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30 May 2011 @ 09:11 pm
Les Semaines May 29, 2011: May is Slipping Away  
This May has been April-wet and changeable. We've raced through it, covered in cat hair and watching things bloom and get washed away in rain then shine in sun. Outside my study window right now the white lilac is in full bloom, bringing birds to nosh on the insects it attracts.

I'm crazy busy. Went up to Victoria to see my parents, ever so briefly, last weekend. While Jim and I made this a four-day weekend by taking Friday off, it has been busy with writing, Clarion West prep, preparing for my last teaching session on Tuesday afternoon, etc.

Basically, I've got a lot going on. Some of it just in my head.

While I've loved teaching again, I've realized that it may be the one job too many. I often feel like I'm torn in many directions and this is one more. I have my day job at the UW, Clarion West, my writing (which I can subdivide into fiction and poetry, or subdivide into the actual writing and the work around the writing like grant applications and submissions) and then the teaching.

The students have been asking if I'll do it again, as has the colleague who involved me in this in the first place. I'm not saying never, but next year's book is a trio of lectures by Richard Feynman, and I can't imagine myself using that as a text. So, we'll see.

In the meantime, on with the last week of classes. Then exam week. Then break week. Then for the next six weeks I'm down to just two jobs: Clarion West and writing. Writing writing writing.

For my listening, reading, and writing updates, see Les Semaines.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on May 31st, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Two jobs is plenty for the summer! Hope you get lots of writing done.
Neile Grahamneile on June 1st, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks--and in August my only job is writing. Heaven!

I hope you also have a delightful and productive summer.
jinian on May 31st, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
What did you think of Eona? I felt pretty let down but wasn't sure if it was just me hating that bad-boy-good-boy love triangle setup.
Neile Grahamneile on June 1st, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't think it was quite as wonderful as Eon but really enjoyed reading it.

I didn't see it as a bad-boy-good-boy love triangle because I didn't for an instant believe she could really love the bad boy. I read it entirely as how seductive psychopaths can be when they want something, and how easily someone who really should know better (but is young) can fall for evil because both good and evil aren't pure and ideal and what you might hope they would be. And I really liked that.

Sometime I will re-read them both and be more critical, but right now I was just happy at how above the average they were as a duology.