Getting things back on track

So, a lot of things have been going on in my life, but things are starting to slow down and click into place. So it’s time to slow down and take a good look at what’s been going on these past months.

Work

I changed jobs this year and I honestly think that’s the best decision I made in years! No more 12 hour shifts, and a lot less taking the job home with me because of too much responsibility. I’m really liking it at the new place so far, though I miss some of the people from the old one. Regulars and co-workers that I had grown close to, but it’s not like I’ll never see them. I have phone-numbers to several of them and have met a few outside of work. So it works out well. My new co-workers are good people as well, at least from what I’ve been able to tell, and I don’t think I’m wrong. All in all, this was a big step in the right direction for me, hopefully I can let go of some of the exhaustion that had become associated with work and find the fun in it again.

Driving

I’ve been working hard for some time, failing once, but finally managed to pass my driver’s test. Which means that I am officially abandoning my scooter in favor of a car, and I couldn’t be happier about it! I’ve been wanting to get rid of that headache inducing piece of shit for years, it’s never worked quite like it should. So that’s another big step in the right direction for my life, no more scooter-driving in the middle of winter! That should help keep my health more stable when it’s cold out, which is a good thing.

Writing

The first part of my Tales of Gaile series is coming along great (yes, I’m well aware that I’ve said that several times before) and the draft is currently in the hands of M for a critical read-through. It’s terrifying, but necessary and hopefully they won’t rip it into too many shreds. It’s the first time someone else is allowed to read the whole thing and not just the first chapter, so my nerves are a little frayed at the edges because of it. It’s my 7-year-old baby after all, I’m a bit protective of it.

I also really want to go back to my blogging roots, and start rambling about TV shows and things like that again. There are so many things that I’ve wanted to talk about but haven’t gotten around to, and it’s quickly piling up. I already have a few ideas of what I want to do, so it’s just a matter of actually putting it together into something readable.

All in all my life seems to be on its way of pulling itself together, something that has been badly needed for a long time. It’s been a jumbled mess for far too long, and it’s time to take back the control and find the time to do things that makes me feel good, the things that I do for my own sake and have been put on hold.

Madness in Hardcover

We knew it was coming – in fact we have been waiting in excitement since the very first mention of it – and this week we were awarded for our patience. The Welcome to Night Vale Novel is out for pre-ordering people! We will have to wait until October before it is actually released, but it is still a joyous occasion. I have yet to order my copy, I am waiting for the next pay-check to do so, but I am definitely getting this gem. I mean, how could I not? Welcome to Night Vale is the thing that lights up my days and keeps the crazy in my life to high enough levels. And getting to have a piece of it in my bookshelf? I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Over at Commonplace Books they have a list of links to the different places that has it up for pre-ordering, so go check it out if you are interested. We got a cover for it during the week as well, have a look. It is glorious!

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For those who are not familiar with Welcome to Night Vale, head over there as well and check it out. It is one of the most amazing things that I have ever had the pleasure to feed to my ears, and now my ears can’t live without it.

Summary from Commonplace Books:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.  

The podcast introduces you to a wide range of amazing and rather odd characters such as the Glow Cloud (literally a big glowing cloud that drops dead animals everywhere and is the president of the School Board), the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home (also literal. She was also a very enthusiastic candidate in the recent mayoral race), Hiram McDaniels (a five headed-dragon and also a runner for mayor in the recent race) and of course Cecil Gershwin Palmer, the voice of Night Vale. Cecil is the host of the radio show that we listen to in every episode of the podcast, and I absolutely adore his voice.

So, if you haven’t yet listened to this amazing podcast, go do so! You can thank me later for bringing that extra piece of weird that you can never un-hear into your life. And if you are already a faithful listener, are you as excited about the novel as I am?