Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. Once I don’t have to fight for my home every damned day, life will be much better. I understood how the pioneers felt in the old west, when the developers came through, even back then, and took away their homes in the name of “progress” – by which they meant personal profit. That’s all these scumbags are after – and I’m pretty sure the Evil Developers we thought we drove away a year or so ago are silent partners in this venture.

It’s exhausting, to live this way. To never know what fresh threat will be at your door or on your answering machine hour to hour.

I’m also tired of living most of my life lately in RE-action instead of PRO-action.

But I’m working on some articles that will be spread out over several publications. I should be able to work them up fairly quickly — two of the people I asked for quotes yesterday got back to me in less than an hour – love that! I’ll get them going, and then maybe find decent rhythm to finish the sci-fi horror western and the essay. And I get to read my friend’s novel this week – I’m looking forward to it. I finally have to change ink tanks – the very first time with this new printer – and then I can print it out and start reading it.

It’s supposed to rain all day, so I moved the car, even though the brook is low. I’m not willing to take the chance.

I’m hoping today will be fairly quiet so I can get a lot done. I’ve received some of the science books I need to read and comprehend for the thriller – maybe I’ll allow myself a few pages on that, if everything else gets done.

Script Frenzy changed their criteria this year – instead of a word count, it’s a page count, as it should be. It’s in April this year – in other words, next month. An acquaintance told me I was “stupid” not to hold off on the thriller until April 1 and then use it for Script Frenzy –uh, beg to disagree. The thriller needed to be written when it needed to be written, and that’s now, not in two weeks. I’ve made tremendous progress, and as soon as I sort out how I want it to end, I’ll be able to finish it. (Okay, THAT was stupid and obvious sentence). I’ve still got about six pages of outline notes before I have to worry about the ending, but I’d like to know how it ends before I get there. I know how I want to set up the climactic scene – but I’m not sure what I want to happen in it after I set it up.

And I have an idea for a play that I might try for Script Frenzy. I’ll have to see how I’m doing, deadline-wise, in two weeks.

So far, this week, I managed to stick to my evening workouts. So let’s hope I can do so for the rest of the week, and then next week and so on. It’s much better. I’m a spaz with that new jump rope, though. It’s too long for me, but not long enough to loop it over my wrists, and I keep tripping on it. It’s supposed to be adjustable, but I haven’t figured out how to adjust it yet.

Oh, before I forget: Can I just say how much I admire the way Jill Shalvis has set up her life, and that she is a perfect example of being in the right relationship and balancing work and family? She’s got a great husband, three great kids, a dog, a puppy, a kitten, a visiting bear (no, that’s not code for an in-law, don’t worry). And when she’s on deadline, they all pitch in. They support her career and her dreams, as she supports theirs, and they all work together so that they can all achieve their goals. There’s none of this martyr crap that’s so prevalent in far too many marriages. I was shocked when, a few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine told me her son hates college because he has to do his own laundry and there’s no one to make his bed! (He grew up with a maid). To me, that’s crap. Jill’s got it set up the way it SHOULD BE, and her career reflects that. Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich have similarly supportive home lives, and THAT is a major reason why all three of them are able to consistently turn out top selling work. You have to demand that respect, set up your life as a WHOLE life, not separate realms – each has to support the other. Jill, I salute you!

Now, let me take some of my own advice and get back to work in spite of the scumbags. Anyone know of a spray called “Scumbags Be Gone”? Think Raid would develop one if I asked them to do it?


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 19, 2008 at 7:30 am  Comments (5)  


  1. Don’t you wish they made the scumbag repellent?? 😉 I’m glad to hear you’re keeping up with your workouts. They will give you the energy you need to get through this.

    Sounds like you’ve got work rolling in! That’s great. I hope it doesn’t rain too much–and you can have a productive day. 🙂

  2. I completely agree about the support of a willing spouse. My previously relationship ended because I had someone who thought writing was a hobby and didn’t support it. He said he did, but he really didn’t. He thwarted my every attempt at writing. Okay, so that’s not the ONLY reason why we divorced, but one of many. 😉

    I’m fortunate now to be dating a man who is 100 percent on the Michelle Bandwagon (gotta love that) and really supports everything I do writing-wise. In fact, he gets on me when I’m not writing and wants to know what my plans are, how far along I am, etc. I could gush more about him, but I’m sure no one wants to read that. haha My point is, he’s wonderful to me about my writing and he gives me the space and respect to do it.

    Okay I’ll shut up now. hehe

  3. Devon, if nothing else, this situation with the scumbag landlords will be fodder for numerous articles….

    I’m considering doing Script Frenzy, too. Never have written one, but why not?

  4. “ou have to demand that respect, set up your life as a WHOLE life, not separate realms – each has to support the other. ”

    This is exactly right, and I think I need to find this balance and respect in my own life. My writing is not “separate” from my “real” life – it is as much a part of my life as my job and my family. Now I just need to make sure my kids and my husband understand that!

  5. I’m still sending good thoughts to you on the “Evil Developer” issue. As for the jump rope, tie knots near the handles to make it shorter. It works best if you did it evenly on one side as the other.

    Good luck with your day!

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