Miscellaneous

Why I Love (and Hate!) the Wheel of Time

Submitted by C B Wright on

If you're not familiar with the Wheel of Time, the series created by Robert Jordan and finished by Brandon Sanderson, this article won't mean a whole lot to you. I'm writing this primarily for other people who have read the series, primarily because I'm curious as to whether they can see the same things I see, or if it's just me. If you've never read it… well, there are probably spoilers.

I never managed to finish the Wheel of Time. I'm frustrated by this, especially since the story has been finished, and I'm invested enough in the story, even now, to want to know how everything works out. But even wanting to know hasn't been enough to sustain me. I'm one of those people who feel like the WoT dropped off in quality, pretty severely, somewhere around the middle, and I always wind up giving up. I don't think I've ever made it to book ten. I'm pretty sure I've never finished reading book nine.

Brief note on the new job

Submitted by C B Wright on

So I started my new job on Monday. It's fine, but it comes with a few challenges. The biggest is that it's in Georgia and I'm in Montgomery, AL. So I've switched up from working out of a home office to commuting to work every day.

Here's the math for that:

Work starts at eight, it's an hour and a half drive, add an extra half hour for getting lost (like I did this morning). So: leave the house at six. So: get up at five.

BUT WAIT WE'RE NOT DONE.

Out of the Woods, Heading to Civilization

Submitted by C B Wright on

A quick update, with (it is my fervent hope) more enjoyable updates to follow in the days ahead:

1. I have a job! Huzzah.

2. I start Monday! Double-huzzah.

3. I start getting paid before Christmas! Triple-huzzah.

The only thing left is to make it to that paycheck, which is doable.

This going to be another complicated year, since it requires locating the family to Georgia. (Hello Farraday City!) But it beats homelessness and starvation, so I'll take it!

I'd like to thank everyone who helped out during this time. You helped a lot. I wouldn't have made it to this point without you. Looks like I owe you some stories and stuff.

Encouraging News

Submitted by C B Wright on

In my last status update, which was rather grim, I mentioned there was one potential lead that might still break my way. Well, I have to pass a background check and a drug test, but assuming I haven't been living a wild double life that I've been hiding from myself with self-inflicted amnesia there's a pretty good chance I'm going to have a job again.

Of course we have to make it to the point where I actually get a paycheck, and I want to thank everyone who has volunteered to help. And in particular I'd like to thank the insane Anonymous Patreon donor, because yikes.

Those of you eagerly waiting for Issue 26 shouldn't have to wait too much longer. Patreon subscribers have already seen rough cuts of Parts one through three. Part Four is in progress.

Image taken from Wikimedia Commons. Credited to Allen Watkin. Distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License. Image was reduced in size before reuse.

Status Report: Here Is Us, On The Raggedy Edge

Submitted by C B Wright on
Still (and article title) taken from the movie Serenity. Browncoats unite!

A not particularly pleasant update:

You may be wondering where I've been for the last two months. Issue 26 of Curveball was supposed to come out in September, after all, and here it is almost the end of October and it's turning into another round of "will he or won't he" terms of getting everything ready on time. Well I haven't forgotten or abandoned any of you, but the non-digital world has been very demanding of late.

In August the long-term contract I was working ended. I have been looking for work ever since, but apparently I haven't been looking very well because so far nothing's come of it. I had two strong possibilities: one didn't work out, one is still a possibility but I'm waiting to hear. In the meantime I'm not resting on my laurels, but I'm also not making a whole lot of progress.

At some point very soon I'm going to completely run out of money, and I have no idea what will happen if I get there. I'll be frank, trying to plan for that is terrifying. I don't know precisely what will happen next, and I'm not really looking forward to finding out.

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