new year, week one

January 10, 2020

It feels like it’s been a busy productive week so far, and it’s fun to see other folks having this same experience. Like there really is a communal energy out there? All of publishing shuts down over the holidays — this year, what that meant was I got two sets of page proofs sent to me right before the holidays, due back right after the holidays. Ha! But those are done. Next, I’m spinning up book promotion and travel plans for this year. This feels very different than this time last year, when I didn’t really having anything new coming out. This business is so strange sometimes.

Speaking of strange… another window into freelance life:  30% of my income for last year landed in my bank account in the last two weeks of the year. This was mostly happenstance — finishing up a couple of big projects right at the end of the year, which means I got paid right at the end of the year. But this is one of the reasons freelancing can be so fraught — you just never know when the money is coming in. Don’t worry, I’m fine — but this is exactly why having savings that can cover 6 months to a year’s worth of expenses is such a big deal when you work for yourself.

I’m just about ready to pull the trigger on a trip to New Zealand for Worldcon this summer/winter. I’ve started looking into tours, and there’s just so much to see and it’s just so exciting! I’m also looking at pictures of birds. Ahh….

I’m definitely attending this year’s International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 18-21. This will be my first time at this conference, and I have to say, I’m really looking forward hanging out in Florida right at the moment I start getting brutally sick of winter.

I re-watched the first episode of The Witcher, and all the clues about the timeline are right there. The trouble is, if you have no context for anything and the names haven’t registered, it means nothing. It just sounds like vague fantasy jargon. Once you have context…then all becomes clear.


2 Responses to “new year, week one”

  1. Jared Moloshok Says:

    Re: New Zealand – If you’re interested in its birds, and want to see kiwis, the place I’d recommend the most is Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua, which has an amazing area devoted to the birds.

  2. Carbonman Says:

    I live the cash hoarding lifestyle as well. I’m an independent security and hardware consultant, normally billing only when the job’s complete. It’s feast or famine and the tellers sometimes do a double take when they see my personal and business account balances.
    I’d rather live like a pauper than have the stress of possibly not having enough money to cover all my fluctuating expenses.
    Waiting for your next book (I have lots of money for reading material)!

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