These days I do most of my boring life updates on Twitter and Facebook. With the rise of microblogging, self-indulgent updates about my life and interests aren’t as necessary as they once were. But once in a while, it’s nice to take a longer moment and think about what’s going on, especially when you’re deep in the flow of life.
Since GenCon, I’ve been settling into my new work responsibilities. The first thing I’ve noticed is that my responsibilities are like quicksand: just when I think I can’t get pulled in more, I’m pulled in more. Mostly, I’m learning about moving from a workflow where I could do quite a lot of my job on my own to one where I need to coordinate with a team. It’s not a manager role so much as a team leadership role, but it’s a huge step for me. Throw into this mix the triple threat of going to the Grand Masquerade, coming back for two days of job training, and then back out to GDC Online for a week, and my free time is at a premium.
Part of this reduced free time means that I had to trim down my personal projects even more, causing me to bail on some freelance work I was excited about and calling a premature end to the ICONS game I was running. In fact, the only personal project I have on my plate is my collection of essays on the Sherlock Holmes stories, and even that’s coming along at a glacial pace (one of the advantages of being my own master, I suppose). It’s weird – usually I have a lot of different irons in a lot of different fires. Technically that’s still true, but right now my irons and fires are all in one office. That isn’t a bad thing at all, but it does take some getting used to – especially when I get so wrapped up in my own bullshit that I accidentally blow off my friends.
One upside to all of this is that I’ve been needing a hobby that I can do in very short bursts and at random moments, which means I’ve had a surprising amount of time to read. I’ve been working my way through Sherlock Holmes when I have a chance to sit down with the books and a notepad or even a laptop, but I’ve also been catching up on Raymond Chandler and some short story anthologies I’ve been sitting on. I’m also going to dive into some Doc Savage in the near future, Ethan suggested I get acquainted with Clark Ashton Smith, and Russell’s been getting me interested in Fritz Leiber. One of the downsides of working with my friends is that I end up getting way more awesome book recommendations than I could possibly have time to read.
Anyhow, I expect things will settle down. My life isn’t crazy, but it is fuller than it was before. I am learning a lot about myself as I muddle through it, though.