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