Friday, May 2, 2008

Friday, May 2, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and cool

My pre-Derby article is finally up on FemmeFan here:

Thank goodness Saturn turns direct tonight. This retrograde really kicked my ass, in spite of the fact I thought I’d dealt with quite a few life lessons since the last one. I’m really over the learning and growing right now. I’d just like to have some peace and quiet for a bit.

Sing out, now: “I’m a waste of food today, I’m a waste of food . ..”

Actually, I was pretty much a waste of food yesterday. Got a couple of pitches out, got the rate quote done; am toying with an idea of a pitch to a company that’s looking for a full-time writer, but there is NO WAY one full-time writer can take on everything in that job description, unless they plan to hire someone who never eats, sleeps, or goes to the bathroom. So I may create a pitch to make myself the “occasional additional”.

Got a book out for a Book Mooch person. Returned some clothes I ordered. Now, they are the same make, size, and style as something I really love, so I ordered extras in a variety of colors. Only one of them fits, and even that is a good two inches smaller in the waist than the one I have. What’s up with that? The other three weren’t even close – they must have been mis-marked in the sizing. Even the way different color dyes react to fabric couldn’t make the differences that drastic. So I returned them.

Looked for dresses for the upcoming Triple Crown races. Way too much this season looks like Aunt Mathilda’s vintage curtains. Don’t get me wrong – I’m fond of Aunt Mathilda and there’s nothing wrong with her curtains. I just don’t want to wear them.

I’ll have to shop in my closet. I’m sure there’s something in there, if I dig far enough. I have a dress for Saturday. Lovely green number, very flattering. I tried it with a red belt and red shoes. I looked like a renegade Christmas tree. I tried it with a brown belt and brown shoes. I just looked like a damned tree. I’m going to use a watercolor silk scarf in shades of blues and greens (including the green of the dress) as a belt, and probably navy blue pumps, also picked up in the scarf.

So, I’ve been dared to write a sci-fi surfer beach movie. Yeah, I don’t get it, either. I said I was capable of doing it (yes, talking out of my ass, what else is new), as long as it could be funny. Whether I’ll do it or not is something else.

The anthology story is starting to take form in my head. I know my protagonist is Calpurnia the Crone; I know her foil is a scholarly warrior – as yet unnamed. And the beginning of it is beginning to unfurl in my brain. It can be up to 15K, but the deadline is the end of this month, so I’d prefer it to be around 5-7K. I hope to get started on it post-Derby.

Show was fine. I’m having a good time, but I’m ready not to be there every night.

Got a late start because I overslept, so I hope that doesn’t mean I’m behind the beat all day. I’ve got a lot to get done before I go back to the theatre.

It doesn’t help that this Microsoft piece of crap that masquerades as a computer isn’t running properly at all. It’s inexcusable that PCs are built to self-destruct.


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 May 2, 2008 at 8:26 am  Comments (8)  


  1. I love shopping. This is the time of year I want to SHOP and buy pretty clothes and pretty shoes. And did you know you can buy shoes online at DSW now? I just bought my first pair with free shipping. LOVE IT! (Of course, we’ll have to see how they measure up to Zappos, the best online shoe store on the planet!)

    Okay this comment is turning into an infomercial. haha

    Have a GREAT weekend! 🙂

  2. Ha ha ha ha ha!!! I’ve had the “tree look” before! I love red and green together, as well. Too bad they’re coined as “seasonal.” Oh well.

    Better than the curtains!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Devon, are you going to write that surfer script? I have another question for you, but I’ll e-mail you. :*)

  4. Er, I don’t see an e-mail addy for you, so could you please e-mail me? Thanks!

  5. The blue accents sound wonderful with the green dress. I love green and blue together.

    I hate when stuff you order that should fit because it’s exactly the same size and cut as something you already own…doesn’t fit! Irritating. Mostly because then I have to haul my butt to the post office to return it. And they never credit shipping. Bleah.

    On the script: would there be a way to write it that wasn’t funny?

  6. A sci-fi surfer movie, huh? Sounds like How to Stuff a Wild Bikini from the ’60s. *g*

  7. Ooh, shopping in your closet. I bet you have an eclectic mix in there. Wish you could help me go shopping in mine! The outfit you’ve picked sounds lovely. A Sci-Fi surfer movie? Now I’m just curious! *G*

    Hope your day improves and has a steady beat. Have a good day!

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. I have missed reading you lately. I will become a regular again this summer…..!

    Have a great weekend!

    Oh, and our house is only open for apple computers.

    Sylvia C.

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