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Choices to make

Hello again, Livejournal. Long time no see. I promise once I hit Tassie next year I shall be online at home again, and you shall find getting rid of me a real chore.

For now, an update about some choices I need to make. Me being me, I think I've already made them, but I like input because I figure multiple brains may spot factors my singular brain has missed.

Hmm. Apologies for the formal writing style, I've been revising the novel and one particular character speaks this way. He's in my head. Get out of my head, jerk!

Okay, bit better. Here's the deal:

I've been accepted into NEIS. The payments will begin on Dec 1st, providing I hand in one final piece of paperwork I'm holding on to right now. My business plan is strong and I have completed my Cert III in Micro Business Operations. NEIS will pay me a fortnightly wage (small but just barely livable) for exactly 12 months while I get my business established. This is conditional on a number of factors I can meet, and one I can't: I am not permitted to leave the country while receiving NEIS.

I can't meet the condition because Mum, in thanks for that time I took her on a whirlwind tour of Central Australia, has offered to take me with her to Europe for six weeks. Originally this was meant to happen this coming July, for her birthday, but knowing I'll be kicked out of the NEIS program if I go, she's moved it back to October so that I'll get at least ten months on NEIS before being given the boot. She won't move it back any further, and I won't ask her to - she has been waiting for this trip back to "the Fatherland" (mum's German-born) all her life.

This was the conflict I struggled with over the last couple of weeks. To some level I can have my cake and eat it too: take my ten months of NEIS, then skip out on the remainder for this trip-of-a-lifetime. However, this would leave me going into NEIS actively lying (or at least omitting the truth) about my intent to complete the program. It means lying to my business trainer, who is an awesome guy. I'm sure he wouldn't mind, it's no skin off his nose if I don't finish the program, but I mind. It niggles at me. Not just the lying, but missing the opportunity to see it through til the end.

It doesn't niggle at me quite as much as the thought of missing a free trip to Europe though.

Yesterday a third option came up. Months back I chased up a Victorian TAFE regarding the year-long Cert IV in Professional Writing and Editing. I was looking for a creative writing course which would be practical (ruling out university offerings) and come with a formal qualification (ruling out almost everything else) AND be do-able from Tasmania. That last one seemed to rule out, well, everything.

At the time I spoke to the course organizer she said they were thinking about offering the Cert entirely online from 2010, that it would be available to non-Victorian residents (albeit at the cost of $1300), and that she'd let me know if this came about. It did, and true to her word she contacted me and let me know. Enrolment are limited and open tomorrow.

So here's what I'm thinking. Delay NEIS until 2011. Instead, do the Cert IV online next year. It appears just flexible enough that I will be able to take six weeks off over the mid-year holidays... Which, incidentally, fall roughly around mum's birthday. I'll get my training and Cert IV. I'll get to do NEIS all the way through the year after. I'll get to experience Europe. And mum will get to travel exactly when she wanted.

That's what I'm thinking. I can't think of any disadvantages barring the extended timeline. This plan will leave me low-income for the next two years. Then again, it amounts to following my passions (all of them!), and that is something I have never regretted.

In other news:

- Joe and I are picking up the van on Tuesday. Whoo!

- Our friend JB sold us his XBox near new at less than half the price, along with games. It is awesome. Ghostbusters the Video Game is everything I dreamed of. Heehee.

- I'm going to pull the plug on NanoWriMo this year. I don't want to write 50,000 words fast. I want to write them WELL. That novel needs more planning; I haven't even properly nailed down the antagonist's motivation. Honestly, I need to remember to choose my goals based on whether they are things I want to do, not based on whether they're going to impress other people. Writing 50k+ in a month is something I've already done more than once, and trying to replicate that just to win Nano is a waste of time I should be using on something I care about. That isn't to say I don't care about the novel I was writing for Nano, I fully intend to finish it, but right now it's a bit of a premmie baby.

- Related to the above: instead, I'm using the time to work on Draft Two of my Jenolan book. My writing buddy Mark, godlike editing champ he is, has been working with me on the first draft, identifying fixes for the second. My mind and heart are still bound into this book. I should be taking advantage of that. Draft Two will be done before Christmas.

- Joey got a job! Temp work, should run from next week through to when we leave. He is amazing. He is also quite good at unlocking acheivements on Ghostbusters. :D

- Finally, the muggy heat here is unbearable, and it isn't even summer yet. Every day reminds me of why we're going to Tassie. Part of me wishes we were leaving sooner. The other part is glad we're not. Lately I've really been appreciating my friends. They're wonderful, funny, mischievous, creative, and utterly FUNCTIONAL human beings. That last one's an odd thing to say, I know, but it's so refreshing to be surrounded by a group of people who long ago decided to abandon Drama in exchange for emotional maturity. I will miss them terribly.

Current Location: Off with my iPhone

12 have fought ~ fight the power!
ranshire From: ranshire Date: November 23rd, 2009 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Our friend JB sold us his XBox

Ooo! Ooo! Gamer tag: Gryph Ranshire

Ya know. If you get internet for it.

rahball From: rahball Date: November 23rd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds good.

Where in Tassie are you going to live? I've been obsessively surveying the entire island for exciting water that's within day-trip distance of skiable mountains, as snow is the only outdoor thing the Fuzzy actually likes.
tania From: tania Date: November 23rd, 2009 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, you guys are moving to Tassie too? Freaking sweet! In answer to to your question, I don't know about the skiing scene in Tassie, but you can basically drive Hobart --> Launceston in three hours... In my view, once you're on the island, pretty much anything else on the island is a day trip away. ;)
rahball From: rahball Date: November 23rd, 2009 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe eventually. I like to dream.

From Hobart, the nearest skiing is in Mount Field National Park, and from Launceston it's Ben Lomond.

And it just snows on the large lakes in the Central Highlands. Also on Mt Wellington in Hobart.
tania From: tania Date: November 24th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Man it would be AWESOME if you guys moved down! We only know one person down there... Literally ONE... And she's an hour out of Hobart. So having other friends around? Would be sweet!

No pressure. (That's a lie. Total pressure.) :D
tania From: tania Date: November 24th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and I forgot to answer your original question because I'm a dork. For the initial couple of years of renting, Hobart for sure. Or some suburb that's no more than maybe 6km out (which down there opens up a lot of possibilities). Subsequently, when we look to buy, we're probably going to look about 25 minutes drive south of Hobart, around the Huon Valley. Honestly the whole place is so beautiful you could just cry.
rahball From: rahball Date: November 24th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aha, on the Huon side. :)
There's a town called Cygnet that keeps getting mentioned as The Place Where Artists Live.

I keep hopefully telling the Fuzzy that you're moving to Tasmania, and I think he said that after you're there, maybe we can visit you and see how it is.

He declares he's still traumatised from last time we moved house and wants to stay put, whereas I want to make a Good Move to erase the Bad Move we had last time. However, the other day we were watching some Swedish vampire movie and it was winter, and he said he wished he lived where it snowed. He also speaks of Melbourne and Hobart as potentially acceptable places to live due to their climate, unlike Brisbane, which is Forbidden. So if I can find a place that has snow nearby, maybe he'll get over his house-moving trauma sooner.
tania From: tania Date: December 3rd, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just checked out Cygnet online - I am intrigued!
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: November 23rd, 2009 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You at NEIS and Joey job? ..Double Good!!! *wingfuzzles ya!*
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tania From: tania Date: November 24th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking at it as an extended period of poverty in exchange for riches of knowledge and experience. Good deal. :)

We can't come to the screening tonight, sorry! Were going to the farm to pick up our van and promised we'd stay for dinner / overnight, least we can do. But hey, if you wind up at industry drinks we will most assuredly make merry there instead!
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: November 24th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! That's uncalled-for! "It niggles..." Oh. Nevermind.

I wouldn't intentionally try to con the system, especially when your finances are on the line. Such thing have ways of coming back with more teeth than we have butt.
tania From: tania Date: November 24th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. And as I said, I'm just not comfortable with the ethics of it, and nor do I like the idea of missing out on part of the NEIS program for this trip. The way I'm doing it now, I can go to Europe, NOT lie about it, NOT miss out on anything, and though it'll delay everything a year it has the advantage of leaving me with +1 Cert IV in Professional Writing and Editing at the end of it... Woohoo! I submitted my application today. :) All that remains is to call my NEIS provider, thank them for all their help, and delay NEIS until 2011. I have a good feeling about this plan, possibly because no lying is required. ;)

'Niggles' - you guys don't use that term? I guess I can see why, it sounds like it's related to another very horrid term... I'm fairly sure that's a coincidence. I hope. O_o
12 have fought ~ fight the power!