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September 29th, 2014

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11:10 am - Remember LJ?
I do. It has everything ello promises to be. And I've been here for more than ten years. I've seen MySpace, Friendster, and many other social networks that were the next big thing come and go in that time. I've seen other networks, like Dreamwidth, take off and never really "go" anywhere -- although attracting a small but loyal following isn't that bad a deal, I guess.

Other than pushed blog posts, it's been several months since I've posted to LJ.

In the meantime, I got my MEH degree. It was very anticlimactic at the end. So now, I'm looking for work in the field (HIGHLY competitive; LOTS of people want to get into environmental restoration or education of various forms, many of whom already have decades of solid experience). In the meantime, I'm looking for odd jobs, and calling it "RoundToIt Services." Get it? HAW!!! Because of Proposition 1, in 2016, there will be a lot more money in the Parks Department and in Green Seattle Partnership. But in 2015, there will be LESS money because there will be less in general and that will be dedicated to ramp up planning.

Once the MEH work ended, I went on a huge reading binge with the Temeraire novels. I gobbeld those books as quickly as one a day. Then I read a 900+ page novel that felt like it took forever. I recommend it:

SACRED GAMES by Vikram Chandra: A large, sprawling, multi-faceted/multi-threaded/multi-lingual novel about Mumbai as much as any of the characters. Frequently crude, occasionally horrific, often deep and moving. The threads warp and weave and appear to digress like a Bollywood movie, but it all comes together ... and continues.

After that I read "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast, a memoir of dealing with her parents' deaths as an only child. Very intense. I don't know of anyone who has gone through an experience as rough as hers, and I hope I don't put anyone through anything remotely this hard. I voted for the right to die initiative a few years ago, and really value that I live in a state where I can control my final stages of life. On the other hand, that law only applies in the case of terminal illness, and neither of Chast's parents had a terminal illness.

So, anyway, a list of things to do this week:

  • Books to U Bookstore

  • CDs/DVDs to Silver Platters

  • Weeding time with CR

  • House time with TA

  • New blog post formatted

  • Review of "The Conscientious Gardener" for Nature Intrudes

  • Try to avoid feature creep on my to-do lists

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Date:October 2nd, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I first took your sentence as meaning that you like to tell untruths concerning your reading!

But yeah, you're right--being paid to do what you love does take not only persistence and being good at it but also luck & often creativity.

I think often people end up doing a combo of what they love best & something that is OK. With enjoying reading books, that can be reading + writing reviews, reading manuscripts + writing reports for a publisher, reading + teaching, reading + running a shop--often the "and" is very hard work and sometimes not that great, but it's in an overall enjoyable job.

In my case, I do enjoy that I get to read and reread good books as part of my job. And I really enjoy teaching. Still, many aspects I could do without: getting up at 7:00 a.m. on weekends most of the year and 5 days/week in the summer, working evenings and weekends most of the year, living with constant last-minute changes in schedule including added work. I just accept those as part of the package deal.

I hope you do find some kind of good work!

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