Friday, February 26, 2010

A little update on life and things

So Dad's now also got a torn ligament in his knee, which they did surgery on this morning. This is on top of the torn hamstring and other stuff... but he's doing well and glad to have a few answers.

Meanwhile, I've seen the sun. This is big. I'm being trained up as a sub editor. It's so nice to be in the newsroom with other people, with actual work to do. Amazing. Especially after my mopey boredom rant the other day. The only downside is the tiredness that hits just when you want to hang out with people and see the world. I have one more subbing shift tomorrow, and then I'm back on overnights for the next few weeks.

Subbing is a whole new skill - editing other people's stories and putting the bulletins together. I think I have pretty shonky news sense, so it's going to take a while to learn how to order bulletins. There seem to be as many ways of ordering a bulletin as there are sub-editors in the world, so we'll see if I ever resolve that one.

Also, last night was the orientation meet and greet thing for my masters course. It was so over the top - Sydney Uni style. Wine, fancy nibblies and a bunch of pretentious speeches including the line "You're a republic of letters, a community of scholars!" hmmm I think I just identified the source of Sydney uni's superiority complex...

I start classes on Monday, with an American literature subject, and on Tuesday's my fist poetry workshop. Looking forward to it.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You put "fist poetry" in there as a cheeky sub editor joke, right? Or is that a fancy sydney uni version of poetry slam? :) V

sophg said...

Yeah that's totally what I meant. Glad someone got the joke... .... ...

Kim said...

I'm hoping that you won't be working overnights while you're studying? I've started studying again for the first time in a few years, it feels good to put the brain to use again :)

sophg said...

unfortunately yes- next week in fact! I'm going to uni two nights a week, so I'll sleep in the day. It's my social life that's dying a slow death!

What are you studying?

onlinesoph said...

So excited for you regarding uni starting and the subs position!

Snobbery is annoying though. Reminds me of my friend is a Rhodes scholar at Cambridge (sp?) and just got married to another Aussie who - gasp - works a low level job at a wildlife conservation group. She was saying that they got invited by the dean and some famous judge to a special dinner for all the scholars, and while she was seated up near the judge with all the adults, they seated her husband right at the other end of the table with the dean's two 7 year old kids. Yuck!!

sophg said...

ouch! that's awful..

how are the art classes/freelancing going?