Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Full Moon
Lunar Eclipse
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

How many of you were up early enough to witness the lunar eclipse? I was up, but didn’t get outside to see it, unfortunately.

I’m mere centimeters from blithering idiotdom, but at least I got a lot done.

It seems Yasmine and I have one of the same soapbox issues – waiting around for the Muse! Neither one of us can – we have to seize, wrestle, chase – no, better yet, invoke the Muse and get our work done.

Also, in the modern publishing world, there’s less and less room for slow writers. It used to be that a writer could take five years to create the next book – and slow percolation time is often good and necessary. But publishers now demand at least one book per year, sometimes two. It’s the reality of the business, and, when you’re entering it, you have to play by the established rules until you’re in a position to set your own. If you can turn out quality material that connects with people on time, eventually you’ll work yourself into a valuable enough position to set stronger boundaries. Until then, there’s no reason why a publisher should take a risk on you, the unknown quantity, when there’s someone else in the stable who can turn out solid work on a reliable schedule.

Got a royalty statement from an anthology. Decent sales, but not enough to make additional royalties from the advance, which is what I expected. However, there’s no reason this book can’t have legs and continue to grow, so I have no doubt we’ll see something down the line. Of course, I’ll have to do my part to kick up sales, won’t I?

I’ve been battling a bit of a sore throat the past few days. The logical, physical reasons have to do with going in and out of air conditioning, stress, etc. The psychological reason is that I don’t feel like I’m being heard, as though I’ve “lost my voice” in certain areas of my life.

And, it’s mostly because I haven’t clearly asked for what I need. In fact, I’m trying to figure out how to do so. I’m pretty lucky with the people in my life – the majority of them, when asked directly for something, either: help me if they can; share resources or point me in the right direction; or tell me upfront if they can’t. All positive, all good, even if it’s not necessarily the answer I was looking for. But if I don’t communicate clearly in the first place, how can they make a decision?

The internal work never stops, and sometimes, it kinda sucks. But even after just writing it out – my throat’s already better.

Polished the articles. They needed more revising – mostly cutting – than I’d hoped. It took me most of the day. I rewarded myself with a new purse for fall and some nice wine with dinner. Both red. The long article’s still too rough, in my opinion, to send. I’m taking it with me and working on it over the next few days, then will send the polished version off on the day it’s due, Friday. Put off the other short article that’s not contracted.

The majority of the listings on the job boards suck this week – most of them want unlimited work for pennies. No, thanks. Hopefully, it’s just because this is the last week of summer and things will pick up after Labor Day.

Of course, when I get back from Maine the second week of September, I can post my services ads up on Craigslist and see how that goes. No point in posting them now if I’m not going to be around.

Good morning’s work on Good Names. The murderer is confessing. It has to be carefully structured, but fortunately, it’s a highlight of the book. It’s working. I will miss working on the piece for the next few days while I’m out of town. I can see the finish line – it’s just a case of reaching it.

Off to the theatre, and then out of town and offline for a few days. I’m looking forward to it!


Good Names – 69,382 words out of est. 75,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
69 / 75
Published in: on August 28, 2007 at 7:58 am  Comments (7)  


  1. Uh oh—don’t read the last part of my blog today! 😉

    I hope your throat feels better. Sore throats are almost as annoying as being stuffed up.

  2. No sore throat, but I’m stuffed up from allergies (again).

    Devon, what kind of ad do you post on Craigslist?

  3. Hi Devon – I hear that: internal work never stops…and find myself in the midst of it myself. Thinking the part-time job might stop, afraid it won’t, trying to figure out what’s next, listening to “you can do it” audios (that want you to buy someone’s help to do it). In the line of asking, how did you learn to do approaches for writing articles for magazines? Is there a process? Where might I track it down? Thanks for any help – and hope your sore throat is all better (you seemed pretty clear in the post!)

  4. I missed the lunar eclipse…but last night when I was leaving Wal-Mart, the moon was big and yellow with a few clouds across it. It looked cool.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

  5. You’re right – the world of publishing doesn’t care if you’re a slow writer. They have deadlines and you have to adhere to them. It’s something I’m trying to wrap my mind around, to help me get acclimated for when the time comes (I say when, not if ;)) and I will have to deal with deadlines.

  6. Something woke me round about 2:30 a.m. PST the night of the eclipse. At first I wasn’t sure why I was awake, then I remembered what was going on.

    I went outside looked straight up and the moon was almost a full red ball. To top that off I felt like I was in a planetarium. The stars were magnificent and twinkling. In addition to that, I saw a shooting star jump out from the rest. Peace overwhelmed me.

  7. Hope you’re having a good couple of days away and the sore throat is better. Take care of yourself!

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