I did not do as much editing as I had planned during the Chinese New Year break, but I’m happy to report that I did quite a lot this weekend: Finished the line edits for the latest incarnation of one of the mss I’m working on. I’m now looking forward to additional material from the author.
Oh, my calendar app has sent me a reminder that my monthly mortgage payment is due, except that … there is nothing left to pay! Yes! We took a thirty-year loan (groan), but, with the money from my Singapore Central Provident Fund and the sale of one of the two flats we own in USJ, we’ve paid off the mortgage. What a relief. That will make a big difference as I was paying RM2,784 every month (double groan)!
Tomorrow, I’m going to start my new schedule. Martin’s job at MalaysiaKini means I have to do the after-school run and I’m going to experiment with moving my editing hours to the afternoon/evening. We’ll see how it goes.
I am supposed to leave for Taipei on Thursday. As I’m still coughing coughing coughing, I am dreading travelling, especially the five-hour flight, but I suspect I am being a wimp about this. After all, I don’t actually feel sick, I just sound like I’m at death’s door.
I have not been reading much, but I have started Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and am enjoying it.
Yesterday, I watched Somm on Netflix. It is a documentary about five blokes preparing to sit for the Master Sommelier exam and gosh, it was pretty intense. After it was over, I decided that I should maybe educate myself about wine, not to the level of a sommelier, but at least beyond being able to distinguish between red and white. Haha, well, that’s roughly the level I am at now. I think I prefer white wine (but I don’t think I’ve drunk enough of either to say for sure) and that I like Chardonnay better than Sauvignon Blanc, but that’s pretty much it. No harm reading up and paying more attention from now on.
My last three posts have all been Caturday ones, which means I have not blogged properly for about two weeks. I shall try to do better.
I was in Singapore from 6th to 10th September for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. And in George Town (Penang) from 8th to 12th October, for some badly needed ‘me’ time.
Don’t ask me what I was doing between getting back from Singapore and leaving for GT. I don’t know where the time goes these days. I do know that it takes forever for me to get back on track if my routine gets disrupted.
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Two weeks to the end of the year. I am looking forward to 2018 as I always do look forward to new years, new weeks, new days. They are always a chance to start again, and goodness knows I need a fresh start.
I’ve been trying to squeeze in a new read or two before the end of 2017, but nothing apart from Mt Anderson’s Landscape With Invisible Hand is sticking. Even so, it’s going very slowly, like I like it, but my attention keeps drifting.
This morning I started re-reading Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Sequence. I think I need something familiar and comforting to see me through Christmas, but I’m not sure if I’ll re-read all five books. I’ve also just started Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng. Just a page or so in, but I’m hopeful that I will want to carry on.
I’ve been spending a lot of time getting my 2018 planners ready. I have two: an ana.tomy monthly planner with lots of extra pages (blank, grid and dotted) that I intend to use solely for work; and a Muji dotted notebook that I hope to use as a daily (bullet) journal to help me be organised in my non-professional life. I have spent 2017 drifting and procrastinating, even more than usual, and this needs to change. I really need to be more productive, more disciplined, and more switched on. Also, I need to save for Japan. Now, that’s something to look forward to!
I recently realised that I’d gone four months without writing a WIP report that I usually update every two months. It helps me and my higher-up keep up with mss that I’m working on, but of late there’s been not much happening except a lot of reading and commenting, and then more reading of re-writes. Anyway, I could have sworn that it wasn’t more than a month or so that I’d last done a WIP spread sheet, but actually, the last one was for April/May 2017. Oh the horror.
Time is passing by too fast. That is the way it is when you’re a grown-ass woman with responsibilities. But maybe it’s also the case if you’re drifting, sleeping the days away and letting each day fade into the next so that they end up being indistinguishable. (One day I shall take a three-month holiday to do just that.)
I’ve been busy. Reading and assessing mss take up big, fat chunks of time and yet it feels like you’re not doing too much and you end up thinking that you should be more active and productive. Then there is all the usual management of the household, which is exhausting and takes up so much time and leaves me feeling totally zonked.
Then I went to Penang for four nights, and it was mostly lovely, but also stressful because I spent a great deal of time with family, and let’s just say that a couple of them brought out the worst in a couple of others. Also, there were two under threes present and just looking at children that age makes me tired.
I spent my final night at an airbnb, alone, and had two half-days pottering about George Town, which I loved. I was thinking of going to Hanoi, but I’m now thinking maybe I should go to George Town again.
I need more time alone, to do nothing but wander and wonder, and read and think about the million things I want to do.
Coming up, a post on my visit to George Town.
I have been distracted by various things and not been updating this blog.
It is mostly good though. I am actually writing stories and finishing them. Is it too optimistic to aim to complete my collection at the end of July? Perhaps, but that’s my goal anyway. Even if I don’t meet it, it motivates me to keep on at it.
I will try to pop back here every now and then, if only to post music I’m listening to.
In the meantime, here’s a short list of stuff that has happened:
- Found out about Leonora Carrington and am now reading her short stories. Weird and wonderful!
- Bought The Wolf at the Door by J. Damask who is my friend Joyce Chng. I am enjoying it so much.
- I am reviewing Lang Leav’s Sad Girls. I hope it doesn’t have the same effect on me as her poems do.
- Will be reviewing Felicia Yap’s book. She is that Malaysian author who was signed by Random House (I think) and paid a mind-bogglingly huge advance.
- I joined Tinder, specifying that I wasn’t interested in hooking up or looking for a romantic relationship. Met a couple of interesting people (of both sexes), but also two complete fuckwits. I have deleted my account.
- Met a farrier from Sweden whom I call the Neighsayer. He is black and has a weird accent that’s a mix of English, Australian and others that I can’t identify – from learning English while travelling. A nice, unsleazy guy whom I can hang out with and not have to beat off with my umbrella.
- Don and I are still together and he is still the love of my life.
That’s all I can think of. Until next time …