• Life

    Coming Back From a Vacation

    by It’s hard to come back to work after being on vacation for a week. Actually, I suppose it’s hard to come back to work after being on vacation for any length of time. Strictly speaking, I was out of the office for 12 1/2 days, arriving to that first day back less than half an hour after I dictate these words. That said, I did continue to reading email and dealing with some things remotely for the first two days of my vacation, treating it like a weekend where I was still at home. And I’ll be very curious as to the final email total. I have specifically not…

  • Life

    Vacation Prep

    by Have you ever noticed before you go on vacation that there is a $h!tload of stuff to do? I don’t just mean the getting stuff ready, the prep for the actual vacation itself. You also have to do all kinds of stuff in advance for work to make it possible for you to go on vacation the first place: task to reassigned, things to get done, to email cleaned out, out of office responses, all the things that you would normally do as part of your job that need to be done still need to be done while you’re gone so you get someone to cover those. And then,…

  • Life

    Cottage Life Day 7 – Big Adventure Day

    by Or, as I’m also referring to it as: “Trip to the Little Lake on Big Island in a Slightly Bigger Lake”. Another excerpt from last week’s vacation. Said trip involved: 10-minute drive to the appropriate boat launch, 5-kilometre paddle by kayak to the place where I tied the boat, Safely extract myself from the kayak without drowning or breaking any bones and make sure it’s secured so I’m not stranded, 40-metre climb that also covered about 20 metres in vertical distance, 25 metres worth of horizontal-ish bushwhacking without the benefit of a trail or path. Destination: On a map (blue circle is the boat launch, red circle is where…

  • Life

    Cottage Life Day 5

    by An excerpt of last week’s life. Order of Operations: Get up Walk the dog Breakfast Write 3 km Kayak exploratory journey Martial Arts work out Read Lunch Explore remains of 1800s log cabin farm buildings Geocaching Write Dinner Do something on the water (swim, kayak, sit on the dock) Watch the sunset Hot tub/Lounge on the deck (I’m likely the second one of these. Hot tubs are usually too hot for me.) Walk the dog Look at the stars Read Bed Other days have similar agendas, sometimes with a bigger exploration (the Bonnechere Caves and Eagle’s Nest lookout, for example). This just happens to be the day I’m writing…

  • Life,  Writing

    Vacation Plans: November 2012

    by So as of yesterday, I’m on a two week vacation, not returning to work until Monday, November 12th, and I’ve got, as one or two of my kids might say, a crap tonne of stuff to get done. Aside from World Fantasy Convention in Toronto from the 1st to the 4th of November, about which more (probably a lot more) over the next few days, I have a pretty big To Do list. This includes: Pounding out some serious new wordage. For every day I’m not at WFC, I’m looking for at least 1500 words of new fiction plus a blog post as often as I can manage. Doing…