Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Monday, November 1, 2010

Have You Ever Had...?

...One of those weekends?

You know, where anything and everything that can go wrong did. Well, that was my weekend, more or less.

[cue dreamy harp music]

It started Friday night. I had just finished going over The Dying God & Other Stories not long before the work day ended. I figured I'd just email the thing to myself and convert and upload it tomorrow morning before I headed off for Lion Dance training. Ah... but other things were in store for me.

I forgot to both email the document to myself and save it onto my USB. It is saved on my work computer. I realised this after I left work, when I was supposed to be hanging out with friends. I swore a lot. Luckily, my friends, T.H. and K.R. were very kind about it. We went back to K.R.'s place and I immediately jumped on her computer and went through the older version I had on my USB stick. I think I got most of the changes I had made. Grrrr.

So, instead of relaxing and celebrating Friday night, I spent it mad at myself, stressed and editing. My favourite thing. Not.

Saturday morning rolled around and I felt great. I quickly read through the eBook before attempting to convert it. It would only take a few minutes, so I woke at 8:00 to get on it as I had to leave the house at 9:00. The computer froze. Then crashed. Then crashed. Then froze. Then....

Three hours later, I had converted the document and uploaded it. I missed Lion Dance practice. I am still not impressed. So, instead of hanging out with friends and playing the drums and dancing around with a paper maché lion head, I was stuck in front of the computer, stressed and swearing.

That afternoon ran pretty much as scheduled. I taught Kung Fu, then immediately after met Dad for a movie and dinner. It was his birthday Saturday, so dinner was my treat. The movie we saw was RED. It was funny. It also had Bruce Willis and Karl Urban. I was happy. I recommend it. If you like action, and you like comedy, this is the movie for you.

Dinner was lovely.

Then it started to snow. I'm talking flakes the size of my thumbnail kind of snow. Contrary to popular opinion on snow, this isn't one of the moments that went wrong. I love the snow. It was so beautiful to watch it come down in great white drifts while sipping a Creme de Menthe and Baileys hot chocolate from inside the pub. Happy sigh.

The amount of snow was substantial. There is still snow on the ground today. It is unusual for this time of the year. Usually if it snows this early in the season, it's gone that night or by the next morning.

Sunday was hectic. I cleaned the kitchen before having to dash off to attend my dear friend's convocation. I am so proud of you M.M. That, thankfully, was not a disaster, although I did manage to leave my keys at home, thereby locking myself out of the apartment. Luckily J.M-B. was home and I didn't need them to get in.

I hurriedly dressed while cooking some Devils on Horseback. I was so busy applying the face paint that I forgot about them, and they burned a little. I must have done a good job with the face paint, because the first guest to arrive, my friend G.F. asked me if I was home. Ah hah hah hah! For those who don't know, I was a black and white Harlequin Doll.

I will be uploading pictures of the event as soon as they are made available.

The party was fun. In attendance was my Honours Thesis supervisor, M.T. I hadn't seen him in an age! It was nice to catch up. Many people came. They brought food and booze and I'm going to throw a pot luck party again when I need groceries. There is so much food left over, I won't have to go shopping for another couple of weeks! Go me!

Thanks everyone for feeding me.

I read at the party. I generally don't like people looking at me. It makes me uncomfortable. Even if they're people I know well. Reading was a big deal for me. I read a poem entitled For My Sister and the beginnings of two short stories, Imp and River Woman. You're just going to have to buy the book if you want to know precisely what I read.

It's $9.99. I believe that's USD.

The party ended at around 11:00pm. Some would call that an early night. I don't ever recall a party ending much later (maybe midnight) that I've thrown. 11:00 is usually about my bedtime anyway. Lame, I know. What can I say? I like my sleep.

I washed the copious amounts of face paint from my face, then fell into bed and promptly fell to sleep.

This morning I feel good, but exhausted. My eyes are red and stinging a little. I think I got some face paint in there. I'm closing them as often as possible without looking like I'm asleep at my post!

That was my weekend and my Hallowe'en. How was your Hallowe'en?

Don't forget, I'm running a Facebook contest for the best Hallowe'en costume. There's music and an original of one of the drawings I created for The Dying God & Other Stories to be won.

This is a long post. I apologise. There was a lot to relay. It is also a late post. I apologise again. There was a lot to relay. Also, it's Monday, which means computer-is-waking-up day, which means everything is running incredibly slowly. Have a lovely Monday everyone. I think mine will be great!


Genevieve said...

Wow, busy week Sonz!!! I bought the book and can't wait to read it! It will have to wait until this weekend... I'm so excited!! Have I told you how proud I am of you? I love you lots and talk to you on the weekend... big hugs!!

S.M. Carrière said...

It was crazy. I'm exhausted! Hopefully, though, it'll pay off! Ah hah! So you're the person that bought the copy. I got a notification from that a copy of the book had been purchased.
Talk to you soon.