Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday, June 26, 2007
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny, hot, humid

It did not start out well.

I managed to get my hair cut first thing on Friday morning. And then, I went to the bank, to get my money for my trip. Only, the show – which pulls in a million dollars per week – hadn’t bothered to deposit my direct deposit. AGAIN. I had the receipt that payroll had gone in. But the money wasn’t released. AGAIN. This is aside from the fact that our pay day is on Thursday, and, by law, the money is supposed to be available on Thursday and is never available until Friday. Except on the weeks where they can’t be bothered to deposit it until Monday.

I was not amused. And I left a few stern messages making that very clear.

Both the law and the union contract make payment terms very clear, and I’m sick of the hit show, which can afford to pay people on time, deciding that payment dates are optional. I’m tired of their excuses and passing the buck. It needs to be fixed, and there need to be consequences when they continue to fuck up.

You know what the show’s response is? “If you don’t like it, don’t have direct deposit.” WTF????

Time to call in the union rep and the Department of Labor.

Why does EVERY effing thing have to be a fight? Why should I put in the work, the hours, and the pain if they’re not going to pay me on time as contracted?

I’ve had direct deposit with many organizations over the years, and this is the only time I’ve ever had a problem. And, of course, they are raking in tons of money.

Reworked some of Act I on City of Lost and this time, really did finish the act. Not happy with it. Not happy with the whole darned piece. I seriously doubt there’s anything salvageable in it. At this point, I’m trying to push through to salvage my ego. In order to get 20K, I have to go far beyond a logical page count/running time for a full-length play. That, Sylvia, is why it annoys me so much that Script Frenzy is being run by word count. Plays and screen plays are gauged by running time.

The problem is that I can’t write a play just to write a play. I have to write a play when it demands to be written – as a play.

The Columbus Blue Jackets ran a hell of a good draft, and they’re good hosts. Night and day from the way Nashville ran the ’03. I got to cheer for the guys I’d picked for my 5 Year Watch List – and, as I always do, added some additional players to the list. I’m going to try to get some interviews with them over the coming weeks and months, as well as catch up on my past years’ picks. I’ve been writing about hockey for five years now – can you believe it? And my first batch of draft picks are five years further into their careers – so I should do final interviews with them at the beginning of this season and wave bye-bye (though there are several to whom I’ll remain a loyal fan for as long as they play).

The America’s Cup Challenge began on Saturday morning, in Valencia. Since I was obviously not in Valencia, but covering it from Stateside, I was happy to have live stream video via computer.

At one point, I’m dealing with the minute-by-minute of the NHL Draft while still watching the Cup race on live stream video. My head was spinning.

I had to make sure that I didn’t mistakenly put Kyle Turris on a yacht instead of with the Phoenix Coyotes or suddenly announce that Brad Butterworth was the newest New York Ranger instead of skippering Alinghi.

I was even happier that I’d only had a single glass of wine at the very late after-first-round dinner or I would have gotten seasick simply watching the race onscreen. The water was a bit choppy.

Alinghi, the defending champion, won the first race by 35 seconds. However, on Day 2 of the races, Emirates Team New Zealand took over the lead and won that race by 28 seconds. Thrilling stuff, really! Next race is on Tuesday, and I can hardly wait. You’ll just have to read the article for the details (it should be out mid-week). I’m excited by the sport, and I want to track several teams over the next few years to see how they put together the next challenge.

Nothing like doing articles on the run. My head’s spinning. Two very different sports and two articles in three days – it was my own challenge, and I’m glad that I rose to it. I’m tired in a good way, but who knew that being a spectator could be so exhausting?

I have to admit, I’m getting addicted to the whole America’s Cup event. It’s fascinating. It’s beautiful, with the boats and the physical skill, but what I really find intriguing is the tactics. I want to learn more about the internal dynamics of putting something like this together.

I’ll be adding some blogs and links to my list at the right today and tomorrow regarding the Cup.

I thought I’d get ever so much reading and other writing done during this time. Ha! As you can see by the word counts below, that didn’t really happen. It was difficult to switch out of race yachting and ice hockey mode into the conniving of my characters in Reykjavik for City of Lost, the upcoming murder of the governess in 1903 New York in Good Names, or even the banter as Gwen and Justin figure out the secrets in Tracking Medusa.

A magazine asked me to pitch some ideas, so I need to get to work on that this week (the more writing work I book, the less time I have to spend at the show after this full week). I want to come up with some interesting ideas and hopefully they’ll hire me for more than one assignment.

I also have to polish my Literary Athlete column and get it off to my editor, before hitting City of Lost and trying to make a run down this final stretch. I said I’d do Script Frenzy, I’m going to hit 20K, dammit, even if I have to cut a lot of it later. I doubt I’ll do it again, though, unless they change the silliness of word count for running time

And, because of all the stresses here at the building and now, too, with payment problems at the show, I was in tears at the prospect of coming “home”. This no longer is home to me, and I have to get it together to settle myself someplace that IS home, MY home, where I can rebuild the life I want and deserve – the life built around writing and traveling. Not stuck dealing with people who have no respect for anyone else and go out of their way to cause harm. The friction between the two parts of my life is getting more intense, and it’s time to cut away what’s not working. Which means both the show and living in this building.


Good Names –29,012 words out of est. 100,000

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29 / 100

City of Lost — 10,800 words out of 20,000

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10 / 20

92 pages out of 120 pages

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92 / 120


  1. The getting paid problem sucks and so do the things adding pressure to you – but it sounds like you’re ready for change:
    “This no longer is home to me, and I have to get it together to settle myself someplace that IS home, MY home, where I can rebuild the life I want and deserve – the life built around writing and traveling.”
    Sending you good mojo wishes…

  2. Devon, I’d be pissed, too. In fact, I might send them an invoice for late fees and encourage others to do the same. I might also bring action against them for the lateness and their non-responsiveness to your complaint. That’s utter bullshit. They’re only keeping that money in escrow one day longer to benefit themselves. Time for Eliot Spitzer!!

  3. Hey Devon,

    Thanks for the script explanation…I really have no knowledge of how script writing works.

    I agree, you can always chop some words after you have submitted it…


    I hope you have a good day!

    Sylvia C.

  4. Funny, I always thought direct deposit was supposed to be easier for EVERYONE. *hugs* on having to deal with that crap.

    I had a good friend who was very into the America’s Cup, so I’d watch it occasionally. Now it just makes me sad.

  5. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with all this stress and hassle from both parts of your life. I will continue to send good thoughts your way and hope that things straighten out and that you are able to find your “real” forever Home.

  6. Until you said it happens a lot, I was going to blame the direct deposit debacle on Mercury retrograde. But there’s no excuse for just ignoring the rules!

  7. I really don’t like that person’s response to not having your pay direct deposited. I bet if it was there paycheck, they would be annoyed as well.

    I hope life brings you a stress-free moment soon.

  8. I’m with Lori – the backers are holding onto the money for the interest. Give me an S! Give me a C! Give me a U! Give me an M! What does it spell?

    In happier news, Emma-Jayne Wilson rode Alezzandro to victory in the Ontario’s Queen’s Plate race yesterday.

  9. Hey, Devon. As the daughter of a sword-swallower turned competitive yacht racing skipper (I kid you not), sailing gets into your blood. Last December I got to sail aboard the yacht America, a replica of the yacht for which the America’s Cup is named. We sailed right past Abracadabra and Stars and Stripes, both yachts frequently seen chasing the winds of San Diego Harbor.

  10. Okay, I’m at home again – let’s see if WP lets me post …

    Devon, your wages should be paid on time, your money should be available on pay day. Good luck with the union. An alternative could be: ok, I’ll cancel my direct deposit and have CASH instead …

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