state of the desk

July 25, 2014

It’s been kind of a strange summer, work wise.  I don’t have a big novel deadline pending, so intellectually, I haven’t felt like I’ve been working all that hard.  But yesterday I got a big fat project (an in-depth critique) off my desk, and my sense of relief and closure was immediate.  I didn’t know what to do with myself.  It was like, fruity drink and dance party on the patio time.  Then I thought, “Well, I did work pretty hard this week to get things done.  And last week, too.  And before that was this other project.  Not to mention a couple of conventions in there, and guest lecturing at a teen writing workshop.  Two sets of galleys, a big revision, the graphic novel was due. . .  Gosh, when was the last time I wasn’t working hard?  Memorial Day weekend?  Oh…”

So yeah, I realized I’ve been going hard since Memorial Day weekend, but since it was all “little” projects I didn’t notice.  But when that weight came off — that, I noticed.  Weird how that works.

I’ve got one more little job, then all I really need to worry about is getting ready for Loncon and Shamrokon.  I’m really excited!  Need to get out my travel books and figure out some sightseeing stuff.  Oh — and I’ve started writing a new novel, which is super fun.  I really love that I’ve been a professional novelist for ten years now and I still get excited about writing.

In other news, I now know how automatic garage door openers work.  Anyone want an old broken garage door opener?

In more other news:  my tickets for Guardians of the Galaxy next Friday are in hand.  Just one. . .more. . .week.  I’m on spoiler lockdown — there’s already too much out there and I don’t want to know until I see the thing for myself.

And I wrote a poem this week:

This is just to say

I have thrown out
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for lunch

they might be
contaminated
and I don’t want
you to die.

 

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5 Responses to “state of the desk”


  1. I think not wanting someone to die is love! I’ve actually found that working on short stories and other projects recharges me even if I’m working just as hard.

  2. barbtaub Says:

    Emergency plum disposal = love. Or not…

  3. Thomas Stacey Says:

    Graphic Novel? Sounds Awesome!

    Interesting how with smaller projects it seems like less work, even if it really isn’t. Glad you got the relief from your getting your big fat project off your plate too.


  4. Definitely looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy as well. Just one more week! :D

    Also, though I understand you’re not interested, I highly recommend Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Not only is it much, much better than the previous film — it helps that there’s virtually no science elements for the writers to potentially screw up; instead they focus simply on the rapidly disintegrating diplomacy between humans and apes — it’s easily one of this summer’s best films, on par with Godzilla, and possibly even surpassing it.


  5. LOL! on the poem. William Carlos Williams would be so proud.


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