Friday August 5th, 2016

The exercise:

Write four lines of prose which have something to do with the idea of: down but not out.

I figured it was probably time to let you guys in on what's been going on behind the scenes (there have been clues in the prompts recently, especially this week, but I thought I should probably clear up any suspicions that may have begun to grow). I had hoped it would be a happy announcement, but it wasn't meant to be this time around.

Work this evening at the community center was very slow. Not that I minded, but I was surprised.



A full-time permanent position opened up at town hall, so I applied before the late June deadline. I found out the afternoon of the day the posting closed that they wanted to interview me - but not until a month later (due to interviewers being away and/or unavailable).

I had my interview on Tuesday and felt like it went pretty well... then heard yesterday afternoon that they'd chosen another applicant.

Obviously I've been feeling pretty bummed since then, but I know I'll bounce back soon enough, and that I won't let this setback keep me down.


Greg said...

Ah yes, as soon as I saw the Cleopatra prompt I thought, "That's it, there's big news ahead. Marc's finally gotten over his fear of snakes and Mr. Wriggles has a loving home in the garden now."
I am sorry to hear you didn't get the job, but I would definitely take heart from the fact that they interviewed you. As I'm sure you know these things often to go to people who are known to the interviewers, so I wouldn't be surprised if you lost out just because you'd not been working there as long. I'm sure that next time they'll know you better and you'll be favoured :)
But I do feel sorry for Mr. Wriggles now....

Down but not out
The cricket ball bounced off the vibrant grass of the crease and caught the batsman a glancing blow to the temple. The bat fell from nerveless fingers and he took a step forward, then another, before falling over. The wicket-keeper snatched at the ball, only catching it on the second bounce and swiped the bails from the stumps, screaming "Owzat?" as he did. The umpire paused for a moment, checking the position of the injured batsman's feet, and then raised his hand: down, but not out.

Marc said...

Greg - thanks for the encouragement :)

Hah. Ouch. But still hah.