Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Long Hours Ahead

I feel lately like I'm mostly making excuses here for why I'm not blogging regularly and not visiting everyone regularly. It's not for lack of ideas. I've got plenty of those. What I haven't had is time. The next 10 to 12 days will be no exception. I get 27 term papers in my writing in psychology class today, and then another 20 plus essays on Thursday from a second class. I could probably manage that reasonably but the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) called to let me know they'll be coming Monday to inspect the files for the research committee that I chair. They do this every few years but it means many, MANY hours of me going through our files to extract the information they want. I'm looking at 12 to 15 hour days straight through at least next Tuesday. So, once again, blogging has to take a back seat.

In the meantime, David Cranmer did a very nice review of "Chimes" over at his blog, and I much appreciate it. Thanks, David.

I will be back, with writing related posts sometime next week at the latest.
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34 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. We know you are around when it's possible.

BernardL said...

Income makes all other pursuits possible. :)

Middle Ditch said...

Not to worry Charles, Easter holiday is on it's way and that should give you a little bit more time to catch up and being a bit lazy, as I'm planning to do. I know all about being short of time and wish I had more of it to visit al my blogger friends. Take care ... X

Jo said...

Omigosh, your plate is full. You will have earned your spring break. :-)

ArtSparker said...

I always admire your courtesy and generosity when you do have time. Hope there are some gems among the papers.

laughingwolf said...

no worries, charles... rl has a nasty habit of intruding where it's not wanted

even if you won the lotto, you'd still be marking papers! ;)

Steve Malley said...

I'm feelin ya... :-/

jennifer said...

It sounds like you will need energy, focus, and patience over the next few day. Sending you some positive thoughts and prayers for all three.

I look forward to reading you when things settle down Charles!

ivan said...

Migod.

I have been in your situation, but my work was never that hard.

Heh. Maybe that's why I burned out after ten years of teaching.

Sympathy, friend.

Stamina, that's the key.

Dating myself here, but: "Oh it's fun to be a genius of course,
"But keep that old horse before the cart."
Me? I don't think I got much "heart" for the teaching any more.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hi Charles,

Good luck on getting through all of that stuff -- grading is evil! In response to your last blog, I almost never start anything with dialogue -- it just doesn't work for me. I'm kind of an action/situation person myself. Hope you and Lana are doing well!

Randy Johnson said...

yep, that real life will trip you up now and then. You take care of business and we'll be here when you get the time.

jodi said...

I'd rather have a little of the authentic Charles than a lot of the burned out one. Take your time and these things seem to shake out.

Travis said...

No need to make excuses. We understand about work getting in the way. Check in when you can and make sure you write down some of those ideas for when you do get time to blog again.

Rick said...

I'm with you, Charles, I've barely had time to look at the web, much less blog. I'm so glad you brought up the occasional time constraints that hammer us all, and no need for apologies!

I'll be reviewing "Chimes" on my next post by the end of the week when I should have time to breathe again. Between managing my business and cranking out my novel, I have a hard time remembering my name. What's your name again? :)

Greg Schwartz said...

good luck with all that work! look for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Heff said...

Time seems to be eating my ass up lately, also.

Avery DeBow said...

Get your work done. Play and rest when you can. I'll keep poking my head in, regardless of how long it takes for your schedule to calm. : )

Voidwalker said...

That was a very nice review for you. Sounds like you're a busy guy these days. Take your time, prioritize and we'll all catch up later right?

Cloudia said...

You are worth waiting for, and your presence still is felt on the blogosphere - just come back when you can, eh?


Aloha from Hawaii Charles


Comfort Spiral

Clare2e said...

Yoiks, Charles!

I used to work in a quality lab that was an FDA-auditable facility. As a former document checker and traveling auditor, I FEEL your pain. Stock up on the caffeine and watch out for papercuts!

Junosmom said...

When I get busy like that, I don't have that much to write. I get all bogged down in what I'm doing. But, usually, there are some good blogs ideas in those busy days. So you can think of it as collecting ideas for us to read!

X. Dell said...

Ah, yes. The administrative side of teaching. I remember it well.

Hapy slogging.

Demon Hunter said...

No problem, Charles. We'll be here when you get back. :-D

Scott said...

Charles,

Good luck with the stuff you have to deal with ahead... come back when you can!

Erik Donald France said...

I hear ya, man! I'm so behind on comments -- hope to catch up at the weekend.

Good luck!

SQT said...

Heck Charles, I'm terrible about making the blog-rounds and I have no good reason for it. We'll see you when you can come up for air.

Rick said...

Hey, Charles! Just a quick note to let you know that I read and reviewed "Chimes" on my blog. Great read, friend. Nicely crafted.

Lana Gramlich said...

I'm sorry hon. I just wish I could help...

L.A. Mitchell said...

I hope things settle for you soon. You've had more than your fair share of stress this semester. Take care!

Kate S said...

Like the rest, I understand, Charles. Real life can take a real bite out of you sometimes.

By the way, I also reviewed Chimes over at my blog. :)

benjibopper said...

wow, auditing's a bitch. good luck with it.

and still thinking of you wrt your mum. it must be very tough. wishing you strength.

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks for the commentary everyone. Forgive me for not responding individually but I'll get back to doing that for my next post. I'm starting to get caught up.

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