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Today I moved offices at work. It was bound to happen sooner or later - two weeks ago I tempted fate by bringing all my reference books in, to fill out my bookshelf a bit more. That seems to have sounded the death knell for the old office, as I've now carried everything across the CBD to find that my new desk doesn't actually have space for my books or files.

It also seems to be a temp desk, and I've been warned that other people may be using it from time to time. This morning I was asked "how many days do you need the desk for?" That was a bit of a strange question, as my answer is still "Monday to Friday, for the next two years."

Until I move again, I'm now based in the Graduate School of Business at 300 Queen Street. The whole school is moving again later in the year, when the renovations at the Emily McPherson building are complete. Who knows if I'll manage to find some space in the new building... my guess is that I'll be desk-less again by August.

I'd love even a tiny bit of certainty: knowing that when I go in to work next week, I won't find someone else sitting at the desk; and that I can reliably leave my reference stuff spread out somewhere.
morsla: (mantis04)
This year's textbooks have been sent in to the printers. Nothing's ever really done until the hardcopies arrive, but I'm glad to see them finished.

I now know more about politics (Australian and North American) and economics (Australian) than I did before. That's one of my favourite parts of this job... that, and getting paid to obsess over minutiae like font leading, stray apostrophes and embedded graphics. I know the printers can probably work around all but the most catastrophic of layout mistakes, but it's nice knowing that all the loose ends have been dealt with. Vastly cheaper to fix things in the layout stage, too.

For the rest of this week, I have two painting jobs to finish: one Dwarf Bloodbowl team (for a CanCon player), and some Menoth figures. Next week contains some zombie horsemen (Cryxian Soulhunters) and a box full of Space Marine vehicles - hopefully, a reasonable number of which will be finished before Christmas. Finishing work = getting paid, which is always a good incentive at this time of year.

I've been asked to magnetise all the optional parts for the plastic vehicles, which means I now have 300-odd rare earth magnets on my desk. They're kind of fun to work with, although frustratingly small - most of them are 1mm thick, and they whizz across the desk whenever one slips through my fingers.

Right now, it's time I headed up to bed. The last of the year's really major jobs is now finished, and sleep is sounding good right now.
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...while at work today, I cut Miyamoto Musashi in half.

Now I'm trying to convince Tsukahara Bokuden to fade into the background, as I need to borrow his hut.
morsla: (Dawn1)
I got a bit of a shock this morning when I went to update my CV, and realised that I haven't opened that file since 2006...

Since then I've done a lot of small jobs, and a few larger ones. Unfortunately I don't have much to show for them, as not one of the publishing jobs has given me copies of the books... a bit disappointing, as those jobs go back as far as Easter 2006. I can print out mockups at home, but I wish I had a proper folio to take along to job interviews.

Three painting jobs to work on this week, plus a much-needed website update, an interview on Friday, and a pile of stuff that needs doing around the house. I like productive weeks - last week was a bit of a write-off, so hopefully I'll actually get some things finished this time around.

In other news - I went in search of Yum Cha yesterday, only to find that King Bo isn't just closed down... it's an empty shell of a building with no windows or interior walls, slated for redevelopment into a six-title retail block. When the hell did that happen?

Work

Dec. 9th, 2007 11:24 pm
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Two books down (one printed, one at press), one to go.

Book 2 didn't turn into the technical nightmare I'd been worried about, thanks to a fairly smooth conversion from Quark to InDesign. It still took a decent number of hours, but I managed to get all the files in on time. I now know a lot more about economics, thanks to 164 pages of VCE study guide that are currently emblazoned on my brain. My favourite part of this job is the fact that I can soak up random trivia while doing it.

Work on Book 3 starts tomorrow morning, and is likely to keep me busy for most of the week. The final book is a National Politics reader, so the most time-consuming sections are likely to involve re-drawing diagrams of the House of Reps and the Senate, to reflect seats held in the new parliament. I'm looking forward to not having to deal with endless pages of missing fonts and jury-rigged tables once the three books are complete - I've been painstakingly rebuilding each file from scratch. Any future edits will simply involve replacing outdated material in the files, probably halving the hours required to update the books. While it's nice to get paid for my time, smoother updates on books that need processing during the end-of-year rush can only be a good thing.

I've also done plenty of painting this weekend. Lon's Khadorans will be ready by Wednesday night, and Leigh's Pirates will be finished for Friday night. That lets me finish off two large categories on The List, and leaves me with only three major projects that need to be finished before Arcanacon. That still makes for a busy January (is there any other sort?), but should leave time to head out bushwalking at some stage...

Apparently Christmas is happening sometime soon. It's in "after the deadline" time, so I haven't been able to think about it as anything but an abstract concept so far.

Hit it.

Nov. 19th, 2007 12:11 pm
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I just picked up the final set of documents for my current project, from a black BMW idling at the kerb. There's something... odd... about that image.

I've closed all the curtains in a (vain) attempt to keep the house cool. It should work for another couple of hours, but after going out into the sunlight it took a few minutes before my eyes adjusted to the gloom again.

It's 156 pages to the end of the book, I've got a full hard drive of music, half the time I thought I'd have for the project, it's dark and I'm not wearing sunglasses. Hit it.
morsla: (purplemantis skyline)
There's a lot happening at the moment. I'm trying to update some old InDesign files, ready to put together a new edition of two VCE study guides. Unfortunately, I don't have the half of the original fonts, and most of the images are embedded from old MS Word documents. The fonts could use a bit of standardisation anyway, but the images are a problem. Hopefully, I'll either get hold of originals to scan, or I'll find a printing company that will accept the files on faith - there's no way of checking embedded image quality before printing the file.

There's a third book in the works, although it's previously been made using Quark. I think it will be easiest to rebuild it from scratch, for the revised edition. It's an economics guide with a fairly complex layout, so it may still cause some headaches over the next few weeks.

In between long stints at the computer, the uberlist marches relentlessly onwards. I'm working on four different painting commissions at the moment, with about twenty pieces in the current wave, and thirty three after that. I've finally realised that the "paint everything all at once" approach doesn't work on this kind of scale, so I'm trying to minimise the amount of work on my desk. In theory, the best approach seems to be keeping a single day's work on the desk, and finishing it before starting anything new... only time will tell whether I manage to keep to that rule.

In the background, I'm still slowly building up stock for the Purple Mantis store. I have a Paypal Business account set up, so the next things on the list are a SSL certificate and configuring the Zencart storefront. First priority is finishing the design and painting work, though, so I have enough money to get the online store started.

Luckily, I like being busy...

Yikes!

Jul. 19th, 2007 01:45 pm
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I now have rather a lot of paintbrushes.

I ordered a batch of Winsor & Newton sable brushes from a US supplier, as a way of testing them out for future supplies. I won't be ordering from them again, as the brushes have been sent in two backordered lots (at $50AUD postage per batch...) over several months. I've also been charged more for the second batch than the entire order was worth. They arrived today, and I expected to find the box filled with my remaining items... so I took a photo as I opened the box, ready to send it to their customer service email address.

As it turns out, I haven't been charged for items that were not sent. Instead, they sent far more than I ordered, and charged me for the lot. Looking through their returns policy, I can organise to have them shipped back, be reimbursed for the shipping costs, and recieve a credit note for the items... but I don't particularly want to deal with them again. There's no way that I can turn the items back into cash again, so it looks like I have a larger store inventory than I had originally planned. Here's hoping that they sell well.

In other news - I have a website! You can find it at http://www.purple-mantis.com.au.

The site's still very rough at the moment (bits of placeholder text in a few Gallery pages, several "coming soon" pages, etc) but I decided it was time to stop tinkering with stylesheets and actually put something online. I'll be frantically adding bits to it over the next week, mainly to fill in gaps from the initial pages. It's mainly there for commission painting/sculpting at the moment, although I won't be taking on any new jobs until October.

I'll be adding an online storefront (using ZenCart) after I get back from travelling... hopefully, it will all be up and running during October.
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One unit down, three to go. I've been painting pretty solidly since 11am, stopping whenever my arms go numb or my legs fall asleep. It's been years since I painted quite this much at once, but the general work environment (deadlines to the horizon) is remarkably familiar... it's not just that I've been here before. I think part of me never left.

Sometimes, I wonder what I'd do if I had unlimited time to work in. I think that I know the answer, though - I'd take on an unlimited number of tasks, starting them only in that final frantic dash for the finish line. The world is a cold and lonely place when it's not full of ten million things to do, so I've buried myself in a comforting amount of work.

Target for tomorrow is to finish one unit (a retinue of nine Chosen terminators) by lunchtime; shoot some photos, edit them and email them to Ian, and finish another unit (nine Flamers) by dinner. That will leave me a single unit (another nine bloody Flamers) to finish on Thursday, plus fixing any missed details on the sixty-odd models painted so far. Weather permitting, I'll varnish the lot at some stage on Friday. After that, if anyone so much as hints that I paint another Flamer, you may see stories about tragic accidents involving eye sockets and steel files in the evening news...

It's taken months to build up steam, so I hope this run continues after the tournament. I should have enough work to take me through until mid July, or early August if another couple of jobs evenuate. If I can keep this up, I'll slam into the GenCon speed painting contest in August and keep accelerating from there. You're not driving fast enough unless there are bits of engine breaking off as you go :)
morsla: (runes)
I'm becoming more aware of time, these days. Specifically, how much time it takes to do specific things during the day - I know that lately I've been undercosting the time involved in painting, but I hadn't realised just how badly until I bought a little electronic timer to stick on my desk. I paint pretty quickly, but I forgot to factor in just how much I slow down when I'm bored...

There's been another heated debate on the Privateer Press forums about how much figure painters should reasonably charge for their work, with some fairly extreme views on both sides. While I'm happy to ignore the "I need cash now so I'll work for 50c an hour" arguments, and the "I couldn't possibly sell work for less than $150 a model" counters, someone mentioned charging extra when repetitive bulk work was required. I think it's a good idea - there is nothing more boring than doing the same task over and over again, and boredom slows you down. Slowing down pushes back other jobs in the queue, which pushes back getting paid for the work, which means you eat instant noodles for another week.

I happen to like instant noodles, but I do appreciate getting paid as well :)


In other news, I won the Cryx faction medal in Saturday's Warmachine/Hordes tournament. I think that makes five medals from the last four events... lots of shiny things :) The Liber Animus tournament is on next weekend, and after that it's high time I started getting ready for the National Open at GenCon.

Enough typing... back to the painting desk.
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I know there are lots of web-savvy people out there, so I thought I'd pose this as a general question.

I need to set up a business website. I know what I want it to look like, from a page-layout point of view, and in terms of site structure. I know what functions I need, and what I'd like to add in future. I'm just not sure what the best way would be to actually build it. I use a ridiculous number of sites, but you're free to assume that I know nothing at all about how they were made...

Can I just write the page contents in basic HTML (headings, paragraphs) and then find/modify a stylesheet to handle the appearance? (Column widths, text styles, positioning things on the page). I can handle notepad-level HTML, but I've never used CSS.

The shopping list:

Basic stuff
* Front page with News updates (new products, auctions, etc).
* Simple pages (bio, commission pricing, links)
* Gallery/portfolio. I'd prefer a simple HTML page here - I've played around with Gallery 2 for my personal photo collection, but I don't know enough about the guts of the Gallery database to feel completely comfortable with it.

More complex but still needed
* Shopping cart - currently favouring Zen Cart. I'll be selling small stock items in addition to one-off painted pieces. I'd like an e-commerce package that supports things like discount coupons and gift certificates. Free products with a good support community are also a plus.
* Payment gateway (possibly credit card, possibly PayPal - PayPal charges commission fees, but the others tend to have monthly or annual charges)

Things I'd like to do
* RSS feed for the News items on the front page. The front page will be updated weekly at a minimum, to encourage people to come back regularly. Not essential, but it's on the 'add if it's not too hard' list.
* Automated secure download links for PDF products. Linklok seems to be used for this by a few RPG publishers. Not an urgent need, but I want it to integrate with the shopping cart by the end of 2007.

Oddly enough, installing things like Zen Cart won't be particularly complicated - my web hosting package has a nifty installer that can auto-load many different scripts. Trying to get some sort of consistent appearance between the shopping cart and the rest of the site is currently beyond me, though.
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So. I finished work for the year yesterday. The book isn't going to the printers this year, as we have been asked to wait while the family puts together a family tree... it won't take long to add, but the printing deadline passed yesterday. Still, it's all finished bar the final page. There are no new projects starting until February, so that means I'm free for about six weeks.

The downside, of course, is that my income has now dropped to zero again. I'm going to finish the current sculpts (which fortunately were paid in advance), and when my desk beigns to clear I'll start looking for more work.

It's been an interesting year, as work goes. I've designed a magazine, three newspapers, two books, and a few eBooks. I've also started putting time into painting and sculpting, which is likely to make up about half my income in future. I'm also putting together a plan to cover the next couple of years... the trick lies in making a structure that's flexible enough to take anything thrown at it, but robust enough to give some form and direction to what I do.

My plan looks like a fractal. It has some very simple rules that make up a complex picture, and it can be extrapolated on any scale I need it. It's also a conscious attempt at a lifehack.

Goals: I want to constantly learn new things, which expand the range of things I do, while supporting the existing areas.

Phases: Focus on something new. Consolidate it until it becomes reliable. Keep an eye on changes in the work environment. Explore new directions. Assess progress in context of the new environment. Pick the next direction. Rinse, repeat.

The mid-range perspective for planning is a three month timescale: annual quarters, which fit nicely into a financial year. The same rules apply on a weekly basis, or a three-year cycle, though.

* 2006 Q4: I've been setting up the basic structure of a sole-trading business, and getting it to the point where I can use it without thinking about it. I've also been working on my editing and design skills, and watching where to go next.

* 2007 Q1 and Q2: Focus on painting and sculpting, to take advantage of a market that's currently strong, but has an uncertain future. The skills there are part artistic (improving my sculpting), part marketing (finding and entering international markets), and part technological (setting up an e-business). I will be watching the market for wargaming products, and exploring eBook RPG publishing.

* 2007 Q3 and Q4: Focus on eBook publishing. Draw on editing and design skills, e-business marketing, and develop a roleplaying imprint. The aim is to have limited hardcopy prints (electronic print-on-demand), with a full backlist available as PDF. It's a project management area, and a way of helping people get their work in print.

By keeping things modular, I can work around dead-end paths by starting a different area or falling back on the existing ones. Focusing on transferrable skills means that if specialised markets (e.g. sculpting) vanish, I'll still have learned enough from that area (e.g. e-business setup) to have it support future areas. Placing skills into context with others helps me to see them from different angles, and monitoring changes in my work environment (market, etc) helps me to deal with changes as they occur.

Coincidentally (if you believe in coincidence), it's exactly the same process behind learning a martial art. Identify the basics, drill them until they become second nature, watch for areas to work on, find ways of combining strengths more effectively. Analyse the context in which a technique is likely to be used, and recognise how to employ them when you inevitably come up against something you haven't seen before.
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It must be getting close to That Time Of Year.

I came in to work today to find a plastic Christmas tree on my monitor. It glows with colour-changing LEDs, and is plugged in to a spare USB port...

I've run out of manuscripts to work on, so I'm scanning photos for another project today. Some of them are okay. Some of them are printed out on a low-res inkjet printer, and have horizontal lines every few milimetres. Some of them are photos of photos that were taken in 1914, and have two generations of scratches, stains and blotches.

Fortunately we're only printing in greyscale... but it's still a long process getting the pictures to a vaguely printable quality. On the worst of them, I'm basically re-drawing the damaged parts of the image. I like to draw, though, and at least I'm getting paid for it.
morsla: (Dawn)
Despite a brief public appearance last night, I've returned to uni-imposed exile... at least for another week.

All of the Communication Entrepreneur material is now in, although I'm likely to continue doing the same work for a while yet... as a direct result of researching a "hypothetical" freelance communication business, I've now started my own. If you know anyone who could use a writer, editor or designer, give me a yell :)

I'm now working on two other extended pieces. One is late, but virtually finished. The other is due next week. It's in that all too familiar state of "ten thousand words of references and random thoughts," but it's a subject I'm happy to streamline into a 3,000 word package. It's also a handy bit of practice for any future science writing projects.

Work for Media Design is waiting until last, when everything else is finished. Three assignments, one essay. I'll take a warp-speed look at virtual reality interfaces, graphics in game design and photographic storyboard narratives, and finish it up with two thousand words of dystopian speculative fiction.

After that, my course is finished. I think I'll celebrate by collapsing in a heap, and spending at least 48 hours unconscious. It may be the only way I'll get any rest :)

In November and December I'll be primarily doing design work and sculpting to pay the bills, plus any other jobs that crop up. I'll also figure out how to build two websites - one for the communications gig, and one for my painting. Then January will hopefully be full of hiking, in nice photogenic places that I can write travel articles about...
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So, I sat down to find out how about the financial component of this business plan, and seem to have lost about three hours. Suddenly it's almost 9pm, dark outside, and I have a head full of terms like equity, liabilities, profit margins, operating expenses, revenue, liquidity and working capital. One day, maybe we'll streamline the process by slotting tedious information straight into our heads, freeing up more time to spend out in the sun... In the meantime, I ought to write notes on my hands to remind myself to stop and eat.

I went over the marking sheet for my business presentation, and reverse-engineered it to work out what's supposed to go into the talk. Half the marks are on presentation skills, while the rest goes into content and structure. The structure is now nailed down, just needing details for my finances and marketing plans... hence losing track of time while I set up spreadsheets. There's still a lot of guesswork involved (I need 2 years of projected figures), but it's starting to look a lot more tangible.

Yesterday was spent stuffing my brain with research for all of these. Even the most (seemingly) unrelated subjects have unexpected linking points, so I compiled information for four papers at the same time. I tend to save the relevant things after reading them, and now have about 120 pages of text and images - enough to start working with, which is nice. I'm now convinced that it's outright dangerous to try working on a single thing at a time. I get bored, my mind wanders, and I can't find any inspiration to write - something I really can't afford at the moment.

Everything seems to be growing like some kind of fractal. Big, strategic plans have been mapped out, and each branch is having more detail added to it. Whenever I focus on a specific part, I add more detail again. There are fairly simple rules being applied (isolate things that I don't know, find out more on them, add it to the bigger picture, reassess what I don't know) but it seems to build a comprehensive picture over time.

I hated doing my literature survey during the geochemistry honours project. It was painfully dull, overspecialised to a ridiculous degree, and I really didn't like trying to summarise things into a linear paper. Much later, I noticed a co-worker at CSIRO compiling three-dimensional lit surveys, with the ability to zoom in or out while navigating the points. I don't know what software he used, so I'm trying to do the same thing in my head.

It's an interesting thought experiment... I'm finding that I need longer breaks than usual, while I slowly digest things. I tend to walk away from the computer to do something creative - painting is good, as I can do it unconsciously while I keep sorting out whatever I've just read.
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I've discovered the thread linking all my disparate jobs and hobbies together: a ridiculous attention to detail, bordering on obsessive/compulsive :) I seem to enjoy the jobs that most people find soul-destroying, like spotting misplaced commas at ten paces or paintng the eyeballs on tiny figurines. Here's hoping that there will always be a demand for minutiae, as they form the nano-scale foundations of my career.

I'm now working at Synergy Publishing two days a week, with two projects to occupy my time. The first is a book - a memoir, to be precise. I started work on it last week, but it's on hold for a while as there is still a lot of editing to finish. It's the second book I've designed - the first being the Weapons of the Gods Companion... I hadn't realised at the time just how far into the deep end I leaped with that project. Memoirs and novels are serenely calm in comparison. Five text styles instead of thirty, one author instead of half a dozen...

Project #2 is an educational journal called "Junior Horizons," which is actually a lot of fun to design. It's aimed at pre-school and early primary teachers, and also has information for parents of pre-schoolers. It's a riot of colour, fonts and illustrations. It's also a nice manageable 16 pages. I spent today re-buildng the layout templates, as it looks suspiciously like the file has been edited and re-saved for every issue they've ever worked on it.

I'm still in the process of sorting out paperwork like an ABN (I need one!) and GST registration (perhaps - only compulsory if my annual turnover will be over $50k). I'm planning to quiz the accountant at work tomorrow, to find out exactly how this works. Wading through the ATO website was on my list of things to do eventually, but I didn't expect to start two jobs before I got my feet under me.

My goal for the week is to register for all the legal things I need to do, and then start sending out invoices for all the work I've done over the last few months. With the exception of the "hobby income" (painting), I haven't actually been paid for any work I've done this year... high time I sorted that out. I'm also thinking of rolling my painting income in with all the other elements of the Sole Trader operation (essentially considering painting, writing and design all as "professional" income sources). If I have to start collecting GST on my income, I might as well claim back the GST component of the things I spend most of my money on.

Thanks to those who surprised [livejournal.com profile] aeliel on her birthday :) She's headed back to Blackwood for a couple of days, so I have an empty house at the moment. I feel like I've stepped back a few years in time... I'm back late from work, the music is cranked up nice and loud, and I'm heading upstairs to paint until my eyes drop out. Plus ├ža change...
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Dear diary,

Strange times are upon us. On a shopping trip last week, I tucked in a shirt for the first time in about fifteen years. I now own shoes that are neither workboots or runners. Sometime soon, I'll have to figure out how to knot a tie. At 0700 tomorrow, I'm going to a business meeting.

Having never been a part of the corporate world, I'm not entirely sure what to make of it all... I'll be reporting on some professional development seminars, as a pilot for what may become a new internship program for my course. I'm dressing up as someone respectable, as the seminars are held in Crown Casino's Garden Rooms. This is something of a shock to the system...

The seminars are given by various "field experts," and form part of a PD program in risk management and insurance. Problem is, the organisation running them has no way of preserving the content of their seminars, beyond getting copies of the speakers' powerpoint slides. With luck, they will find some value in having someone write a short feature on each topic. That's where I come in.

Business attire is funny. [livejournal.com profile] aeliel already failed to recognise me in the shop, so I hate to think what will happen when she finds a tie-wearing stranger walking around the house at 6am. I'll walk softly and try to avoid waking her up :)

At least I managed to keep my golden rule of shopping for clothes: everything in my wardrobe still passes the all-important "can I kick in these?" test... these pinstripes are now certified roundhouse-proof.
morsla: (Dawn)
High is the way
but our eyes are upon the ground.

You are the light and the way
They'll only read about
I only pray heaven knows
When to lift you out

10,000 days in the fire is long enough.
You're going home...

I'm slowly wearing myself away at the edges. The last few weeks have been a trial... I've been running that knife edge between five sets of deadlines for too long. Nights like these, I wonder whether I'm actually still on top of things. I'm far too stubborn to stop just because I've hit a wall. I'm still delivering work faster than ever, but this time I'm all out of reserves. One more week at full throttle. Six more weeks until I get a few days off. After that, blessed oblivion.

No firetwirling tonight. Not much of anything other than work, actually. Layout has stalled while I wait for Chapter 2 to come in... after that, I'll make a few final changes and connect up all those lovely "page XX" references. Compiling an index will be the last job to do. I can see why so many RPGs "forget" to leave space for one - they are a royal pain to prepare. Fortunately, Wednesdays and Thursdays are eaten by uni so I'm not twiddling my thumbs waiting for the last piece of the puzzle.

I can see why they don't recommend combining postgrad with any large amount of other work. Like, say, 80-hour weeks. The workload is generally pretty decent, but it's been slowly building up while I try to make enough money to pay my bills. The work is fun, but getting it in short bursts is killing me. In realistic terms, work from the last month should have been spaced out over at least two. Unfortunately, when it's "do this in three days" or "don't do this and don't get paid," that doesn't give me much of a choice.

Right now, I have pieces of a persuasive writing folio to upload, and then it's time for a few more hours of restlessly wishing I could get to sleep. The thing that frustrates me most about insomnia is the wasted opportunity - you can't do anything productive with those hours, sleeping or otherwise. The plan for tonight is to get some exercise until I'm physically exhausted (not hard, in my current health), with the aim of collapsing into bed afterwards. If I would have spent a few hours staring at the ceiling, I might as well get something done in that time.

It's time now!
My time now!
Give me my wings...

blinkblink

Apr. 19th, 2006 09:46 pm
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Detached and distant, I'm moving far too slowly for the world around me.

In one sense, this is entirely too accurate. I've been sitting almost perfectly still for hours, measured breathing and small precise mouse movements the only sign that I'm still alive. The sun has passed from one horizon to the next. I've been working at my computer, and I've made a conscious effort to unplug myself from the endless distractions of LJ and the forums. My one concession to the outside world has been an occasional glance at email, looking for updates about this job.

This also couldn't be further from the truth. My eyes are beginning to glaze over, as I've sped through reams of data today. Sometime around midday, I slipped into a trance that took many, many hours to pull myself out of. I'm now working as fast as my eyes can track across the screen, and I've discovered the ability to spot misplaced commas at just below the speed of light.

I'm doing the early stages of a large layout project - setting up the templates, and applying the dozen different body/header styles to the text.

I've just placed 55,000 words of text, line by line, into a state that fits the design schema of the book. It's taken two long days ('til 9pm tonight, and til 10pm last night), but this first stage is now done - 20,000 words yesterday; 35,000 and a few score tables and callouts today. It appears to be dark outside... nice and windy, though. Maybe I'll take a quick walk to re-start my circulatory system - I think I've shut down non-essential blood supply beyond my fingertips and eyeballs.

At any rate, it's time I turned this computer off for a while, and got some rest. Tomorrow will be another long day.
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Too bad I only discovered the "danger!" lab on my second-last day of work :)

To do list: Clean up desk. Exit paperwork signed by Project Manager, IT, Security, Workshop, HR. Hand in swipe card. Computer account closed. Hit the road.

EDIT: I hope my next job involves dinosaurs or ninjas....

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