Well, it's been a long time. Again. Here's the short version.
- At the end of January, I got laid off from my job. It was completely unexpected and has caused a lot of frustration and emotional pain. Even though I got a few weeks' severance pay, and assurance of good references, it still hurts. Like the bottom line is, they didn't want me. I miss my work friends, and I miss the life stability. Maybe I wasn't really going anywhere at that job, but I still felt secure. That's totally gone now.
- I'm still unemployed, and it's been a long battle to figure out what I'm good for and what's good for me. Honestly, my battle plan changes by the day. By the hour, sometimes. I keep terrible hours and don't eat very regularly, and I know I should work on that stuff, but it's just hard to care. I'm on unemployment right now, and I'm fine on money, so at least that's not a big concern. The trouble is really just in deciding which horse to chase, and whether I can catch it, so I can get back on. Unemployment rules force me to make weekly contacts for full-time work, but kills my incentive for trying to get freelance work, and makes me feel rather schizophrenic.
- I finished my application to SCAD, and a mere week later was accepted into the sequential art MFA. I think I'm going to do it, but there's the money to figure out (between the scholarship I'm being offered and max federal aid, I'll still be short a few thousand a year, and I don't know about rent and food and stuff after all that), and to figure out what to do with the next four months. Like I said, my plan changes by the day.
- I've been reading a lot of books. That's the real reason I stay up so late; it's like the time between dinner and bedtime is "mine," and I keep trying to prolong it. I'm current on Seanan McGuire's October Daye books (love!), I'm on the last book in Karen Marie Moning's Fever series (very mixed feelings), and I'm listening to book 3 of the Mercy Thompson series (love!).. I have to admit, I'm getting a little tired of vampire/werewolf/psychotic!fairy stuff. (Isn't there anything else out there? And when did "Teen Paranormal" become its own section at B&N??) I also have to admit, though werewolves were never my thing, I really really like Patricia Briggs' take on them. Okay, and I also loved Maggie Stiefvater's werewolf books. Maybe I'm just a hypocrite. Once I'm done with this batch of library books, I really need to stop borrowing and start reading the ones I've already bought, like pretty much everything by Dan Wells and Brandon Sanderson. Also the new Gallagher Girls book, and The Nine Lives of Chloe King
, the tv series of which I watched on Netflix and loved.
- Oh, Muse
is up and running now. I forgot to tell you all. I officially started it just before LTUE, so I could use the symposium to advertise. So far I'm still on schedule, though some weeks I cut it closer than others. I've done some small advertising gestures, but nothing very big. I figure people will start really reading, and I'll start pushing, once I've got more up. We're about halfway through chapter 1 right now.
So I'm kind of adrift right now, scrabbling for rocks, letting go, swimming upstream, getting tired, waiting to see where the river takes me. Today I'm okay. Tomorrow? We'll see.