return soon - particularly if we can figure out how to post while on the road. jmh