Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Turbulent day yesterday.

More building crap, which I don’t even want to get into.

On top of that, a close friend had a death in the family, which is painful and difficult for her. About five minutes after I found out about that, I discovered that my uncle, a well-known artist in Europe, also died in the past few days. Unfortunately, we were not close, having a rather tempestuous relationship, but he was brilliant and difficult and reminded me a lot of my dad (who died when I was 10). He’s also been sick for a long time, but that never makes it easier, does it?

Had trouble concentrating and found the job boards unbelievably depressing.

Of course, ten minutes before I had to leave to catch the train, the writing started going well! Isn’t that always the way?

Lovely Metro North not only raised the fares (so that 25% of a day’s show salary now goes to train fare), but they changed the schedule, so now I can either get in to the city far too early (cutting my writing time) or I can be late. Typical Metro North – charge more, provide less.

Of course the train was late and it was packed. Not only that, but I spent the whole trip to the theatre crawling over stupid tourists. Why is it that they lose any modicum of common sense the minute they set foot in NYC? Ack!

The show was fine, went well, caught the train home, got home by 11, puttered around for a bit before going to bed.

Overslept, was woken by the construction noise in the hallway. Not the way I prefer to wake up.

I have a lot of writing to do today, which includes working on the pre-Kentucky Derby article. AND, I have errands, and need to swap out another load from storage. Next week could be a busy week, schedule-wise, so I need to front-load as much as I can into this week and not worry.

I have to grab several spiral-bound notebooks and start making notations as to character and worlds – I’m in the midst of several projects where I built the worlds, and I need to keep the details straight. They’re all very different, and I want to make sure they don’t get mixed and murky. Each book’s world needs to be distinct and memorable.

Christine Amsden’s and Karina Fabian’s world-building workshops at last year’s Muse Online conference really set a foundation for the work I’m doing now. I will be grateful to them for a long time to come.


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 23, 2008 at 7:40 am  Comments (7)  


  1. I found this blog to be very useful and informative.I liked the great content and enjoyed the articles.Keep up the great blogging.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your uncle. My condolences.

    I’m fascinated by world-building. Probably because it’s very difficult to do and when an author does it well and pulls it off, it’s just short of brilliant.

  3. Sorry about your uncle, Devon. That he was creative surprises me none. That he was a difficult person does. It doesn’t reflect your nature at all.

  4. Sorry about your uncle.

    How’s your grandmother?

    You cracked me up about your assessment of tourists visiting NYC.

  5. So sorry to hear about your Uncle, Devon.

    Unfortunately, I would probably be one of those brainless tourists if I ever went to New York City – I grew up on a farm near a town of 1600 people and the only time I ever went to a city growing up was Denver. I felt so intimidated that I probably WAS one of those freaky tourists.

    However, I have been to London and managed to act normal, I think, so maybe there is hope for me after all.

  6. I am sorry to hear of your Uncle. No matter the fact that y’all weren’t in contact, it always hurts when a family member passes.
    As for tourists in NY? I am scared to visit your city, so you’re safe from this tourist! *G*
    Hugs and good thoughts to you.

  7. So sorry to hear about your friend’s loss and, of course, about your uncle, Devon. You’re right; knowing he’d been sick for a long time doesn’t make it any easier.

    Sending hugs.

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