These days are flying by

Man, it’s like the Beatles said:

Wake up.  Get out of bed.  Draw a comb across my head. Well, maybe not the last part. But the days really are just flying by in a kind of cyclical way.  And I’m only working half-time right now.  I’ve been sleeping in late because the baby keeps us up at night. In the morning I want to spend time with Kelly and the baby, and we linger in front of the TV.  Then I head off to work around 12:30 for 4 concentrated hours of whatever it is I do.  Then it’s back home.  Dinner.  Take Zachary for a walk.  And thus begins the long journey toward sleep:  giving Zach a bath, feeding him, getting him in his jammies, and finally getting him down to sleep.  It’s exhausting.

And yet I’ve got a Post-It on my office computer with a list of 6 story projects (5 shorts and 1 novel) that I want to be working on, but on which I am making on the barest of progress.

Yesterday, I received the trifecta of science fiction magazines in the mail:  one each of ANALOG, ASIMOV’S and F&SF.  Today, I received Jennifer Pelland’s collection, Unwelcome Bodies from Apex Book Company.  I’m still working my way through Lord of the Rings (about which I will have more to say when I finish it).  And I once again have a significant backlog of science magazines to get through.

(Some people tell me to skip the science magazines.  Heck no!  They are a great source of story ideas, to say nothing of pretty much the one way I keep educating myself on the sciences.)

Doug sent us one more form to sign for the mortgage and we’ve signed it and sent it back.

Zachary is sleeping.  He had a good night last night and slept for 4 hours in one stretch which is pretty remarkable for the little guy.  I’m hoping that is a new trend.

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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.