April 5, 2007

Thursday, April 5, 2007
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Misty and cold

I decided that Saturn can’t STILL be retrograde, so, even though I can’t find a “direct” on my calendars – I hereby declare it DIRECT! With both Pluto (hidden things) and Jupiter (money, material things) retrograde, I am NOT dealing with a continuing Saturn Retrograde as well. SO THERE!

I could not get the engines fired yesterday. I made it to Old Greenwich to Staples, where I got the binders I needed and a new Staples Rewards card. About time – I’ve had the old one for five years and it’s done me NO good.

At least I have binders to organize the information for Good Names.

Someone asked me the other day if I didn’t think Good Names was too close to Mia King’s title of Good Things. Well, no, and not just because they’re in two different genres and two different time periods. When I speak the title of Mia’s book, I put the emphasis on the first word: GOOD Things. When I speak the title of my book, the emphasis is on the second word: Good NAMES. To me, the inflection keeps the titles from being too similar. Plus, to me, both are the beginnings of phrases with quite different roots and meanings – they take us to different places.

Got out a couple of pitches and spent too much time dilly dallying on the internet. Now that I’ve limited the time spent on various forums (although I’m still having technical difficulties and can’t get in to the freelance forum that’s my absolute lifeline), I’m more focused with my time. But I’m doing some research, and the problem with research is tangents. I love tangents, and some of my best inspiration comes from tangents, but one still has to be careful.

It rained and rained and rained yesterday, so I kept the car on high ground and I’m hoping I don’t get a ticket. I will challenge it if I do.

Spooky stopped by this morning for a snack and a pet. He has absolutely no interest in being an indoor cat. He likes his independence too much. However, he does count on me for regular meals and cuddling. He’s getting the best of this deal, I think, but at least my girls aren’t upset.

I’m enjoying Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love more and more. It’s nice to watch her blossom into herself, instead of completely defining herself by men all the time (at the start, she was one of those people who had to be in a relationship all the time – the type of woman with whom I have absolutely NO patience). And her details and asides, especially in the section on Italy, are wonderful, funny, and engaging.

Worked on the guest blogger piece. Will give it a quick polish before I send it out this morning.

Started to sign up for the Freelancers Union – but found some of their questions during the sign-up process intrusive, and, quite frankly, none of their business. I should be able to choose not to answer them. If they keep insisting – I will UN-sign up.

Chaz Brenchley’s new novel, River of the World, arrived last night, and I look forward to reading it.

I prepared chicken and Italian sweet sausage last night, cooked in garlic, onion, tomato, and thyme, served over pasta, with green beans on the side. It was very good.

I have a busy morning ahead of me – the post office may deign to be open for a few hours, and I need to get some packages out to my cousin in Germany. And then I need to sort some more receipts in preparation for taxes. And work on The Project. And write. I want to get some work done on Good Names.



  1. Ha ha! I whipped up a delectable meal of Macaroni and Cheese with cut up Hot Dogs in it last night! (It’s all I could stand up to do.) Am I bad or what?

    But I did make them eat their peas, too!

    Couldn’t you just spend oodles of time in office supply stores? Although I find I buy WAY too much stuff I don’t necessarily need. September is the BEST month for office supplies. School has started, and all their back-to-school supplies are like, 3 cents each. Or something ridiculous like that. I still have a healthy stack of composition notebooks from LAST September, that I got for 10 cents each! Woo hoo!

  2. you can stop talking about food any day now. =]

    And tangents – I have to admit, some of my best on line time is tangents. Tangents that stretch to the horizon. Alas, now I have a part-time job in addition to art I, too, must limit them. So now they are like a forbidden treat…which makes them all the more delicious! (delicious – see, that’s the food thing intruding).

  3. Staples–one of my favorite places to shop for office supplies.

    Yvonne Perry
    Writers in the Sky

  4. Oh, and by the way, my rewards card has proven to be of little use. You have to spend your lifetime savings to get a dollar in rewards.

    And, about the retrograde thing: no wonder I feel like a hermit today. Glad to know I’m not the only one having difficulty getting things moving.


  5. The chicken and Italian sweet sausage sounds DIVINE.

    We actually got snow here in Nebraska – not where I live, but where my brother is. And since I’m headed his way, I am NOT looking forward to it! I’d take rain over that any day!

  6. We’re still getting snow. No rain for us. At least not yet.

    Have a lovely weekend. Give the cats some love from me. 🙂

  7. I didn’t see any problem with your title and the other one. They seemed to be two different titles about two different subjects.
    You’re making me want to visit Staples and I usually don’t go in there!
    Don’t forget not to rest!

  8. Spooky sounds like a character in one of my novels–gotta love that cat.

  9. Look at you, kicking Saturn into touch. Go girl.

    I need to get new box folders for all my current projects now, but I’m suddenly broke so I may have to rethink.

  10. I don’t see a problem with GOOD NAMES as a title at all! And that’s coming from the author of GOOD THINGS! 😉

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