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The Week That Was

Some weeks are hell. In particular, this includes those weeks involving

  • three overlapping deadlines at the day job,
  • a company-wide all-day meeting,
  • a terrific out-of-town guest,
  • moving out of the old place every night,
  • missing Foolscap after missing Cascadia,
  • unpacking at the new place every other night and,
  • not writing or revising a damn word of the novel during any of this.

The day job deadlines are just deadlines. Unfortunately, they mean that I was putting in 9 and 10 hours days plus time on the weekend. Bah number one.

The company meeting was good, in that it showed some new products are shipping that impress me. Actually, lots of new products are shipping in the next 12 months, all of them rather impressive. Some have already made great strides, including MSN Search (I know, I didn't believe it either, but the side-by-side comparison shows Google's lead is clearly narrowing, and in some niches like sports they've fallen behind). But dammit, the meeting ate up a day I needed for working on the previously mentioned deadlines.

The move out is complete, and the House Beautiful is really looking very fine. New carpet and a few new plants really remake it. And the various tradespeople helping out are quirkly characters: my favorite may be Tom, the paranormal investigator and part-time handyman. Yes, that's right, he's could be a Dark Matter character or a Cthulhu Now investigator, complete with scientific measuring devices for temperature, ionization, etc. He investigates ghosts and hauntings in his spare time, and yes, he's a gamer. I'm tempted to ask him to tag along on his next investigation.

I can't get any writing done while all this is going on. The lack of writing time has me crawling the walls and snappish. I can't wait to get back to a keyboard for a long spell with the characters. I fear I'm totally screwing up my odds with the agents who requested the full manuscript, but house/apartment/job/wife are all taking priority. I used to think I was a writer who always wrote. I'm beginning to find out that I can be cut off at the knees pretty quickly by sheer exhaustion.

My brother-in-law did a day job/long commute/house repair gig for four years. By contrast, for me it's been about two weeks without much rest and I'm already deeply bitter about the loss of "my" time. I have no idea how he kept focussed after the first wave of 14-hour days. They say the 12-hour work day was standard in the 19th century. All I can say is, where did they find the strength for the revolutions of 1848? Oh, wait, those revolts all failed.

In any case, I'm so ready for a vacation. Or lots and lots of booze to kill the pain. Or failing that, some mindless eye candy. Anyone got any recommendations for Teh Funny Movie/Book/Website?


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Sep. 26th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
Read Blankets. If boubabe returns it soon, I'll even send you my copy.

If not, then buy a copy of Y: The Last Man. The protagonist and his sister are named Yorick and Hero, but it's not twee. It's good SF and by turns funny and horrifying. You'll dig it.

You can't have my copy of that one, though.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
Cool, Blankets it is.
Sep. 26th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
i have a copy, and i can throw in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for good measure. shall i send it via scarlettina relay? more fun than Canada post :)

have you succumbed to the new Doctor Who, Herr Baur? i think you'd dig it.
Sep. 28th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Re: Blankets
Oooh. scarlettina relay sounds good. But I guess we should ask her, no?

According to her, btw, I've seen the 3 worst episodes of the new series. So far, not impressed.
Sep. 28th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Blankets
she says yes, and has the books. you should hear from her soon.
Sep. 26th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
Audrey and I just saw Forty Year Old Virgin. I haven't laughed that hard in years. If you haven't already seen it, do.
Sep. 28th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll check it out.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, suck. Have you yet read Jay Lake's Rocket Science? It's great fun, though not really mindless.

Sep. 28th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
With a title like that, It Must Be Mine!
Sep. 28th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Ye only have two days...and then the brilliance of SERENITY shall wash over us all....

In other options for amusement, I'd recommend a book I never heard of but found via the Library. EX MACHINA is a TPB about a superhero who talks to machines who retired to become the Mayor of NYC. Very interesting in a West Wing meets Watchmen (from the retired hero perspective) sort of way. And the art by Tony Harris (formerly of STARMAN) is top notch. Nice surprise.

If you just want a hit of comfortable sentiment, find a copy of HEROBEAR AND THE KID in TPB. If you can't find it, try theastonishfactory.com; it's well worth it.

Last on the list of fun reads, I've just started and am enjoying Gene Wolfe's THE KNIGHT. Like it enough that I've ordered the sequel (THE WIZARD) even before I've hit Chapter 3.....

I'd loan you stuff, but the only way I could do that is to send you out to Port Townsend to borrow stuff from storage or from Georgia. If you're dying to read the first 4 volumes of PROMETHEA or the first 10 volumes of TRANSMETROPOLITAN, we can arrange that too, as G liked you when y'all met last Xmas time at Peter's....

Sep. 29th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
You know, I read the Knight and the Wizard in ARCs, and I just wasn't that impressed. I'm starting to think that he just doesn't write very interesting books anymore from a reader's standpoint. I always find great structural elements, or clever POV work, or what have you. I just don't enjoy reading the actual *stories* he's writing the last, oh, 10 years or so.

I'm SO VERY ready for Serenity.
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