Friday, November 30, 2007
Sunny and cold
I’m just running late. Bad night of constantly waking up, so I ended up oversleeping this morning, and everything’s behind.
Yesterday was fantastic, although, once again, getting out of the house was difficult, thanks to the latest stunt pulled by the new owners. I had to file the appropriate legal paperwork for that first, then jump in the car and pick up a friend in Ossining. I took a closer exit than I usually do, figuring it would get me there more quickly. Only they were replacing the telephone poles on the street, so it was one lane for both directions. But I finally got to my friend’s place, she jumped in the car, and we headed up Rt. 9 to Beacon to our other friend’s new house.
It was a lovely drive up the Hudson River, although from Peekskill to Fishkill, it rained quite a bit. But when we hit Beacon, the sun came out.
Our friend’s new house is magnificent. It’s over a hundred years old, and had very few previous owners, the last one living there for many years. You can feel the love in the house. And the light is magnificent. The town of Beacon is also pretty wonderful – lots of artists and creative, friendly people who have a strong sense of place and community.
We did the house blessing, then had lunch at a wonderful organic restaurant (where I bought some local cheeses to bring home).
Since the B’way strike was settled (they dicked around for three weeks and couldn’t wait one more day?), we had to keep an eye on the clock, and I got my friend back to her train in Ossining at the time she normally would have left to go to the theatre anyway.
We’re so happy for our friend. She found the perfect house for her – it feels right. That also gives me hope in my own house move. My house IS out there – I just haven’t found it yet. There are several houses for sale in the same neighborhood – fabulous architecture, old, loving and lovely – but I think my sense of place is still in Southeastern Mass.
Home and tired; got some puttering done last night, but not too much.
More battles today, and plenty of errands. Plus, it would be nice to get around to putting up the rest of the holiday decorations, wouldn’t it?
Lara asked if it felt weird not to go in to the theatre. Not anymore. It used to, whenever I was between shows. I’d get that shot of adrenalin at hour before half hour (call time on most shows) and be raring to go. Now, though – I’ve grown away from it, I like being on my own schedule and doing the writing and the research and all the rest of it, going here and there whenever I wish. I miss the people I enjoy; I miss the energy that a live show generates; I miss the money sometimes; but I don’t miss everything else that goes with it. I do much better the less structured an environment I have. I’m self-motivated, so when someone else imposes a structure on me, I feel trapped. I’m much more productive when I set my own schedule.
Good morning’s work on Earth Bride. I have a sneaking suspicion it will run well over 100K, but that’s what edits are for. I have to trust in the story for this draft and work on the logistics in future drafts. I also don’t want to shove it aside, making it a secondary project as of tomorrow, when I have to start the paranormal that’s due, but I haven’t quite figured out how to juggle it yet.
Have to fix a few more problems with the e-books today, but it should be all sorted out by the end of the day or early tomorrow.
Baked blueberry muffins for breakfast – nice way to start the day.
Brandy – good for you, don’t let Dell off the hook. The AG here in NY has filed a suit against Dell because (as I understand it) so many customers complained that they bought service contracts that weren’t fulfilled. I had a service tech DEMAND that I take apart the computer while I was on the phone with him – he refused to send a tech out to me, although I’d paid in full for a full-service at-home contract. By the end of the call I was in complete hysterics. He kept refusing to let me speak to a supervisor, and I reminded him that I had his name and would file a personal lawsuit against him for pain and suffering. That’s how I finally got my tech. Another time, I was on the phone with a tech on one of those outsourced calls to some other country and the guy said, “In my country, women do not make demands.” And I said, “Buddy, I am in MY country and I’m paying for this DAMNED SERVICE, so you are going to give it to me.”
I can’t wait until I have the money to switch everything over to Mac.
Now, off to get everything else done.
Have a great weekend.
I can’t believe this is the last day of Nano.
Earth Bride — 82,242 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)
82 / 50
Earth Bride — 82,242 words out of 100,000 (completion goal)
82 / 100