Notes – 12/30/2016

My apologies for the lack of posting lately (though I’m not sure if anyone is reading this blog yet!). I do have a third part in my Adulting So Hard series about half drafted, but want to spend more time on it before it goes up.

It’s been a strange time in my life. My days always end up filled, yet I never quite know where the day went. I have no idea what day it is if it’s not Sunday (when I go to church) because I have no standing appointments or obligations the other days of the week. So I thought it would be interesting to account for how I’m spending my time. In rough order (most-to-least time spent):

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Adulting So Hard, Part 2: Teaching

If you missed Part 1 of this discussion, it is available here, though it’s not necessary to read them in order. Essentially, in the last six months, I became a parent, a teacher, and a boss. In Part 1, I wrote about what it’s like to be a first-time manager, if even for a short term. Today’s episode of Dude Where’s My Youth discusses a far greater responsibility: being a Sunday school teacher.

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New Story Published: “The Persistence of RAM”

Just a quick note here: my newest piece of fiction is now published and available in Silver Blade Magazine! This science fiction story is called “The Persistence of RAM.” This piece arose from my desire to write two opposing voices that were distinctly different characters, each interpreted through the lens of the other. I would rate it a hard PG-13 for language.

Also, more good news:  I just had a new story accepted for the May 2017 edition of FrostFire Worlds magazine! That story is called “King of the Butterflies,” and I’ll have more about it as it comes closer to publication.

Thanks to all who continue to support me and my writing!

-CM

Adulting So Hard, Part 1: Managing

In the last six months, I became a parent, a teacher, and a boss.

And thus died the years of my youth, free of responsibility.

Today’s post is about my recently departed job, and on moving from an “individual contributor” (read: peon) to “manager” (read: still peon, but now with the added weight and responsibility that if you screw up, somebody else’s life may be ruined).

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A website by any other name would give a 404 error.

I’ve learned a valuable lesson of late: I’m not going to have nearly as much time on my hands being a full-time dad as I thought I would. Even with Alicia around (and, frankly, doing more than her fair share of babycare duties at the moment), it feels like I’m constantly running from one house chore to the next.

So clearly, that’s a great time to start a project like launching a new website, right?

Yep. That’s what I thought too.

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