February 22, 2007

Thursday, February 22, 2007
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
About to storm

Sylvia tagged me, so here it goes:

5 Reasons Why I Blog:

–I look at it as “morning coffee” with friends and colleagues—it helps give me structure, focus, and enjoyment in the day;
–dissecting my process makes me understand it better, and, through some of the insights of my friends and readers, understand myself better, which in turn, makes the work better;
–I get to meet wonderful people with whom I might never have crossed paths in real life; and, when we do cross paths in real life, it’s always been grand;
–helping fellow artists get their work out to a wider audience, and they do the same for me;
–it’s exercise, keeping the writing muscles limber, the way a runner trains. A writing career is a long marathon, and you need to stay in shape!

I’d also like to point out that the reasons I blog now are slightly different than I did when I started – it was more about getting my name out there and building an audience. Now, that’s a lovely side perk, but the actual reasons I keep at it are those above.

I’m tagging Colin, Ann, and Tammy!

Landline and cell phone down for most of the day; DSL working on and off; power flickering; no trains. It actually warmed up on Tuesday, then, that night, we had another ice storm, and everything’s gone kaplooey. Mercury Retrograde!

You’re never going to believe this one: the twins can turn on the humidifier. Yes, Iris and Violet, the cats, figured out how to turn on Horace (okay, that sounds vaguely naughty, but you know what I mean).

I came in the living room yesterday morning, wondering why he was on, since I hadn’t turned the power on when I came back from the theatre the night before. The room felt great, but the water was getting low, so I turned it off and began to take off the ears, unscrew the head, etc., to refill it.

Iris walked right up to the back and pushed her paw on the switch to turn it on.

I dropped the ears, I was so surprised.

I turned it back off, took the head in to the kitchen sink to refill it, brought it back out, and was putting it all back together when Violet wandered past. She did a double take, walked up to the humidifier and pushed the “on” button, then went back to what she was doing.

Well, I guess they told ME, didn’t they?

I wish I had the camera handy so I could give you guys photographic evidence.

Fortunately, since it’s a child’s model, it has a safety switch that automatically turns off once the water goes below a certain level. I may have to unplug it when I’m not home. I already have to unplug the toaster because Violet’s so fascinated with it.

It will be good for them when we move to a bigger space. They won’t be so contained, and maybe they won’t get into so much. Or am I dreaming?

Oh, and ALL THREE tried to steal the banana bread. They’re running circles around me, let me tell you! I told Iris she was lucky I loved them so much, and she gave me the feline equivalent of a raspberry.


The positive of all the wonky phone/power problems was that, since I couldn’t work much on electronic stuff, it was mostly a reading and resting day. Got quite a bit done, but in a relaxed day.

And today, I’m feeling better.

What’s so inspiring about Coward is how much he got done. Yes, he was dashing around to parties with actors and writers and royalty and traveling the world. But he also got up in the morning, and, if he needed to, he’d work from 6:30 in the morning until 5 or 6 at night on whatever he wrote. He also painted and composed. He’d often write all day, perform on Broadway at night, then do a cabaret act at midnight, get home at 3 AM and be back at his desk in the morning. This was in his 50s! The man had stamina as well as brilliance. And, he was smart enough not to do drugs, and to cut back on the cocktails and the cigarettes when he felt they interfered with the work. He called his “long mornings” of writing “sacrosanct”. Truly an inspiration.

So, on with the catch-up. The show’s extended me an extra week, so, for the next three weeks, I’ll be both tired and have to be VERY organized.

Another storm’s heading in, so the house-hunting trip today was postponed. I’m going to try to get as much done electronically before the storm hits, in case the power goes out.

Great morning’s work done on Changeling. I feel as though I’m getting back into it.


Chasing the Changeling – 26,592 words out of est. 45,000

Published in: on February 22, 2007 at 9:13 am  Comments (12)  


  1. Morning Devon – definitely agree with the blog is like hanging out each morning with friends. Kinda kick starts the day in a positive way. Glad you’re feeling better. And that’s hysterical about the twins. And yeah, you’re probalby wishful thinking – they’ll surely find new mischief in new space. Clever babies.

  2. Ah, I love your cats! Actually, I love cats in general, but yours sound extra special. 🙂

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Good luck in the upcoming weeks. Remember to cut back to just the necessities to be well rested while you’re working extra hard!

  3. ROFL over the cats turning on the humidifier!

  4. Nothing cats do surprises me. They are so clever. But turning on the humidifier is extra clever. Your three sound like real little darlings, in spite of or even because of their mischievious characters. *vgb*

  5. Oh, that is FUNNY – the cats turning on the humidifier! LOL! They are such smart creatures.

  6. Your cats are a scream! Thanks for tagging me. 😉

  7. Tag! You know I got less tags when I was a kid than I get in the blogosphere – so I’m going to answer my tage here because I know what the next 3 days look like and I am afraid I will totally forget about it!

    I blog: originally – to get my name out there and do business on my blog; to take the place of journalling, which I’m not doing anyways with Finding Water group – and finding it’s really different; to connect with all these cool folks I have discovered out here and grown to love and look forward to hearing from. When folks don’t post I feel like a friend is on vacation (you, Devon, are a love about regular posting – I can always count on you to be here!).

    About those cats – don’t you just love how smart animals are (and we humans think we have the corner on the market).

  8. Your cats are a riot! You should get one of those bumper stickers, “My cat is an honor kitten at…”

  9. Trust me when I say that more space just gives them more space to get into trouble in AND you are less likely to catch them as fast!
    I swear mine are like Toddlers who, when left alone too long, destroy the house.
    Your sweeties sound so smart!
    I blog to meet others, stay sane when I’m around children 24/7 and to actually stretch my language skills for when I go back to school.
    But, I wanted to say, thanks for ‘being there’ Devon!

  10. oh my gosh, that was too funny about the cats turning on the humidifier. I’m glad that you were able to relax and read. Enjoy the rest of the week.

  11. I blog for 2 reasons – 1, so that editors see my work and name, 2, to keep my family and friends in touch with what’s going on with my life. It’s easy to post the occasional picture, such as the bathroom makeover, so my dad can see how we’re getting along, for example.

  12. Love your mechanically inclined cats! A former cat of mine, Blue, bless his feline heart, knew how to open the latch on the old-fashioned window at an apartment I once lived in. d:)

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