The last couple of weeks have been insanely busy at work so I sadly haven’t had the time to write a proper post on here.
In view of posting something, however — if for no other reason than that you know I’m actually still alive — here is a quick summary of what I’ve been up to over the last seven days. As you can see, it’s been a pretty busy time but hopefully things will calm down a bit now the worst of it is finally over.
So anyway, this week, I…
1. Got offered a job!
Hopefully I’ll find the time to talk about this in more detail later but yep, the first of my new year’s resolutions came true this week when I was offered a full-time job at an international company! I’m pretty happy about it. I mean, it’s always nice to know that people want you to work with them. The only problem is, I’m not sure if I’m actually going to take it…
Don’t get me wrong, the offer itself is a pretty good one — interesting work, nice atmosphere and good job perks — but unfortunately it involves working night shifts (10pm – 7am) and for a salary that’s only slightly higher than what I’m currently earning. I don’t mean to sound greedy here, but I can’t help but question whether it’s worth giving up a job in which I’m extremely valued and have a position of authority for something that involves not seeing my wife for four days a week?
I think this experience was worth it because it proves that jobs really are out there and that people really do want me to work with them. I’m in no rush to give up teaching, however. The school semester runs until June and I have plenty of time between now and then to see what else is on offer.
2. Recorded a podcast
For those of you who might be interested in such things, I post a podcast every month over on Debatable English. It’s a fun little thing I do for my more advanced English students but it’s really for everyone who might be interested in finding out more about the English language and having a couple of laughs along the way. Every month we look at a different aspect of learning English. This month’s topic is on accents so why not check it out? You might just learn a thing or two!
3. Translated an article for Wroclaw Uncut
My wife recently found a cool article over on Slowdaylong.pl all about what to look for when buying meat and how the meat production industry operates. With my wife’s help, I translated and edited it into English this week with the aim of publishing it on Wroclaw Uncut in the next few days. It should go over pretty well there, I feel.
4. Finished the first draft of a short story
The Words of Power competition will be drawing to a close pretty soon but there’s still just about enough time to finish off one last 15,000 word short story and polish it into something resembling a publishable state. Just like the other two stories I’ve written for this contest, this one is basically a novelisation of an old NES game, in this case Milon’s Secret Castle. I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with how it’s coming along so far.
Hopefully I’ll find the time to polish it up over the next few days week and I will, of course, post a sample here when I’m finished. Fingers crossed, it will be good enough to get published in the final anthology.
5. Drew a pretty picture…
It wasn’t all hard work this week, however, as I did manage to find the time to play around with my Wii U some more. Using the Art Academy application I downloaded off the Nintendo eshop a few weeks ago, I drew this lovely picture of my wife. For a bit of context, she was sitting next to me at the time with a blanket pulled over her face and she was surprisingly sanguine about the whole experience). I’ve got to say, I’m no artist, but I’m pretty pleased with the end result. I mean, it does actually look a bit like my wife! That, alone, is kind of a win for me.
Well that’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll have something more substantial to share in the near future including another couple of reviews for the Wii U, some more stories I’m working on and some more information about my life in Poland.
Until then, take care.