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Between now and the middle of June, things around here are gonna get pretty interesting. Not in a spaceship crashing, 'Oh God, oh God,  were all gonna die!,' way, of course, but nevertheless, a little on the interesting, bordering on stressful side.

First off, tomorrow I have to go to the airport to pick up some elderly* relatives who are coming over from England for a visit.

They're only staying for a week, but a few days after they leave, Senior Management flies off for a business trip to England, followed by more business in Hong Kong, which leaves me in charge at home for at least a fortnight.

I'm telling myself it's a good thing. I'll be able to get a lot of much-needed writing done. If I can wrestle the remote control from the hands of my autistic daughters, I may even get to watch some of the cool stuff I've lined up on my Netflix streaming queue, not least of which is Mega Shark vs. Crocsaurus (those made for SyFy movies are hilarious).  

How about you?

What's in store for you over the next few weeks?

*ie: older than me

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May. 23rd, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
Whenever I hear that word "fortnight"
I imagine a Beau Geste-themed slumber party...

Meanwhile, I hope the visit,
and your stint as, well, Junior Management, both go well...

If I can do anything to help you relieve the stress
(Within the limits of being a lesbo 1500 miles away)
lemme know...

Myself, having failed to do much with the short
change-of-pace novel I had pencilled in for April and May,
I'll return to work on the War Correspondent novel,
probably beginning Nikita Khrushchev's portion of the prologue.
And at least one more Flatwater Press edition;
more if the guest writers have something ready for me.

And there still being eight days left in May,
I'll be wearing dresses for a while yet...
May. 23rd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Best of luck :)
May. 23rd, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Chaos. Much, much chaos.
May. 23rd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
But the fun kind, right? :)
(no subject) - snapes_angel - May. 23rd, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 23rd, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Working on the textbook with reckless abandon as my deadline is fast approaching, gardening and possible hip surgery on top of teaching an online course in late June - July.

Don't you all wish you were me? I knew it. :P
May. 23rd, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Can't help it, I gotta say,
Like, wow, man!
Hip surgery.
With a hip doctor.
That is so cool, man.

I'm not saying my doctors are squares,
but I've never had hip surgery.
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(no subject) - jongibbs - May. 23rd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 23rd, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Eek, Jon! Do you really want to know? The life of a librarian in June!

My sister and I are looking forward to going to BEA tomorrow in the city. After that, I am prepping three big programs - a Harry Potter party, a geocaching at the library event, and a tie- dye t-shirt workshop. Besides that, I have to visit about 17 school classes sometime in the next three weeks and fix up the summer reading club, both on paper and online. In addition, I'm sending out my novel (first 50 pages in one case, the whole thing in another) for crit before starting another round of editing and submissions. Then just ordinary life, work, family, garden, pets, etc. - you know! All the stuff everyone's busy with.

I am trying to gather my energy to get through June. If all my events go well that month, I'll be happy.

I hope your visit goes well, and, as Msstacy13 said, that you have great success as a junior manager! BTW - I'd still love to see Fur Face in paperback. Any word on that possibility from Echelon?
May. 23rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
It's nice being mentioned.
Thank you.

And I agree about FurFace in paperback.
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May. 23rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Friday is the last day of school for my kids so they'll be home after that . . . translation: it will be difficult to get any writing done.

This week, amidst attending last minute school assemblies/fieldtrips, I'll be trying to get some revisions done and whip my query letter into shape. =)
May. 23rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Having just finished The Daughter's Graduation— trip to AZ, retrieve elderly dad from airport (87, elderly by any definition), packing up & mailing 4-years' worth of daughter's stuff, 230-mile drive to Grand Canyon and back, drop off elderly dad at airport, visit old roommate, flight home for us, too— we are now in the lull between the storms as The Son's Wedding looms on the horizon for October.
May. 23rd, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
An action packed itinerary :)
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May. 23rd, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
That family cabin sounds like fun :)
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May. 23rd, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
They definitely fall into the 'So bad they're good' category :)
May. 23rd, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Writingwritingwritingwriting, parents 50th anniversary weekend with the whole fam, writingwritingwritingwriting, daughter's baby shower, writingwritingwritingwriting...you get the picture. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're not working hard enough :P
May. 23rd, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Aside from the usual procrastination that revolves around writing my current WIP, I need to line up a "last" beta reader for the finished/edited/re-edited/re-re-edited etc/finished manuscript. Meanwhile work on the relevant query letter and agent research. Then there's the usual yard & house work.

Specific events through June thus far include: a friend's Memorial Day Barbecue party, nephew's MBA graduation party, my sweetheart's birthday, neighborhood garage sale (I'll be selling all the junk...er...stuff...er...items I possibly can), my birthday, police appreciation barbecue party, and the "Wits" performance at the Fitzgerald Theater with NEIL GAIMAN. Not long after that will be the 4th of July, Independence Day festivities--although we haven't decided what, precisely, we'll choose.
May. 23rd, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Lol, your life's just one long social whirl at the moment :)
May. 23rd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping the ash cloud doesn't keep your relative at home!
May. 23rd, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
I have to see whether today's article in our local paper has actually helped my bookstore or harmed it. The street that leads most of our car traffic past the store will be closed off to construction for four months starting June 1st.
May. 23rd, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
I hope it doesn't have a bad effect. Do you get a lot of drive-by customers?
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May. 23rd, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Ever notice when an accounting must be done, something BIG always seems to get left out?

I know what you mean. I completely forgot to mention I'll be test-driving my FUN WITH FICTION program on three seperate classes at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School on June 3rd :)
May. 23rd, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Write, write, and more writing. :D
May. 23rd, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan to me :)
May. 23rd, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
over the next 24 hours I have to fill out a ream of papers giving a baseline capability and emotional development profile for the boys, and by extension, the family, in order to take part in the marte mio intervention program. Not the least of the challenges will be 14 weeks of reviewing video footage of our interaction with the boys, particularly in teaching them different things each week
May. 23rd, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
Best of luck, Sharyn :)
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