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Oh, dear flisties, how I have MISSED you! I was starting to get back into the habit of writing in my DW/LJ, reading posts, commenting. feeling like I had a life outside WORK again...

Aaaaand then school started.


And, as previously mentioned, I made the foolish decision to accept the nomination to the board at the co-op, so between that, work and class, my life! I do not have one! But, I must say, at least I get out more.

Anyone else W@H? Because, while it is delightful to roll out of bed, press the button to boot the laptop and have it waiting for me when I come back from brushing my teeth and getting coffee, the TRUE EVIL is that I can waste time faffing about during the day because I get a text / the cat distracts me / the eldest comes to visit on her day off etc... so I work a little later to make up for the extra half hour or 45 minutes. And I finish a spreadsheet but then update an account while I'm at it and then I decided to write just one more email and the NEXT thing I know, it's 8:30 and I've put in 3 extra hours. So then I think, ok, I'll stop early tomorrow...

*sarcastic eyebrow*

Yeah. THAT never happens.

On a positive note, I got to listen to HP podfic for three hours yesterday while doing something mindbogglingly boring (click, acknowledge, delete, lather, rinse, repeat - 948 times I'm not even kidding) so that was kind of a bonus, actually. I'm looking forward to the next time I have some inane task that would allow me to mentally check out.

I HAD A SAD because I have not written anything (other than HTML, CSS and a wee bit of java script) since I started school. I was entirely correct when I said my fic would not be ready before Christmas. BUT, OH FLISTIES, I HAVE BEEN BLESSED! The so talented and wonderful [personal profile] danceswithgary has created for me an image of most wondrous beauty that illustrates one of the favourite scenes I've writing in this fic so far, and it fills me with HAPPINESS to know that she made this for ME ME ME ME and ok, I will share it with all of you because such AWESOMENESS SHOULD BE SHARED but alas! You must wait until my story is finished, la la la!

My course is done Nov 29th. Considering the fact that I have had between 10 and 25 hours of homework each week (and my son keeps rolling eyes at me and saying MOM IT'S FINE, YOU'RE BEING NITPICKY AND PARANOID and I come back with SHUT UP, I'M GETTING PERFECT MARKS BECAUSE I'M PARANOID, MR. A-70%-IS-GOOD-ENOUGH) I am not likely to get any writing done until December. But I still have a dream! Of getting it done, and posted before Christmas!

Mostly because the next course starts in January, and it looks like even MORE homework, so if I don't get it done before that, it's not getting finished till summer for sure.

Side note regarding school and HTML and such: I never knew, back in the late 90's when my chiluns were little and I was messing about on the interwebs with my 10 hours of dial up a month (think back, now... can you all hear the crsssssh bxt whrrr handshake of your modem connecting? Ahhh, memories...) I had a copy of HTML 4 for dummies, a book on basic javascript, another HTML reference book with a quick reference page full of colour swatches and hex codes, and I set out notepad and Netscape composer to building my fanfic archive on geocities. I remember sitting there, swearing and refusing to give up till I figure out what I was doing - and sometimes, the sun was coming up and the kids were as well... but the things I taught myself then and still the foundational building blocks of this course. I've never had something that I taught myself end up being so useful for school and work before.

This entry was originally posted at https://shaddyr.dreamwidth.org/394950.html. Please comment wherever you want.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 4th, 2017 09:14 am (UTC)
Sounds exhausting but very rewarding! I hope you get some time off soon!
Nov. 6th, 2017 09:15 am (UTC)
November 11th is Remembrance day in Canada, so I am taking Friday in lieu. And since I am taking Friday, I tacked on Thursday as well.

I've also asked my boss if I can take US thanksgiving - half the company will be out anyway, the vendor will be out, and there is an IT freeze during that time, so it's probably going to be pretty slow right about then. If I have any last minute stuff before my final assignment is due, that will be the time to get it done. And study for my final.

I'm already nervous!
Nov. 4th, 2017 02:07 pm (UTC)
It sounds like your are enjoying your course despite the homework. Good stuff!
Nov. 6th, 2017 09:15 am (UTC)
It's been good - I really like it, way better than I did the SQL course!
Nov. 5th, 2017 08:04 am (UTC)
With all of that going on, it's no wonder you've been absent of late. Dear god. I am super excited to read your fic, but you should take care of yourself first.
Nov. 6th, 2017 09:17 am (UTC)
Oh, it's been so long since I even looked at the fic, I will have to read from the beginning with fresh eyes. Which is good - if it doesn't survive the drawer test, then it should be tossed anyway. (stick the fic in a drawer for a month then come back to it and see if you still think it's good)

I usually do not have enough patience for that test. :)
Nov. 7th, 2017 08:09 am (UTC)
*nod* I always hate my stuff, but I found a very old folder - like, several years old - with fic I only vaguely remember writing. And I'm like, "Wow, this is actually....pretty good!" But then my brain likes to go, "Why can't you write like this now?"

I do like the idea of a "drawer test", though.

I've liked everything of yours that I've read!
Nov. 7th, 2017 12:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lot.
But I'm glad you're enjoying it.
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