Fri. May 22: Prep for Holiday Weekend

Friday, May 22, 2015

Waxing Moon

Saturn Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Sunny and cool

 

Busy day yesterday, but I managed to get through a lot of the mail, process the periodicals, and catalogue most of the DVDs, audio books, and books that came in while I was out.

Have you ever noticed that those with the most complaints are also those who have no solutions to offer (other than their own convenience) and are the least likely to contribute time, energy, or money to the situation? Roll up your sleeves and make a positive difference or shut the fuck up.

Home, quick dinner, back to tango. I feel like I’m backsliding in tango. I’m having a huge problem in the transition from choreographed dance (which I’m good at) to unchoreographed dance, especially with multiple partners. I haven’t yet found the key to unlock that particular issue.

Read a cozy mystery that was boring, implausible plot wise, and had stereotyped characters. Very disappointing, and I’m unlikely to read something by that author again. I’m surprised that editor chose it, having researched that particular editor.

Did some research for the rewrites on the play. The information will cause me to restructure the play a bit, because I have to make sure that this, the premise against which I’m setting the plot and characters remains the background and doesn’t overcome the play.

Eager to finish the play, finish the draft of the pilot, and then dig in to the historical play. I’ve almost figured it out completely.

I’m in a writing retreat as soon as I’m done with work tomorrow, through Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to it. I plan to be focused and hope the writing flows well.

I have a lot of work to do on June’s programs today.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Devon

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Thurs. May 21, 2015: Trying to Sustain the Writing Rhythm

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Waxing Moon

Saturn Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Cloudy and cool

 

Yesterday was busy. The library is full of Mercury Retrograde – printer problems, VCR problems, etc. The Reference Committee meeting in the morning was fun. Came back to the library, and, between all of us, we got the VCR working so the Masterpiece Book and Film Club could watch the first section of NOSTROMO. Then, we set up for the Hats, Hats, Hats program in the evening, which was a lot of fun.

Got home after 8, exhausted. Read a bit of the latest NEW YORKER, but that was about it.

Had managed some good work on the new play yesterday morning, before leaving for the meeting, and got some work done on the one-hour pilot set in Acadia this morning. I’m trying to keep the morning writing on track, no matter what’s on the agenda for the day.

Today will be busy, as we are shorter staffed than usual, and then there’s a Tango Milonga tonight.

Tomorrow and Saturday will be busy at the library, but Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and I’m doing a writer’s intensive so that I finish the play and get a good portion of the pilot done. I’m at the stage of work in the play where I’m second-guessing myself, and, what I have to do, is trust the momentum to finish the draft, then rip it apart early in the week and rewrite it for submission at the end of the week – a much more truncated process than I like, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

Stuff stacked on my desk while I was gone to the rafters. Since I won’t have any uninterrupted work time in the near future – and that’s the ONLY way to get cataloging done – not sure how long it will take me to get it all done.

Devon

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Wed. May 20, 2015: Back in Town!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waxing Moon

Saturn Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

Sunny and pleasant

 

So, I’m back from my break, and it was a good one. I hope to post some photos in the coming days.

Back on May 10, we left early and drove to Acadia Park in Maine. We left early enough to make sure we got over the bridge before the traffic started — it’s already getting busy here. We drove up to Maine quickly, then took the coastal route all the way up, checking out Camden, eating lunch in Belfast, enjoying the towns.

The Quimby Inn was great, although they’d left us the wrong key, and we had to sort that out. But best mattresses ever — haven’t slept that well in months.

Absolutely loved Acadia Park. What a beautiful place. And so well run! The National Park Service gets some of the credit, but the specific individuals who work there deserve a lot of praise. We went up Cadillac Mountain (it kind of reminds me of Iceland), saw the Bubbles and Bubble Rock, Jordan Pond, Otter Cover, Thunder Hole (which is really interesting, the way the waves and the rocks create the sound), the Loop Road, the carriage houses, etc., etc. We spent the bulk of two days in the park — after all it was why we were there. I took lots of pictures and made lots of notes. I have plenty of information for the one hour drama pilot I want to set there, and got an idea for one of the books for a mystery series I hope to set in Maine.

I drove to Schoodic Peninsula, because I wanted to talk to the people at the Education Center about the Artist-in-Residency program. It’s in Acadia Park, but about an hour from the main section, on Mt. Desert Island, on the Schoodic Peninsula. We made it until about the last two miles, where they were working on a tiny bridge — there was no way I could get past the heavy equipment without falling off. Disappointing.

Ship’s Harbor was wonderful, and down around Bass Harbor. That was lovely. Some serious hiking in the fog.

There’s definitely an eerie, otherworldly quality about Maine.

The park itself was very busy, although it’s big enough that one doesn’t feel crowded. Lots of people there already.

I was less than thrilled with Bar Harbor. I thought it was over priced with a “let’s screw the tourists” attitude, especially now that so many cruise ships come in. If you’re going to charge New York prices, you better have high quality goods/food and New York service. They had neither. The food was okay, but not brilliant, and, not once did any server get the order right the first time. I am someone who rarely sends something back; however, when what is brought to the table is not remotely what I ordered, I do.

The library was terrific, though, just beautiful. It’s a very PRETTY town, don’t get me wrong. And the fire in 1947 or so that destroyed most of it was horrific. But if you’re a tourist-oriented town, I at least expect to find a level of hospitality and politeness (along with skill) that I found sorely lacking. If they’re already over the tourist season as it’s just getting under way, what will it be like by autumn? They were wonderful at the Inn, but the rest of my experience in the town was less than stellar. I mean, really, you open a place for coffee and baked goods at 7 AM (which I happen to think is late in a town near a National Park with hiking trails), and none of the baked goods are ready yet? You have two or three sad-looking leftovers from the day before (at prices that would make Starbucks blush) and you won’t bring out the fresh-baked stuff until you’ve sold them? I won’t be buying those sad leftovers, that’s for sure.

After our time at the park was done, we drove down to visit the family, just outside of Portland. We stayed at my great uncle’s house, although he’s in a nursing home. It was quiet there — no cell phone or internet in that area. I got a good bit of writing done, planning out a new book and writing a few chapters of it, designing the town in which it will take place, etc.

We visited with family, got to see my great uncle, and also spent some time in downtown Portland, and do a few other fun things.

We made a few stops on our drive back down, getting some shopping done, but I didn’t find everything I wanted/needed/expected to find on the trip. That’s okay. I will simply re-think those purchases.

I got a lot of ideas about how to put together my National Parks package for the Mermaid Ball.

Preakness was a great day. I was thrilled that American Pharoh won the second leg of the Triple Crown, and won it so well. Seven lengths in the mud and rain. Excellent. My other pick, Divining Rod, came in third. I hope American Pharoh wins the Belmont. We need a Triple Crown winner.

Went to a Sisters-in-Crime event in Dedham that the wonderful Arlene Kay organized, taught by the equally wonderful Carol Bugge. I’d studied with Carol at the Cape Cod Writers Conference, so it was great to do another session with her. We had a terrific table of people, the food was good, the session was great, and it was a lot of fun.

I worked in the yard — I’d gotten the mulch down before I left, and replanted the tomatoes, borage, and bok choy before we left. They seem to be doing well. I repainted one of the garden statues that faded, got the front and the terraced back mowed. I still have to do the meadow, this coming weekend.

Yesterday, we got much-needed rain. It was a pain the butt to drive in, but the plants and grass needed it. I had a National Marine Life Center Board Meeting in the morning, which went well –we’re on track for the 5K this coming weekend, for participation in Canal Fest, and the Mermaid Ball. We saw some of the rounds with two of the seals — the adorable little Dill, and the very sick Ginger.

Came back, tried to get some work done in the middle portion of the day, then had a Cape Cod Writers Center Board Meeting in the evening. That went well, too.

Up early this morning, trying to get some yard work done, getting some writing done. I have a reference committee meeting this morning, and then I’m back at the library. We have two programs today, and then I’m working tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday.

I’ve got to get a play revised and out by the end of next week, keep working on two books, and get started on the historical play. Plenty to do. Always, plenty to do.

I kind of feel like I spent too much time driving on vacation and not enough time being, but it was still a nice change of scenery. I didn’t get as much thinking, percolating, and contemplation time as I wanted, but if I create the bulk of Memorial Day weekend as a writing retreat, I hope I can get there.

Things are finally blooming — it was lovely to come home and see all the lilacs in bloom. Lilacs are my favorite!

Hope you’re having a wonderful start to spring.

Devon

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Fri. May 8, 2015: Have Seen Better Days

Friday, May 08, 2015

Waning Moon

Saturn Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

Sunny and warm

 

I survived yesterday, and the less publicly said about it, the better. Those who know me well will get plenty of bitching and moaning in private, although, honestly, if you weigh in all the angles, it’s just not worth it.

Let’s just say I was up at 5 AM and didn’t get to bed until well after 11 PM, and, unlike certain fictional characters, no, I did not get to “nap” in between. I actually had to work.

My feet were swollen and painful by the time I got home. I soaked them, but I woke up several times in the night in bad pain, and they don’t feel much better today. I’m a Pisces; it’s all about the feet.

Woke up at 5 AM this morning, in an absolutely foul mood, and I am in no mood for idiots today. No such luck.

I have a long day today, and a long day (work-wise, not hour-wise) tomorrow, and then I’ll be offline for ten days. Much-needed.

The day is beautiful, so hopefully, my mood will lift.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Devon

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Wed. May 6, 2015: A Bad Start

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waning Moon

Saturn Retrograde

Pluto Retrograde

Cloudy and mild

 

Busy few days, but it feels good not to be under pressing deadlines.

Saturday, I was exhausted after work. Sat on the deck with the first martini of the season to recover.

Sunday was about yard work, reading, and packing. And spring cleaning. Lots of scrubbing and laundry and rearranging things.

Monday was for errands, including taking the leaves to the dump, picking up mulch, and starting to mulch the beds. I managed to clean up and get to my friend, Trisha Leaver’s book launch at Sturgis, for THE SECRETS WE KEEP. It’s a fantastic book, and I’m so happy for her.

Tuesday was about more yard work, more mulching, and doing things like re-upping Triple A. Lots of cooking all weekend, too, including roasting a chicken on Tuesday night.

I’ve given myself the week off from writing. I know, on my vacation, I’ll WANT to write, and I’ve been on a tight schedule these past weeks, between radio and short stories and the contest. If I want to write this week, I will, but I’m giving myself the time off, should I wish it. Right now, I wish it.

Today will be a long day at work, and tomorrow, even longer, because it’s our big fundraiser, Welcome Spring. Then, I’m working Friday and Saturday.

I’m reading Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman mysteries. There’s a lot I like about them, but all the napping the characters do irritates the hell out of me. They do one thing, have one conversation, work for a handful of hours — and nap. Hey, how many DECADES of one to three hours of sleep a night have I lived on? How many ten-out-of-twelves in production, and how many eighteen-hour -plus days working on film and television sets? No naps. Even if I’m up at four or five in the morning to write before going to work — I don’t get to nap. I WORK the whole damn day.

I wonder if it’s a cultural thing. Here, if you napped that much and weren’t in your nineties, you’d be tested for illness or put on antidepressants.   An actress might be allowed an hour’s nap between matinee and evening performances, but that’s it.

When someone’s life is at stake, you don’t stop everything and take a damn nap.

It’s a minor thing, really, because story and character and relationships and setting and all that is wonderful, but the napping drives me nuts. Granted, on some days, it’s a shorter drive than on others.

My hairdryer caught fire. Fortunately, I smelled the smoke and dropped it in the sink before either my hair or my hand caught fire, but the smoke alarms went off and the cats ran around screaming. Not the best way to start the day.

I plan to be offline then for about ten days, doing precisely what I please. I will come back with photos and stories and lots to tell, but I need the time to recharge.

I will be online for the next handful of days, so I’m sure there will be more to tell between now and then!

I’m looking forward to finishing the draft of the play during the offline time, and working on the draft of the hour-long television pilot. And, I’ve been working on something else, where the characters spoke strongly, so I’m writing my way into it. I’m not sure, structurally, on one particular plot point, but my characters are insisting, and I have to trust that they know more than I do.

Devon

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Fri. May 1, 2015: A Raw Beltane

Friday, May 1, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Cloudy and Raw
Beltane

Busy day yesterday, but good busy.

Got the rewritten short story out, on deadline, and got an acknowledgement. I won’t hear back on the status of either story until autumn, so I’m not going to worry about them; I’ll just move on to the contemporary play.

Work was fine.

After work, headed to Cotuit Center for the Arts, for the Mid-Cape Cultural Council grantee reception. I received a grant last year from them for SEAL TIDES; this year, I’d been invited to cheer on the next round of recipients. So that was fun.

Stopped by tango to help clean up.

Read a bit when I got home, went over my final list again for the Indie Next Generation Book Awards – I am solid in my choices, I believe I picked the strongest entries in each category. They go off today.

Overslept a bit, ran errands this morning. Will be a long day, and there’s a lot to get done. I’m working tomorrow, because the person who would normally be “on” is on vacation. The rest of my days off will be about writing and about a major spring house cleaning and yard work.

I’ll celebrate Beltane when I get home tonight.

Have a wonderful start to May!

Devon

Thurs. April 30, 2015: Deadlines Met

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Busy, but good day yesterday. Got a lot done.

Came home, worked on the contest entries and the short story. I feel confident about my choices for the Awards. These are the books that stand out from the pack.

At 5 AM this morning, I bolted up and rewrote the short story. I decided that I wasn’t being true to my characters, and trying to force them into a physical, violent solution instead of a more intellectual one that was more in alignment with who they are. So I rewrote it, I’m much happier with it, and it’s off. On time.

So, both short stories and contest materials are done on time. Now, my focus changes to the contemporary play due on June 1, the historical play I want to finish by July first, and the next radio play.

Tonight, I’m going to the Grant Reception for the new recipients of the Mid-Cape Cultural Grants (since I got one last year, they invited me to this year’s reception). Then, I’ll swing by Liberty Hall to help clean up after tango (I won’t be able to participate this week). I’ve got some more research to do tonight for books that are due back into the ComCat system tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be busy, as will the weekend, but I’m looking forward to reading whatever catches my fancy this weekend.

Have a great day!

Devon

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Wed. April 29, 2015: Excellent Writing Days

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Busy, but good weekend. Excellent writing time.

Saturday, I came back from work, read a bit, cooked dinner, worked on contest entries.

Sunday, I wrote. I wrote nearly two chapters on a book, and I finished the edits on one of the short stories. I realized that the other short story I’m working on has a slower innate pace than what is needed for the intended venue — I can tighten the pace and hurt the story, or I can trust the pace and find a different home for it. I got an idea for a replacement story with a faster pace and more of a noir feel that is more natural to the intended market, so I worked on that.

Sunday night, I was invited to a tango practica in Cotuit — the couple who invited us transformed their basement into a dance studio. It’s magnificent. I learned a lot, and I have some specifics on which to work over the next few weeks. I’ll miss the Thursday lessons and the Sunday practicas, but I’ll also be able to work on a few techniques. If I really put in the work, I won’t fall too far behind.

Monday, I wrote all morning. I proofread the edited story and found some typos. That’s why it’s so important to wait before proofreading — if you proofread as soon as you finish, your brain fixes the typos instead of finding them. Wrote some more on the book. Percolated on the new story.

In the afternoon, I dug into contest entries. My final decisions are due this week, and I want to make sure I give each submission a fair shot. They were created out of love and hard work, and deserve to be given respect, even when the craft is weak. What irks me is when it’s obvious the printed books haven’t been proofread.

Monday night, watched DEATH AT PEMBERLEY. Well done, but the actress who played Elizabeth had poor posture, very modern, and even being in a corset didn’t help. It bothered me. The Empire style of dress shows the shoulder blades and emphasizes the shoulder, so perfect posture is important.

Yesterday, I sent off the completed short stories (typos corrected), ran some errands, and worked on contest entries.

In the evening, I went to an event at the Naked Oyster in Hyannis called “Hobnob”, which was great fun — artists in all disciplines getting together to talk about what they do. I met some very interesting people.

Stopped at the beach on the way home — just love our beaches. I love being near ocean. It’s soothing. In spite of rising sea levels!

Home, am almost finished with the contest entries. I want to go over my top choices one more time tonight.

Also have to finish the noir story tonight and get it out tomorrow.

Today will be a busy day at work, as will tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. I was lazy when it came to yard work this weekend — the broadcast kept saying it would rain, but it was nicer than suspected. Hopefully, this weekend, I can dig in (literally and figuratively) to the yard, and also do a solid houseclean, in preparation for the upcoming vacation and house guests.

Hope you’re having a GREAT week.

Devon

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Sat. April 25, 2015: In Support of Shondra Rhimes

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Yesterday was busy. Mostly good busy, but busy. Got some cataloging done and some periodicals processed. Worked on programming stuff and book orders and PR. All that good stuff.

Tired when I got home. Cooked dinner, tried to relax a bit. Read until late, but it was worth it. Got some work done on what I hope will be a short story that test drives some characters for a book.

The new play is exciting. I won’t be able to devote full attention to it until next weekend, after I finish the contest entries and short stories due this week, but I feel like I’m actually SAYING something that’s been on my mind for awhile, in an entertaining fashion through interesting characters in a unique situation. I hope I’m right and it’s not just falling too much in love with the piece! ;) That’s due June 1, so I have time to play with it.

Just shaking my head with the inane reaction people are having because Patrick Dempsey left GRAY’S ANATOMY and the hate-mongering towards Shondra Rhimes. Some of it by people who claim to be writers – but, of course, have never worked on a television production or been in a WGA writer’s room. He’d been on the show for ten years. If it was time to move on, it was time to move on, and it’s not like anyone who isn’t directly involved with the show is ever going to know the full, true story. There are multiple points of view and possibilities, and this gossip mongering by people who aren’t in the business and haven’t even set foot on a set just shows how stupid and ignorant the gossips are. The fact that so-called “writers” are trashing one of their own without knowing the story is disgusting.

I stopped watching the show several years ago for lots of reasons. But I respect Shondra Rhimes enormously, and hey, any show that can survive into its 11th season has a lot going for it. Good for all of them. It launched a lot of careers, and supported others in shorter arcs. They worked hard and have something to show for it. Whether or not I personally watch it every week doesn’t matter. Shondra Rhimes is a fellow writer, and I support her. Not that she needs it; she’s doing just fine without me! ;)

If some of the rumors are true and she writes people out when they become a pain in the ass, good for her. One works too long and too hard on a production to put up with crap from anyone, and I have a lot more respect for someone who cuts the deadwood than who allows anyone – be it an actor or a producer or a crew member – get away with treating people badly. I’m actually doing that in my backstage piece — an actor thinks he’s more than he is and becomes a PIA — and he’s gone. Written out. Sayonara, baby, and good riddance to you. If you’ve got that kind of control on your own show — use it.

But the rumors might be just that – rumors. I’m not on the show. I don’t know. I don’t even care that much. I do care that people who work hard are being trashed by those who don’t know anything about the profession and trashed by people who have a hard time finding their own asses with both hands.

Everyone has a right to an opinion on the quality of the show, and whether or not they choose to watch it. But to pass judgment on people they don’t know working in a profession they also know nothing about — a clip of a backstage interview is QUITE different than actually working on set, and I know, because I spent my life working backstage in theatre, film, and television — if you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut the fuck up. Who do you think you are, a Republican political candidate? They’re the ones who think because it drips from their poisoned lips, it’s a fact, even though most of them wouldn’t recognize a fact if it hit them with a two by four.

Up early this morning. Got some work done. Have a breakthrough in the edits of one of the stories. I have to cut one of the scenes I really like, and integrate some of the information into the previous scene. That will get me in under the word count AND serve the piece, so it’s all good.

Headed to CVS – they got my mother’s prescriptions wrong AGAIN. Third month in a row. They used to be great, and would be helpful in fixing a problem – back when we first moved here. And there were rarely problems. The last year and a half or so, there are constant errors and they have no interest in fixing the problems. Seems to me it’s time to switch pharmacies.

Working today, then going back to CVS, hoping they’ve sorted things out, then home to do some yard work and then work on contest entries. I want to get them done by Wednesday.

I also have lots of writing and editing to do.

Have a great weekend!

Devon

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Fri. April 24, 2015: Looming Deadlines

April 24, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cold

There was actually snow in certain parts of the state yesterday. I would have cried if there was snow here.

Yesterday was busy, but a good busy. Shakespeare’s birthday went well. They ate all the sugar cookies with almond and all the lemon syllabub.

Put together a big book order (pre-ordering all the way into September) and a big Amazon order.

Dashed home, ate something, and came back for Tango. I’ve somehow managed to injure my foot, so I had trouble dancing, but it was a good class, and I’m going to an extra practica this weekend.

Came home, foot aching, soaked it, got a bit of work done, but to bed early.

Up early this morning, got some work done (but not enough), and off to the library. It will be a busy day, and tomorrow is my Saturday “on”, so it will also be busy. Actually, I’m working the next three Saturdays – all the way up until vacation.

I’m buried in deadlines this coming week. I have to get A LOT done – both writing and finishing the contest entries. I need to finish and edit two short stories and get them out. Never a dull moment.

I’m also hoping to get some work done in the garden.

Have a great weekend.

Devon

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Thurs. April 23, 2015: Onward

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool
Shakespeare’s birthday

Yesterday was a good day. Got things signed in Plymouth, was at work by noon, had a good afternoon. Got the magazines processed and out, and got a little bit of cataloging done. I can’t be interrupted while cataloging, and there are constant interruptions, so it’s nearly impossible to get the cataloging done properly while the library is open.

We had a program on edible landscaping in the evening, which was great.

Came home, ate, read, did some work, puttered around. Got the lemon syllabub done. Since I had everything out and some bananas left from the banana bread, I made banana pudding, too.

Up early this morning, got some writing and editing done. To work on time. Will be a busy day, then tango tonight.

I hope to get some editing done tonight, and some more writing done in the morning.

Today is Shakespeare’s birthday. Well, it might be a different day, since he was baptized on the 26th, but this was the day most of the reliable sources choose to celebrate. I’ve got a display up and have lemon syllabub and sugar cookies with almonds out for patrons.

Onward.

Devon

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Wed. April 22, 2015: Feeling Human Again

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool
Earth Day

The last few days were very helpful in restoring a sense of well-being and perspective.

I was an exhausted wreck when I came home on Friday night — complete with chills and fever. I read a bit and went to bed horribly early.

I cancelled out of the conference I was supposed to attend on Saturday, because I knew, if I didn’t take care of myself, I’d get really sick.

Saturday was beautiful. I ran some errands, did some yard work (wasn’t up to much). Read a lot, dosed myself with some of my herbal concoctions, worked on contest entries, spun stories. It was the thinking phase, before the writing phase. Took a nice walk on the beach, which was restorative.

An idea for a play dropped onto me — first the characters came, then the situation (as is normal), then the motivation. I’m excited to get to work on it. It’s a contemporary piece, a drama with some dark humor in it, not one of the comic noir pieces I’ve written so much of in the last few years.

Sunday, I started to feel better, but didn’t want to push. Did some more yard work, worked on contest entries, read (I’m loving the Phryne Fisher books).

Percolated the two stories and the play. I have a feeling one of the stories is actually a novel — there’s too much I want to cover for it to make sense in the short story form.

Worked on several lemon syllabub recipes for Thursday. Haven’t gotten it quite where I want it yet.

Monday was dreary and cold. It was Patriots’ Day and Boston Marathon Day. I spent most of the day writing — over 2K (close to 3K) on one of the stories. I wanted to finish it, but I hit a plot block, and I have to rethink some of it.

Worked out more of the play in my head, and also more of the character relationships in the other story. The other story was supposed to be set on Cape Cod, but I’m moving it to Maine, because the Maine coastline will fit the plot and the themes better.

Yesterday started out rainy and miserable, but perked up. I did some work on the stories and the play, spun some ideas for the historical play, worked on contest entries, and read. Spent a good portion of the afternoon on the wonderful covered deck. I love taking my work outside. Tessa’s remembered she actually likes to be outside now. She’ll be less pleased as of May 1 when she gets dosed with flea and tick medication, but that’s the way it goes.

Watched THE 100 FOOT JOURNEY last night. Enjoyed it.

Up early, Baked chocolate chip banana bread for tonight’s program and sugar cookies topped with almonds for tomorrow. I’ll do the lemon syllabub tonight. I have to modernize it, or no one will eat it. One of the recipes is pretty good, but it has alcohol in it, so I can’t serve it to patrons (especially not kids coming in).

Worked on revisions for the short story I drafted last week, and the other stories.

Took a walk on the beach early in the morning. This is why I live here, and not somewhere else. So I can walk on the beach any time I want. Lots of shells and seaweed.

I’m going in to work late today, because I have to drive to Plymouth to get some paperwork signed. But, with the program tonight, I won’t get home until at least 8 PM, so it all evens out.

This week will be busy, but hopefully not as hectic as last week.

Onward.

Devon

Published in: on April 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm  Comments (1)  

Fri. April 17, 2015: Trudging On in the Rain

Friday, April 17, 2015
Dark Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Yesterday was busy. Couldn’t get much done, because most of my time was at the desk. Got some programming and other paperwork done, and some promotional stuff. Got periodicals processed and on the shelves.

Wasn’t feeling well, which didn’t help.

I started feeling better in the afternoon, which was great. Went home, sat out on the deck in the sun for a few minutes, then prepared the food for the tango milonga.

Went over, helped set up, danced for a couple of hours, chatted, came home. Fell into bed.

Up early this morning. Feel like I’m coming down with something. We’re still short-staffed at the library, but we’ll do what we can.

I’m supposed to go to a conference tomorrow in Providence, along with doing things like going to the dump and getting in cat food. I’ll see how I feel. Things might have to wait until Sunday.

Monday is Patriots’ Day and the Boston Marathon. The two-year anniversary of the bombing was on tax day – sad day for all. Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Those events, like 9/11 – you don’t get over it. You learn to live with it. It doesn’t go away – it becomes part of the fabric of life.

I’m going to work on contest entries, short stories, and plays this weekend.

As part of the Saturn Retrograde, the questions are: what makes you happy? What are you doing now that doesn’t make you happy? What can you do to align the two?

Next week is another busy one.

Vacation in 23 days.

Have a great one.

Devon

Published in: on April 17, 2015 at 8:54 am  Comments (1)  
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