i am now a shaman
well, sort of. well, not really. in the warcraft sense.
some of you may remember when i posted about being a peon two years ago. that was when i was quite new to my job. the good news is that i’ve slowly moved up a bit, but very sneakily.
i wanted to post about becoming a grunt or a headhunter or a witch doctor, but my elevation was never as clear-cut as that. i was sort of like that little unit you have when you sometimes play, who ends up doing little extra jobs that you don’t expect – like the villager who takes up arms, or the lone marine who defends a structure when really you need a tank there or something. and then you play on and play on and surprisingly that little lone unit survives.
incidentally, i always wish that i could name that little unit. in fact, whenever my units survive any skirmish, or survive for any length of time i feel the desire to name them and customize them. and, more than anything else, to take them into the next game. i’d even take them on their level of health when the mission ends! but yeah, wouldn’t that be amazing, if strategy games let you make tiny little customizations to your units and let you carry them into subsequent missions!?
anyway, i was like that little unit. i kept on taking little extra jobs here and there, doing some for a few weeks, some for a few months. some of the little jobs became permanent parts of my role but it never changed my title or (more crucially perhaps) my salary. still, i wasn’t like the other peons anymore. i was still a peon of course, but that little weird one who manages to survive skirmishes.
eventually, however, my role changed so much that i officially became something else. so i am now a shaman!
although, i don’t know if a shaman is the right equivalent. peon worked quite well when i was low down, but beyond that the comparison to the publishing of a dictionary doesn’t really hold up very well…
are revision editors the infantry units? the science editors could be the shamans and the witch doctors perhaps, but then are the new words editors the trolls specialists? are the etymologists then the siege units?!like i said, the comparison kind of goes a bit wonky after peons.
but, my new role is to do with managing people, co-ordinating people, so i thought that’d be a bit like the shaman, as where most of the other units are focused on offence, his main job is concerned with helping and influencing his own party.
so my new title is research group co-ordinator. hooray!
and its been lots of fun so far! and very very busy. hence my invisibility of late. there has been lots and lots of training and each day has just flown past. i barely have time to use the internet – i read the main headlines on the bbc and sometimes an odd cricket score, but thats it!
the good news is that the arrival of our new pc is imminent. i won’t put a date on it because its been too long already. but i have hopes that it’ll be soon. and then i can visit internet land properly from home!
in the meantime i want to say that you are all in my thoughts and i hope to be able to visit your blogs soon!
anyway, back to it!