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Cosy apocalypse

Posted April 1 by John Birmingham

So, how's everyone's cosy apocalypse going? I had a pretty decent day, today. Somehow managed 2K+ words on THE SHATTERED SKIES, and a bit of thinking time on a COVID19 project. (What? Too soon? Naaaaah).
I'm luckier than most people in having a super abundance of work to get on with, so I'm not going to complain about multiple deadlines. After a couple of weeks in which I really struggled to get any productive writing done, I seem to be moving on SKIES again. And in some ways the enforced slow down has worked to my advantage. It let me do some really deep architectural work on the structure of the various narrative arcs. I collapsed a couple disparate storylines into each other and amped up some of my villains.
I still need to get a fucking move on, but I'm feeling better about the whole thing. Did some good inventive swearing with Admiral McLennan too.
Had a day off exercise today, but thanks to a long, early morning dog walk I managed to make my minimal calorie burn. I was scheduled for cardio but instead ended up teaching Thomas how to hit the heavy bag without breaking his wrist. Probably a good investment of my time.
Had moussaka for dinner. It was nice.

30 Responses to ‘Cosy apocalypse ’

insomniac mutters...

Posted April 1
I work from home a lot too so I think we're coping better than those suddenly thrust into it full time, and I now have a co-worker, so things are looking up for me, while she's the one who is struggling. Prior to that there was just a neighbourhood cat who used to visit before he moved, and a magpie who used to look in the window near my desk. "Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle", the magpie said. Yes, I'm fine and not at all insane.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted April 2
I live rural and have to gird the loins to do a shop in town tomorrow. Have no idea what it will look like, maybe a burning wreck with ravaging hordes, maybe shuffling old people blinking in the light stubbornly refusing to let go of the new public space they seem to rule before catching the virus, maybe an all female lesbian paradise (thanks to SBS for that movie in my formative years of two guys waking up in an underground bunker society full of women and running around under the threat of castration before they escape into the perfectly fine air topside with a bevvy of attractive open minded females). I work from home occasionally but not full time. Its a bit of an adjustment - the place i work for is under extreme financial stress and because i do numbers i'm under pressure. So its less: "look outside at those cute wallabies feeding on the green grass" and more "look at those effing wallabies eating the green grass in that cursed warm idyll, screw you sunlight". We are all working from the kitchen table - the kids took full advantage of not being supervised so they forced our hands and we all work together like the ultimate micro manager. Now we have to pack up each day and clear the table of work - which mentally works. Its that act of packing it away that helps delineate work/home.

WA n'ker is gonna tell you...

Posted April 2
Name of that movie please.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon reckons...

Posted April 3
bahaha - i had to look it up, it was many moons ago. The name of it is almost a cliche . . . . . Sexmission lol. Polish movie from 1984

WA n'ker swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 3
Trooper!

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted April 2
" And in some ways the enforced slow down has worked to my advantage."... well good to know that a pandemic has some upside. Excited to read more in the Shattered Stars universe.

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Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted April 2
This apocalypse can suck my nuts.

I'd rather be a pile of goo.

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she_jedi asserts...

Posted April 2
I have to admit this working from home thing is a struggle. I work in store support for Hammberbarn, and since we're an essential service we were supposed to be alternating one week at home and one week in the office. That lasted three days and then we all got sent home indefinitely. I have to say Hammberbarn's management have been excellent, really supportive and there's been some insanely fast moving innovations they're rolling out to keep the stores open and customers and staff looked after. Be nice to your Hammerbarn staff, they're really getting smashed :(

As an introvert I foolishly assumed that I had been preparing for this isolation thing my whole life, and to an extent that's true. But the working bit has thrown a spanner in the works. If I was just forced to isolate at home and do nothing I'd be set, but it's been a struggle to find a balance between home and work at home, especially when my pets see my presence at home as either an unforgivable intrusion on their own schedules, or an opportunity for hourly food dispensing.

My 70+ year old parents have also not grasped that I'm supposed to be working; two weeks ago Dad wrote off their car (he's fine), and a control freak having to wait for insurance assessors and then insurance companies to guide his life in the short term was not pretty. At one point he was calling me four or fives times a day to either provide updates or get advice, and that's before I go through the level of hell involved in helping them buy a new car. Then this morning Dad rang me to tell me mum had had a 'fall' which gave me an instant ARGH moment. Thankfully she's fine, she tripped over a speed bump in their lifestyle village, but the last few weeks have driven home for me the sudden reality that my parents are elderly. This was a shock for me, and an even bigger shock for them, because at 75 and 77 they didn't think of themselves as elderly either!

This has been a long way of saying that working from home in a pandemic while my parents create their own brand of havoc and serving my cats' hourly needs (last night the house panther decided that 8pm was bed time, and wouldn't settle until I went into my bedroom and patted him until he fell asleep. He did not understand that it was not bedtime for ME), has played merry hell with my ability to focus and concentrate on writing requirements for a safety application for stores when my inherent penchant for procrastination is running riot.

So how's everyone else's apocalypse going?

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted April 2
I had to try explain to my mother how to sign up for Skype. Over the phone.

jl mutters...

Posted April 2
Oh good lord, that IS bad.

she_jedi asserts...

Posted April 2
Dear god man. How long did that take? Also, you win. Also, have you tried using Team Viewer to remote to your mum’s PC and handle stuff for her? It’s been a lifesaver for Dad and I. Although every session is begun by me reminding him that he has to his PC turned on and Team Viewer open in order for me to be able to remote in.

Dave W reckons...

Posted April 3
We had the inaugual W family videochat the other day. My parents, my 3 siblings, and me and Mrs W.

5 windows, at least a pair of people in each window. At least 3 people talking at the same time the whole way through. And my older sister was on a bush-walk at the time.

she_jedi is gonna tell you...

Posted April 3
HAHAHA!! Well that sounds like an overwhelming success lol!

Dirk would have you know...

Posted April 3
I can advise using Jitsi. https://jitsi.org/

it just involves sending a link and works on chrome and firefox.

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WA n'ker ducks in to say...

Posted April 2
Been re-watching "The Last Ship", spewing they stopped at series 5.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted April 3
I know rite?

she_jedi would have you know...

Posted April 3
Is that still on Stan? I just finished Locke and Key so I'm in a position to start a news series...

WA n'ker mutters...

Posted April 3
Yeah man, still there. Been smashing it
"Get the 5 inch on to it!:

she_jedi reckons...

Posted April 4
Found it! Watched the first episode last night, I am ready binge the hell out of this :D

Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted April 6
Was Locke and Key worth continuing on? Watched maybe 3 eps so far then found Altered Carbon new season.

she_jedi would have you know...

Posted April 6
Definitely; it's a mindset shift after Altered Carbon, because it's more kid friendly, but it's quite good. The finale was a bit "Oh my, didn't see that coming," and I'm looking forward to Season 2 to see how that particular narrative twist gets resolved :)

Dirk mumbles...

Posted April 7
Another tip is La Casa de Papel or Money Heist as it's called in other places. Spanish series with a lot of humor on a bank heist. Season 4 of that has just dropped.

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Matthew F. mutters...

Posted April 3
I was looking forward to lockdown, which seemed like it was going to coincide perfectly with my novel edits, except of course I'm in one of the areas supporting everyone else's homeward exodus so I've been in the office every day of it except today, when I had a cough I wanted to play it safe on. (Doc says it's just the regular seasonal bug, not C19).

It's been surreal so far, the instant ghost town in the CBD and all the strange shifting of the culture I'm seeing around me online, but the real hard edge of it hasn't cut near me yet. If my biggest complaint is "but where are MY multi-day Netflix and book binges?" then I'm probably doing OK.

Apparently I've been tapped for possible secondment into one of the other agencies doing much more frontline stuff, so things might get interesting next week. We'll see.

she_jedi has opinions thus...

Posted April 6
Yeah I'm finding that even though I now don't have a commute and ostensibly have more time, I have no time to do anything! The days are endless and I feel 3 times as busy. I don't know where everyone is finding time for their novel writing, Netflix bingeing and gardening efforts, because I'm managing one episode of something a night, depending on how much brain matter I feel I have left at the end of the day. I've been WFH for a week and a half and I already feel like I've forgotten what the office looks like. If this goes on for 3 or 6 months I might end up forgetting where the office is...

jl is gonna tell you...

Posted April 7
No Netflix bingeing here, although I simply must see Altered Carbon S2. For some sick reason I can't sit down and watch TV. Maybe it has to do with a passive vs active thing. I don't know.

she_jedi ducks in to say...

Posted April 7
Altered Carbon S2 was amazing. I know what you mean about not being able to sit down and watch TV, I sometimes find myself pausing whatever I'm watching, going down a rabbit hole on my phone or tablet for a couple of minutes, then coming back to the TV. Can you lie in bed and watch it on a laptop or tablet, and substitute it for reading maybe?

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Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted April 6
Week 3 WFH:
Love WFH when its just me, not my teams. With everyone WFH I am constantly Teams chatting, conference calling, Teams meeting and metaphysically holding hands with my mob. And its sucks great big donkey balls. I realised that this could go on for 2 or 3 more months and I am not sure that I can last.
Aside from the work bit, the kids are now on holidays, OMG, just leave me alone.
And the exercise has been going really well so thats one positive - run at 6.30 followed by 30-45 minutes of weights. Disappointingly not lost a single kilo yet but I am most definitely fitter and redistributing fat for muscle in better places.
Lastly, I believe we are saving money without the $40 + a week for the train, coffees at work and lunches plus the lack of driving kids around for sport etc. Might put it towards a proper boat I am thinking.

insomniac mumbles...

Posted April 6
ms insomniac has the same problem as you. Back to back to back video or phone calls for hours.
And the saving money thing, because we're not going out shopping to buy things we don't need, in addition to your salient points.

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MuddyRunner would have you know...

Posted April 11
Have to say, here in the UK it's been a bit of an anticlimax. Not what I was expecting *at* *all* from the zombie apocalypse. In fact, it's more like perpetual Sunday morning than any kind of actual apocalypse. We might all die, it's true, but that will probably be from boredom rather than having our BRAAAAAINS! eaten.

That said, I did spend some time idly speculating on the best way to fortify my village. Not too difficult when you live in the arse-end of nowhere. Sadly we don't have guns, so our defence may come down to using cricket bats and toasting forks.

A couple of other points:

1) I'm going to need a haircut very soon, so can we please hurry up and get this over with?

2) Weird shortages: you can have as much toilet paper as you want, but fabric softener? Not a chance, buddy.

3) Working from home is nowhere near as much fun as I thought it would be.


As you were.

John Birmingham puts forth...

Posted April 11
I dunno that I'd want to go up against a hairy dude with a cricket bat and toasting fork.

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