March 29, 2007

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I’m a little better. Usually, I have 24-36 hours where I know I’m not going to die, but I wish I would so I’d feel better, and then a few days of weakness. This time, the sickness is just not letting go. I’m finally sort of up and I have to meet a few deadlines – one, in particular, needs to be met today. Part of it, I think, is because I was still trying to get my energy back from being sick in February, and then dealing with the flood and the car and all that, just wore down my resistance.

But I’m well enough to be cranky, so I must be on the road to recovery! 😉

A shame, really, because on Sunday, I’d gotten some work done on an idea which really excites me.

I didn’t work on what I was supposed to work on; instead, I did an outline for a new piece, set around the turn of the 20th century. At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start it in 1902 or in 1906. I did some research, and decided that it would start in 1903 – there are a few things that happened in 1902, according to a timeline I found (which I will double-check with other sources) that I need to have already happened when the story starts. Among them are the beginning of the Twentieth Century Limited and Broadway Express luxury train lines between New York and Chicago, the opening of the Algonquin Hotel in New York, and both the first Model T rolling off the line and the creation of the Studebaker. I’ve got about the first third outlined, practically scene-by-scene. I think I will change my process yet again for this and research as I write each section.

If the time frame of the book stretches as far as 1911, I will, of course, work the Triangle Factory Fire into it, as I do with anything set in that year. I don’t think one can revisit that tragedy often enough, especially not if you’re a woman or, basically, care about human beings. My own Triangle Factory Fire book has been percolating for several years – I have a feeling I will have to actually write it on a retreat one of these years. I will need completely uninterrupted work time to do it. And the writing of it will take a huge toll.

It felt good to start work again – even with other deadlines hovering over me. I’ve now got three strong outlines for pieces, dealing with both human psychology and social issues – hopefully not hitting the audience over the head with the latter. It needs to be woven it so it’s intricate to the stories, not a club brought in to whack the reader upside the head. The shriller the tone, the fewer who will listen.

I have to run some errands today, including returning the wet food to Trader Joe’s. According to vets, the problem with food made by Menu Foods is much more far-reaching than the FDA statistics, and I just can’t risk it. The cats are having a fit about the lack of wet food – so I’m giving them baby food in place of wet food in the morning and their usual dry food later in the day in the interim. I tried dry food twice a day and they are NOT amused, NOT having it, and screamed the house down. THE NEW NATURAL CAT arrived – and it’s not the wonderful book I remembered. So I wonder if the book with all the great recipes in it was something else, and I only remembered it as THE NATURAL CAT. This book is downright scary! So I’m off in search of home-made, nutritious, and SAFE cat food recipes.

This weekend, I have to work on my taxes, do the next assignment for the Confidential Job, work on The Project, and catch up on everything else that’s fallen by the wayside over the past few weeks. I’m just going to do as much as I can each day without making myself crazy. April’s already shaping up to be a busy, active month. I need to have some energy put aside for it.

And, because I haven’t hustled for work for the past week and change, I have to get back to that, too. I have a stack of queries that need to go out, and some other submissions as well. But all I can do is as much as I can do – if I push too hard too soon, I’ll just have a relapse, and it’ll take longer to get back to what passes for normal.


Published in: on March 29, 2007 at 8:39 am  Comments (13)  


  1. playing catchup – no fun. But glad you’re doing better!

  2. Glad to see you’re feeling cranky and a bit better. But you’re right, don’t push it, else you’ll relapse again.

  3. Glad you’re starting to feel better.

  4. *hugs* Hang in there. This crud is nasty.

    I love the early 20th century. I get such a kick out of researching my 1920s murder mystery. Lots of exciting things going on then.

  5. Devon,

    Glad you’re back.
    You are a good cat mom.

    I do my best but having a dog and a cat, but it means mischief and mayhem for most of the day!

    Hope you feel well soon!

    Sylvia C.

  6. Oh! The story sounds absolutely fascinating already!
    Sorry you’ve been sick, but I am glad that you are feeling better enough to be cranky.
    I hope you’re able to find a cat food you approve of soon.
    I hope you feel even better soon.

  7. Glad to hear you’re on the mend. Don’t work yourself to hard.

  8. My mother had a saying for that kind of sick: have to get better to die. She was a nurse and had a kind of dry humor.

    Poor kitties. Poor spoiled kitties. I’ve had kitties like that. Now I have a dog like that only she eats dry food not wet. her thing is that she will only drink from a bottle of water, not from a bowl, even when the bottle is dry and there is a full bowl of water. Poor doggie. Poor spoiled doggie.

  9. How wonderful to hear that you’re feeling better! But playing catch-up is just a pain. Take it slow!

    But being excited about an idea is awesome! Your new idea set around in the early 1900’s sounds fascinating!

  10. Glad to hear you’re feeling better – same goes for your Mum.

    The new ideas sound great!

  11. I’m glad to see you’re back up and around. 🙂 That new project sounds delightful and as I was reading it, I got a flash of an idea for something of my own set in the early 1900s. Stop it. 🙂 I don’t have time for that. heheh

  12. I can TOTALLY feel you on the pet food drama! Amazing what our beloved animals have to suffer for the sake of profit margin and stock prices. Boy, you don’t even want to get me started ranting about the pet food industry!! Shame on them. If you want books on the subject, boy can I give you a boat load! 🙂

    Here is a site that might resonate with you in your cat food search.
    It written by a veterinarian and has good deal of research to back it up. There is a fantastic link to why cats prefer the wet foods over dry as well as their needs as carnivores by Dr. Zoran included.
    It is one my holistic veterinarian recommended and food that I have been feeding my cats with excellent results…. even have a 24 year old Calico that is thriving on the food. I guess it would make sense as it is very aligned to what they would choose to eat naturally. If it is too much to prepare, there is a product by Nature’s Variety that is formulated the same.
    If it is not for you then just disregard. I trust you know what is best for your kitties.

    Wishing you all the best. I really enjoy reading your blog every day. Do keep ’em coming. 🙂

    Kindest Regards,

  13. The Nature’s Variety foods are great.

    Pet Promise is another good one. I change foods all the time, because I don’t want to eat the same thing every day; why should my animals have to? Evo is another good one. High protein, lo carb.

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