Unstructured time

I feel rather flat today. It’s been a long time since I had an unstructured day. My job isn’t terribly difficult but it’s busy. We have a good base of regular patrons who use the One Card system to get all sorts of resources in from other libraries. But they are an ageing group and we need to get more people interested in what we offer. There are a lot of things I want to do to get generate more community interest;

  • offer lessons in basic computing (a big need here)
  • start a Friends of the Library group (for fundraising, help with our booksale, delivering books to our patrons who can’t come in)
  • be a venue for community groups (we don’t have a lot of space but we could host a boardgaming or D7D group, for example).

What I don’t have is a lot of time to plan. Our teacher/librarian has a very heavy teaching load (which lets me take more responsiblity) but there is always a pile of things to process (and as many to weed), and unruly kids to keep an eye on.

I have a lot of things I’m trying to do at home in my personal life, too. At the moment I’m:

  • running the Facebook page and website for our local museum
  • beginning to study Latin (though Quasilium)
  • learning French and Italian (using Babel)
  • (mostly) keeping on track with my 5:2 diet.

My writing is on hold at the moment but I’m desperate to get bck to my projects:

  • Three books set in the later Roman Empire (centered on Claudian, Stilicho and Honorius) – the Claudian work could be a two-parter
  • A biography of the Australian cricketer Jim Kelly (who was the wicketkeeper for the men’s national side from 1895-1905)
  • resuming my review writing (books and games).

At the moment i write down ideas and jot down the first draft of poems but haven’t turned them into anything serious.

I would like to simplify things and I need to learn to drop some things (but in a small town there’s not always the people available to take things up). Not travelling to Adelaide for work helps. But when I was in Adelaide i had a day free. I think that I might have to give my marking up at the end of the ear (though I enjoy it, and the money is handy).

But really, all I want to do is spend a week alone in a room somewhere reading,listening to the radio, and eating hot chips on buttered bread and ignoring all other demands on my time.




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