I worked it out a little while ago. I started working for Locus in 1997, took a short break, and then resumed in 1999.Â I became Reviews Editor in 2002. In 2004 I started editing freelance in earnest, and have so far completed thirty-nine books and am working on eight more.Â All of this while holding down a full-time day job with a State government department and helping raise two daughters, one born in 2000 and the other born in 2001.
We took the girls to the US to visit relatives in 2002 and again in 2006, and spent a week with visiting inlaws in Dunsborough about two years ago. But other than that, we’ve not taken a simple, no hassles holidays since the girls were born, and I’ve not had a break without some kind of editorial work to do since 1999. Eleven years. That’s too long.
So, for the next week I’ll be gone, incommunicado, offline and unavailable. I’m not taking the laptop with me, and I don’t plan to check email. If you need anything to do with my editing please contact either my agent, Howard Morhaim, or the people at Locus .Â I’ll be back in a while, refreshed and ready to go, but for just a little while I’m kicking back and taking it easy. See you soon!
Note: This doesn’t mean the house will be unattended. We have a housesitter and my mother will be here all the time overseeing maintenance etc.