T Minus One

Tomorrow’s the big day – the first day of my training contract (or “period of recognized training”, as it’s now known). I’m nervous. I’m excited. I’m not enough of either of those things, and too much all at the same time.

Mostly I feel distracted and worried about all the logistics we’re juggling: the move, the visa, etc. I viewed another house last week and applied over the weekend, but of course the referencing and such will take a few days. Part of me knows I’ll be extremely busy (and therefore distracted followed by exhausted) during the coming week, but still… I can’t help but long for things to be more settled than they are right now.

And that’s leaving aside the entire ball of emotions wrapped up in bed-sitting / living apart from Alasdair again. With luck it’ll be short – two weeks, maybe three. If not, it’ll be weekend visits and more house-hunting until we can nail down the move. Doable. Sustainable. Undesirable.

On top of all THAT, tonight is the Parsec Awards – airing at an East Coast time which should see me fast asleep. They’re not a tremendous contributor to the overall emotional rollercoaster, but they’re still a part. It feels like Cast of Wonders is right on the cusp of starting to gain more mainstream recognition. I’ve done a lot more commentary and community involvement recently, and am starting to look at panel attendance in next year’s convention circuit.

Then there’s FantasyCon this weekend to finish preparing. It’s all in very good shape, just a matter of finalizing and printing and such. This weekend while I’ve packed for London, I packed for York at the same time.

One step at a time. Finish one project at a time. No new personal projects this year. And a quiet Christmas in a new house with, if we’re lucky, enough space for a tree. Just gotta stay on target, and remember to enjoy the ride!

Phase One: Complete!

One international move, two years of intense work, nineteen examinations and more applications than I care to count, and it’s all over.

The paperwork has been signed. It’s official: I’ve accepted my training contract with Olswang, and I start September 1st!

I cannot adequately put into works how excited I am. Not just to be moving into the last stage of training, but to be doing so immediately. I had resigned myself to a two year gap, and of course made plans to use the time productively. I’m ecstatic to abandon them.

For the last several months, The Future has been one big constantly shifting order of operations puzzle. When and where do we want to have the wedding, and is that timing dictated by my leave to remain visa application? (It’s not. Whew.) When should I start looking for full-time employment after exams? Are we going to move? Where, and when? What does that mean for Alasdair’s employment? How are we going to schedule all these conventions when I may have interviews and assessment days? On and on and on. Many questions, few answers.

These last few weeks it’s all started to click into place. This will be our third move in three years. Where hasn’t been decided yet, but we’ve got a likely candidate, RightMove saved properties and tentative plans for a scouting trip along with offers of help from friends and family alike. But we’ll make it work. We always do. Not to mention the HUGE job possibilities this makes possible for Alasdair.

But one thing at a time. Nine Worlds this weekend (#DragonLadies! Swordfighting!). LonCon next (US friends!).  Then house-hunting and FantasyCon (Redcloaks!).

Onward, to bigger and better!

Fall Back

Five in the evening and it’s already dark. No matter how hard I try, I never fully adjust. There are plenty of evening hours, but they all feel like they’re closer to midnight than dinner time. Ah well.

The move is complete, the old house has been cleaned top to bottom (it’s cleaner now than when we moved in!), and the new place unpacked enough to be functional. Both offices are still a mess, but at least all the furniture’s in the right places. Which is SO much easier to accomplish when the house is only two stories instead of four! Alasdair’s even had a chance to play the first part of Arkham Origins – life is slowly returning to … well, what we call normal anyway.

Monday is the commercial mediation competition kick-off, and I’m equal parts excited and nervous. I can’t wait to compare and contrast with my community mediation training, and strangely I’m looking forward to the chance to practice my note-taking. I didn’t realize how many different -ways- there are, depending on your focus. Yes, I’m dorking out about note-taking. Geek in all things, right?

Back to business prep and unpacking!

Quick While My Recording Uploads

T-minus three days and counting until the move and things are in good shape. The living room is nothing but cardboard boxes, but at least they’re labeled! Just my office left to tackle, which I’ll start after my final community mediation training session tomorrow.

And I may have found green chilies… Watch this space for a full report once the kitchen is unpacked.

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Running To Stand Still

The forty-two days between my last post and this should give you some indication of how busy things are at the moment. So busy that I don’t have time to go see Ender’s Game, let alone write the blog post detailing my approach to seeing it in theaters without (according to my calculations) a red cent of my money making its way to Orson Scott Card’s pocket.

But after a diligent “one on, one off” reading week I still have ten lectures to consolidate, two sessions’ worth of preparations to finalize, 2/3rds of the house to pack, my wife to murder, and Gilder to frame for it. I’m swamped.*

That’s right, we’re moving. Long story short, it was now with control, or next summer in the middle of exams without any control. You’ve met me and my deep and abiding love for order. No brainer, really. This way we’ll at least beat the snows (tonight’s Uber Storm non-withstanding) and will have time to settle in before exams start end of November. That’s in about a month. Already. Wow.

Other than the full time LPC (which is keeping to its promise of being less overall work than the GDL), community mediation training, the upcoming commercial mediation competition, and moving, things are swell. Alasdair’s current Kickstarter project is about to close and has done quite well, and he’ll be Red Jacketing at World Fantasy Con next weekend.

I will be at two all-day back to back training seminars.
And packing.
He’s promised flowers and dinner out. Wise man. 🙂

Cast of Wonders is doing amazing. Between the Parsec win this year and the Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching project I think the show is really starting to hit its stride. We’ll be running Staff Picks in January, the month we traditionally go dark, and I’m starting to look at 2014’s line-up. We have some fantastic stories headed your way.

Until next time!

*This is a quote. You all know it’s a quote. But as application season rears its head, I find it safest to clarify I’m not advocating murder.