Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I wrote a lot of cards yesterday. I got through the “L’s”. I still have about 40 or 50 more to write to get through the end of the alphabet, but I think I can get them out in the next few days. So if you’re in the latter half of the alphabet, your card may just barely arrive on time!

One week from today is Christmas Day? Yikes!

A check arrived from Confidential Job #1, which always makes me happy, and the material arrived from Confidential Job #2, so that’s all good.

Didn’t get much done on Hex Breaker yesterday, on paper, although the brain worked hard. The problem with this piece is that it came to me as a series of very strong images and scenes, but I wasn’t sure how to link them together. And then Wyatt East walked in, and it started to make more sense, but parts of the story are still a mystery. But because of the deadline, I don’t have time for mystery. I need to figure it out.

Decent morning’s work on Earth Bride. No matter what the word bar says, I figure I’m close to 60% done Once I hit the 120K mark, I’ll have to move the word bar back. It will be at least 150K, maybe closer to 175K. And then, when the draft is done, I’ll put it away. After some time to grow objective, I’ll have a better idea whether I can cut 25K or whether I need to restructure it into multiple books. If I worry about it as much now as the internal editor’s trying to get me to worry, I’ll muck it up and won’t have the material necessary to make the decision.

I’m on my way to the Greenwich Library to do some research for the essay I want to pitch to the anthology, and then it’s back to writing more cards.

The bread came out beautifully, although I had to hide it because Elsa kept going after it. She loves home-baked bread, and tends to crumble it all over the kitchen.

Costume Imp moved yesterday, and seems to be settling in well to his new home. He’s already almost completely unpacked. When I move, it’ll probably take me six months to a year to unpack.

And he didn’t have to move in the middle of a storm!

Off to get some work done.


Earth Bride – 111,367 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
111 / 120

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 18, 2007 at 9:48 am  Comments (7)  


  1. Here are some of the patterns I found for stockings.

    Crochet stockings (the first one is gorgeous!)


    Knit stockings



    I hope you find one that suits you in this bunch! I’m still trying to decide which pattern to use. I might have to attempt crochet again just to do that first one on the list. Done in red and white or green and white, it would be beautiful!

  2. Hi Devon – trying to get through my blog list to say “hi” to everyone I’ve not been ignoring but haven’t had time to stop in and chat with. Sounds like both your holiday work and your writing are going well! So I’ll wish you more of that and hope you have magnificent holidays and a very jolly new year!

  3. Why does spending some time in the library sound quite appealing at this time of year?

  4. I can’t believe Christmas is a week away, either. I still have shopping to do!

  5. My children are constantly harping on me that Christmas is a week away! No, really? *G* Glad to hear you were able to get some work done, and even were able to tackle the cards.
    One of my cats likes homemade bread as well. She will eat bits of it. Unfortunatley for her I don’t bake it very often.
    Have a nice time at the library and a good evening!

  6. LMAO I am no where near unpacked. I have the dresser and the closet done, but most of it is in the office, still in boxes… All the Egyptian pieces are still in bubblewrap and boxes!!

    Having two jobs and moving the week before christmas? Insane, Party of one?! 😉

    The girrls send kisses, all 6 of us where in the living room for 10 minutes tonight. Roo is starting to think about exploring the new house…

    I got a few more boxes unpacked this evening, until I found both the glasses and then the box containing the green label bottle of Beam. Straight up!! 😉

    Happy holidays to you and your girrls!


  7. Truly – a site full of some amazing thought processes weaving their tapestry!

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