The answer to the above question is a resounding ‘No’.
(hope you’re all hale and healthy, by the way)
I’ve been on and off posting on WordPress without any real regularity for close to a year now. Going from unemployed to working in the finance sector has made a big dent in my management of this blog. I make no promises, no final statements, because, as Isaac Asimov put it, ‘finished products are for decadent minds’.
I’m definitely at least a little bit decadent. :p
All my resolutions to get back to posting every other day, or every week, have fallen by the wayside. In general, life has caught up with me and hence the lack of regular, timely posts. This is not to say that I have not been writing, however. I’ll get to that in a moment. First I wish to lay down what all I’ve been doing.
Work… Work is long. The finance industry is not forgiving of mistakes, and there is very little leeway. Things must be done ‘just so’ or someone else with more attention to detail will do it instead. Thank the heavens that is one of my defining qualities in the work environment.
In the past three months a bank of three desks that can seat 36 has gone down to 25, a handful of those staff being new and so requiring training. It’s a job that you need to ask a lot of questions during your acclimatisation period, and that appears (in my experience) to take around 3 months. It did for me, anyway.
We have a lot of overtime going, and so I’ve been rocking that the past two months. Been putting in roughly 20 extra hours a month, and recently starting the work day at 0730 to get a head start. I’ve needed it. Took on extra duties, such as training new staff (which has been a joy and a detriment both) and organising a systems upgrade.
I get home, brain fried from looking at invoices and badly written letters, wanting to just chill out and- well, most of you know now the story of how one feels after a working day! Nevertheless I have been writing, and plenty. Apart from those days when I worked 0730 to 2000, with an hour lunch. In the toilet at work, in my head on the bus, on the weekend, on my phone whenever I get a chance. It’s just the posting of them which hasn’t taken place.
Nevertheless, it’s tardy of me and I can only apologise. To myself and anyone who reads this blog. Also, I can tell me to pull my socks up and generally fix up. There are literally tens of random poems on my phone, on pieces of paper scattered around my room, in torn up notebooks in my bag, and so on.
Yet writing has been happening. My Leo Ninsei series continues in good stead. No editing or release of the second poetry collection as of yet, however. Still, two new Leo Ninsei novels (full ones, maybe about 350 pages long, approximately 100 chapters) have been completed in the past 7 months. The first, The Wild Diamond of the West, and the 2nd, completed on 20_05_15, called Made of Grade.
I managed to book this entire week off and the time has gone by so quickly. Have averaged about 5000 words a day, which is, in my opinion, a solid writing effort.
I am now 26 and there are grown up things to do and think about.
Pension schemes and shares, health care, overtime, family holidays, what new pens I want to buy…
Am I ready for life?
No, but I’m damn well trying.