I'm still getting a feel for the new terrain - not always comfortable, but generally staying on my feet. I feel always the oddity no matter where I go. Here my colleagues all scientists with advanced degrees while I hold a BA in English, and they're all anywhere from a dozen to 30 years younger than me. But the work is reasonably familiar with tangents off my medical-pharma writing experience of the past 10 years. I have an advantage in realizing how to present information with a narrative, not just plop data down one point after another. And I have a supportive manager, which is essential if I'm to grow into the slightly more senior level position I'm being placed in. Yesterday I did feel slightly over my head, kicking my tiptoes down to locate the bottom. After a good night's sleep last night, hopefully today will go better. It's only been two and a half weeks. One does usually get the chance to paddle around harbor before setting off into open ocean.