Another Monday is here, and I have to admit, the last week sort of went by in a blur. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is a little odd. Was it because my schedule was significantly different than I’ve been used to? Was it just that I got a lot of things done? Was it just the nature of the beast and my bad memory working together in harmony? Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter, because I do feel really charged up and ready for the upcoming week, and Monday are always exciting for me if only because of the fresh perspective and clean slate I try to give myself every week.
So bear with me as I try to look back on the muddle that was last week to parse out what was done and what should be worked on.
Reading: I finally finished a second book for the year in Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum, because you can never go wrong with Discworld and witches and vampires (oh my!). CP is far from my favorite Discworld novel, but I still immensely enjoy it, though I somehow felt the vampires played in much more in my previous reads. Ah, well, maybe I just knew what to expect so that shaded it a little. Anyway, I’ve got two books that look like they might get finished up for next week, too, which is great, and I started up on Haruki Murakami’s Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, which I’m quite excited about. I haven’t read nearly as much Murakami as I should, and I’ve never read any of his short work, so I’m really excited to get lost in his words. He’s just brilliant, and the book started out with such a wonderful dissection of the differences between writing a novel and writing a short story that was as relatable as it was beautiful.
Writing: Only one rejection last week, so my current total is 43, but I’ve received another acceptance, bringing that total to five! My story “Ursula,” about a man looking to save a friend from the nefarious machinations of a mental institution, was picked up by MacKenzie Publishing for an upcoming anthology, so it’ll be exciting to share that with you all soon. I’ve been plugging away at Fearless and Rosewood and various short stories, but the progress has been pretty light. Still, any progress is still progress.
‘Rithmatic: Most of my spare time this week will be going into finishing my costumes for C2E2, only two weekends away! I still have to finish my Amaya Blackstone dress, probably help out with the boyfriend’s Graham cape, and then do a few things for my second-day cosplay, which I’ve finally decided on but don’t want to say too much about it because I want it to be a surprise. I have also applied to Fandom High again, which will either be awesome or a big fat mistake. Only time will tell! But I’ve gotten the itch to play again, and I think being involved with something on my computer like that might help me balance things to get more computer work in. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but, trust me, it’s a thing.
So, yeah, feeling pretty good about this coming week, dreading the week after, where I have six days in a row in exchange for a weekend off for a change. But it’ll be worth it to have the freedom to go to C2E2 all weekend if I want. Are any of my readers planning on going? I know there’s a few of you in the Chicagoland/near Chicago area, and it’s a pretty big con, so I’d love to potentially touch base there…if we can find each other!
Until then, happy reading!