Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008
Dark Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and mild

We never got the second bad storm yesterday, so the brook held, and there was no flooding here. It was pretty bad a bit farther upstate, around New Paltz, but we, fortunately, dodged a bullet.

Unfortunately, I woke up this morning to the news that someone tossed a bomb at the Army Recruiting Station in Times Square, so there’s quite a bit of chaos going on. As far as they know, no one was hurt (it happened around 4 AM). But everyone’s still on edge.

Good day’s work yesterday. I got a nice chunk of Tracking Medusa done and into the computer. I got out two large projects on submission – had to reformat one of them, which was a pain in the . . . .I’m getting a little tired of every publication slightly altering format guidelines just to test and see if you read them. There’s a reason “standard manuscript format” was created – so that there’s a standard. If we’re supposed to honor that, those on the other side of the table should honor it as well. Put a trick question in the cover letter or something – but keep standard manuscript format.

Great day’s work on the sci-fi horror western. The flashback’s gone in a completely different direction, which still supports my original vision of the piece, but changes the structure and style a bit. It works, I like it, it pushes my buttons, and I have problems with writing some of it because of the “ick” factor – there’s a reason I don’t usually write horror and read very little of it. But it’s a breakthrough, and I’m starting to think I can finish the first draft within a week and then hit the edits.

Slow morning on Old-Fashioned Detective Work. I need to answer some plot questions for myself, plus research the interior of cabin cruisers and do some research on glass-blowing before I can go any farther. And I’m so close to the end – but I need to get this right.

I’m trying to get used to the building crap and just work. Not easy, but as long as they follow the law and don’t attempt entry without a prior appointment, I can deal. I have to go grocery shopping (running out of cat food again), and it’s such a nice day, I just might take a walk on the beach.

I even got to read a book yesterday just because I wanted to, not because I had to. It’s Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, and, so far, I’m enjoying it enormously.

Better get back to work.


Old-Fashioned Detective Work – 23,729 words out of est. 25,000 (94.9%)

Sci-Fi Horror Western – 4,893 words out of 15,000 (32.6%)

March Writing Challenge — 11,398 words out of 50,000 (22.7%)

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 March 6, 2008 at 9:06 am  Comments (5)  


  1. Glad to hear there was no flooding where you are. We’re supposed to get freezing rain and snow tonight. This weather is CRAZY.

  2. So THAT’S what my hubby was talking about! It happened two blocks from his hotel, and totally woke him up. He called me this morning.

    That kid is an idiot. Luckily no one was seriously hurt.

    Hoping negative energy stays far away from you!!!

  3. A bomb? That was so crazy! I’m glad no one was hurt. Good luck with your projects! :*)

  4. Oh my gosh! What utter stupidity! I don’t want to believe someone here would throw a bomb.

    Have fun writing and a walk on the beach sounds like a good thing, go for it!

  5. Must check out the news about the bomb. Sounds terrible.

    I never knew you lived so close to the beach.

    Is it your birthday soon? :o)

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