Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Buckle up, bunnies! Saturn went retrograde today, and, if you’re stuck in the same patterns you were in when Saturn went retrograde the last time, you’re about to get a serious ass-kicking, especially since Mars is still retrograde.

If you refused to learn those life lessons last time around, be prepared to be smacked around!

The last few times Saturn’s gone retrograde, against my better judgment, I accepted assignments at the show that I knew were bad for me. I hope I’ve finally broken the pattern (such as not going out in the ice storm when they called on Sunday, and sticking to the “I quit” part). I’m hoping that’s one of the lessons I’ve learned. Now, I have to figure out what else I didn’t get and adjust, to avoid any more scars!

It took me an hour and a half to dig out the car yesterday. Not only was the lot a sheet of ice – and our ever-lovin’ new owners did CRAP to maintain it, but, as usual, the “plow” put all the snow up against the cars instead of clearing the lot and it froze there. I wasn’t strong enough to get all of it off the car; but what I did was keep away from other cars when I drove and park in the sun at the library; when I came out of the library, it was melted enough so I could get the rest off.

Research went well. I so disagree with this author’s worldview and the fact that the books have descended only into sex, power, and cruelty, when they started as a completely new take on paranormal noir. I’m not sure if I’m “allowed” to challenge that world view in the anthology or if it’s just supposed to be positive and celebratory. I’m trying to come up with a half a dozen ideas so that my editor has a wide range from which to choose. If I do land the job, I’ll have to read 16 books in just a couple of weeks in order to have the basis for the essay. Some of them are re-reads – it’s not like the Evanovich essay, where I’d never read a Stephanie Plum book until I pitched for the gig. I read some of the early books in this particular series, but the development of the series turned me off and I stopped reading. But hey, I’ll read them again if I’m paid to read them, and I’ll have a lot to say about them! I admire and respect what the writer’s achieved, but I disagree with the unrelenting cruelty involved in the worldview. It’s no longer rooted enough in reality for me to continue connecting with the protagonist and care about what’s going on. I’m struggling to find a way to present my views on the work while still acknowledging and honoring the ground-breaking (in several respects) work the author’s performed. Fortunately, I have a few weeks to put it all together.

Oh, horrors! I actually have to set foot in a mall today. I don’t shop at malls, but I was given a gift certificate that, unfortunately, has today as its expiration date, for in-store use only, and the only store around here is in a . . . .mall. So I have to go. I only get it like three days ago, so it’s not as though I’ve procrastinated for a year. Hand me some armor, please, a sturdy helmet, and a claymore! I’m gonna need them!

I’m extremely disappointed that Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien plan to return to work in spite of the writers’ strike. Their lame justification is that they’re protecting the rest of the jobs on the show. All they have to tell the network is that if anyone is fired, they won’t return. Both of those men have the power; both choose not to use it. At least Letterman is trying to come to an agreement with the writers. I will also be very disappointed by any actor who crosses the picket line to appear on the shows, or any of the award shows.

The actors need to be careful; their contracts come up next summer, and if they expect the crews to support them and respect their picket lines, then they must do the same for everyone else. The industry is backsliding to conditions prevalent after the Civil War, where everyone who did the actual work was treated like crap and the producers made all the money. It’s not surprising – it’s the type of behavior the Bush regime supports in corporations, so of course it’s going to filter in to everything else. But creatives need to show some guts and not let it happen anymore.

Slow morning’s work on Earth Bride. Tomorrow, I’ll start the wedding sequence (in Chapter 43, no less, and page 470). That will, at least, finish this section of the book, although I expect the wedding and the wedding night to run two to three chapters.

How the heck did I get the hiccups this morning? I hate getting them, because they go on for hours and hours.

I finished the cards last night, so not much else got done!

Off to brave the horrors of the mall.

Devon

Earth Bride – 112,198 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
112 / 120
(93.3%)

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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:

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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.

Devon

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

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
111 / 120
(92.5%)

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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:

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I mis-read the calendar yesterday and said it was the New Moon; it was actually the new moon on the 9th. Sorry!

Late start today!

I didn’t get much done yesterday afternoon – more plotting work on Hex Breaker, a nap, and then I couldn’t get going again.

Hop on over to Kemmyrk for an article on “Sacred Baking.”

Speaking of baking, I have bread rising in the kitchen. It’s too cold and icy to go out, in spite of the sunshine. Instead of worrying about running out of bread, I’m baking some.

When I finally checked messages last night, I discovered that the show I quit had called to ask me to come in, at the last minute, because they were having (another) emergency. Now, why would I make a three hour round trip in an ice storm to work at a place I’ve quit? What part of “I quit” didn’t get through?

Overslept this morning, which is why everything is running so far behind. But I needed it – I think I caught a bit of a cold from one of the badly behaved sticky children on the train. Ick.

I had a good morning’s work on Earth Bride. Niki has no idea as to The Poet’s real identity, but he certainly helped her, in this scene, sort out her muddled emotions. Niki’s fun to write because she’s so different from previous protags I’ve written, and different from protags I’ve encountered in other stories.

I’d hoped to break 12.5K on Hex Breaker yesterday, but I was so darned tired I couldn’t coherently string words together. So I’m going to do some more work on it now, and then, yes, this afternoon, I’m tackling the holiday cards!

As a friend says, “Hey, if they arrive by Valentine’s Day, it’s a good year.”

Devon

Earth Bride – 109,763 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

109 / 120
(90.8%)

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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 17, 2007 at 11:39 am  Comments (5)  

Random Thoughts on an Icy Night

One of the things that is so interesting in reading Noel Coward’s letters is how much has shifted in the theatre. We look back and mutter, “the show always used to go on; people never called out BACK THEN.”

Then you read Coward’s letters, and see how, when he got tired, he’d just shut down a play two weeks early and be done with it.

That would rarely happen now. The producers would simply stick a sitcom star in the role for the last few weeks, reap even bigger ticket sales, and probably extend . . .

Whether this is good for the theatre or bad, I’m not sure. On the one hand, you want to get butts in the seats, to keep the industry strong. On another hand, it’s the test of a well-written play or musical when the original cast leaves and it continues strongly with replacement casts. On yet another hand (are we running out of hands) no one is ever truly replaceable. Everyone brings something unique to the role, and that is one reason fans of a show come back to see it with several casts.

You don’t want the balance of power to shift too much in either direction — one has to be able to replace performers, but you don’t want them to simply hire ’em younger and cheaper without training them properly. You hope that they hire the best talent for the roles.

Regarding the WGA strike, suddenly people realize that they’re not getting new episodes of their shows any more. Most of the general public paid little attention before this. But you know what? If you don’t have a good script, you don’t have a project, so pay the writers fairly.

You don’t need bells, whistles, special effects. All you need is a good actor on a bare stage with a good script and you have magic.

In film, a good special effects can’t save a lousy script, but a good script can overcome bad effects.

It’s fun to work on elaborate shows, from a backstage perspective. But, as an audience member, I want the intimacy and the intensity of connecting with an excellent performer working an excellent script.

And both should be fairly compensated.

Of course, the best way to put pressure on producers would be for millions of people all over the country to contact sponsors and tell them the products will be boycotted if the writers aren’t paid properly. However, since I don’t pay much attention to the ads in programs, I couldn’t even start to make a list. I’m more likely to get PO’d by a commercial I hate and switch the channel than actually pay much attention to the sponsor. I mean, come on, a pedophile gets his Viagra covered by insurance, but insurance won’t cover birth control. There’s gender discrimination for you!

Next year, the actors could go out, so you have the other most important part of the equation out of the picture. I’m interested to see how and when the writers’ strike is resolved, and how it affects the actors. I believe both the SAG and Equity contracts are up in the summer, so that could put a stop to theatre and film. I don’t know where the AFTRA contracts stand.

The next year should be interesting in the entertainment industry, and I hope the creatives stand firm against the bean counters. Because there’s nothing to count if the creators don’t create. And creators can create in a barn with a bedsheet, a lantern, and a good script — they need the producers less than the producers need them, especially in this digital age.

It’s all very interesting.

Published in: on December 16, 2007 at 8:41 pm  Comments (1)  

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007
New Moon
Mars Retrograde
Ice storm

Right after I posted yesterday, I checked messages, and the show on which I’d worked the previous night asked me to come in for both shows, because someone was out sick. I’d just handled some upset in the personal life (if you don’t respect my boundaries, especially when it comes to my writing, you WILL be kicked to the curb, and your AmEx card does not buy forgiveness – I need the behaviour to change, not an expensive piece of jewelry), so my writing day was ruined anyway, and I figured why not get paid?

Caught the train, filled with badly behaved children. Again, if you can’t teach your kids how to behave in public, leave them at home! It is inexcusable to let them run rampant up and down the train aisles, yelling, screaming, whining, smearing jam-sticky fingers on people’s clothes and their wrapped gifts, and sneezing and coughing over people. I’m also angry that the conductor didn’t put all of them off the train. In general, this season’s batch of tourists are the most disgusting and disrespectful yet.

So, at the show, one person’s sick, another’s injured, and all I can think of is Hex Breaker. Managed to get through the matinee unscathed, gathered my work and went to a diner for dinner break, so I could spread out.

I gutted the first three chapters of Hex Breaker and rebuilt them. I have about a half a dozen lines of dialogue from the original draft, that’s all. What I’ve got now is much tighter and much more tension-filled.

Made it through the second show, in spite of my head still being in Hex Breaker. Managed to start reading a colleague’s manuscript I’d promised to critique (it’s really good, phew!) and finished the material for Confidential Job #1 on the train home.

It had just started to snow and sleet when I got home, but the storm picked up in the night. I didn’t sleep much because the storm was so intense it upset the cats, who in turn, kept me up until about 6:15 this morning.

I caught a few hours of sleep, then went back to the page. I’m keeping the phones turned off today – I don’t want any interruptions, and I’m sure as heck not going OUT in this weather. It’s not much snow, but lots of ice, and high winds.

I wrote another chapter of Earth Bride – I’m on page 450 and the internal editor’s having a tantrum, but too bad.

I went back to work on Hex Breaker. I put in the changes and kept going. It’s flying, but I need to take a break and rest for a bit, then, hopefully, do some more. I also have two articles to draft today. I’m going to rest for a bit, and then get back to Hex Breaker.

Devon

Earth Bride – 107,906 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

107 / 120
(89.2%)

Hex Breaker – 9,691 words out of est. 25,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

9 / 25
(36.0%)

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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:

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I was a basket case yesterday. Having to deal with building crap at 9 in the morning completely knocked me off my game for Earth Bride, which enraged me, but I couldn’t get back into it. My creative energy was completely destroyed.

I managed to apply for a job, send off an invoice, get some stuff posted, and troll the job sites. They were depressing as hell.

On a happier note, I have a shot at inclusion in another anthology with an editor for whom I’ve previously worked. I’ll have to do some research next week to pitch potential essay topics, but if we can find something that works for us – I’ll be in another anthology! That would be fun. If it works out, I’ll let you know.

Started printing a manuscript I promised to critique for a colleague. I have a feeling the material from LA won’t get here until early next week, so I’ll work on my colleague’s piece and have that done before the other material is here. And I’ve got two articles to write this weekend, too.

Maybe I’ll finally get those damned cards written! 😉

Good afternoon’s work on Hex Breaker. It’s moving in the right direction.

In fact, I thought about Hex Breaker nearly all night. There are a few images that came to me so strongly. I’m holding on to them as best I can (with some notes), as they come later in the story. And I figured out the key to taking the story to the next level. From something that’s right now a fairly interesting read to something far more enthralling.

I think I might have to break one of my own rules and rewrite what I’ve done on it so far. Because the changes make it different enough that I can’t just pretend they are already in there. The beginning has to be entirely restructured and rewritten to support the rest of the story. Poor Billy keeps getting shoved farther and farther back into the story – and yet, that might be a key to it, too. I have some decisions to make on it. And it hurt to be away from it last night, although the show was fine, I had a perfectly good time with everyone, and it ran smoothly.

However, it’s horrid getting in and out of the city. Everyone’s cranky and miserable and there’s an abnormally high quotient of rude and stupid tourists who treat the city like their own personal trash heap. On top of that, companies are having their holiday parties, so one has to ride home with the yuppie drunks. Alcohol brings out the worst in unhappy suburbanites.

Tough to get going this morning on Earth Bride. I wanted to dive back into Hex Breaker, but I don’t want Earth Bride to dangle and keep getting shuffled farther and farther back in the queue, so I have to balance them. Once I got into it, it was fine, and Niki discovered the betrayal by her husband-to-be. Tomorrow, I start Chapter 40 and the third disk for this draft.

Devon

Earth Bride –105,210 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

105 / 120
(87.5%)

Hex Breaker – 7,703 words out of est. 25,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

7 / 25
(28.0%)

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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:

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Friday, December 14,2007

Friday, December 14, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. And this is new because . . .?

Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise and check out my ideas for the best writing books to give this holiday season. In case you know a writer who needs some books on writing! 😉 (No, I don’t mean me; I have them all; that’s why I know they work).

The storm dumped more ice than snow down, and I was glad I could stay home. Unfortunately, so could plenty of other people, and there were massive interruptions, deliveries, etc. And packages to be wrapped. I didn’t get many cards written, but everything that was delivered got wrapped. I’m only waiting for one more box of stuff to arrive and I’m all set. Now, if I can just make myself sit down and do those cards . . .

And then, of course, Iris and Violet had to untie all the ribbons on the presents, and I had to retrieve the ribbons, iron them (I only use fabric ribbon), make sure the toothmarks didn’t show, and retie them all!

Got the interview questions out to the author’s publicist; they were happy about them, and the publicist has asked me to host another author in January, whose book sounds interesting, so I said yes.

Got everything sorted out with LA for Confidential Job #2. New deadline, easier parameters, etc. All good.

Still have to invoice some articles. I’ll make sure that invoice goes out today.

I’m debating whether or not to throw my hat into the ring for a steady copy editing gig. It would run about 15-20 hours a week, for a solid, reliable company. My dilemma is whether I’d resent spending that much time on someone else’s work, even though I was getting paid for it. I might apply anyway and see if I make the cut, THEN decide. Steady money sounds good right now.

Did some work on Hex Breaker and some plotting on We All Have Secrets. The novella that has to be started in early January for a different gig is starting to percolate in my head. It’s a time travel piece. I’ve got the two main characters; I’ve got the time period. But I need the conflict and the villain. So it needs to percolate some more. And it can be 5K – 10K shorter than both Hex Breaker and We All Have Secrets, so I have to make sure I don’t overcomplicate it.

Started with a decent morning’s work on Earth Bride, then got interrupted by building crap. It’s gotten my entire day out of whack, and I’m ready to explode about it.

But I need to calm down, focus, and get back to work. I have a truncated writing day today, because I’m going into the city tonight to work the other show again. And I have to make up for everything I didn’t get done yesterday as well as getting done everything I need to get done today.

And write cards.

Devon

Earth Bride – 103,980 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

103 / 120
(85.8%)

Hex Breaker – 5,713 words out of est. 25,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

5 / 25
(20.0%)

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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 14, 2007 at 10:13 am  Comments (5)  

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Big Storm Expected

It’s awfully quiet right now; the big storm is supposed to hit at any moment. Schools were closed in anticipation, although a flake of snow has yet to fall. They said we could get up to a foot of snow today.

I’m safely tucked away here at home, working, so it’s all fine with me.

I have a rather harsh post over at the SDR blog on “Craft and Time Management”. Read it if you dare.

Got some plot work done on Hex Breaker and some other work done on Tracking Medusa yesterday, although I haven’t actually started putting changes into pages. I need to tweak the opening of Hex Breaker. Right now, it’s seen through Billy’s eyes, and it needs to be through Jain’s. It’s not a prologue, and, as far as I can tell, the rest of the piece is through Jain’s eyes. Having the first two pages through Billy’s eyes is too jarring and unsettles the piece. I want the atmosphere to be unsettling, not a single POV jump.

Spent most of the day reading a novel for an author I’m hosting over on Biblio Paradise at the end of the month, coming up with questions, and making notes for the review. Talked to my editor at Confidential Job #1 about some revisions on my last assignment; all good. Still waiting for the material to arrive from Confidential Job #2 that was supposedly this big emergency. This is why I hate dealing with LA – they want you to do everything yesterday, but they drag their feet on their end. What’s that saying? “Disorganization on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” Words to live by!

I’m behind on the holiday cards, but, eventually, they’ll get out.

Great morning’s work on Earth Bride. The ensemble just keeps surprising me, and I love rolling along with the story. I need to choke the Internal Editor, who keeps warning me it’s too long. Yes, no kidding, I know, it’s a damned first draft, I’ll figure out how to restructure in the revisions! Right now, I just want to enjoy unfolding the story.

And I’m ready for this Mars Retrograde to be over!!!

I’ve got some business-y work to do, and then it’s back to Hex Breaker and We All Have Secrets. I’d like to get in a good writing day, instead of the odd, unfocused day I had yesterday.

We’ll see. Got to go moment by moment. As long as it all gets done, right?

Devon

Earth Bride – 102,613 words out of est. 120,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

102 / 120
(85.0%)

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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 13, 2007 at 10:18 am  Comments (4)  

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.

Devon

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

Zokutou word meter

100 / 100
(100.1%)

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Tuesday, Decembeer 11, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I didn’t get enough done on what I needed. I got two of the articles out first thing in the morning, and then the 1 and 1 server went down AGAIN – this has been ongoing for nearly a week now and I couldn’t access any of the Fearless Ink work all day. I tried to pull it through Yahoo, but you have to verify the Yahoo addition via your other account, and without being able to get into the account, you can’t do it. I managed to get in and answer a few things, pull some addresses, and attempt to verify, but it wouldn’t take. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 1and 1 sucks as a web host, and their customer service, for which they’ve been praised, is nearly non-existent. Unfortunately, moving hosts is not something I can do right now.

I finally opened another business account through a different system so I can get the most important work in and out. I managed to get the last article out and the paperwork between Confidential Job #2 and I sorted out by 9 PM.

The job listings were just depressing, so I’m glad I got some offers in the past few days – but I have to be able to get at them in order to fulfill them!

Lyd, to answer your moon question: Dark moon is the day before the new moon. Once the moon has turned to new, it becomes the Waxing Moon. Once the moon has passed full, it becomes the Waning Moon, until it becomes the Dark Moon again, and then the New. The Dark Moon this month was on Saturday the 8th (I may have mistakenly said it was dark on Friday the 7th – I was wrong). The New Moon was on Sunday the 9th, and now the moon is Waxing until the full Moon, which is on the 23rd. And then it will begin to wane again. Surgery should happen as close to the dark moon as possible – the closer you have it to the full moon, the heavier the bleeding is likely to be.

You also brought up another good point, Lyd: I probably would enjoy all these shows if I hadn’t spent my whole professional life working backstage in theatre, film, and television! I can never just “watch” something, unless I get completely pulled in and that’s rare at this point. But I certainly learn a heck of a lot from all of it, even the stuff I don’t think works.

I got a good chunk of work done on Hex Breaker, with some lovely surprises. I love it when I can trust my characters and they lead me to far more interesting places than expected! I couldn’t figure out who Jain’s number one sparring partner and colleague would be on the piece. Originally it was supposed to be either Nick Swift or Billy Root, but it didn’t feel right. They’re both good characters, but neither one is really a match for her. Imagine my surprise when the incredibly cynical, incredibly intelligent Wyatt East walked into the story and made himself at home. He’s not in the outline – he just sort of appeared, and he’s perfect in this setting. He’s definitely not a perfect person – far too interesting to be perfect, but he’s a great addition to this particular ensemble!

Unfortunately, I burned my forearm terribly while checking on the roast chicken. Because of the way the kitchen is designed, I can’t stand directly in front of the oven to slide the big pans in and out. I have to do everything at an awkward angle, and if I time it wrong, I get a serious burn. Today, I timed it wrong. It hurts like hell, in spite of the aloe and everything else. I had to wrap it to go into the city today, so it won’t get infected.

Yes, I’m going in to the city today. I’m – oh, shock – working on another show. Not the show I quit after 3 ½ years, but a different one. Just for the day – day work and the show. Some quick cash in an easy-going environment. And I get to eat dinner with my buddy Costume Imp (with whom I went to Philly last Tuesday), so it’s all good.

I’m constantly thinking about Earth Bride, how the story is percolating along, how I can make it better. Whether I decide to turn it into a trilogy or keep it as a single book, I want each scene and each character to be as fully developed as possible. This is not a tightly plotted, swift-driving piece. It moves forward, but episodically, with each event building on the events before. The Internal Editor’s got to go back to Tahiti. I sent her there for November, during Nano – but she’s got to stay until the draft is done, or I’ll be in big trouble. She’s welcome to have at Tracking Medusa, since that’s on deadline, but she’s got to keep her hands off Earth Bride until the draft is done! The word bar says I’m 97% done, but it’s more like 60%. I want to leave the bar as is to have a moment of happiness at reaching 100K, then move it back.

Dreamed about Hex Breaker last night, so that’s a good thing. Good way to work out plot twists.

I hate losing so much writing time today, but my bank account will be happy with an infusion of Broadway cash. After all, I still have stocking stuffers to purchase – and things for the cats – yes, we celebrate Kitty Christmas around here – there’s nothing like a pack of felines wrestling down the catnip-infused stocking on the 25th to get you laughing!

Devon

Earth Bride – 97,693 words out of est. 100,000.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
97 / 100
(97.0%)

Hex Breaker – 4,907 words out of est. 25,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
4 / 25
(16.0%)

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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:

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Sleet

I have some catching up to do, don’t I?

Saturday was a lot of fun. The trip to PA was smooth going, not too much traffic, decent weather. We easily found our friends’ new house, out in Berks County. It’s gorgeous! It’s taken them almost a year to renovate it, but they did a spectacular job. And their cat loves it.

We had a lovely lunch, and then all four of us backtracked to Bethlehem, where they had a Christmas market set up. Well, first of all, one has to pay admission, which I think is ridiculous. It’s not like they let the vendors to set up for free, and if I didn’t have to shell out bucks to come in, I’d have more to spend at the fair! The vendor prices were pretty high, too – I mean, I love the genuine German nutcrackers, but to charge $45 for one that’s three inches high and $429 for one that’s eight inches high is simply out of my budget, no matter how well-crafted it is.

I did meet a woman who makes natural soaps, and, after the holidays, I’ll get in touch and she’ll let me special order the rosemary soap I love so much. I bought several of her other soaps and really like them.

Getting out of Bethlehem is always a nightmare – poorly marked and you go round and round and can’t get out. But we eventually did and got home a little after 8 at night. The cats were mad that we smelled like another cat!

Sunday was icy and cold; did some grocery shopping, read the paper. Wrote my articles; will do another pass on them this morning before sending them out.

Came up with yet another story idea, which I need to notate, but won’t work on for awhile. Too many other ideas that need attention first.

I watched the re-broadcast of Tin Man last night – all six hours of it! Interesting. I learned a lot about what not to do in structure and story telling. I think many of the ideas were great, the look of the piece was good, and I loved the four leads: Zooey Deschenel, Neal McDonough, Alan Cumming, and Raul Trujillo. There’s so much in their work that was wonderful, especially in the scenes amongst each other. There’s a sequence in the second installment, in the wagon, between McDonough and Cumming that’s got so much detail and so much going on in such a simple, intimate scene, that it was my favorite scene in the entire six hours. However, there were so many inconsistencies that I spent far too much time hissing and spitting at the screen like one of the cats. I never had a sense of danger or foreboding. I never genuinely believed they were in danger. There was outright cruelty, but not a sense of the psychological sinister. There was also material pulled from a variety of fairy tales and mythological sources, but not integrated, and that bothered me. The internal logic of the land was missing. And there were huge gaps. One minute, they were hurrying because they were being chased; the next, everything changes because of a tangent, but there’s no sense of urgency. It just all ground to a halt. I wanted the urgency to overlay the tangents. I also wondered, in the lapses of logic, especially in getting people from A to B without magic, if some of it was lost in the editing room. The material that I felt was missing could well have been shot, and then cut out. And it ended too abruptly. I wanted a chance to see, in at least one scene, the path these characters chose to embark on next.

I understand it was originally conceived as a series and then shot as a mini-series, and might become a series. But there were too many plot holes, lapses in logic, and too much un-integrated material. To me, it felt like it needed another draft or two, or maybe some work in the rehearsal room with the actors.

Also, it’s called Tin Man. I would have loved to see the entire story told through the Tin Man’s eyes – open when they take him out of the diving suit. Let us view everything from his POV. McDonough is a skilled and interesting enough actor to carry the piece, and I think it would have added a focus. Yes, the Dorothy tangents would have been lost, but, especially once Cain promises the Mystic Man he’ll never leave DG’s side – well, he’s not with her for far too much, and he should be. Cain gave his word. He wouldn’t break it, even when DG does stupid things like dash through the maze on her own. Again – a lapse – she’s too damned smart to do that. And I don’t believe for one second that she would leave her friends in danger and go off with her dad, no matter how important the “mission” was. That choice made me lose respect for her.

I also felt that the reunion between Cain and Jeb was obvious – I was glad to see it happen, but it was obvious. And the so-called twist at the end – I expected it since the middle of the second installment. I could see it coming a million miles away. I also wanted to see more made of the chemistry amongst all of them – especially between Cain and DG. The growing bond between them was minimized, and often ignored.

I liked a lot of what went in to the production, but didn’t feel it held together. I also learned an enormous amount that I can apply to my own work, as far as structure and story-telling and integration.

Good morning’s work on Earth Bride, over 2000 words. I keep worrying about it’s ever-expanding capacity, especially in light of what I learned by watching Tin Man. However, this is the first draft; I need to let it be what it is. I could, story-wise, turn it into a trilogy more easily than into two books – the bulk of the book is Niki’s time on Ymmodys, where she learns what it means to be the Earth Bride. If I needed to do it, I could have her first encounters with Terce and the Poet on Earth, the abduction at her wedding, and the journey to Ymmodys be Book I; her learning process about being the Earth Bride, her tests, and how she starts making changes to help save the planet Book II, and then what happens later, when war is forced on them, and her eventual return home as Book III. That would mean expanding the beginning and probably the end – this section on which I’m currently working on is a good size. And it wouldn’t work to simply hack it in half. OR, what I’d rather do, is cut enough so it’s one book. A long book, but not too long, since I currently don’t have the track record to sell an epic.

But maybe by the time this is ready to submit . . . I will! 😉

In any case, as all these bits float around the worrying part of my brain, the creative part is letting the story be what it is for now, so I can see what I’ve got and then decide what to do with it.

I’m still not quite in the holiday spirit. I’m usually disgustingly cheerful all throughout this time of year. Part of the problem this year is that I feel as though I’ve failed in not finding the house into which I want to move, and that sense of failure burdens me. And yet, it doesn’t make sense to move into something that doesn’t feel right, that isn’t “mine.” So, once again, it’s trying to balance logic and emotion, never an easy task, especially for a Pisces!!

Off to revision-land, and then I’ll send out more pitches, get to work on the stuff for Confidential Jobs 1 & 2, and get some work done on Hex Breaker, We All Have Secrets, and the revisions of Tracking Medusa. Justin’s bugging me about The Balthazaar Treasure, but he just has to shut the hell up for now.

I’m glad that you enjoyed my comments regarding Pearl Harbor Day, and thanks to so many of you for adding your own stories. What a treasure trove of information those comments are! And thanks, Abby, for the lead. I’ll check it out.

I baked brownies on Friday and will roast a chicken tonight. I need to get going on the cookies, but first – I want to finish the cards!

Devon

Earth Bride – 96,500 words out of est. 100,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter

96 / 100
(96.0%)

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Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Saturday, December 8, 2007
Dark Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Yesterday was Pearl Harbor Day. Around 9/11, there are always those non-New Yorkers who sneer at the ongoing grief here and say, “Get over it. After all, does anyone even remember Pearl Harbor?”

The answer is yes, we do. Here in New York, and all over the country. Here in NY, yesterday, a vintage plane was sent up and released roses around the Statue of Liberty in tribute to those who died.

New Yorkers remember.

I was pretty much a waste of food yesterday. But I got a stack of stuff to the post office, did some paperwork, put together some gifts that need delivery. Baked brownies, developed a new pasta recipe, sorted out the next section of Hex Breaker in my head. We had a mild snowstorm in the afternoon, so it was all pretty and cheerful again, and I felt more in the holiday spirit writing cards. The overseas cards are done, and I’m making headway on the domestic ones. I should have all of them done by the end of next week, writing a steady 10-12 cards per day.

Today, we’re off to the Pennsylvania countryside, to see our friends’ new house and deliver their gift.

I wrote yesterday, but not what I was supposed to. A new idea blazed to the forefront – I’m hoping it’s a semi-long short story and not a novella – and I wrote just over 1800 words of that. The characters and images came to me so clearly, I was afraid I’d lose them if I didn’t get them down right away. And one of the main characters, a teenage boy named Logan, has already surprised me about three times in the first ten pages. But in the right way. No planning here – just blank paging. See where it goes.

Still having server issues – and, ironically, the host sent me one of those “how are we doing?” surveys – I had an earful to give them, let me tell you! Don’t make excuses – fix the problem. They told me yesterday they’re running fixes, but it might not fix anything. Um, are you planning on doing anything else that might actually solve the problems? I’m launching some new sites on a different host in a few months – let’s hope they’re better, and then, maybe over the years, I can migrate my sites. I’d rather be a little spread out anyway, so if something goes kaplooey, I don’t lose it all.

Most of the job listings on the boards are wrist-slittingly depressing this past week, so I’ve had to foray further out and do some other pitches. Of course, since my business mail site is down, it’s a bit more difficult than it should be. But, hopefully, I can get a few more pitches out in the next few days. Some of them are way out of my comfort zone, but wacky enough to be fun.

I’m dragging my feet on these other articles, but will get them off to my editor before the end of the weekend. I know why I have resistance – deep down, I know it was a mistake for me to agree to continue with this particular publication, but I’m doing it for the money. And taking a job only for the money ALWAYS ends up biting me in the ass.

And just when I worried, Confidential Job #2 contacted me and asked me to do more work for them, at a much higher rate than before. Of course, I said yes.

Good morning’s work on Earth Bride. Finished Chapter 35. Niki and her party have found the Wizard of Wymeth, and he’s not in the condition in which they expected to find him! Tell you any more, and it gives too much away. I’m at a nice pace now, around 1500 words/day. Now that I don’t have to worry about a high daily word count, I can settle back in to a comfortable pace and also choose each word and build each scene more carefully. I’m trying to take what works for me in Nano and apply it to the rest of the year, without throwing quality out the window all year round.

Devon

Earth Bride –94,463 words out of est. 100,000
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Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
94 / 100
(94.0%)

Untitled Urban Fantasy – 1,860 words out of – who the heck knows at this point?

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1 / 7
(14.3%)

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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:

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Friday, December 7, 2007
Waning Moon – Day before Dark Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I lost five hours out of my writing day yesterday filling out and filing the paperwork with the appropriate agencies to fight the latest crap the new owners are trying to pull. Very discouraging. I’m not just going to roll over and let them continue – well, use your imagination – but it’s so draining and so frustrating that, two years on, we’re still having to fight constantly. I was ready to just roll up into a fetal position and cry.

But that doesn’t get anything done, does it?

On top of that, 1 and 1 is having server issues, and I could only get into my email intermittently – so, if you’re expecting a response to an email you sent, I’ll answer it as soon as I get it.

I started writing the cards, and I’ve got some packages to get out today. I have to work on some articles today, as well as getting caught up on Hex Breaker and We All Have Secrets. I also have more paperwork to file with the state.

I did some messing around with Tracking Medusa, but it’s still not hard and fast edits. It’s more spinning the story pieces needed to fill up the holes. I’ve learned a lot from writing this one, so The Balthazaar Treasure should hold together better from the beginning.

Good morning’s work on Earth Bride, although we’re in Chapter 35, and the wedding still hasn’t happened. I’ve still got quite a bit of story before the wedding, and quite a bit of story after. It’s a long book, but I don’t see how I can split it in two. Yet. But that’s only an option if I don’t figure out where I can cut. We’ll see – a first draft is too early to tell. Yet, of course, the structural worries hover around the fringes, determined to mess you up.

Lyd, yes, I do mean Philadelphia. It’s only two hours from the city, so it’s a quick hop.

Off to work.

Devon

Earth Bride – 92,875 words out of est. 100,000

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92 / 100
(92.0%)

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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 7, 2007 at 8:43 am  Comments (5)