Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
St. Patrick’s Day
Sunny and mild

Quick post, as I’m running out the door.

Happy Birthday Barbara and Fran!

Hop on over to Mystic Lit to read the first of my three guest blogs on research in writing. They’ll run for three consecutive Mondays. And drop a comment by, so I know you’ve visited!

Weekend was good. Unproductive, but good. Gave myself time off from writing, for the most part. Managed to polish the query letter and I’m finally happy with it.

Worked out like crazy – it felt wonderful, but I’m sore.

Was feeling better about life, the universe, and everything until I came back to the apartment, saw everything that needs to be done, and the battles still to fight and got soul-crushingly depressed.

An extra-long yoga session this morning helped.

The crane accident in NYC is very upsetting. Not only did 4 people die, over a dozen injured, and three are missing, but an entire brownstone was crushed and those people lost everything. For the Mayor of NYC to shrug and say 13 open violation is “usual” for a project of this size is unacceptable. A three-strikes-you’re-out policy must be implemented against these greedy developers. Three strikes and you forfeit the right to develop the property. Period. Let’s face it – none of these people are in it to “better” a neighborhood. They’re in it to make obscene amounts of money off the backs of others. Developers need to start “paying for their sins” because that’s pretty much all they do – hurt people and neighborhoods for personal profit.

Working on-site today instead of from home. Hopefully, I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow.

I’m pretty sure I passed 50K over the weekend for the March Literary Challenge, but I won’t have actual numbers until tomorrow.


b>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 17, 2008 at 6:48 am  Comments (6)  


  1. I’m so glad you at least had a good weekend! You need to get away EVERY weekend, until this mess is over. Congrats on passing the 50K mark! Whoopee!

    That is so sad about the accident.

  2. Amen. I agree 100 percent. Developers should be held to a more socially conscious standard. I’m living in a very big, newer house, and the thing has numerous problems that were built right into it. That the subcontractors were sued comes as no surprise. That the builder is still in business DOES surprise me. These massively expensive homes are definitely built just to meet code and no more.

  3. I’m glad you had a good weekend. It’s hard to come home to something that makes you depressed. Hopefully, it will get better very soon.

    And woohoo on the 50k!

  4. The mayor actually said that?! Wow.

    Developers are a Great Evil in this country these days. And they do need to be held accountable.

  5. How anyone can be so unaffected and uncaring for others and their safety is evil. I had heard of the violations, but not the mayor’s response. Ugh.

    Yay! (For you hitting over 50,000 words!)

    I’m glad you had a wonderful time away and sorry to hear that your good mood vanished so quickly. I’m thinking of you.
    Happy St. Patricks Day.

  6. Good for you on having a nice, relaxing weekend. You need more of those.

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