Hello! Hope everyone’s having a great weekend. :)
It looks like my steady blogging rhythm is to post something every two weeks. (This is merely an observation and not a promise.) I was struggling all week to get through a 700-page manuscript and write a report on it, getting in sad two-page reads over hurried lunches, precariously balancing coffee mug and shuffly papers on crowded subway rides, and desperately trying not to doze off prematurely during those precious hours between dinner and bed. And when Big Boss Editor told me she had been getting up at 5am to edit while sick, I felt guilty as hell but still dragged my ass through that report and finally turned it in just before fleeing from work yesterday.
I’m still adjusting is what I’m trying to say, and trying to work out my role in this industry while learning what it’s about.
My job is mostly admin on surface level but also editorial, which requires judgement, and I’ve never really had to hold positions where personal judgement matters so much. The reason for the steady pileup of work is because we’re not really built to be efficient and streamlined so much as dedicated to pinpointing the best and refining them to become even better. This applies not just to the final book products but to everything related to its making and marketing behind the scenes.
I am still adjusting but I feel very stupid and ignorant right now. It’ll come together eventually, but I’m eager to stop saying “I don’t know” with as much frequency as I currently do.
Work aside, I wanted to use this blog to talk about issues that fill and cloud the mind, without limit and restriction, but now I can’t even talk about the books I work on because I don’t want company presence looming over this space. And I think that we’re all equally tired of the horrible news being blasted non-stop over various media streams, not to mention many of us are feeling similarly on these matters anyway. So where does that leave me today on a gloriously lazy Saturday?
Well, I slept in (omg, I miss sleeping in soooo much) and decided not to stress out about cleaning or reading ahead or buying holiday gifts. I read a bit for pleasure, then found interesting articles that didn’t depress. In fact, here they are, if you’re interested:
- Pop Chart Lab – I want to buy their entire inventory.
- On being a ghostwriter for a ghostwriter.
- An oldie but a goodie: “A student captured people’s faces the moment they are told they are beautiful“
- I love this so much: “Canadians forging alternative holiday traditions.“
- I love this almost more: “Sleep In A Bookshelf With 5000 Books In Kyoto’s New Bookstore-Themed Hostel“
- Vegan buys ancient lobster and returns it to ocean – I’m not a vegan, but if this lobster really was almost a century old, I’m really glad it was freed and not eaten. Imagine surviving that long only to end up as someone’s dinner.
- This is what a river of books looks like.
I’m really looking forward to that week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day. My plan is to stay cheerful, cozy, and frugal. It’s already difficult, with December filling up with gatherings and events centred around gluttony and spending, but I have to remind myself that I am now exactly where I wanted to be and there’s nothing more that I need to be content. In fact, I’ve scrapped that entire wish list from the previous post and decided the only object I need within the month is a medium-size pot for more soup-making. And instead of piling up garbage bags full of discards for donations to some imagined sanctuary, I’ve taken to carrying around extra belongings that I don’t need and literally handing them to homeless people on the streets. I don’t care how they got there or what they do with the stuff; it matters that more people are warm. I’m also going to be cutting down the amount of grocery I buy each month. I think that my relationship with food has slowly been changing. It’s not all worked out yet and still in transition, but I’m definitely eating less meat and carbs and not missing them.
Anyhoo. Let’s not stress so much and just hygge.