My roommate is still moving in. The construction guys have put up the railing for the back patio and the front stairs but not removed the caution tape from the backdoor. Work is still shifting from the old product groups to the new smaller dev groups and hiring people like mad. All around me, my life is in transition. I had hoped by the end of August, everything would have been settled. It's not. It does keep me a bit off balance but, honestly, all of these transitions are moving towards something good. So, it is a very livable situation.
Eventually, I will get used to someone else being in the condo on a regular basis. I will enjoy the company for meals and such. There really can't be that many more things for the construction guys to work on and, gosh, the place really is starting to look pretty spiffy with the new siding, windows, doors and railings. Work is definitely shifting towards the small dev groups and we are getting the requirements/specs to review. It should be settled down by mid-September. I am looking forward to it.
August has always been a month of change and transition for me. This one has been a bit more extreme than most.
The reading side of things is coming slower than I wanted but I am getting some reading time in. A lot more than I was and that is something. The writing side of things is coming along nicely. The beauty of having so many stories in your head is that you can switch to something else if a story isn't working. I couldn't get the erotica piece, "Rock Hard" moving the way I wanted it to. So, I switched to "Tacoma Screw." I have to finish polishing it. Then, I will send it out to my 1st round readers group.
I even submitted a couple of stories to the Ralan fundraising "Clincher" contest. It was a last minute thing. I submitted "Dark Epiphany" and "Dick's Muse." I really need to do another polish on "Dark Epiphany." I'm not sure why, but when I was younger, I was absolutely in love with Ellipses. I sprinkled them throughout my work like an overenthusiastic cook with spice. Like a bad meal, I wince when I reread my stuff, wondering what the hell I was thinking.
It feels so good to finally be producing work again. It sucks in the morning, sometimes. But, getting up that hour early to write before work has done wonders for me. I am being creative and productive. When I come home I can read, watch a movie, visit friends or game without the guilt of "I should be writing." Not only that, I do my best writing in the morning.
I really wish I could write fulltime. But, I never want to "write for a living." I like to write because I want to write. Not because I need to pay the bills. Some people don't understand what I mean. Basically, I want writing to remain my hobby. Yes, I am getting paid for my hobby but that is just icing on the cake. I would write where I was paid for it or not.
For part of next week, I will be in California for ConquestSF! It will be really good to see my CA friends again. I have been missing them a lot. This year, we got a block of rooms together so we can all party together and have a less of a stagger... er, walk... back to our rooms when we are done. I also get my Team Volare name bestowed upon me this convention. I am looking forward to finding out what it will be.
Tarot Card for the Day: Queen of Swords, Inverted