Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant
Earth Day

Well, yesterday was a lost day as far as writing goes. I did some research, I plowed through (and even answered) nearly 1000 emails, got out a few submissions, worked on negotiating a few projects. I don’t mind being a little flexible with my rates in certain cases, but it can’t cost me to work. That’s where I draw the line. And the minute someone says “sure thing”, the warning bells go off in my head and I know it’s time to ask for more. Those who believe they have a “sure thing” are usually those who can’t get it very far off the ground; those who are excited by the actual project for itself usually wind up with something that’s worth the flexibility.

So, for these two “sure things” I’ve been promised – show me some cash and a decent contract, and we’ll work from there. Without those – I’m not the right one for either of these projects. So, we’ll see.

The air conditioners are GONE – can you believe it? I don’t even want to go into it, because there’s some weirdness going on with someone with whom I’ve been at loggerheads suddenly showing up three, four times making nice and doing little kind things for me and then trying to play suave and (literally) falling over his feet. Hey, I behaved. I didn’t laugh. But it sent up red flags. I do NOT trust this person. I can be cordial, but I’m not going to let down my guard.

My elbow’s giving me trouble, and so is the good knee, for some reason, which meant I was limited in how much weight training I could do. Now that I’m not hauling 85 boxes a day, I’ll do the actual training. But the elbow and knee are limiting what I can do. I want to try a new sequence for a few weeks to see if that gets me off this plateau, but the body parts actually have to be in working order for me to so do.

I’m hoping for a productive writing morning today; I have to truncate it and leave for the city by 3:30 to make my show call.

I re-read Anna Quindlan’s Imagined London, which is a lovely book for anyone who loves London or English literature (Lara, I immediately thought of you).

Outlined a darkly funny piece that will go under the Ava Dunne name or maybe one of the new names that’s launching some new material – I’ve got about the first half of it figured out, and the vague idea of the ending, so I’ll let it percolate for a bit.

But that’s kind of it. Too much dealing with building crap that just sucked the creative life right out of me. I’m weary and feeling very stuck on the whole home front.

Off to try and get some writing done, so that today isn’t a write-off, writing-wise, too.

I managed just over 1500 words on the adaptation this morning. It’s taking some interesting twists and turns away from the script, and I’m letting each piece live its own life in its own medium. This is definitely a good learning experience.

I should probably say something pithy for Earth Day, but I can’t think of anything, so just . . .tread lightly, okay?


Adaptation: 12,901 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
12 / 90

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 April 22, 2008 at 9:05 am  Comments (5)  


  1. Hmm…never heard of Imagined London, so I’m off to check it out…

  2. 1000 emails!!! Holy Moly!!! That would do anybody’s head in!

    Hope you have a productive day today 🙂

  3. Sorry to hear you are so weary. I hope the elbow and knee are better soon.
    As for the person who is suddenly nice? I don’t blame you for hearing warning bells. Please be careful.
    Have a good day.

  4. Oh, beware of men smiling broadly and offering unconditional help. There’s ALWAYS a condition! :))

  5. See, when I have a day that’s unproductive writing-wise, it’s usually because of all the drinking.

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