This weekend was weirdly social. I had a shitty week but because I'm technically homeless making plans with people on the weekend can be problematic because I never know when I'll be in the city and when I'll be at my parents', so I didn't really have any weekend plans. Which would have been OK, but then my adviser said to call him Friday morning and just. JUST. No. That was a real threat to ruining everything.
But! Instead I managed to have lots of social fun with people in other countries thanks to the internet. It was GREAT and I feel the need to document this.
I originally called my adviser in the morning, like he asked, and he of course said he was busy and could I call in the afternoon. (UGGGGH. UGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!)
So then I had a lovely conversation with tevere
who's currently in Indonesia, and we talked about how depressing the writing trade was and I got to hear her lovely Australian accent and a billion fun things were discussed, and as usual I was struck by how I wish I could just live right next door to this person I've never met IRL and who I've been friends with for years. Rather, this author of fiction that matters to me that I've managed to befriend. That's the best feeling and the greatest privilege of fandom.
I then had lunch/dinner from an American BBQ place I've never tried before and everything was decadent and delicious. I've discovered the secret to weekend happiness for me is, on days when I'm mostly home, eating once a day. I don't know how that makes sense, but there's just something about having one big meal around 1-2pm, with an appetizer and dessert and tea, stretched over like an hour, enjoying the fuck out of that food and not having to worry about eating again that day that just... is really efficient and suitable for my lifestyle. If I'm doing something in the morning (like the stressful call to my adviser that required prep) I'll have a snack like a fried egg or a piece of bread.
After that I joined curiousflowers
for a viewing of an Oz episode! curiousflowers
is watching the show for the first time, so the_emef
and I joined her for a season three episode, all of us in different timezones. I haven't watched stuff in a group over chat for a long time! (Maybe ever?) It was GREAT even though it took me a while to get the episode to work and a few minutes before the end I had to call my adviser again (UGH) so I had to leave the chat early. (I'm pretty sure the three of us met thanks to hockey fandom, and it's such a cool feeling to make friends who travel with you from fandom to fandom.)
Of course the call with my adviser took longer than I hoped. Of course half his "DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO READ" comments were basically spur of the moment exaggerations and with half of them he did the "I'm not apologizing, but meh, just disregard that" thing. He's right that I have lots of work to do, which I knew from the first time I read his comments, but at least he was a lot more encouraging and "I believe in you" and "you could surpass all my other students" on the phone. I made a shit ton of notes, and made a tentative game plan. He wants me to take at least 4 weeks to really think about things and do thorough work, god knows if I manage to get that done without taking time off work which I currently can't really afford. Ugh.
Anyway, after that it was time for chores like laundry and cleaning up and just generally sorting out stuff I didn't have time for during the week. I enjoy those chores so, it was nice to have time for them. I chilled out for a while, watching stuff, and then felt up for some editing.
The novella is in its final stages (I already sent it to one publisher to avoid missing a deadline, but the real final version is the one I'm working on now) and there's another venue that closes in July where I'm hoping to submit it. Again, this is just to check all the boxes, I'm 99.9% sure it won't be accepted and I'll self publish it by the end of the year. It's one of those things where, I think it's a good story, it's worth a reader's time and money, but it's literally the first long thing I wrote as an adult. It has its limitations and its flaws. And again, I'm happy with it, and I think people will enjoy it, but it's not as friendly to commercial publishers as stuff I'm working on now.
Anyway, it's great to be at this stage when I'm editing SO FAST because the edits are so superficial. Like it's amazing to read most scenes and be like "this is fine. I need to change this sentence and add a few words here, but this is done." It's a very cool feeling. I still have no idea whether I'll be able to finish these edits by the end of July (I mean, fast is relative in this business), but. It's the most fun I've had editing, lol.
In the evening I went out for a walk
and to catch some pokemon
and then watched another episode with curiousflowers
The next day I was at my parents', got some more editing done, had some delicious food, and in the evening got sucked into watching the first episode of Barracuda
, which is an Australian TV show set in the 90s about a kid from a marginalized background attending a ~top school~ to become an Olympic swimmer. You can watch the first episode on youtube
. For me it got top marks in the homoeroticism department and the Teaching Me About Australian Culture department (it's cool for 4 teenage boys to come over to their coach's house for a sleepover for no reason, be given booze and sit quietly while they're read poetry about naked swimmers, OK, COOL) but sadly I've been spoiled by hockey fandom to expect more from sports narratives, lol. Like, clearly the sport isn't the point here (just an excuse to have the protagonists shirtless and wet a lot) and I was like NO BUT WHERE ARE THE SPORTS STAKES which is BIZARRE and 100% hockey's fault.
(It kind of gave me an itch to rewatch Legend #17
, which is still my favorite sports movie of all time, because it manages to not only have super high stakes sports plot and a super high stakes personal plot but also to marry those things to Soviet politics and the extremely high stakes of sports politics and bureaucracy.)