Random Thought of the Day: competing pressures on writers. On the one hand you're given story assignments with word counts, but on the other hand brevity is a sign if not a necessary condition of good writing.
In other news, I've finally got caught up at work. Between the national conference weekend before last (went well, by the way... nothing exciting happened, I just helped set up and sort things out, and mingled with the people I've been e-mailing for months), and my own tendency to procrastination I had got a bit behind on a couple jobs, but I'm up-to-date now. For that and other reasons, it's been a relatively bad few days, but... meh. I'm used to it and I'm trying to do something about it, so there's no point in complaining.