Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Don’t get too excited about the word bar. I’ve gone over 100K, but I’m nowhere near done. I left the bar as is because I’m using it to congratulate myself for actually writing 100K in six weeks, and motivate myself to keep going.

Actually, I had a great morning on Earth Bride today, and could have kept going indefinitely, until my fingers fell off, but I got such a late start and have so much to do that I had to halt when I got to the end of Chapter Thirty-Seven. They’ve met Saeren, the Sorceress of the West, but they don’t know it yet; Niki and her retinue think they’re on the way to save her from Slane Reill’s men. For someone who was a librarian in New York, Niki’s adapting to this whole Queen thing pretty well. I’ve had plenty of strong-minded female protagonists in my work before, but she’s definitely the most flexible and adaptable to unusual situations. And she doesn’t waste time being homesick – she deals with the challenges in front of her, grows and changes, but also doesn’t lose the essence of who she is. All interesting things to balance in light of what she has to face down.

Day work and the show were fine yesterday. Got some disturbing news during day work regarding the interactions with the new owners. They’re doing the divide-and-conquer, mollifying some of the tenants with empty words rather than actions so there’s no united front. I felt betrayed and disappointed for awhile, but you know what? Again, a good reason for me to have resigned from the TO last spring – they’re not effective. If I’ve got to go up against these ass—ahem, unpleasant people – myself to stand up for my legal rights, that is what I will do.

Dinner with Costume Imp at Vinyl was fun, as always. The show was fine – it was good to catch up with people. And discuss an ethical dilemma I’m having with one of the projects on which I’m working. I need to be diplomatic, but at the same time, not compromise my integrity. So it was good to bounce ideas around with people not immediately involved in it, whose opinions I can respect and trust. Brainstorming is always a good thing.

I meant to get some reading done on the train to and from the city, but instead, I was working out a series of sequences for Hex Breaker.

I’d hoped the material from Confidential Job #2 would arrive last night, but as of this morning, it’s still not here. And I set aside the day to work on it, but I can’t do it if it isn’t here. And they’re the ones who keep insisting it has to be turned around ASAP – honey, can’t do it if it’s not in hand!!!

They say we’re getting a bad storm tomorrow, but my pre-storm headache says it’s coming in sooner. Because if it doesn’t get here until tomorrow, my head will pop off! If I could only untwist it, let off the pressure and put it back on, I’d feel ever so much better. And, of course, we’re supposed to have a huge snowstorm Sunday into Monday, when Costume Imp is scheduled to move . . .

I didn’t make the final Top Ten Blogs for Writers List. My disappointment is less with my own exclusion than with the fact that none of the blogs on the list are by fiction writers. They’re copywriters or business writers. There’s nothing wrong with that – the blogs are all excellent and include two of my favorites, Deborah Ng’s Freelance Writing Jobs and Anne Wayman’s The Golden Pencil. But if you’re going to say you’re listing the best blogs for WRITERS – what about novelists, short story writers, playwrights, screenwriters, sportswriters, travel writers – it needs to be more encompassing than copywriters/business writers, in my opinion. Or call it “Top Ten Blogs for Copywriters”, which would have automatically excluded me because my writing is more far-reaching than that. But it wasn’t my award to give, so my opinion doesn’t really matter! 😉 I’m delighted that both Deborah and Anne are on it, because, in my opinion, they do run two of the best sites for writers! I think Kristen King’s InkThinker and Lori Widmer’s Words on the Page should also have made the list. Well, next year, maybe I’ll campaign for them! I was pleased to be nominated, and thank everyone for their support. I hope you keep coming back for more!

I need to check my mail to see if any more assignments have come through, run some errands, and then get back to work. Later today, I’ll do my (terribly neglected) weekly post on the Scruffy Dog Review Blog – I’ll probably post the link here tomorrow.

I hate it when I oversleep; it puts me too far behind in everything. But I let home at 10 AM and didn’t get home until after 11 PM, so there were 101 issues to be dealt with until well after midnight, and I slept in today! And of course, my morning yoga session was disrupted by the leaf blowers. Not that there were leaves to blow; the yard guys just roll the noisy, dirty things back and forth over the bare asphalt to get paid for the week. Ick.

Back to the writing-stone (because I don’t find it to be a GRIND-stone)!

Oh – Diane asked about the meaning of Mercury Retrograde, which I’ve discussed in detail in previous posts. The short version is that it screws up travel, communication, electronics, but is great for bargain shopping. People misunderstand each other all the time, the computers go kaplooey, the trains and planes are even farther behind than usual, but go antiquing. Don’t buy big ticket items, especially not computers, houses, washing machines, etc., because they’ll break as soon as Mercury goes direct. And don’t sign contracts during Mercury Retrograde, because there will be horrible problems, legal hassles, etc. in the future with them!

My mantra for a Merc Retrograde: Stay low, stay quiet, go shopping.

Thanks for the reference, Michelle – I’ll take a look at Pure Energy as a future host.


Earth Bride – 100,095 words out of est. 100,000

Zokutou word meter

100 / 100

Devon’s Bookstore:

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

Published in: on December 12, 2007 at 11:08 am  Comments (7)  


  1. Thanks – the detailed description must have been before I started reading, or maybe when I was on holiday and didn’t have time to catch up.

    I hope either your head gets better soon or the storm comes quickly, or both. And I hope you had some assignments in your email.

  2. I like the “writing stone” concept! Grind is so…grinding, you know?

    (And I can’t figure out how to put grinding in italics, so you can pretend I did it.) I bet I could if I really tried.

    I hope you are able to solve your dilemma soon!

  3. Hey you! I just bought “5 in 10” and read it! This is great! I’m in the midst of gearing myself up for 2008 and getting my writing plans in order. I’ve got writing short stories on my agenda and I’m going to do the “5 in 10”. Thanks, d:)

  4. Hey,

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  5. You should have placed higher in the Writer’s Contest. It sounds as though it need to be categorized for different types of wtiters.
    Sorry to hear of the pressure in your head. (Hmm, that doesn’t sound right. *g*) I do hope you feel better soon!
    I hope you have a productive and happy day.

  6. WOW! You broke the 100K mark – that is awesome! 🙂

  7. You definitely should have been on that top ten, Devon. I love this blog – it’s like crawling inside a writer’s head for a few minutes each day. I agree that the choices were good, but didn’t quite cover the entire industry.

    And thanks for the kind words on my blog! You’re sweet to say such nice things. 🙂

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