Sunday, September 2, 2007

Sunday, September 2, 2007
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Good news! The Blessed Garden liked my article so much, it’ll be used in September’s issue, not October’s, and they’ve asked me to write two columns each in October, November, and December. Yes, paid. Woo-hoo! I’ll give you links and details as soon as I get them. I’m pretty happy about it. These columns are going under the Cerridwen Iris Shea name.

More good news! I finished the first draft of Good Names at about 8:20 this morning! I started it on July 22. That’s not too bad – about six weeks for a first draft. And it’s short enough, a good skeleton, so I have about 25,000 words to play with, as far as adding red herrings and period detail. I had a 9 page outline for this piece, a roadmap so I could sit down and write almost every day, and it helped a lot.

I went to Michael’s, to pick up something . . .didn’t find it . . .bought yarn instead. There will be a post on The Tactile Muse next week all about it. And Elsa tried to run away with the yarn I was using. . .a busy time of it. The blue cotton in the current project comes in 50g balls – just the right size for her to pick up and carry around. Although she tried to drag the larger skeins of alpaca around, too!

I cleaned like crazy: Washed the floors, first with Murphy’s Oil Soap, then with a combination of rosemary, cedarwood, and pine oils. Vacuumed, once I’d ground lavender, angelica, and chamomile into the carpets. Washed all the throw rugs. Used baking soda and vinegar and later baking soda and lime juice down all the drains. The place looks, feels, and smells much better. This building has gotten so negative that chasing those energies out can be a full-time job!

And it was QUIET for most of the day, which was heaven. Now, the only singing I hear is that of the crickets – love that!

While waiting for things like floors to dry, I treated myself to Annette Blair’s newest release, Sex and the Psychic Witch. It’s a nice romp, witty, clever, and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed it. We got acquainted via MySpace, so I guess that space is good for something, right?

Devon’s Random Newsletter goes out on Wednesday. My choice was finish the first draft of Good Names or get the newsletter out. I chose to finish the draft.. If you’re not signed up, you can do so here, but make sure you put “Subscribe” in the subject line, or else it’ll get sucked into the spam abyss.

Off on the next gig – will be offline for a few days. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and have a good start to the work week. Can you believe it’s September already?

Great core workout last night, good yoga session this morning –even with Elsa playing with the drawstring on my pants as I did things like forward bends and downward dog!


Good Names — 73,007 words out of 73,007

Zokutou word meter
73 / 73
Published in: on September 2, 2007 at 7:33 am  Comments (12)  


  1. Congrats on finishing the rough draft of Good Names and selling two more articles!!!

  2. Congrats on bagging the gig and on finishing the first draft!!

  3. Congratulations on getting your article moved up to the September issue and writing two more for the publication.

    Kudos on finishing the first draft of Good Names.

    I hope you have a good Sunday and the rest of the week.

  4. Congratulations! Not only 2 new articles, but you finished a draft of Good Names!

    Is it hard to learn to knit?

    Aw, cats and Yoga are a fun time together. *g*

    Hope your day continues well and that you have a wonderful week.

  5. Good news all around – well done. Enjoy it. And it sounds like you enjoyed that quiet too.

    Will the new owners of the building mean better conditions and services and procedures?

  6. What a great feeling to finish that first draft. Congratulations.

  7. WOOHOO! Congrats on finishing!

  8. Congrats all around! I bet your apartment smells lovely. I usally throw orange rinds into my disposal–but baking soda and lime juice for the drains sounds good!

    Hope to read your blog again soon! Have fun!

  9. Pay dirt – yea! Congrats on the sale, toots. 🙂

  10. Yay! Congratulations on finishing “Good Names” and getting the new freelance gig.
    By the way, love your cleaning routine–your place must smell heavenly! d:)

  11. Amazing – you do all that work and have a clean house and exercise too! Congratulations on the columns and on finishing your draft – persistance, and lord knows you have it. I’m watching you to learn!

  12. Devon,
    Is there anything that you do not do?

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