Sunday, October 04, 2009


I had a really bad day at work on Friday. I know it's not the best idea to discuss specifics and such on a blog, so I won't. I tried to write about it in generalities, but that didn't work, either. Suffice it to say, I did nothing wrong, but I keep replaying everything in my head to figure out how I could have done it better. Any solution I can come up with clearly falls into the category of "not my job." Now, I really just don't want to go to work tomorrow, as I'm dreading facing this ridiculous bullshit all over again. But other people are counting on me to be there, so I'm gonna put on my big girl suit and haul arse out of bed tomorrow morning like everyone else.

Maybe someday I'll hit it big--sell my book (and the next one) and then write full time. I bet it'd only take me 6 months to finish a book, instead of a year! At least I'm seeing the light at the end of this one. I can't believe NaNoWriMo is coming up again. I signed up, and I've heard tell that there may be a little writing group starting up for November.

The book I'll be writing is the first in a four-book series. That's a bit ambitious, I know, but all (except the last one) can stand alone. I don't want to spoil it (for me or anyone else!), but I can at least tell you the tag line: "Love, war, and cupcakes at the end of the world."

My October is already looking crammed...not only do I have to finish the edits on this book, but I have to get my query letter ready to go and send it out. Then I have to start seriously planning the next book. I have the generalities down, but I need a little more of a plot outline before I'll feel comfortable writing in November.

I'll also be practicing extra hard this month for next month's concert. I survived the last rehearsal for the sole reason that my ear is not terrible. We had to play this ridiculously high passage by ourselves, and I actually did it (maybe not as confidently as I might have liked, but hey) and didn't make a fool of myself. By our next rehearsal (in two weeks), I intend to know all that music cold. you have any advice for navigating office situations that seem more like "The Office" or "Office Space" than they should? Or, conversely, can you distract me with your tales of excellent projects on your horizons?


Sarah G said...

Oh the tales I could tell, if I wasn't under strict NDAs. Sigh. Suffice it to say I am with you, I hear you, and the best advice I have ever received is to turn it into something funny. Picture your life as that sitcom and play it out in your head - cast famous actors as characters and have a grand old time in your own mind. And then try to smile Monday morning when it starts all over again...

seth simonds said...

I don't have any words of wisdom for navigating office situations. I've always found it best to focus on work-related goals and keep those points in mind when parting the brackish yick of office politics.

That said, I do have a few projects I'm working on.

Novel = 45k words in so far. Still 8 chapters to finish in the middle of the book. Then to let it sit for a few weeks and attack it for edits.

Boring book = Complete outlines for last 6 chapters and begin publishing on my blog every week for feedback.

Both projects have been slowed by my decision to move south next week as well as really push this running thing as far as I can go. Up to 7.5 miles on my longer runs & signed up for a half marathon next month. Scary scary scary!

Staying busy makes frowning difficult to fit into one's schedule, I say!

I hope things are looking up for you!