So, this was supposed to be a quiet week of relaxation. The two weeks after my Mum went home were completely manic, catching up on work, and organising a video shoot for a Moviestorm demo. This week, I only had one day's work booked, so I figured I'd just chill, read a couple of books, and listen to some music. The most strenuous thing on my to-do list was organising the playlists on my iTunes and figure out exactly what's in that 200+Gb of mp3s we possess between us.
Didn't quite turn out like that.
I spent Monday designing characters for a Spanish video game, then in the evening went out to Kissimmee to see my old friend and colleague from the UK Online days, Simon Bisson, who was in town for a conference. By the time I'd got lost on the way to find the Five Guys at Dr Phillips, it ended up as a 100-mile round trip.
Tuesday I got stuck into editing and doing an e-book conversion for a book by friend and former Moviestorm colleague Julian Gold, as well as proofreading the final version of the e-book of Ong's Hat, by friend and Hukilau colleague Joseph Matheny.
On Wednesday, I was completely destroyed by a migraine. Even so, I managed to check through the first cut of the Moviestorm video and get feedback to the editor, and do another sizeable chunk of Julian's book.
Thursday didn't go to plan at all, and I got practically no work done at all. I went out to Titusville first thing in the morning with Jim Carchidi, and spent the day wandering round with him as he took photos of the shuttle launch for the local press. After an amazingly quick drive back (a mere 60 minutes), I made curry and we had a relaxing evening drinking beer in the hot tub. I passed on going to the late night Flirtini Foxxes burlesque show (largely because I can't handle the smoke in the Peacock), and settled down with Anna to watch a movie. Ten minutes in, we got a call from a friend who wanted us to check out his new venue as a potential place to host some Ferox events, so we ended up wandering round an almost deserted club at midnight.
Picture by Jim Carchidi
On Friday, I finally finished converting Julian's book, and Simon came over for lunch before flying back to England. In the evening we went out to Frankie's Apartment E show at Taste, and then on to see the Hindu Cowboys at Drake's Bar. Fantastic music, and an excellent venue - I had a really enjoyable time.
Yesterday, we went kayaking on Lake Maitland. We had plans for the evening, but kayaking took longer than expected, so we ended up going out to a steakhouse and then, finally, watching a movie! (Observation: 9½ Weeks is horribly dated and epitomizes everything I hated about the 80s.)
Photo by Anna
And today, I've just proof-read and done the ebook conversion on a book by Jim Carchidi. And that's not all - this evening, we've got places to be, people to see...
In the middle of all that, I still managed to sort out my iTunes playlists (55 playlists, 32786 songs, 100.2 days), go to the gym three times, read five books (loved People of the Longhouse and Arrowsmith, the others were meh), listen to more music than I've done in ages, finish a piece of art I've been messing with for weeks (still not happy with it, though), write two FML scripts, and work on the business plan for Fas Ferox, which may, entirely possibly, get going in earnest very soon.
And that was my "quiet week".
Still, maybe next week will be a quiet week. Apart from work, I've got nothing much planned, except going to Bike Week in Daytona with Jim, two art shows, going to a movie with the Stephensons, re-writing the outline of a 72-issue story, reading some other books in the North Americans series, researching more bits of mythology, doing the maintenance on the air conditioning, and taking Darien out driving... did I forget anything?
No? Good. Then maybe I'll have time to play Assassin's Creed.