I remember when hearing that line made me excited. Now, it just makes me feel exhausted.
The new semester has been in full swing for several weeks, now, but it's just hit me over the last few days how much I have to do this year. Projects, assignments, presentations, new build-outs...! We're putting together a new live TV studio (don't ask), and while it's always fun to play with new gear, I have to keep asking, "Why? Why are we doing this? Do we really need it? There are at least a dozen better equipped studios not three miles away!"
In addition to the new studio, we've spec'ing a new data delivery system, overhauling our existing tech, and
beta-testing the new national feed. Ugh.
I just want to go back to my university days of laying cables and hanging lights.
On a happier note, though, I'm super-psyched-up about National Novel Writing Month
this year. I've got the story mostly (loosely) plotted, drew up some character sketches (NSFW)
, and am working steadily on filling out the cast roster with the supporting characters, plus writing up background histories and doing little pre-story scenes, so I can get the voices and characterizations clear in my head. (It's not really that difficult, for this story: Al, Ross, and Amber are pretty clear-cut, at this point. But it's always helpful to look at the main protagonists from the perspectives of their families and friends. Plus, I am really enjoying Neville and Danny, Ross's counterbalance buddies.) Still don't have a title for this one, yet, but that will come with time.1 More Chance!
is almost finished, and that makes me a little bit sad. It's been almost three years of my life plotting and writing that one. I wish I could share it with more people...but the few people who do enjoy it have made the effort worth it.
My recent birthday (thank you to everyone
for the well wishes and sweet presents!
) made me realize (again) that it's better for me to focus on the brighter aspects of my life: my family, my friends, the relatively relaxed life I lead. There's already a lot out there in the world to frustrate and depress people; I don't need to add to that with my petty problems.
I hope everyone out there reading this - whomever you are, and whenever you might do so - is having a good go of it, too. Some days are difficult, some days are sad; but some days, we're reminded of how lucky we are, and some (very special) days, we're told how much we're loved.
I love you guys.
Keep your heads up out there!