February 16, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007
Dark Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Check out Harry Bernard’s poem “Man at the Playground” on Circadian.

The humidifier makes a huge difference. I love having pieces that are stylish AND functional! 😉

I finally was able to do my morning yoga session today. The past two days, I haven’t felt up to it – achy and not flexible enough. But this morning, working slowly, I managed to make it all the way through the sequence. I hadn’t missed a day since Yule prior to getting sick!

Yesterday was a busy day. Not much creative work got done – Chasing the Changeling feels foreign to me at this point – but plenty of practical work. Got out a bunch of pitches; finalized a negotiation for a project that will probably run approximately two years, starting in April – and yes, you’ll be able to experience it along with me! When I’m able to start giving out details of the launch, I’ll let you know. I’m very excited about it. It helps bring a personal project I kept back-burnering to the forefront again AND I’m getting paid to explore it. And you all get to make the journey with me, should you choose. So I’ll keep you informed as things move along.

Got some short stories submitted, some articles out, some rewrites done on a few other pieces that have been waiting around patiently waiting for a polish. So it’s all good.

Cooked, for the first time since I made the stew for Artie last week. Played with the cats, who were delighted to have me home.

I’ve been reading Tim Powers’s book Dinner at Deviant’s Palace, but I have to put it aside for now because it is not a backstage book. I am completely in awe of Powers’s mastery – but he demands (and deserves) my full concentration. I can’t pick up and put down the book between cues. Plus, this particular book is pushing some of my buttons – all in all, something that has to be sat down and read, not read in transit.

So I switched to Susan Conant’s Bride and Groom, which is lovely and lively and fun. However, she mentions my hometown of Rye, NY – that a friend of hers visited someone’s “beach house” there – and I howled with laughter. There are many mega-million beachfront properties in Rye – however, there haven’t been any “beach houses” for 40 years. A cluster of the small bungalows which used to be beach houses have either been winterized completely or torn down and enlarged, but that was already true back in the late 1960s, when our family first moved to town. Believe it or not, back in the 1850s, that area of Rye was considered a “resort” and people came from all over the east coast to stay in the grand hotels that dotted the shoreline at the time. Amazing what you learn when you go into the County Archives in order to study the amusement park for a travel article! 😉

When the post office deigns to open later today (they’ve decided they have the right to keep random hours that have absolutely nothing to do with serving the community), I’m going to go over and get some bills mailed, and pick up another box so I can finally get Chaz’s Christmas gift that the British Royal Mail returned back out to the UK.

I printed a bunch of photos yesterday (including some of the ones I posted), and I have to get those into the book. I’m still printing photos from last year – I’m about halfway through printing the 100+ photos I took at Mohonk House last August.

I have a feeling I won’t get much creative writing done until Monday, so I’ll use the practical momentum to get as much done as I can, and start the prep work for the project launching in April. And I have to look at real estate listings – since I’m not at the show next week (except for my usual Tuesday day work), if the weather holds, maybe I can do some house hunting.

I need to experiment with paper textures for a print newsletter that has to go out next week. It needs to have a particular look and feel – but the ink has to hold without smearing.

With the commuting and trying to balance the writing with the show, I’m feeling a bit fractured again, but I’m dealing. Unlike my colleague, I’m also taking extra care to make sure I don’t let my fracturing distract me from doing my job properly. I’m being paid to do the show WELL, not to just show up and waft around without focusing. Ultimately, it matters less in my world than the world of the show – I’m only dealing with it while I’m filling in; they will have to deal with it as they see fit in the long term. So I might as well just let it go and concentrate on doing the best job I can do, and let everything else fall where it may.

Oh, before I forget – I slept in until about 9 this morning, because it was 2 AM before I got to bed (hey, I only got home close to 1 AM, and there was stuff to do). Elsa decided it was time for me to get up, so she climbed on the headboard and tipped a bowl of potpourri onto my head.

Uh, yeah, it got me out of bed pretty fast, saying some things not fit to print! 😉

Oh, when I finalized negotiations yesterday, I put a bid on something relevant to the project on eBay. There were several bidders, and I doubted it would get it – but I did! I think that’s a good omen, don’t you? I’m excited.

Devon

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The cat humidifier I bought at Target.  My cats are fascinated.

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What Elsa does while I’m at work — she drags around my clothes and makes nests with them all over the house (in this case, a pair of pajamas).

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I’m a sucker for Nancy Drew memorabilia.

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Little Roo and Bast, the cats with whom I stayed last week.

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The building at the far end of this Greenwich Village street that looks like a church is actually a library.  It’s a lovely structure; I’ve sat inside and written.

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Can you believe that buildings this small still exist in New York?  These lovely structures are on W. 4th St.

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Architectual detail of a building on Broome St.

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The fabric stash from the final trip to JoAnn Fabrics.

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Violet likes to pretend we have a mantel.

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February 15, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and COLD

And guess what? No hot water! Again. Are you really surprised, at this point?

I was featured on Deborah Ng’s “Pay it Forward Tuesday” this week – and too sick to visit any other blogs. So I caught up today.

My “Pay it Forward” is Mia King, who found me here via wordpress or something, and whose new book, Good Things was published about a week ago. Go, Mia! Hop over and visit her if you get the chance. Not only does her book sound terrific, she and her husband run a golfing company in Hawaii!

Visiting the other blogs on the Pay it Forward:

Kelly Boyer Sagertz: Word of Mouth has some interesting information on a variety of topics:

Eleanor Burks’s book Assaulted by Memory – the page goes directly to Amazon.com, not her site, so all I could see was that only one book is left in stock; nothing about her;

Sinclair Nicholas has an interesting Prague Blog

if you’re interested in daily life in Prague. I wanted to comment on the blog, because I enjoyed the writing, but I “wasn’t authorized.” I tried to “log in” and it wouldn’t even let me sign up/sign in/whatever. Oh, well. I’m not going through any more signing up processes. I’m tired of jumping through hoops in order to be able to give someone a compliment. Either you want people to respond to your blog, or you make it too difficult and they don’t come back.

Scott Penny has That Blog

which is pretty fun AND you can leave comments on it without having to promise your firstborn, your dog, and your kitchen utensils.

And I really enjoyed Joanne Mason’s blog, What Do You Read?

Now, back to life, writing, and the rest of it.

I’m much better. No idea what got me down – and, because my union’s so-called insurance plan is not only inadequate, but for all intents and purposes, non-existent (I swear, the guy I was forced to see must have gotten his degree from a matchbook cover, so I ended up paying out of pocket for my former doctor and then going to my acupuncturist, who fixed just about everything), it wasn’t pretty.

Those of you who’ve known me for awhile know I’m pro-union. I’ve served as a union negotiator on contract issues. However, the labor movement, in general, has failed its membership in this country since Bush was crowned President by the Supreme Court (because he sure as hell wasn’t voted in – the votes weren’t even counted).

People join unions for two reasons – to have a unified voice in receiving a FAIR day’s pay for a FAIR day’s work in reasonably safe and sanitary conditions, AND to have access to health care by being a part of a group large enough that an insurance company can actually be bothered. Their responsibility is to provide that day’s work, and the union leaders’ responsibility is to make sure the membership is paid fairly, with cost-of-living increases each year, and to make sure the health care is there.

The union leadership has done nothing but cave to Bush’s anti-labor policies for the past six years instead of holding the line. It’s not just my union, it’s a nationwide problem. Too many egos and personal agendas have taken precedence over the reason unions rose in the first place, and now “union” is equated with lazy and/or corrupt – an incorrect image the employers are eager to push, and the leadership does nothing to dissipate. We need new leadership across the board who clean up the internal messes and then present unity to those who expect everything for nothing.

My industry has prime examples – those with the least contribution to the creative process make the profit, when it should be evenly distributed amongst those who actually generate the work.

Anyway, enough about unions and healthcare.

The show is going fine, in spite of the lazy co-worker who expects to be carried (and I’m not). This person begged for the job; now this person must fulfill the responsibilities. I’m doing MY job, not TWO jobs. I have a second full-time career already. Make the choices, take the consequences, right?

The commute hasn’t been too hateful this week, so far; I’m dealing with it, back to reading on the train, etc.

The writing has gone to hell without even the hand basket – I’m way behind on all the creative work, although I’ve managed to stay on top of the business writing, pitches, follow-ups, etc., and I’m in the midst of negotiating contracts on several interesting projects. I also found some interesting new markets for some of the pieces that I worried about before I left a week and change ago. I certainly have my work cut out for me, catch-up wise, next week, on my week off between tracks. At least I managed to keep up with Circadian posts.

Artie is back, and we went to dinner at a recently opened French restaurant on Ninth Avenue between shows last night. The décor is lovely, the service excellent, the food wonderful, the presentation beautiful. All in all, a good experience.

We had a few kerfluffles in the show – a boot got caught up in one of the massive underskirts and we couldn’t find it for a quick change, so I ran down to storage and got out an old pair and got the actress on stage; two pairs of boots that look the same were accidentally switched, but I managed to get them switched back before the change – little stuff like that. For the most part, it’s been pretty calm, and there’s been enough laughter to make it fun.

I got the child’s humidifier from Target that looks like a small, round, yellow cat. The steam comes out of its ears – it’s pretty funny. My cats are fascinated by it.

I’ve got a few hours before I head back to the show tonight to try and get some stuff done out here. I need to dig out my mom’s car later because she’s got to get on the road, and I’m not going to have her do it herself.

February 19 was supposed to be a day off, but because I lost so much ground when I was sick, that’s just not going to happen. Maybe the weekend of the 24/25, I can have some time off.

Doesn’t it suck that Mercury went Retrograde on Valentine’s Day? Hope it didn’t have too much negative effect for any of you.

Will catch up on everyone’s blogs over the next few days.

Devon

February 14, 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Ice storm

Just a quick word to all my friends and readers out there before I head out into the ice storm for a two show day — Happy Valentine’s Day! Each one of you holds a special place in my heart.

Devon

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tueday, February 13, 2007
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I’ve been to sick to even turn on the computer for the past few days. But, as I said, it’s not an option for me to call in. I still have to work.

The fact that our union betrayed us by forcing us onto an insurance plan that’s completely inadequate has only made matters worse.

I’m better, back home, but heading back into the city (and a snowstorm) for daywork and a show.

I’ll catch up here when I’m feeling up to it.

The labor movement, in general, has betrayed its membership, as far as health care. It’s their job to hold the line, not bow down to George W. Bush’s anti-labor policies. They’ve failed in this, mostly due to ego within the unions, and then they wonder why the membership is unhappy and doesn’t turn out in force when needed.

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