So... this job ad has endeared itself to me in several ways. It's aware of the evils of craigslist. It has something resembling a glint of possible personality. The pay is decent. I don't have to write another cover letter. And I'm qualified for the job. And so I'm sitting here trying to think of a proper answer to the "describe yourself in one word" question. Obviously "ninja" didn't work too well last time. So that one's off the list. But from there my mind goes to "geeky" and "nerd" and sometimes stretches as far as "Holmesian" before it kind of breaks and goes on to imaginary compound words like "officeninja" and "techieeditorwithanoccasionalshakespeare
fetishandanauthorcomplex". I'm pretty sure those would all be frowned upon, too. (I think I described myself as a nerd in one of my cover letters and that hasn't worked out, either, so I have to rule out even those normal-sounding words.) So... words words words. If you only have one word, it's really hard to fit everything into it... especially if it's for a job that you really desperately need. Maybe "desperate" should be my word. Pleading, supplicating, tryinghardtoimpress, overcompensating, underworkedunderpaidstressedout bored. We could go with tag lines... like "Fantastic" and "dattebayo" and "allons-y" and "reversethepolarityoftheneutronflow" (... yes, I think that was three Doctor Whos and one Naruto. I have no idea wtf was going on in that sentence either). I'm not sure what would happen if I just sent an e-mail with the word "dattebayo" in it. Probably the same thing that'd happen if I wrote ninja, only orange and worse. (If I was an officeninja, and they made me work the copy machine, I'd be the copyninja.) There are the really simple boring ones that people are going to put, like enthusiastic and experienced, efficient and energetic. Qualified is a good one. Cheeky, but good. A bit Wildean, though, and I should probably avoid Wildean since my attempt at being so on one of my applications didn't end well. I'd like to think, all in all, I'm kind of Holmes-Wildean. I'm not sure that'd make sense to them, though. (It's a shame Shakespearean has got an entire era of stuff attached to it, and isn't just his work. That'd be a good one too, but as it is if I put Shakespearean, they'd probably expect a renfair sort of person... the sort of person who might think to put "wench" as their one word. If Medieval Times wasn't so far away, I would've applied to be a bar wench.) Intrigued, interested... all of these are adjectives. I think the only nouns I've presented so far is ninja. But I can't think of any more nouns at the moment. Human, I suppose. That's probably something they're looking for in their candidates. Englishmajor. ( Level BA-Honors Human English Major lfw, pst for prices.) There are also truthful words, like Indecisive and Intimidated, Frightened, Panicky, Deeplyindebt, Embarrassed, Thusfarunsuccessfulandlookingtochangetha t Hasloftyunfulfilledexpectations. But, I guess... at least it's good to know that there are still words nearby, though I don't call on them nearly as much as I should, or even nearly as much as I used to (I need to start writing again. So badly). Maybe a good one will come to me in my sleep... which I plan to do, after I do the dishes.