Friday, October 5, 2007

Friday, October 5, 2007
Waning Moon
Sunny and HOT!

It’s the vibration that bothers me as much as the noise. I really need to live someplace quite and quietly rural.

Took a walk about mid-morning. It was so hot yesterday that I had to run the air conditioner for awhile. Scanned the job boards. Procrastinated instead of buckling down and getting my articles done.

Fretted about fiction projects, which is just silly. Pick one and DO it.

Considered going up to the NY Historical Society to do research, but they’re closing early for a private party. Besides, I’m not in the mood to work in pencil. If anything, I’m in a magic marker mood.

Managed to get my act together to finish, polish and send two more articles out. I think one of them is too long and too personal; might have to do a rewrite. I have to finish two more – these two are more difficult – today, and then I’ve met my commitment through the end of the year, for this particular publication.

Thinking about how I want to shape my next Lit Athlete column, using both some of the material the agents brought up, but that I couldn’t use from the one about to publish, and also the ideas sparked by the agent with whom I spoke at the PEN event.

I’m signed up for Nano, even though I don’t know if I can do it. Nor can I decide which project I want to work on, if I can. It can’t be the Untitled Literary Fiction, because that can only progress at about 500 words/day. That is the piece’s rhythm, and I have to respect it. Perhaps I will get some ideas in the workshops I plan to take next week, at the Muse Online Conference, in addition to the one I’m teaching.

Started reading American Vertigo by the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. I’d first heard about the book when Jon Stewart interviewed him. I picked it up during the PEN World Voices conference, in between seminars, when Alain de Botton’s views on travel gave me so much to think about. As stresses mounted this summer, it stayed in the “To be read” pile and I read mind candy instead, but now I’m finally coming back to it. Reading a French philosopher’s work while sipping wine – all I need is to be in a brownstone in Greenwich Village and I’m a total cliché! 😉

I “should” be out and about, spending time with my NYC-based friends, but I just don’t have the emotional energy this week.

I roughed out what will be my Nano if I’m in a position to do it. It’s a comic mystery called Effie. If you’re a Dashiell Hammett fan, you’ll get it. If you’re not, oh well. I need to figure it out scene-by-scene, but it’s an idea that I’ve tossed around for ten or fifteen years, so it’s about time I write it. And if it’s not Nano, at least I know I’ve got another novel planned.

Good core workout last night; good yoga workout this morning.

Difficult morning’s work on Prince Paisley’s Chintz. Good morning’s work on the Revenge Tangents revision.

Errands to run, bills to pay, and then more articles to write. It’s a busy day. And so hot! It’s supposed to be autumn, and it feels like July!


Prince Paisley’s Chintz
– 2,625 words out of est. 25,000

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2 / 25

Revenge Tangents
typed draft 1A – 3,101 words out of est. 25,000

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3 / 25
Published in: on October 5, 2007 at 8:25 am  Comments (6)  


  1. The cliched life sounds pretty good to me! LOL

  2. Devon, you’d miss the city. :))

    BTW, you can remove the Risk Factor link from your blog roll. It’s DOA.

  3. Hopefully you get to do NaNo this year. I’ve finally been able to convince a few of my friends to do it with me this year AND I have a great idea for the story.

  4. Best to you if you decide to do Nano. (Would it be pushing you too much?) (Only you know what’s best for you!)

    I am SO ready for fall. Crisp, crisp, fall.


    Happy Weekend,

    Sylvia C.

  5. The comic mystery for NANO sounds fun! And I did get the reference.
    Wherever you decide to live, I hope that it truly makes you happy.

    Have a pleasant weekend!

  6. It feels like July here in Toronto, too. I love these last few days of “summer”.

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