Life Is A Highway; I'm Going To Drive It ALL NIGHT LONG

posted in Apartment Life, School, Work on Oct 31, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and wrote from the heart what has been going on in my life. Turns out I’ve been busy.

It’s been nearly one full month since I’ve last posted, here is the rundown:

  • I got a new job. Yeah, it turns out that I was wrong about my last job; I really did hate it and so I scooted. Ironically enough, my current position is back with the university that I left not some seven or eight months ago. I work in a different position now, however, which makes things a lot better. At 5pm we close up and I’m OUT. No more worrying about what is going on at night if I happen to leave (which brought on a lot of trepidation in the previous position). Really what I like best is that I can freaking stand up and walk around if I want. I have a work computer, but I also bring my laptop so I can work on auxiliary things meaningful to the position (and I found an old monitor in the closet; I’m rocking a sweet tri monitor set up). I have a WINDOW and SUNLIGHT comes through it because I work during THE DAY. It’s awesome. Plus the school will pay for school; I might get another bachelor’s. We’ll see.
  • Outside of work, the condo I live in now is not too shabby. One of the things I complained a lot about at my old apartment is that it was freaking loud; all the time. If it wasn’t the pigeons being loud as hell it would be the grounds keeping mowing and leaf blowing from 8am-5pm. Of course, then I was working nights so the results of the noise was that I could never get a good night’s sleep. Since then I’ve moved to a less snooty place and have been pretty happy with the result. Not only is the rent cheaper, but it’s also waaaay quieter. It’s extremely surprising. When I learned that the condo was labeled with a letter instead of a number I could only think that I was about to enter slumtown and Mel Gibson from Mad Max would roll by in front of the window. Such is not the case. Given, the residence is older, but there are no pigeons and I’m at work when grounds keeping comes by during the week. The loudest thing, honestly, is my cat, who has decided to meow all waking hour because she likes to go outside and watch the birds and other animals that run around. Sometimes I want to punch her face with my fists, but I know she gets kinda bored during the day when everyone is gone, so I don’t.
  • On the show front, I just grabbed a new theme for Pressed & Bound and added Google Analytics to the site to help track visitors. I’m hoping to add some new things to the site to drive some traffic. We’ll see; I haven’t fully figured out what needs to be done, but something does. I think we have a good thing going and just need some tweaks to get more eyeballs on the site and the show. I don’t care if we ever make a cent, but if we can get some people to pick up more novels I’d call it a success.
  • Speaking of novels, I just signed up for the National Novel Writing Month challenge. Basically you take November to attempt to write a 50,000 word novel. If you succeed, the site will give you a .pdf certificate that certifies your awesomeness. If you don’t, no worries, you’re not out anything. You just happened to not finish a novel. 50k is about 1,666 words per day. If anyone wants to join me on this challenge, please say so. Once you sign up, you can add writing buddies to keep track of friends’ progress. I’m trying to get a friendly challenge going with the guys at P&B, so we’ll see how that goes.

So that’s really about the gist of everything that’s happened in the last month. I’ve been trying to get all settled for the most part with the apartment and work so it’s been kind of slow, but hopefully everything will continue to go better.

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  • I am finally going to comment on this to get it out of my unread list in my RSS reader. Every time I see this post’s title I get that song stuck in my head.

    It sounds like things are going awesome!

    I am glad you are doing Nanowrimo. That means you are one of my cool and creative friends. 😛

    I might do it next year, if I decide not to do a sweater in November instead.

  • Well I’m glad the song got stuck in your head. That wasn’t necessarily the point, but I’m glad it happened.

    Anyway, Nanowrimo should be pretty cool. I haven’t had a chance to start writing yet, but that’s ok, I’ve had an outline in my head for some time, so it shouldn’t be too horrible a thing to get started. Good luck on your sweater.