I started my new job with the Government of Alberta this week, and I’ve got a lot to be thankful for so far:
- I’ve got a spacious new office with a massive desk (but no window, unfortunately). It has a nice big whiteboard in it, too, which is awesome because I love whiteboards.
- Everyone I’m meeting seems really friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.
- I got a new shoulder bag so I no longer have to wear a backpack to work and end up with a sweaty back! Check it out:
I’m so stylish now. Right? Right?
Things are good.
I don’t have a podcast to share with you today, and I know I’m supposed to. Sorry!
My excuse is that I’m away from home from Thursday to Sunday this week, visiting with family so more of Calvin’s relatives can meet him. On top of that, I had a deadline to meet with work today, so I’ve been hunched over the laptop all day and couldn’t really have made time to record, edit, and upload a podcast.
Not when I’m spending my break time doing this, anyways:
This little guy has got it right. Eating and sleeping; that’s the life. Not sure about the crying and pants-pooping parts, and it’s probably hard for him to derive a stable income, but on balance it seems like a pretty intelligent lifestyle.
I’ll make up for the missed podcast next week. I’m also planning to get back on the writing horse by writing some short stories and moving forward with the script for the Special People comic, now that I’m going to have a bit more writing time available.
As a closing tidbit, those of you who are fans of Loading Ready Run may be interested to know that Calvin will be making a cameo (as himself) in an upcoming LRR video. Intriguing, no?
Larissa and I are still waiting for Baby’s arrival. We’re three days past the due date now, which isn’t too significant, but we’re definitely starting to get a little antsy!
I’ve been quite busy this week. I had a new research contract come in, so I’ve been throwing myself into that, along with some publishing and book layout work for 1889 Labs. It’s a good thing I’ve built up decent backlogs on some of my projects! I’m about six weeks ahead in the Year of Stories, and the current Special People story arc runs until close to the end of May. I’m really going to need those backlogs, especially once Baby shows up.
Even though I haven’t had as much time as normal for writing this week (other than live-writing a short story this morning), I’m really grateful that I’ve had all this work to do. It takes pressure off the Grocery Fund, that’s for sure! I’d much prefer to treat the Grocery Fund as a goal rather than a necessity.
One way or another, the next few weeks are going to be very interesting. Between my “day job” work and taking care of a newborn, I’ll be finding out whether I can actually keep up with the creative workload that I’ve set myself, or whether I need to cut something back to maintain my sanity. I don’t like to back out on anything, so I’m hoping I find ways to make it all work!
The good news is that even if it turns out that I have to take a bit of a step back creatively, it’ll be because I’m earning more money to support my family, and I’d rather be writing from a position of financial stability than from a position of need.
God has a plan for how all of this will work out. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store!
Happy Easter, everyone.