06 Mar

Author’s Note: Slight Scheduling Change

So, the day job exploded.

Nothing bad! Don’t panic; I promise it’ll all be fine in the end.

Let me give you an idea of what’s going on in the department where I work. We’re in the last couple of weeks of a 2-year project, so it’s all hands on deck to get things finished, tested, tidied, packaged up, and delivered to where it all needs to go. My team has other customer demands to meet, over and above the usual project work, and we’re spending time managing customers and delivering fixes. I’m pulling together about 40 documents for the release, including editing a fat chunk that has been left until the end. We’re getting ready for the start of the next major project, which means a lot of planning and prep work so we can hit the ground running as soon as the current project is out of the door. We’re restructuring the teams for the next project, so I’m working to tie up my current team and get my head around the next one I’ll be leading, getting to know a bunch of new people as well as the product I’ll be moving on to. Plus we’ve got some visitors from a different office to host, management is redefining my job role, oh we might have to move to a completely different part of the building, no wait you just have to move across the office, and if I don’t chase people to give me stuff I’m waiting for, it’s all going to fall down in a heap.

Yeah, it’s all a little bit crazy where I am. Thank goodness this only happens every couple of years.

I hadn’t anticipated it being quite this nuts. A few unexpected things dropped this week and I’ve done more running around than I had planned. For that, I apologise to you, my lovely readers. I should have been more prepared for all this, but I guess we live and learn.

So what does all this mean for our beloved Starry and her story? I’m falling behind. There’s not a lot of room in my brain for creativity at the moment, so I’m going to make a couple of changes while I get past this particularly crucial time at work.

Firstly, this week’s post isn’t ready yet. Sorry guys. It’s partially done, and I’m aiming to finish it up on the weekend (with my feet up!). It should go up sometime on Sunday.

After that, I’m going to take a hiatus for a couple of weeks, to get over this release and into the next project. I have some writing time mapped out for next weekend, and I’ll get something done then if I can, but I won’t make any promises right now. So, there might be a post during those couple of weeks, but there might not, too.

Normal service will resume on 26th March. In the meantime, I thank you all for your patience. Can’t wait to get back into the swing of Starwalker. Wish me luck!

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9 Responses to “Author’s Note: Slight Scheduling Change”

  1. mjkj Says:


    I hope you get a rise too…

    …and do not worry – I will be here πŸ™‚

    *starts counting the seconds until 26th March* πŸ˜‰


  2. Kunama Says:

    I would like to state my preference for no cliffhangers before the break!

    Seconding that other commenter – I hope you get a raise. I can’t imagine a project that goes on for so long – but that’s why I’m not in the leadership roles.
    Good luck with the hectic, mind your health!

  3. Medic Says:

    Awww, okay hun. Like Kunama said, “Mind your health!” We love Starry. We love her crew. We love the author that likes to drive herself until she breaks down into illness. So, take care. We’ll still be here when you come back and drop another cliffhanger on us.

  4. Kamala Says:

    I hope you get to relax some this weekend and don’t push yourself on our account; we’ll be here when things at the office quiet down. Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing!

  5. Francisco Says:

    Work has a habit of intruding like that. We’ll be here when you get back.

  6. thomas Says:

    @Kunama – cliffhangers? Melanie would never do that to us. Starry on the other hand, just might create another tense situation if she can get Elliott to come visit her again. I got the impression she wanted more than just to talk with Elliott and I wondered if she has something more nefarious planned for our intrepid engineer. If Starry thinks she did some sort of an Ahab on Sara’s Moby, she might need a lot of comforting.

    Thanks for the update Melanie. See you in a couple of weeks.

  7. Kuro_Neko Says:

    Don’t sweat it. The thing you actually get paid for comes first, completely understandable. Take as much time as you need, we’ll still be here when you get back.

  8. Marque Says:

    No worries Mel
    These things all come under the banner of;
    Real life pushing pause on the things I like to do, so that I can do the things I need to do.

    That said I will admit, being patient is not my favourite thing to do.

  9. Melanie Says:

    You guys? Are awesome. Thank you so much for your messages. πŸ™‚

    mjkj – I’ll cross my fingers for a rise! Can’t hurt, right? πŸ˜‰

    Kunama – Trying to avoid a cliffhanger, check. I’ll let you decide how successful I am at that.

    Kamala – Hi and welcome! Yup, got some rest this weekend. You’re very welcome, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the story. πŸ™‚

    Francisco – Thanks. If only it wasn’t necessary, right?

    thomas – Ahahahaha. πŸ˜€ Poor Elliott. I’ll be back before you know it!

    Kuro_Neko – Thanks for understanding, it means a lot to me.

    Marque – I completely understand. It frustrates me no end when it comes to something like this and I hate to let you guys down. Thanks for your patience.