January 17th, 2003


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The turkey soup was pretty good last night, and the biscuits were really nice. Very soft, sweet, with a nice rosemary flavor. After watching The Simpsons, I finished watching the BBC South Park documentary that's on one of the South Park DVDs that I got for Chritmas, thus finishing everything on those DVDs. Now time to watch them all a second time. Took a bath, then read Foxtrot until shutting off the light at 10. Woke up around midnight to go to the bathroom, then again at 5. Got up at 5:40. Just missed the bus that comes by at around 6:15, but one came by about 10 minutes later. I sit down, and the person behind me says, "Kevin?" I turn around, and it's browngirl. So, instead of reading, I chatted for the bus ride, which was pleasant.

I actually proofread several pages before even logging on to LiveJournal this morning, so that's good. My plan for today is to get through proofreading this chapter, and then start figuring out which MLOs[1] to put with which pages, which doesn't take all that long. Once that's done, I'm completely out of work until I either hear back from the electronic production people about chapters 3, 5, and 7, or until I get the comments from the vendor on chapter 9, which probably won't happen until later next week. So, i probably have working on other side projects to look forward to. maybe once i get close to being done, I can talk with the bosses and see about maybe starting up on some of the stuff that I'm going to be doing when I'm done with this, the e-book stuff or whatever.

[1] Master Learning Objectives - A big list of every conceivable task you can do in mathematics (at least through high school), such as "Find the Percent of a Whole Number" and "Make Predictions Based on Experimental or Theoretical Probabilities". I've already correlated these to the lessons in the book, so all i have to do is decide which of those get used in each ancillary page. It's pretty easy, since usually most of the pages for one lesson use all of the same MLOs.
worm food

Copy editor position

I just say an ad for a full-time copyeditor position. And it looks like I'm actually qualified for it, although they say legal citation experience is helpful, which I don't have. However, I already have a full-time job through the end of July, so it's not an option. But even if I didn't have a full-time job, the salary range is 25-40% less than what I'm making now, which, once hrafn and I split households, wouldn't be enough for me to live on, even if I were to get a roommate.

I wonder if the only full-time jobs that I'm going to be able to get that will pay enough money will be in textbook publishing. Blah. I'd like to get out of textbook publishing, and i'd really like to go completely freelance. However, I just don't think I can afford the uncertainty of frelancing right now. Blah. Oh well, I'll see what I can do on the side while I still have my job. Let's see, according to my resolutions, I need to write one short story, two articles, and two poems for submission this year. I'd better get started on that short story, since that will probably take me the whole year.

Off to Arisia

Time flies when you're only at work for 7 hours. I got everything I could done, did one small side project, and acquired another project to start on Tuesday morning, something for the person I'll be working for full-time once I'm done with this project. I'll be doing all sorts of miscellaneous things with math tech products, such as e-books, test generators, and the like. Not actually anything technical, but more editorial types of tasks involved with those. Still, I'm looking forward to it.

I'm not sure how much I'll be able to check email or anything over the weekend, so, if anyone needs to get in touch with me (I have no idea why, but it could happen), just call my cell phone.