Just posted another Sunday Story Rating, late twice over.
The first reason it is late is less interesting. At the end of December I'd run out of stories from Hard-Boiled to post entries from. The next book I had read was the second of two omnibus volumes of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. I'd read it half a year ago and since I hadn't been diligent about noting down ratings info as I read, would have to skim over it again to get all that down. And I didn't want to.
Something, various things about that book rubbed me the wrong way and I did not want to go over it again (some things in it were quite nifty, either well-done or not things I'd seen a writer attempt before). I suppose I can talk about them later. The main point is, I kept putting it off and making slow progress and eventually had used up all of the Excel Saga ratings I'd been keeping for my safety net. So I decided not to bother trying to catch up.
Now I have acted on my intention to start up again with what I am reading presently. We shall see if I am able to this time keep it up as a project. My intention is that if I cannot, just abandon the project as a quixotic ambition I lack the discipline to realise. I do hope, though, to write down some thoughts on the stories I read in that nearly one-year gap. There were some I liked quite a bit, and others that continue to haunt me, or made a go of putting me off their genre.
The more interesting, or at least more important reason the post is late, is that last week I got accepted to study librarianship at university, via distance education. However, the course also includes a mandatory three-day residential unit which takes place in the second half of this week, in a different city to the one in which I live. I have therefore been scrambling over the past few days to rearrange my shifts at work, to accept the offer to study, and to arrange accommodation for myself while I am there.
I have been very stressed by this, and though the situation is now seemingly resolved, still I am threaded by a tangle of nervousness and fear over how this next week will go, and whether I am equipped to handle this semester of study in combination with work.
Hoping I will find the outcome favourable to myself.