Dates: 12/22/96 - 12/28/96
Sunday I did some writing (for the first time in several days, alas) and laundry; also heavily revised the story reading guide. That night I had dinner at Michael's with him and Sarah G; we proofread Michael's latest catalog (this is what English majors do for light after-dinner entertainment). After returning to Bhadrika & Steve's, I stayed up 'til 4 doing email and Web stuff...
Monday I woke up with a bit of a cold. Sigh. I'd hoped I was all through with that for the year. In the afternoon I went over to Michael's again for another game of Knightmare Chess (I'd played him a couple of games on Saturday). After a strong opening, I lost heavily again. This time I resigned rather than suffer through another lingering endgame. The game does allow a solo king to survive an incredibly long time against overwhelming odds, but at a certain point it's no longer worth it...
Afterward, Michael let me scan a bunch of photos using his new scanner. They're now available on my photo page, and I've gone back and incorporated links to them from the relevant travelogue weekly pages. More on this as things develop.
We ordered Indian food to be delivered; not bad. Then I collected my stuff from Bhadrika & Steve's and walked it over to Deb & Charles'. Tried to do some travelogue updating, but BBEdit Lite suddenly self-destructed for no obvious reason. I spent the next two and a half hours downloading a new version from the Web. Bleah.
Still not feeling entirely well, I stayed in bed particularly late on Tuesday. Eventually got up, listened to some music, read some, and did more cleanup and enhancement on the travelogue. A lazy stay-at-home day. Until evening, when I went to Bhadrika & Steve's for dinner. After dinner, back to D&C's for more email & Web stuff.
By the way, our book The VRML 2.0 Handbook was selected as book of the week at smartbooks.com! I'd rather it'd been chosen some week other than Christmas week, but oh well. And smartbooks was in turn chosen as site of the week by InformationWeek! Cool beans.
Anyway, I got to bed before midnight, feeling ill and tired, and proceeded to barely sleep all night. Got up around 9, gradually wandered off to meet David VS at Debby & John's. We spent a nice day together, mostly just talking, but also playing Knightmare Chess. Over to David's place for dinner with him and Ruth, then back home. Very cold outside. Very tired. Oddly, almost nobody wished me a Merry Christmas all day... Of course, almost nobody was around.
I did ask one person for directions at one point; he turned out, of course, to be just a visitor from out of town. Which prompted me to add a new item to my tips for Boston drivers.
I stayed home Thursday, trying to shake the remains of a cold and working on SWAPA. Thursday evening I saw a movie on video at Michael's, then went food shopping and picked up some stuff at Steve & Bhadrika's.
Friday afternoon I saw another movie with Beth, then talked with Rob on the phone about our screenplay for a while (he was temporarily back in CA). Then spent a while trying to find something to read at story reading. Finally found something, but story reading didn't happen after all, as too few people showed up. Ah, well.
On Saturday afternoon I went with Michael to a play at A.R.T., which btw provides leftover Saturday matinee tickets (the Monday before the show) at "whatever you can afford" prices. Way cool.
The last few days of the week I did a lot of SWAPA catchup and lazing around in bed. Also some uncomfortable reflection: I've been on leave from SGI for almost five months now, and traveling for just over four, and by this point in the trip I'd hoped to have accomplished more. That is, I've accomplished plenty in terms of seeing friends (which was, after all, the main point of the trip), and personal growth (I'm far more capable of speaking with strangers than I was six months ago), and reading a lot of books and seeing a lot of movies. And I've got two stories at magazines waiting to be rejected. But I haven't got half a dozen stories out at magazines, and when I get back to the novel I'm going to have to start over pretty much from scratch. One screenplay is over 65 pages long now, but that's only first draft and there's a long way to go; the other screenplay's outline needs a major rewrite before the first draft can even start. It's dispiriting; it shows that I've got some discipline, but not nearly enough to make a go at being a professional writer. But I suppose one can work up to these things.
I spent part of the week reading parts of LeGuin's Always Coming Home and having a hard time slogging through it; I eventually realized that it feels like nonfiction and I'm reading it in my slow nonfiction mode. Around the same time, it occurred to me that I've never liked reading nonfiction, have done as little of it as possible, and I never dreamed that I would be making a living writing the stuff...
Anyway, enough introspection. The week is over, and it's time to move along to next week.