The Monday After a Weird Week.

Last week was categorically a weird week. I’m the type of person who gets very set in her ways. I like repetition, I like structure, I like things being A Certain Way. Last week went so off the rails of my usual week that I knew it was bound to be an adventure. It’s good for me to have weeks like that to shake up my foundations a little, but I’m definitely glad it’s over and I’ll be heading into more normalized territory this week.

The week definitely had its fair share of positives and negatives. So allow me to recap.

I think I need to get a lot of reading done this week…

Reading: My plan to get a book finished this week, especially to make up for not finish a book the week before, didn’t quite pan out. And, of course, since it’s Monday, I still added a new book to the pile, because we can’t change the rules all because I’m reading too many dense things right now. So The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot has finally made it onto the pile, a book that I’ve been wanting to dive into ever since I heard an interview with Skloot on NPR ages ago. I’m shooting for finishing either The Marriage Plot or Night Train to Memphis, but, knowing me, it’ll probably be Witches Abroad, because I’m a Pratchett-aholic.

Writing: Rejections surged this week, putting me at a whopping 17, up from last week’s 10. And most of them have already been spruced up and turned around and sent somewhere new, too. Lather, rinse, repeat. Thankfully, the proof for Alban Lake‘s Potter’s Field Six was sent out to contributors yesterday, so I’ve got that as a very tangible thing to look forward to. I can’t wait to share it with everyone; it looks like it’s going to be a really solid publication. I also started up a story today with the intention of submitting it to Meerkat Press’s “Behind the Mask” feature. The deadline is literally a few days away, though, so I’m not sure if I’ll make it. I’m going to try, though, dammit.

Submissions to this year’s World Unknown Review keep pouring in, too. I’m really thrilled by the variety, though, as usual, we’re a little heavy on the spec fic. There’s still plenty of time before the deadline, though, so send in some work! We’ve totally smashed last year’s number to oblivion, but I think it would be really sweet if we could break 100 submissions this year. It’s a long shot, but there’s always a big influx closer to the deadline.

And speaking of WUR, check out the interview I posted yesterday with WUR author Shawn Proctor. He’s our featured author from last year’s volume, and you can read his story, “The Courier,” here.

‘Rithmatic: Due to the strange week, it felt like I had a bit more time off, but I didn’t use it to do much hiking, because the weather has been a little…wet. I did get one of my ten-miles in, though I didn’t have the motivation to do it on any other day. And I’m not entirely sure when we’ll get a chance to squeeze on in this week, but we’ll see. Getting out there in nature does wonders to help keep my spirit lifted and positive, so it’s definitely becoming a must (though who knows what I’ll do once winter hits. Winter in Chicago is not exactly pleasant for the outdoors).

Weight: still the same. I don’t even know why I bother mentioning it anymore. Or maybe my scale is just a very special kind of broken. It’s been more than a month with absolutely no fluctuation, and that seems weird.

But that’s all for now. It took a bit longer than usual to post this; I’m a little scattered this morning because I have to work in a few hours, which makes me feel all restricted and everything. Plus, there’s been some issues with the boyfriend’s car, and so we’re taking care of some of that this morning, and it’s just a really off start to the Monday, which I hope doesn’t lead to just a really off week. But only time will tell.


  1. I’m the same way about tings being a certain way. This week is weird for me as I got called for jury duty and am staying at my mom’s since she lives a lot closer(we’re almost into the next county where I live), so my whole schedule is a little iffy.

    • Sometimes it can be kind of cool to shake things up a bit, but, yeah, usually, I’m all, “But I should be doing it this way right now, this is awful, just please go back to normal, life.”

  2. I have a friend who doesn’t understand why I can’t be more spontaneous. I like plans. I like consistency. So I totally get that about structure.

    Some weeks are just totally wonky. Mine was week before last because it ALWAYS happens right before vacation. Since I’m going on my last vacation of the year next week, I expect something huge to happen in the next two days. Because, you know, nothing can ever run smoothly. LOL

    • Yes, god forbid, something run smoothly! That’s not how life works.

      Although, now that just reminds me of how I always get a little anxious when things DO run smoothly, because, clearly, that’s not how it works, and, clearly, something got to go wrong eventually, right?

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