Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My Bowl Overfloweth

I wish I could say it overflowed with chocolate or cherries or chocolate-covered cherries, but it's overflowing with sustenance, stuff I must do. It's a little frustrating, because it's all hitting at once. Yet I feel such a kinship with each of you that I want to take some time to update you on things that are happening. I don't see this as a blog for the sake of blogging, rather as a note to a friend and in this case, many friends.

First off, I received several batches of poems and stories to review tonight for the literary mag. I'll want to move these through as quickly as possible, because somewhere a lot of writers are waiting to hear if their piece was accepted for this issue. Unfortunately we cannot accept everyone, and this is a good lesson for me, as I am usually on the other end of the transaction. This process is so personal. What looks good to me may not appeal to someone else, but I find that my taste runs toward the lyrical and the mainstream. That isn't to say that I don't give everything a chance; I can spot quality when I see it.

The annual summer workload at the office is cranking now, too. With our user conference coming up at the end of August, we have a new release to write about, edits of the last release to cover, and many other projects in the pipeline. Not the least of these projects is the user conference itself. It's a company-wide effort, involving every member of the staff, held in downtown D.C. every year the week before Labor Day. User training is provided on old and new features alike, so we have people coming up with the class names, coming up with the covered topics, coming up with an abstract, and then writing PowerPoint presentations, lab manuals, and miscellaneous handouts, and building the lab files to be loaded on hundreds of PCs in the classrooms. My department sees all of the written material for editing and approval before it goes into the pipeline for publication. That means that hundreds of presentations (some of more than a hundred slides), lab manuals, and so on will cross the desks of each team member, randomly assigned to whomever has the available time to do it. Additionally, we spell-check the metadata for the abstracts and enter each item into a database. That's my job. I have to make sure we are legally correct and literally correct.

And then some side projects hit me that involve helping other writers from companies we acquired. No worries. I've got it.

And I'm working on helping to select a version control system for our department. It's not going well, because they basically want to get something for nothing. After a discussion with one of my colleagues today, I have a whole new perspective. I'm going back to the drawing board. Oh boy!

Throw in a few other things around the house (like a malfunctioning A/C, which isn't so bad tonight because the storms that came through cooled things off) and you have my head spinning. I'm thinking about throwing everything in the car and moving to Vancouver. I wouldn't mind a little jacket weather right now!

There are so many things I want to tell you, but they will keep. Maybe if I'm up at 5:30 again I'll take the time to write some of them up for delayed publication. I haven't even made it over to read my feeds today. It's been that kind of day.

So while I go clean up the kibble, I hope you'll perhaps linger on some of my previous posts. It will give you a chance to catch up!

Enjoy your evening and Ciao for now!

Peace - D


Not Afraid To Use It said...

Holy cow! You sound like you hit the ground running and don't ever get a break! I hope you are able to find a few minutes to breathe and take care of YOU. Hugs.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Damn. I'm tired just reading about your to-do list. Whew.

I'm with you on the heat. I saw that the high in Tacoma today was 57. Ah, that would be nice. I'm a chilly weather gal.

Hang in there. It will slow, and cool, down!

Momma said...

NATUI - I'll work on that :-)

CMGD - That's pretty amazing, seeing as it comes from the mother of 3 pre-schoolers (including twins!). I wouldn't trade my days for diapers...at least not at my age!

Peace - D

tysdaddy said...

What literary mag do you work for? Perhaps I'll submit in the future.

And here's to a moment or two just for you. Stay sane . . .

Maggie May said...

Glad it is overflowing with sustenance stuff, which is what you need to survive. Sounds mighty absorbing.
Thanks for your kindness on my blog. Feeling better now!
Make sure you find time for YOU!

Momma said...

Tysdaddy - I'm a guest editor for Constellation, which is the literary magazine for University of Maryland University College. I'm not sure you can submit if you're not a student, faculty member or alumnus - but I'll find out!

Peace - D

Daryl said...

Glad the storm passed you by w/o any damage .. the park across from our street lost a lot of old trees and the tree outside our front windows lost a lot of branches .. lucky for us none of them hit the windows on the way down


Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Momma, I've lingered, I've caught up, I 've enjoyed it all, except the one about your cousin, which was very sad. It wouldn't surprise me to hear that there may be certain family members of yours who are opposed to that writing project. Some people, for whatever reasons, want bygones to be bygones, or left well enough alone, or swept under the rug and never mentioned again. There is a stigma around suicides, and also the death of a young person in the prime of life is so painful that the only way some people can cope is to bury or lock it completely away. Rehashing it opens old wounds, whose scars never ever can completely cover them....

I think it takes real courage to do what you are doing, to ask the questions you'll be needing to ask, and to try to piece together the puzzle....especially after all this time has passed.

I think its a testament to how much you loved (still love) your cousin and her memory.

Don Mills Diva said...

You can only do what you can do - sounds like you have a lot on your plate....

Momma said...

Daryl - We're very lucky that we didn't have any real damage from the storms, definitely. We did lose a planter, but that's all.

Lavinia - It is going to be a really rough thing to put this book out there and wonder who will still speak to me afterwards. It needs to be told, though, particularly as I'm finding out more and more from her brother - details I didn't know before.

DMD - That's absolutely right! It's just that I often don't know where to stop! :-)

Peace - D