The end of a pretty strange week.
It’s a long time since I worked formally, so when I had an email from a local GP practice looking for a summariser/coder, my initial reaction was to discard it.
For the last two years, I’ve been a writer and traveller. I’ve written three full-length novels and five short stories for children. In addition, I’ve reviewed roughly seventy books on behalf of other authors.
I’ve also spent most of this year in the Lake District; exploring, writing and getting involved in the local community. I’ve hiked hundreds of miles, some of them seemingly almost vertical and conquered fifty-nine Wainwright fells.
I’ve forded streams, climbed styles and fallen into bogs. I’ve buttered scones for fundraising days, knitted blanket squares and made sandwiches for birthday parties – the one thing I haven’t done is work in an office.
Not sure why, but I fished the email out of the recycle bin. Decided it wouldn’t hurt to go for a chat. My previous interview was about eighteen years ago after being up all night with my youngest child who had a D&V bug. This time he drove me to the healthcare centre to make sure I didn’t run away.
As it transpired, it was more of a ‘would you like to work here?‘ rather than a ‘what makes you think you have the skills for this role’. So being very flattered, I agreed to give it a try.
First day arrived:
- hoped I could remember how to use the GP computer system; I couldn’t
- hoped I wouldn’t have to ask more than ten questions; gave up counting at twenty
- hoped that being shown around the building would mean I wouldn’t get lost; I did.
On the positive side:
- didn’t burst into tears
- didn’t fall down the stairs
- didn’t spill my coffee
- didn’t make a pig noise when I laughed
- didn’t accidentally delete anything important
- best of all, I wasn’t told not to bother coming back.
Other plus points:
- getting dressed
- styling hair instead of pulling it up dripping wet in a pigtail and drying it at bedtime
- accepting that eyeliner made me look like a panda and binning it
- speaking to real people instead of spending all day arguing with my characters.
The question is, will I continue with my new career or am I now too feral to get back into harness? Fair to say jury is still out at the moment.
Let’s hope this Tuesday I can at least find my way to my desk without getting lost …
The other news this week? My latest novel was published on Monday and my first five star review arrived on Friday! So, if I hate being an office girl again, I can always go back to the day job.