Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Memorial Day
Sunny and warm

I like to take a moment to pause in thanks for all those who died fighting for the country in which they believed.

Yesterday was a good day; I worked on THE MATILDA MURDERS. I worked on the short story. I went to CT to visit a friend, and we had lobster, potato salad, and champagne to celebrate the holiday. I spent a good portion of the afternoon reading and dozing in the sun.

Came home, did more work on the MATILDA MURDERS. I’m going to give it a polish today and off it goes tomorrow. And then I’ll start on FEMME FATALE and SIDEKICK.

Got a nice chunk done on the adaptation this morning. I’m hitting the point where I’m digressing quite a bit from the screenplay; not only am I enriching the story, I need a different way to the ending for the book than I did in the screenplay. The screenplay needs to tell the story as compactly as possible; the novel is going to tell it more expansively, in a more detailed fashion, and is actually more politically and socially complex. It’s not a bad thing, it just has to be handled differently.

I want to spend a bit of time outside today, because it’s so beautiful, but I need to turn around a critique for LA, polish MATILDA, and, hopefully, get a first draft of the Crone story done so I can polish it and get it out by Wednesday.

It’s been heaven not having workmen causing havoc in the building for the past few days. Just heaven. But, to me, it smells like there’s a problem with the boiler. No one wants to hear it, so I think I’m going to get a carbon monoxide detector and install it. I’m not willing to put us all at risk because no one wants to deal with the problem.

It feels great to get in a few really solid writing days. This week will be fragmented because of shows and preparing to leave for the Cape. So I’m trying to front-load as much as I can and be very, very organized.


Adaptation: 43,430 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
43 / 90

Devon’s Bookstore:

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
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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:

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  1. I hope you get the carbon monoxide detector TODAY!

    It sounds as though you are getting alot done today. Your break was just what you needed!

    I hope your day continues to flow smoothly and pleasantly.

  2. It is great to get outside, isn’t it? Feeling a breeze and bit of sunshine on my skin — I love this weather.

  3. I spent a good portion of the afternoon reading and dozing in the sun.

    Sounds like heaven.

    Glad the workmen are gone, not glad there’s a problem they don’t want to hear about. You’re smart to get the detector.

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