So, apparently, my imp is way more perceptive that even I thought. He's been really insecure and upset about the rapid changes happening around here, and spent all of last week testing boundaries. As of last month, Odysseus graduated college with an accounting degree, and was employed less than two weeks after graduation in the accounting department of a large local employer. I think getting into a solid routine will help immensely--if I can manage to not strangle him beforehand.
I can't tell whether the pixie has noticed the changes or not. I'm pretty sure that the cats either don't notice, or don't care.
Odysseus starts Monday. He's got to be in by 7:15, which means he needs to leave between 6:30 and a quarter till seven. He should be home by about five, most days--enough time for me to pick up the imp, feed the kids small snacks, get homework done, and start supper.
School starts for the kids next Thursday. We have a back to school night at six on Tuesday (which means my dinner plans will have to be fairly quick and easy, since Odysseus will get home around five), and then the kids start back at 8:05 a.m. on Thursday. The pixie will have a four hour day, five days a week, and the imp has a full school day.
And I will have those two mornings in a row to myself. I'll need to get my class sites built before then so that I can use those days to work on housework.
I start back the next Monday. I'll drop the kids off, then go find somewhere to set up for office hours. I'll have about an hour and a half per day, then two classes, and will be done to go pick up the pixie at noon.
Tuesdays and Thursdays I'll have free. I'm planning on doing what I can to keep up with the house on those two days. Grading and writing will happen during my office hours.
It's going to be a hell of a juggling act. We'll just see how well I can keep the balls in the air. Hopefully, it'll be easier with both kids in school every day.
As for writing...I have the first part (of three projected) of The Schrodinger Paradox nearly done. I've got three more chapters, and about 27K words. I think part 1 will be nearly 40K words, if it doesn't tip all the way over. Part 2, I've got 2.5K words done on, and have it set up to really take off when I can focus on it. It should be about the same length. Not sure about part 3. I've got it semi-mapped. I'm pretty sure this is going to be my longest work, to date. Also my most complex.
I'm having a blast with it. The problem is finding the time and mental energy (and right headspace) to write. Thankfully, 90% of the time all it takes is picking up my draft book, picking out and picking up a pen, and drafting longhand.
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