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This is our second to last weekend together in 2019 and Christmas is between today and next weekend. Amazon boxes are piling up on our porch each day and I’m going to start calling the 10 days before Christmas “Prime Time” and remind myself that I really should have bought some Amazon stock a few months ago along with all the shopping that I’m doing with them.
Did I ever tell you that I almost worked for Amazon? It was a near miss, just over 20 years ago? Wow – is that correct? Yea – it is.
I had been riffed by Charles Schwab (not him personally) which I regretted because they are such a great company of great folks.
Amazon invited me to interview for one of the their openings in database team management. We met and I was impressed that both the interview team and myself had our acts together and were both meeting to see if we had a match in role, skills, temperament and desire. One of my favorite memories as a job candidate was when the division VP who I was grilling, turned to one of his directors who was also in the room to ask to be reminded of who was interviewing who. He meant it in jest, I think, but I really was grilling him. I smiled and answered for the guy that I was indeed interviewing the VP because I too wanted a good match.
I left the interview, wanting the job, but with deep concerns about what I’d learned about how Amazon operated and how poorly they matched my management style. I’d have to do some things I did not agree with and do them well. I’d have to move my family from two states away to be within commute distance of downtown Seattle which had become way too dense for my taste. Fortunately, this same VP (I think) decided that I was not a good match for the role, having uncovered a strong difference of opinion between himself and the hiring manager – right there in front of the candidate – me. Gulp! They really should have had a conversation before bringing in the candidates. It was, shall we say, awkward.
The good news is that they did not offer me the position. Too bad as I would have loved to have Amazon time on my resume but I would have been miserable within a year.
Sigh – Amazon seems to be doing just fine without me and today finds me, like so many others, collecting Amazon boxes rather than Amazon paychecks.
In other news: I wanted to tell you how surprised and pleased I was with my writing efforts last week.
First, I had a story wandering around my brain, not well formed enough to let out, but it suddenly came together and I captured it. I did not have high hopes for it, but liked it enough to send it on its way. My readers disagreed with my assessment and it was very popular – well – by my standards anyway.
Second, I had this old story that I really like, but it had never caught the attention I’d hoped for. I reviewed the limited promotion I do and found that I’d missed a normal routine step for this story and once corrected, the little story that could, finally did. A few of my readers gave it very nice reviews and comments.
If you are looking for something fast and simple to read and enjoy, both of these are quick, fun and among my best works – IMHO. Here they are:
We all write for different reasons and sometimes for more than one reason. I seem to always have 2 main goals.
First: Unreleased, stories torture me. Capturing, crafting and sharing them with real warm blooded readers, transformes the pressure of containment into pure fun.
Second, I write to entertain. For me, I enjoy the pressure of adjusting my writing to the appetites of readers. This give me a framework to work within and encourages a certain discipline to write well by standards other than just my own. Sharing them is fun, but I so appreciate all the feedback and advise that has allowed me to simply write so much better. If you were part of that feedback – know how much you are appreciated.
I hope you’ll check out these two stories and let me know what you think.
I also insist that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season – so there!