brit_columbia (brit_columbia) wrote,

General update

Hello readers! Long time no see. I know some of you are wondering about why I have not been posting anything lately. I'm here to explain that it's because of two converging events. As some of you are aware, my in-laws are here on an extended visit. In addition to the fact that there are now two extra people in my house requiring my time and attention, there's now double the laundry, cooking and shopping, too. And socializing with other people who want to meet the in-laws.

But that's not all. If you've been reading my journal for a year or longer, then you know that last year I was taking a demanding but interesting online course. As a result of this, I have now changed jobs. I was working out the last two weeks of my old main job (I've always had two jobs) when the in-laws first arrived. There was a fair bit of overtime, as I wound things up, participated in the hiring process of my replacements and then needed to spend some additional time showing them the ropes, etc. I finished one job at 7 pm on a Tuesday night and began the new job the very next day. I'm on a terrifically steep learning curve right now, and working very long hours. I think the in-laws don't quite understand why I'm practically never home. I hope they're not taking it personally on some deep-down level. Anyway, fortunately for me, they eat late, because cooking is my job, and I don't usually get home until 7:00 or 8:00 pm. Then I cook and while they're eating, I go to the gym. I'm usually back on the computer working or researching from 10 pm to midnight or later.

Periodically, I take a half hour break to browse Yaoi Daily or work on my Justice chapter. It's at about 8000 words and I need to write another one or two thousand. Sometimes all I can do in that half-hour time frame is a bit of re-working. I'm finding it slow going on a scene where I'm in Dee's POV and he's reflecting about all the stuff he and Ryo have been through recently. I don't like the way the scene flows, and I normally don't have a problem with flow. It may have something to do with the fact that I have a bit too much on my plate at the moment and my brain is like a pot of soup on high heat that is boiling over the pan.

I honestly didn't think I would be this crazy-busy with the new job. I thought there would be a slow period at the beginning, but I feel like I've been dropped into a tornado. My days are so busy that there's barely time to eat. I keep missing meals and then gobbling inappropriate things when I get a five minute window of time between activities. For example, I get an opportunity to heat up a frozen meal in the microwave, but then the five minutes it needs to heat up are gone and so is my eating time, and it sits around for a couple of hours until I come back and wolf it down cold. Or eat cookies instead of lunch. Yes, my stomach is pretty near constantly upset!

It won't always be like this. I would be able to find writing time if I had only one thing happening--either the job or the in-laws. But having both of these things going on at the same time is very difficult indeed. The in-laws leave in the fourth week of August. It's possible my job will slow down before then, or that I'll get a big influx of energy from somewhere. In the meantime I can't make any promises regarding Justice.

I have, however, been able to write a little one-shot lime about Dee and Ryo, which will be in the post just after this one. It's easier to write little plotless one-shots than it is to plug my mind into the much larger scale of Justice. Besides, it's the weekend! I did have to work much of Saturday at my other job, then go to a party, but we came back from the party around eleven PM, and I stayed up late to write the one-shot.

I'm really sorry to leave fans of Justice hanging like this. I'll do my best to write those remaining one to two thousand words in the next couple of weeks. Please forgive me and don't throw cream pies at me. (Or if you must, please make them chocolate or coconut.)

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