So, this time last week, I was feeling pretty optimistic and was just beginning to get hyped up for 2018, making new plans and setting goals and so on. Two days later, my partner found out that he no longer has a job, and the rest of the week hasn’t really improved since then.
The good news is that we have made it through worse and harder times and with fewer resources and less knowledge to begin with, and we do have some ideas and potential leads already. I am very hopeful that things aren’t going to get very dire. The bad news, of course, is that going from a single income to zero income, even temporarily, isn’t great. The immediate result of it this week, for me and my partner, was several days of depression and anxiety as we quickly had to come to terms with the change in our situation. I think we’re done processing now, mostly, but I expect that dealing with job-hunting and such is going to be taking up a good deal of time for the foreseeable future, and I’m not sure how much time and energy that will leave me for blogging.
That said, I’m still trying to remain optimistic about my goals and plans for 2018 here at SF Bluestocking. I will have my first 2018 Reading List out in a day or two, and I’ve been sure the last few days to make some time for reading. There was a new episode of Star Trek: Discovery tonight, and I have some thoughts about that. I had been making plans to set up a Patreon or other system to support the blog and expand the scope of what I do here, and that is still on the agenda, though it may be pushed back a couple of months until things are more stable again on the home front.
TL,DR: It’s been a hell of a week, and I’m not okay, but I will be.
The best Star Trek turned 25 this week. Though I’m old enough that Wesley Crusher was one of my first crushes, the truth is that DS9 is my Trek.
The Verge has a great list of some of the sci-fi, fantasy and horror releases to look forward to in 2018, including a couple I hadn’t even heard of yet.
If you just want to know about January’s new releases, be sure to head to Tor.com:
The Wertzone’s Cities of Fantasy series continued with a look at Baldur’s Gate.
Tansy Rayner Roberts shared five things she learned while writing Girl Reporter.
This was the final week of Smugglivus over at the Book Smugglers, including a post by myself:
- Therapeutic Murder in 2017 with N.K. Jemisin
- Lady Bird Closes 2017 with a Long-Deserved Celebration of Girlhood
- 3…2…1… Happy by A.E. Ash
- Fave 2017 with SF Bluestocking
- Smugglivus with Claire Rousseau
- Books What Wendig LIked
- 12 Short Stories as New Year’s Resolutions
- 5 Highly Specific Genres of YA Fiction
- My Favorite Books from Previous Years: 2017 Edition
Finally, congrats to The Book Smugglers on TEN years of Book Smuggling! Here’s to ten more.