…because I suspect it might be an improvement.
Things have been pretty hit or miss here at the blog lately. I managed in the last week to get birthday posts up for Stanley G. Weinbaum, Robert Bloch, and Henry Kuttner, along with a post on a collaboration between Bloch and Kuttner. Looking back, I’m not sure how I did it.
Things at work have gotten pretty hairy. My title is Undergraduate Teaching Lab Director, which means I’m in charge of the graduate teaching assistants, come up with lab homework, handle student issues, and such. My regular job assignment includes teaching one course. I’m also teaching an additional course as an overload (for which I’m compensated.)
We’ve had a person who sets up and takes down the equipment each week, maintains it, and orders more when we need to buy things. This is a full time position. That person recently retired. Being a state university, we’re subject to the governor’s hiring freeze that was issued earlier this year. What that means is that I’m picking up most of the slack. There are a few folks who are helping out, which I greatly appreciate, but for the bulk of the work is on me.
I don’t really mind helping out in the short term. The hiring freeze extends through August, so I’ve got these responsibilities over the summer. I’ve been told to expect this to be part of my job going into the fall. My attitude on that isn’t so positive, but I’ll deal with that at the proper time.
The result is that I’ve fallen behind on blogging commitments. I promised a review of the latest HFQ and a survey of the works of Nictzin Dyalhis (this is for a paying market). Those were promised for Spring Break. That was three weeks ago for those of you who are keeping score. I also haven’t forgotten to finish the series on Kuttner’s Baldy stories. I just haven’t gotten to them yet. I also need to write reviews of a mystery novel and A. Merritt’s Dwellers in the Mirage.
I’ve managed to get a little fiction writing done. Not much, but a little. Hitting a routine before summer classes start might be a bit of a trick because we’ve got four and a half weeks before finals, and each of those weeks has its own unique schedule differences. I’m not dead yet, although at the end of a few days lately I’ve felt like it. Most days I’m too tired to write much of anything. I’m going to try to get some more stories into slush piles. I was going to try and put together a collection of short stories (horror and dark fantasy), but I’ve still got two to finish and a third to start. I may try to hit slush piles with some of them instead.
One of the consequences of these extra
opportunities responsibilities is a need to manage my time better. I’ve started cutting back on Twitter and social media. That will continue. I’ll be keeping a lower profile, trying to honor my blogging/reviewing commitments, and maintain some level or fiction productivity. Things may be feast or famine for a bit, but that’s better than nothing.