According to the folks who keep track of this sort of thing and report on it on Twitter, this stint at Casual Job was the longest (autumn) session since 2009, which happened to be my first real time working there (and in 2009 the length of the stint--which was only one
day longer than this year's--was due to extenuating circumstances that were not present this time). No wonder everyone in the office is so exhausted. O_o
But it's over until the spring session now, other than going back for the office Christmas party, whenever that is. (Five years in, I'm still impressed that I enjoy my co-worders enough to willingly go back and socialize when there's zero pressure to do so. ^_^)
I'd been thinking that finishing in November this year might leave me with the energy to do some sort of holiday party thing at our place for the first time in several years, but I used to do it around St. Nicholas Day (December 6), and even though it's a couple weeks away, I doubt I'll be recharged enough by then to have a mass of people in the house; when I burn out, pulling myself back together is a slow, slow process. :/ But I am at least optimistic about doing more Christmas baking than I have in the past few years, so that's something!
Introvert icon notwithstanding, I'm putting together some very low-key social plans to interweave with my freelance stuff over the next few days. Arpeggio of Blue Steel
vol. 4 is due Monday, but right now it's looking like wildpear
will be over for at least a little while tomorrow evening (she can flail delightedly at me about The 100
, which she fell headlong into this week after reading Sarah Rees Brennan's posts about it; I guess it's getting bumped way up in priority on my list so I can talk to her about it ^_^), and her Sunday evening class is over for the year now, so we can get back to Sunday night hangout-and-TV. Good timing, that! And Monday evening Kas, scruloose
, and I are probably going to see Mockingjay Part 1
--not exactly opening night, but hopefully having read the books will mostly inoculate me when I inevitably stumble over spoilers here and there.
But other than those few things, I expect/hope to spend the next several days sleeping, rewriting Arpeggio
, and trying to dust off the many lines of communication that got neglected while Casual Job was on. And writing. Wow
, do I ever need to do some writing. I hope that part of my brain comes back online soon.
This isn't quite the Wednesday reading meme, but last night I finished reading The Raven Boys
. I really enjoyed it, but rather than carry on to the next book immediately, I'm going to reread Parasite
in preparation for Symbiont
coming out on Tuesday. After I'm done with those, I can backtrack and pick up The Dream Thieves
(What this really means is that I failed utterly at strategizing when I was choosing what to read a few days ago; if I'd been thinking, I would've opted for a standalone novel instead of the first of a series [of which I have three books on the shelf]. Oh, well.)
And as I already mentioned sadly on Twitter, today I had a copy of Symbiont in my hand
and didn't buy it. >.< The bookstore in the mall by the office had it out on the shelf already, but the release date isn't until Tuesday, and I absolutely want my purchase to count towards Seanan's first-week sales numbers. (I took the lone copy up to the register and told them why I wasn't
buying it, but I suspect there's a 50-50 chance it got reshelved after I left.) The stupidity of early sales not counting towards first-week sales still blows my mind.