Wednesday. Summer Holiday #3 in Sight.

Due to an amusing series of coincidences, I have (at least) three summer holidays this year.

The first, saved over from my pitiful new-employee allotment from last year, occurred over Christmas and New Year. You read the epic. Probably.

The second, I got because I marked down my Christmas / New Year holiday without taking the actual public holidays into account and I wound up with a couple of days left over as well as those public holidays, so I got an extra week. We went to Turku. You may have read about that too.

The third has now jumped into view, as I have been at dear ol’ Planmeca for coming up on two years now (where has the time gone?) I get a full allocation of summer and winter holidays. So I’m all set to take them in the beginning of June through to the beginning of July.

And I still didn’t count public holidays and things, so I might still get a couple of additional days off. I’m going to call it a fourth summer holiday for 2018, and that just about makes up for the absence of summer holidays since being laid off by Lionbridge in 2016.

In other news, I had a reasonable month in book sales so I was able to pad out my Worldcon budget a bit more. Although we may be emptying the savings account into a new car before too much longer so we’ll see how that goes.

In related news, despite the decent sales, I seem to be losing my mojo in the rankings and I haven’t gotten a review in fucking ages. Which is sad. But oh well, you know what they say: If your current books aren’t getting reviews, write another book.

I don’t know if that’s actually what they say. It’s what I say, anyway.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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8 Responses to Wednesday. Summer Holiday #3 in Sight.

  1. brknwntr says:

    Having been laid off for the last three weeks, which time is being reimbursed by my unemployment union, with a full four weeks of vacation coming up this summer, I’m “sort of” in the same situation. And I’ll tell you what, in the words of Bar Aijas, “as problems go, that’s not a bad problem to have.”

  2. I’ll try to make time to write some reviews soon, mate.

    Also, factor in those fucking public holidays already, what the fuck gives, man? Are you doing it on purpose at this point? I see a pattern of abuse!


    • stchucky says:

      That’d be awesome, but I think you’re easily my most faithful and flattering reviewer (okay, next to dojokko maybe), so you have nothing to be concerned about. Not that you were concerned, I just had no way of finishing that sentence to satisfaction.

      And absolutely I’m now doing it on purpose. I get the glee of drawing that four-week line through the department’s holiday calendar, and I get another little bonus holiday later on. Four and a half weeks in the middle of summer is great; four weeks in the middle of summer and a five-day weekend at the birth-pain of autumn is even better!

      • Well, not to argue with you but I’ve reviewed like, what, 3 times? I think I can do more, but yeah, don’t want to make my fanboyism obvious which is partly your concern, I’m guessing. Still, I’m fattered! I mean, I’m flattered!

        Also, you maniacal devil you. They’ll eventually catch on to your tricks and politely ask you to try to remember public holidays in the future, in true Finnish style.

        In America, you’d just get fired.

      • stchucky says:

        That still makes you a very regular reviewer for me, don’t sell yourself short! Okay, but I also wasn’t counting Mr. Thorn since he and I review each other with a slutty shamelessness that belongs on RedTube.

        And excellent point well made on the vacations. I like to think it’s a victimless crime and is helping keep Payroll busy. They get so bored, poor things.

      • *addendum, or you’d get your citizenship revoked for not seeming to know the public holidays.

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