HOW do I make a job history interesting to read? A typical, garden-variety bio/resume tells in reverse chronological order when and how long I worked for such-and-such company, and what I did for them. Not what you care about knowing. But what do you want to know about me? Most likely not what’s in my resume. In the absence of face-to-face feedback, I’ll have to guess. Here are some things about me you might find amusing:
I’m 63, but keep paying attention to that part of my brain that wants perennially to be 33; I love blackberry pie, but am ‘meh’ about apple and blueberry; I actively dislike cherry pie; I love milk chocolate, regardless of the health pundits saying dark chocolate is better for you; I try to goad myself into physical exercise five times a week, but only succeed in making myself feel guilty for not doing it; I love Malbec wine, not necessarily with my milk chocolate, and have no compunction about eating the occasional medium-rare steak; I love vegetables, except brussel sprouts, and am ‘meh’ about eating fruit.
I love languages, especially English. I read. A lot. My daughter calls me ‘a walking Wikipedia,’ which I (unsuccessfully) dispute. I write. But more importantly, what do you want me to write for you? Tell me in the ‘Comments’ section.
For those of you who have to know about my job history, here it is:
Twenty-two years after earning my BA in Russian Linguistics in 1976 from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, I went to graduate school at the University of Phoenix in Albuquerque, NM, and earned a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2001. I worked as a psychotherapist in Albuquerque for eleven years.
Living your life your way is not a bad thing. My way has taken me from Buffalo, New York to Albuquerque, New Mexico, via New York City, Summit, New Jersey, and Oklahoma City. I have worked on Wall Street, Main Street, May Avenue, Britton Road, near the Rio Grande, and at the base of Sandia Peak. I have been a cook’s helper, a human relations consultant, an immigration officer, a microfilm systems sales rep, a psychotherapist, a personal trainer, a mother (my personal favorite!), and a writer (my passion). I have had quite a few of every kind of challenge. Once experienced, I can write about something with depth. If my writing helps someone in any way, the experience I had, whether perceived as good or bad, was worth whatever price I paid to have it.
All my jobs have involved business, technical or creative writing (sometimes all three!), including:
Job Descriptions for Millard Fillmore Hospital, Merchants Insurance Group, Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co. and Merrill Lynch;
Newsletter and magazine articles for the National Micrographics Association (New York City chapter), the National Academy of Sports Medicine, clients of the Johnson Group, and Transitional Living Services;
Psychosocial profiles, treatment plans, progress notes, and insurance authorization requests for Memorial Psychiatric Hospital, and Transitional Living Services.
Novel-length fiction has taken center stage in the past seven years. I have wanted to write novels since I was eight years old. It became something I had to do something about in 2009. Blood Bonds: The Caravan, Blood Bonds: The Castle and Blood Bonds: The Cavern are the first three books in the tenth-century series. A twenty-first century series, Back for Blood is also under construction, the release of the first book set for some time in 2018.