Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Scroll down to the post below this for the photos I took while playing hooky at Playland, the Art Deco amusement park in my town.

I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of days and keep forgetting, so here it is:

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Okay, I have to be really organized in the next few days. I accepted a stint of 6 shows (performances) starting with Sunday night, covering while my friend is out of town on family business. So I have to get into “show head” and stay there for nearly a week.

I used to write during the day and a switch in my head would turn off at 4 PM (on non-matinee days) and 11 AM (on matinee days) and I’d be there. In “show head”, where whatever show I worked on at the time was all that existed on the planet.

Now . . .it doesn’t happen. The writing never leaves, which means there are times when the characters in my head are talking more loudly than the characters on stage, and I have to be extra careful not to Screw Up.

I rarely miss a cue, unless it’s in tech week and, as usual, they don’t have enough dressers and I’m madly dashing from cue to cue learning the hard way that I can’t be in six different wing spaces changing people at the same time. Usually, if I miss a cue, it means I’m broken, bleeding, and injured somewhere on the way to the cue. Or I’m trying to fix something that went wrong/broke/etc. and it’s starting to domino (because there’s a time when things go wrong when you have to lose that cue and move on not to lose the next one).

Fortunately, this show is set up sanely so it doesn’t have that type of cues. I worked on a show once where a crew member used to stand at one set of steps and yell, “Clear” into the basement as I shot from a cue on one side of the stage under the stage as the actress crossed above to meet her on the other side for the next change. And everyone simply flattened against the nearest wall as I zoomed by or risked being run right over. Doesn’t exactly fit into the safety regulations, and I’m finally old enough and wise enough to refuse such a situation if I was put into it again.

I’ve landed many a job based on my speed, strength, and manual dexterity rather than my stitching skills.

Got three loads of laundry done, answered a ton of email, and got an important (to me) set of interview questions out to a potential interviewee.

Had to remind a client with whom I broke up several months ago that yes, we were still broken up and the reason there aren’t any articles for next month is because I wasn’t contracted to write them, and no, I wasn’t coming back so to do. (This is the high-maintenance, low-paying client that I finally had to dump and whose clips I can’t even use in my clip files because of the butchering).

Finished chapter 5 on the adaptation and wrote chapter 6. A lot of chapter 6 sticks pretty closely to the screenplay, because it’s one of the strongest sequences in the whole thing. I’m narrowly focusing for a few chapters here before I open out again.

Skipped going to storage again, which means I have to haul a damned lot of boxes to and fro today and tomorrow!

Did some work on Yuri’s Tale, just feeling my way into it.

My grandmother is holding her own, about the best that can be said. I hope to get up there soon after the Derby.


Screenplay Adaptation – 16,808 words out of est. 90,000

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16 / 90

Yuri’s Tale – 5,220 words out of est. 100,000

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5 / 100

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 24, 2008 at 7:57 am  Comments (4)  


  1. Thanks for the link to Lori’s entry, Devon. It would be so awesome to see her win this thing!!!

    I’m very impressed with your productivity in the area of laundry. I actually really like doing laundry, but I just get so distracted! 🙂

  2. Wow, I bet you in “Show Mode” is a sight to behold!

    Hope your Grandmother is right as rain soon.

  3. I love reading about backstage. It’s fascinating. 🙂

    Hope your grandmother is doing all right.

  4. I am in awe of all you can do. Your such a talented lady! And I do bet you are a sight to see backstage!
    Hugs on getting everything done.

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