Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Go visit A Biblio Paradise and read the interview with novelist Sandra Worth, whose book Lady of the Roses is definitely on my Top 10 for this year, no matter how many books I read!

I was going to take a reading break yesterday, but, after doing some writing, I read another book for the essay. It helps a lot to read them in order and see how the series has grown. I’m learning as much writing-wise and process-wise as I am gaining material for the essay, which is a good thing.

The writing’s going slowly. I feel as though the various stories are tangled up like a bag of yarn skeins that unraveled, and I have to sit down and pick them apart slowly, and rewind each color to its appropriate skein.

Attended the usual Oscar-watching party last night, the one to which I’ve gone for years. I wasn’t in the mood to socialize, but I made the effort, and it was fine. I was thrilled Tilda Swinton won. I was disappointed Viggo Mortensen did not. Of all the nominated performances, I felt his was the most seamless and chilling. However, the voters went for something more . . .theatrical is the only word I can use. Day-Lewis’s work WAS wonderful, but . . .I could see him work. Mortensen’s portrayal looked effortless (although he put an enormous amount of detailed work into it) and was one of the scariest things I’ve experienced in a long time — which was the point.

Off to do some errands and pay some bills. This is going to be an odd week. I have to get another draft of Tracking Medusa done this week, because it has to be ready to go. And I’ve got to pitch for some freelance jobs. The job boards have completely sucked lately, so it’s time to get more inventive. But focusing on anything exterior right now is very difficult.


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 February 25, 2008 at 9:32 am  Comments (7)  


  1. Hope you get your skeins unraveled! 🙂
    I’ve always thought Daniel Day was a ham (Think “A Room With A View.”). But he’s a very GOOD ham.

    I usually only tune in for the last part. They save all the really good stuff for then anyway.

  2. I watched about the first hour and then turned it off so I could write. I taped it, so I may go back and watch. I’m disappointed Viggo didn’t win. However, I was glad to see Javier Bardem win. My god, he’s hot. It’s those dimples I think! That hair in the movie didn’t do him justice AT ALL.

    Good luck with your unraveling. 🙂

  3. Michelle, I agree with you — that hair in the movie did not do him justice. I read somewhere that even he said his appearance in the movie had affected his love life.

    With an Oscar in tow and his swarmy good looks back on display, I’m thinking he has nothing to worry about in that department anymore.


  4. I haven’t seen either of the movies, so I’m not qualified to make a judgment, but I’m a huge fan of Viggo and I think I’d rather see that film than the other one.

  5. Devon,
    I hope that you find some productive freelance work. Since the strike isover, hopefully the work will pour in. :*)

  6. Sorry to hear you feel “jumbled”. I hope that you are able to straighten everything out to your satisfaction. Good luck with the freelance work hunt!
    Um, I didn’t watch the Oscars. So I can’t comment about them.

    Have a pleasant day!

  7. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has noticed that the job boards have sucked lately. I was beginning to think it was just me. Seems the assignments I’m interested in are ridiculously low-paying, and the ones that pay decently don’t interest me in the least. Oh, well!

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