the joy of duty

Posted on November 14th, 2007 by Scraps.
Categories: Boring Posts, Stuff.

When I left work last night, I had worked 27 hours out of the preceding 36. I'm certainly not complaining; we can use the money, and I'm not breaking rocks. But it has taken me a while to properly wake.

The last two days are an intensified example of how busy my work life has been lately. I had not intended to fall silent here, but just when I started taking on freelance copy editing again to supplement my dwindling hours at the ad agency, the office work started picking up again. And I'm suddenly getting more freelance work than I had anticipated. Rains, pours. Because of assorted financial pressures in our life right now -- debts, Christmas travel, the need to move -- I'm not inclined to turn down the work until it's literally more than I can do.

The creative writing has to come first, and I'm barely making time for that. And I've become somewhat obsessed with photography (some of which I post at my my other weblog). And I'm trying to read a lot more fiction than I have in the last few years. (I've severely cut my online reading.) And of course I'm still completely in thrall to music.

So, well, I do intend to keep writing here. But it's likely to be pretty scattered. And honestly, I'm not nearly as good a writer on music as I wish I were (this is not a cry for reassurance), especially at describing the specifics that make music work for me. (Two recent posts at Pretty Goes With Pretty, about Slint's Spiderland and Drive Like Jehu's Yank Crime, are a great example of what I wish I could do: he told me specific musical things about those albums that I hadn't known.)

Feelings of inadequacy aside, I'm unlikely to ever entirely stop writing about music I love and trying to spread it around. Just not so much right now.

8 comments.

ethan

Comment on November 14th, 2007.

Geez, now I do feel a bit of an asshole for telling you to write more here.

And you say you're not crying for reassurance, but I'm gonna give it to you anyway: I don't know you at all, but I check this blog every day, so you must be doing something (that strikes me as) right.

Scraps

Comment on November 14th, 2007.

I do appreciate that very much; thank you.

There's nothing wrong with telling me to write more, so don't worry about that.

Fred

Comment on November 14th, 2007.

I hear that; I've been working double shifts for the last few weeks, and will (with any luck) continue to do so until the end of December.

Richard

Comment on November 14th, 2007.

For what it's worth, I've enjoyed and gotten a lot out of your song project posts.

Richard

Comment on November 14th, 2007.

...um, I've enjoyed your other posts, too! I mentioned the song project ones only because you were talking about writing about music...

Scraps

Comment on November 15th, 2007.

Heh. I appreciate that, too.

Jason

Comment on November 21st, 2007.

It's like I wrote this myself or something.

Scraps

Comment on November 21st, 2007.

Yeah, I figured that was probably the case.

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