Monday, June 4, 2007

Monday, June 4, 2007
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Raining and warm

I spent far too much time fretting yesterday, worried that I just don’t have the inner resources left to deal with yet another flood. In reality, if/when it happens, there is no choice BUT to deal, so I might was well not borrow trouble, right?

By 11:30 PM last night, we had fire trucks all over the place again and the brook was about two feet from spilling over. And it was only half tide. The brook held its banks, barely, but it’s still raining and there are no guarantees. Think good thoughts for us!

So far, all the books that are being over-promoted as “must reads” for summer don’t interest me. I hate feeling like books are being shoved down my throat anyway. There are several pirate-themed books coming out, thanks to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. One of them has a good deal of information on Woodes Rogers who is one of my secondary characters (though he tries to be a major character) in my action/adventure pirate tale, Cutthroat Charlotte. So I might get that one. But the rest of my summer reading list will be found elsewhere.

Good working session on City of Lost. I wrote scenes 4 &5. 4 needs some more work, but 5 is decent. It’s got a bigger cast than I usually use, and the cast can’t be doubled, but oh, well. Because I tend to write staccato dialogue, I expect my page count will have to go over 120 to accommodate Script Frenzy’s insistence on 20,000 words. Can you hear my teeth grinding every time I have to deal with word count for a script? Urgh!

Cooked a nice chicken dish last night, served with potatoes, guacamole (which I made) and spicy corn relish (from Stonewall kitchen). Salsa would have been a better choice than relish, but it was still good.

I had a revelation about what happens to Gwen and Justin far beyond Tracking Medusa. It kind of makes me sad, but it’s completely in character – and it’s information that will make Tracking Medusa all the stronger, even though I won’t use it in this book. Started Chapter 8, to finish the scene that was a cliffhanger at the end of Chapter Seven.

Decent morning’s work on Good Names. The work on that piece is slow, but steady.

Watched the TV-movie Write & Wrong last night – hey, it’s about a female, over -40 screenwriter in Hollywood – how could I not? Besides, there wasn’t any hockey on. Mixed response. The first ten minutes were too clichéd; the next half hour or so was fun and clever. The middle was way too predictable, and then, when it got really interesting, it wrapped everything up in ten minutes, which was frustrating. I liked Kirstie Alley’s work, I liked the guy who played Ray. I was pleasantly surprised by Eric Christian Olson as Jason – the trailer makes both the actor and his role look less substantial than they are in the piece. Plus, I saw the name and the blonde hair and thought, “Oh, no! Not another one of those guys in his twenties with three names who’s interchangeable with those dozen other guys in that age range with three names and sandy hair!” But his work was pretty good. The whole thing about Andrea’s assistant distributing the copies of the fake script and handing over badly written script pages – totally unbelievable because we’ve never seen this assistant chickie and we don’t know if she’s: A) a total dipshit or B) in competition with Andrea and out for her job. A genuine assistant wouldn’t sell her boss out that way without a reason. It also ignored the fallout of such a plagiarism issue, and I didn’t buy that, either. If the studio decided to keep it quiet – it needs to be mentioned by someone, at least in passing. Not simply ignored. And it would have still leaked out, and had serious consequences for Byrdie and Jason. I was annoyed when Alley’s character went off to the woods to write and left her dog behind – who was looking after the dog while she was gone, huh? And when her brother broke the window because he was worried about her . . .where was the dog? The dog’s there, he’s not, someone do some continuity for logic over here, please! Those lapses in logic break my suspension of disbelief and prevent me from trusting anything else in the movie. It was a decent, cute movie that just missed being much more than that. There was potential for it to be real social satire and pack a hell of a punch while still giving us a happy ending and making us laugh our guts out, and it just missed. In other words, it didn’t go far enough.

Off to the acupuncturist – boy, do I need it! Might have to cancel — according to the weather report, the worst of the storm is still to come.

We have not had more than 5 or 10 minutes of hot water per day for over a week now. I’m sick of it. My patience is gone. I don’t care why — we’re paying for this service, and we have a right to it. Time to file paperwork with DHCR. Not to mention to constant stench that smells like warm asphalt/burning oil ALL the time.


Good Names — 23,912 words out of est. 100,000

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23 / 100

Tracking Medusa – 19,973 words out of est. 90,000

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19 / 90

City of Lost— 4,287 words out of 20,000

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4 / 20

35 pages out of 120

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35 / 120
Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 7:22 am  Comments (5)  


  1. Sending good thoughts your way! I hope everything is okay. Flooding is awful, isn’t it? I live near a river that often floods, and when it does, my church always organizes a group to go help clean people’s houses after it’s over. A woman’s piano traveled about a mile down river before it stopped in someone else’s backyard. It was the strangest thing I have ever seen. I will keep sending you good thoughts… and maybe you can send us some of that rain!

  2. Oh wow, Devon, I pray you guys don’t have another flood. That would be beyond stressful to deal with.

    RE: your question on my blog…oh, how I would LOVE to telecommute! I actually proposed that once, that I get off every dat at 3 p.m. so I could pick up my kids and go home instead of taking the littlest to daycare, and then work the next two hours at home. But they wouldn’t hear of it. Said that if they did it for me, they’d have to do it for everyone else. I wasn’t happy about that because my JOB is different than everyone else’s. It’s easy for me to work at home – not so for others. Plus, they said I’d have to go to an hourly wage instead of salaried.

    So yeah, I’ve tried. But it’s getting to me big time. I’m so sick of the 8-5 job. It’s starting to affect other areas of my life. How can it not when I spend the majority of my life at work? That’s what makes it even worse. I’ve got to figure something out for my health and sanity!

  3. I pray to God there is no more flooding. You are having the worst time over this. Isn’t there anything they can do??

    Good to hear you mention Cutthroat Charlotte again. As a subscriber of that when it was with KIC, it was my favourite of all your serials – well, it was neck and neck with Angel Hunt. And Tapestry. Damn, they were all good!

  4. I’m so sorry about the weather conditions…

    You’ll be in my prayers!

    Amazing progress with your writings, by the way. So impressive!


    Sylvia C.

  5. Goodness, defintitely sending good thoughts your way. Your work sounds as though it’s going well. I never thought of an author looking down the road to their characters. I am enjoying the insight into how you work.
    I hope things work out this week and that there isn’t any flooding.

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