I’m starting to hit that…

I'm starting to hit that point in Clarion when you're just exhausted -- you're sleeping badly and when you're awake you realize that you've been working pretty damn close to every waking minute for as long as you can remember and you're very close to falling down. This is my typical schedule:

  • 6 - 7: wake up, make tea and toast, re-read stories for working today and write up crits
  • 7 - 8:30: read stories from their earlier weeks in the workshop, print crits, walk over to class
  • 8:30 - 11:30: workshop, sometimes with additional talks worked in -- yesterday I told them about what happened to my novel; today, I'm going to talk to them about starting to do taxes as writers; what they can deduct and so on
  • 11:30 - 1: lunch, finish reading stories from earlier weeks
  • 1 - 2: lecture
  • 2 - 3:30: individual conferences with students
  • 3:30 - 5:30: breathing space :-) more tea. Sometimes more meetings; yesterday I had a great conversation with the chair of the English department; today, I'm being interviewed.
  • 5:30 -7: dinner, errands
  • 7-8: lecture
  • 8 - 10: first read of the next morning's workshop stories, prep for day, make up lecture notes, etc.
  • 10: try to go to sleep
Even though all the individual parts are pretty fabulous, the pace is just relentless. Luckily, I get to go home tomorrow. Pity the poor students!

I'm reading a copy of Octavian Nothing I found in the lounge, and it's very good so far, but also very depressing. I'm about a quarter of the way through -- is it worth my picking up a copy when I go home so I can find out what happens? Or is it just going to be more of the depressing?

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