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Because of the Fourth of July holiday and our publishing schedule at work, I've had four days off. It's tough to explain just how relaxing this has been -- Saturday and Sunday were relatively normal weekend days, but Monday, when a lot of people were back at work, when I had little to do, few plans and a lot of time with no one around, Monday was some sort of blissful state of, well ... bliss.
I think it has to do with a reversal of schedules. Way back when I had first moved into D.C. and I was waiting tables, my "work week" ran Wednesday thru Sunday. I worked five days and had two days off, but my weekend was essentially Monday-Tuesday.
For some reason, those days were relaxing and restful in a way that the more traditional weekend just is not. Maybe it's because with so many people around you tend to do so much more. But there's something about having a day off that most people don't -- like calling in sick, or taking a random vacation day to clean the house. Those days just seem, to me, completely peaceful.
In other news ... I am hoping to nail down the details soon on a kind of book "opening" I want to do. The good folks at the D.C. Arts Center are loaning me some space for a few hours in August, and by that time the "thing" I'm working on should be done.
I'm hesitant to do several things: (a) call it a "book." (b) make a big deal out of it.
Skipping over all the traditional discussions of publishing and what a book really is, basically this small volume will bring together three pieces of short fiction and poetry I've been working on for the past year. I'm looking forward to calling it finished and putting it in peoples' hands.
As for my reluctance to make a big deal out of this - - half the time I flip through the proof copy, I find myself thinking "this is what I intended. It's almost finished, and I'm happy." The other half, I find myself thinking "this is awful."
I think that's a fairly normal reaction to putting anything out in the world, be it a painting or photograph or print or book. And in the end, it's something I'm going to have to ignore. So anyway...
If you're not on the mailing list and would like to be kept in the loop about the date this opening should happen, drop me an email at email@example.com ... I'll be updating here as well. Tentatively, we're shooting for the afternoon of Sunday, August 20.-- Robert Walton