Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and Very cold

One of the Well-Known Actors with whom I’ve worked over the years once gave me this piece of advice: “Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking a celebrity reporter is your friend. It doesn’t matter how often you do interviews together; it doesn’t matter how well you seem to get along. They’re being paid to find a way to destroy you. They’ll sell you out for a byline, a cocktail, an
invitation to a hot party. Be charming, be cordial; but never, ever forget this person is not a friend.”

Words to live by.

As a writer, when I interview colleagues in my field, I try to be respectful of boundaries and not get into territory that’s too personal. When I’m interviewed, I’ve learned when to politely but firmly decline to talk about a topic.

Rough morning yesterday due to more problems in the building. Didn’t get much done on Wyatt and was just getting back into Tracking Medusa when I was thrown off-track by the blood suckers.

All I want to do is to be left alone to write my books. I resent that I keep being forced into a position where I have to constantly fight. But the repercussions of rolling over instead of fighting are worse.

I’m a Pisces. I’m supposed to waft around in a gauzy dress scattering rose petals and then roll around in them with a good-looking guy. I’m not supposed to be opening and delivering cans of Whup Ass on a regular basis.

It would have been great to use the trauma (and believe me, it was trauma – next time I’m calling the cops) as an excuse not to write.

However, curling up in a fetal position doesn’t get anything done except leave you with a crick in your neck.

And it would be repeating a pattern, and this is Saturn Retrograde, and it’s time to straighten out some life lessons and stop the self-sabotage.

So, after a pity party of about 45 minutes (I usually allow myself 15), I got back to work.

I got out the Tracking Medusa revision and went back to it. The capture/torture/rescue sequence in Chapter 15 was pretty good, but I added some detailing, some shading, and tightened it. The aftermath of the rescue in Chapter 16 needed some cutting and tightening, especially where the vampire Irina sets her sights on Justin. Chapter 17, where we’re with Gwen in her astral projection needed some work, too. The scenes with the spirit guide and the gargoyle are darkly funny, and I left them as is; the scene with the Medusa fountain running blood needed a bit more shading, but I ended up cutting some of what I added because it was too much; the scenes with Custis and Harry needed some tweaking. The sequence in the astral hedge maze is much darker and spookier, but works better. Chapter 18, the escape from the Hunters, needed a bit of tweaking and tightening.

The next section will be the most difficult. Gwen and Justin take the next steps in their relationship, and they’re at the House Party – which has to be completely gutted and rewritten. I am NOT looking forward to that. I have to work Jonathan back in there. I want the revelation of the extent of Jonathan’s relationship to Gwen to come as a chapter-ending blow, but I’m not sure where to put it. And I have to add in the section where they find Custis’s alternate diary . . .and the math is screwing me up. I think there’s more emotional impact in a particular plot twist if it’s between father and son instead of grandfather and grandson, but I can’t make the math work. And if I shift the dates to MAKE it father/son, then another whole historical house of cards comes tumbling down.

This is the most difficult revision I’ve ever done.

In spite of a detailed outline.

That repetitive noise you hear is me banging my head against the wall.

I’m trying to get some work done on Wyatt this morning, and then I’ve got a carload full of errands, and I’ll be out all day. Maybe being out of this environment for a few hours will make me feel less like a hamster on a treadmill whose cage is collapsing.


Tracking Medusa Revision – 52,166 words out of est. 90,000 (57.9%)

PS “Hamster on a treadmill” is deliberate. That’s what I feel like, a hamster on a human-sized treadmill. Which means, technically, I’m out of my cage, so it must be the walls falling down around me!

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Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
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Published in: on January 25, 2008 at 9:11 am  Comments (6)  


  1. I think I can hear the head banging over here! I am SO sorry those fiends are at it again. B*stards. Just take comfort, the Karma dogs WILL get them!!!


  2. Hugs on the trauma.

  3. Blood suckers sounds like a good word for them. HUGS

  4. Hugs for the upset over the stupid building owners. I admire you for standing your ground.
    Your Hamster comment makes me think of another (but not accuratley) “the wheels still turning, but her hamster’s dead.”

    Have a good time running your errands, maybe you’ll feel refreshed! Good thoughts and hugs to you!

  5. Revisions are hard. The ones I’m doing (or will be once I get moved and settled) are driving me nuts.

    Good for you on not taking that crap. Yes, Karma will rule.

  6. Funny how the universe throws crap at us to make us stronger. Stay the course and you’ll emerge on the other side stronger,wiser and more appreciative of all that comes after.

    I enjoy your blog and your commitment to writing daily. Your journey as a writer is informing my journey and for that I thank you. I want to start blogging and am wondering what platform is best, based on your experience? I live in a lovely rural location in Canada where we have only dial-up :(, though wireless will be available by spring.Yah!!

    Thanks for your time on this query.

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