Monday, March 19, 2007

True Confessions of an Agent

I didn't read a thing this weekend.

Not even the New York Times.

And I feel really guilty.

My son is on a national robotics competition and I have been up at 7 to drive him downtown. I am re-doing my home (painting, new rugs, new floors, new furniture) and constantly moving new furniture, putting up paintings, and cleaning out stuff I no longer want. And then we went out for St. Pat's (a family tradition of corned beef and cabbage).

Up again on Sunday morning. My son had asked his grandmother and a neighbor we call "his extra grandmother" to come see him at the competition, so I decided I better feed them if they are out all day at this robot stuff, so I cooked a turkey and brownies before I left at noon and had dinner for five when we got back. Cleaned up. Passed out.

My son's team won top honors and they are going to the nationals in Atlanta, as is the high school's second robot team, a rookie team made up of all girls!!!!

I read a manuscript in the monring before I started work at 10 (instead of working out). I've done almost all the email unsolicteds that came in today (none have I requested). It's time to break for lunch, but I feel that I'm already behind.


Anonymous said...

Sounds to me as though you have all your priorities in the right places. I know an agent who makes a point of not reading on weekends and calls it self-preservation.And unless there's HUGE deadline or I have to figure out a contract, I don't even look at the computer on Saturday or Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your son! That is wonderful news!

Sometimes you just have to live your life. Sound like you made the right choice to be in-the-moment with the only client who really matters.

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

I hope he's making a robot that reads queries! LOL! Congrats to your son. Very cool.

Anonymous said...

Is he making one of these?
grammar bot

Ravenous Romance said...

Love that Simpson episode.

Ryan- I've found that I have to plan on reading over the weekends and make up the lost time. If I don't, the workload is too great. I try to read 5 hours on the weekend.

But I'll probaby use this post to segue into the day in a life post I've been wanting to write for a while.

Harry Connolly said...

Congrats and good luck to your boy!

Livia Llewellyn said...

Less queries, more robots. The world will be a better place. :D

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm turkey and brownies... Can I come to your house for dinner? LOL

Congrats to your son!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your son! And an all girls robotics team? I'm sure there's a YA story in that somewhere.


Anonymous said...

Look forward to reading about "the day in a life."

Anonymous said...

Involved moms rock!!!

Miri said...

Maybe it's because I'm greener than spring grass, here, but I've never understood how people could go any length of time without reading.

Though, if all the essentials are being done (work, food, sleep), you shouldn't be too hard yourself (and I shouldn't either, now should I? Sheesh).

Congrats to your son! When are the nationals? (I'm two hours out of Atlanta, and it sounds fascinating, even if it's probably not open to spectators.)

Anonymous said...

It's ok...

I didn't read anything this week either.

Unless you count the instruction manual for a piece of furniture written by a 9 year old kid from China that gets a kick out of messing with the minds of 31 year old dads *breath* especially those with a touch of ADD and no aptitude for technical reasoning.

Easy to assemble... HAAA