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Patience is not my virtue

In furtherance of my current Max Gladstone obsession, I'm reading "Bookburners" on Serial Box.  It's an interesting concept - they're doing old-fashioned serial stories.  Each story is self-contained, inside of an overall story arc - much like any police procedural television series.  There are four authors collaborating, and all the writing is quite good.  I particularly like Margaret Dunlap's dialogue (which makes sense when you find out that she's a screenwriter.)

The concept is a bit of a knock-off of "The Librarians," but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.  The format is fun, and it's also the problem.  A new installment is released every Wednesday.  This is the sort of story that I would normally gulp down in a sitting.  Or maybe two.  But I get an installment once a week, and it's KILLING me.  I want more.  Moremoremoremore.  Sigh.  It's even worse because of the way I read.  Apparently each piece is designed to take about forty minutes to read - I'm knocking them out in twenty.  I knew I read fast, I had no idea that I read THAT fast.  My goodness.

Years ago, I read that when the last installment of "The Old Curiosity Shop" came over from England, New Yorkers stormed the wharf when the ship arrived yelling "Did Little Nell die?"  I never understood that - partly because I loathe Dickens.  But now I get it.

Unemployment sucks, but at least I'm getting a lot done around the house.  Although I hate drywall work.  Back to it - I want to get my living room furniture out of the kitchen, and I can't do that until the painting is done.  And I can't paint until the molding is all pulled off and the drywall is patched.  So - more sanding.


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Oct. 22nd, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
During my first layoff years back, I built furniture. Have to have y'all over some time and show you what idle hands did :-D
Oct. 22nd, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: well
You're a better person than I. As I recall, during MY first layoff, I sulked a lot.
Oct. 22nd, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: well
Oh believe me, I found lots of time for sulking. I started those projects several months into the layoff when I got tired of sulking!
Oct. 23rd, 2015 11:57 am (UTC)
You're obviously not someone who reads manga. You can only get it weekly even if you read it online, and I read dozens of mangas (somewhere around a hundred of them, I think) so I'm pretty used to having to wait and wait and waaaaaaaait for the next development in a story. Some mangas are VERY slow and the original author is actually only producing one chapter a month or even every half year (ugh, one of my favourites, slowest output EVER.) so getting to read something every week is actually really fast and frequent.

Actually I don't think any of my mangas are once-a-weekers, any more. All longer. -___-
Oct. 23rd, 2015 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, and now that I notice it...I didn't know you were unemployed. I went back and looked to see what I missed, but I don't think I did.

Bleck, mudding...SO MUCH DUST. I'm okay with the drywalling process on walls...but I sure hate it on ceilings.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't mention it. It happened very recently, and I didn't feel like poking at it. I need to finish up the resume today and get it out there. I certainly have enough work around the house to keep me busy, but that doesn't feed the bank account!

OMG, the dust is terrible. I pulled molding off of an archway, and at least I found drywall underneath, but it needed a lot of repair. I've never done outside corners before, and they're a pain. I have a bathroom ceiling that needs tape and mud, and I've been assiduously avoiding working on it.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
If you end up mudding a ceiling, you're going to *have* to wear a mask...or end up inhaling and/or swallowing an awful lot of the stuff. Plus getting it in your eyes...a whole face mask (or scuba gear, maybe) is practically a must. :/

I really like rounded drywall corners...but I don't think they could be made to work on an archway. I haven't seen the bendable kind in the rounded style. It'd probably be cool, though. :)

Yeah, time off work is great and useful...until you run out of money to do anything with. Sorry to hear you've been a victim of job instability...seems like a lot of jobs have been pretty unstable in the past few years. I hope a good one comes up for you. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
That would probably *kill* me. It's bad enough waiting for my favorite authors to come out with a book every year or so, but at least in those cases I get a whole novel so it's a bigger bite.

Funny - it doesn't bother me on television, but I want my reading in bigger chunks.

I shall learn to be patient.
Oct. 23rd, 2015 01:09 pm (UTC)
Television isn't nearly as compelling as books. Even violence, say...I find violent scenes in books more horrifying than on television (though I go out of my way to avoid either one, honestly). Maybe what is produced in my own imagination is just horror and disgust attuned specifically to me, which it can never be, in television.

Trinity Blood IS killing me. Or at least making me sad. Half a year between chapters! And it's so beautiful...and the story is so deep and layered and develops richly (aka: SLOWLY)...ugh. It makes me panicky, thinking the author may even die before he finishes the damn thing.

But it's lucky to be so interested in something that it drives you crazy to have to wait for it. That's a torturous but fun situation to be in.
Oct. 28th, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
I am so sorry you were laid off. I'd been wondering when I saw the size of the layoff announcement. ((((HUGS))))

Soooo, if you are theoretically free-ish during the day, would you like to come visit me at my beautiful library and I'll treat you to a delicious lunch and we can catch up in person?

Oct. 31st, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
I am indeed free-ish (although I've been doing a lot of painting and drywall), and I would love to see your beautiful library! Plans should be made!
Nov. 2nd, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Okay, this week is pretty crazy for me, though this Friday 11/6 would work or sometime next week.

Call or text my cell at 860-670-6472 or email byroade@comcast.net.
Oct. 31st, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oct. 31st, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
That was a good one. I made my husband read it. :-)
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