June 18th, 2008


Put the boy down and back away

Eeek.... Need to go on self imposed boy ban. Bad bad bad bad.

In order to distract myself, I've just noticed that I have 6 days left at work with 4 exceedingly urgent, big tasks that need to be finished before I leave, am getting on an airplane in 9 days and am not sure I have enough clean underwear and certainly no reading plan, and I have a weekly to do list of 68 items with only 3 things checked off it so far.

So. Must refrain from seeing boy. Boy needs to work and I need to sleep. Must also start gently going cold turkey in preparation for 3 weeks of not being able to see him at all. (can. not. stop. talking. to him. seriously. it's becoming a problem)

Must also get all things done before I leave. My life has now separated out into before and after - things that need to be done before I go and stuff that can be put off till after. Probably should actually focus on the stuff that needs to be done before. Like washing underwear.

So ... if I promised you something I told you was on my to do list for this week, feel free to ride me on it.

Otherwise, I have:
- my edits for Shiny Issue 4 to sort out and leave with T
- a bunch of Buffy eps commentary to leave with R
- find my ipod (damnit!)
- work out what reading I am taking (this deserves its own post)
- finish 3 reviews I am writing for ASif!
- publish all submitted reviews for ASif!
- finalise draft content for TPP website
- slush New Ceres and Novella Series Call (this could be a pipe dream)
and a bunch of other stuff to sort out


Let's talk reading

Ugh. So. I am in two minds (or more) about what reading to take with me on holiday. I'm conscious of how awful my eyes feel right now and that this is how it feels when you fly and means you don't much feel like reading at all. (Need to find ipod!) I have 3 flights next Friday - Perth - Dubai, Dubai-Istanbul and then Istanbul-Tel Aviv. I normally fly quite well but when I flew to NYC last October, it was just awful. I don't know why. But it's made me actively dread the upcoming flights since the second I booked them.

So ... I am still thinking I might take my laptop at this point. I might be reading something for someone (totally send it, hon) and then that makes me think - ooh! I could whack a ton of Last Short Story reading on it and get that done too while I'm away. Of course then I realised that laptops only do like 2 hours before they need charging these days and that'll get me where? From Perth to Carnarvon? That's not going to be an airplane solution. Course, it also means it will have to be in my carry on luggage which will also be a drag.

I usually like to pick up the latest Time and Diplomat mags at the airport to take with me. Sometimes I really like a bit of serious reading to get absorbed in. Sometimes not, of course. So then I was thinking ooh!!! I could like, read for fun! What a concept!! And what book(s) would that even be?! *Headspin*. Then I thought ...oooh! I could catch up on my ASif! and LSS backlogs and feel better about things when I get back. *And* I do love specfic, I do. So it's not like it's *totally* work.

I could also take, like, a bunch of work - short stories for various TPP projects - too and that would, like, help me dig myself out of my hole.


I still don't know what to do!