Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Cloudy and warm

I got the pre-Belmont article done, but had to rewrite part of it this morning as things continue to develop. But that’s out, and will be up at some point next week.

And we don’t even want to talk about the journalist who drank so much he passed out on my living room floor. Trust me, it’s a long story. And Violet, the littlest cat, just says, “Talk to the tail.” She is furious with me.

The Cable Guy came and I have my channels back, along with a whole bunch more I’ll never watch.

Looks like I’ll be doing some copywriting for a lingerie company. They’re sending me some samples. I guess I’m supposed to test them?

And I walked away from writing a sports comic because I feel the creator is misogynistic. Why? I looked at the established characters and all the women were insulting clichés. When I asked (in an unusually diplomatic fashion) if I could introduce some new female characters, he asked what was wrong with the ones he had, and I said I felt there were no positive female characters in the current repertoire. His response, “All women who attend sports events are sluts and losers looking to fuck the athletes, and then, sometimes, the rest of us get what’s left over.”

I was very quiet for a beat. I didn’t explode. I simply said, “We’re not going to be a good fit. Good-bye.” And hung up.

Show was a lot of fun last night. I truly enjoy the people with whom I work.

I’m reading Gay Talese’s autobiography. It amazes me how many writers whose work I respect started out writing about sports.

My bags are packed; I’m going to repack my writer’s bag. Camera’s ready, extra batteries, folder of information for everything I need this coming week.

I have a show tonight, get home at midnight, up at 4:30 and off to the Cape for a few days, a combination of research for some articles, background for THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, and house hunting. That means I’ll be offline until sometime towards the middle or end of next week.

“Racing Ink” will go up on Friday, June 6, handicapping the entire Belmont card.

Have a great few days, and I’ll check in when I get back!


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:

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  1. Wow… good for you. I doubt I could have mustered the self control to not explode and call that guy all kinds of names.

    Grace and class… you has it 🙂

  2. Love the test them! Too funny!
    As for the guy? I admire your restraint!

    Have a great day and be careful traveling on so little sleep!

  3. What an absolute ASS. Your response was perfect. Good for you.

    You’re house hunting! Hooray! One of these days, you’re going to post from your immense office, as you gaze out your picture window into your yard filled with lush greenery and a riot of colorful flowers (as I imagine you’ll make your yard beautiful) and you will be SO HAPPY! Best of luck looking!

  4. Um… WOW on the sports guy. That makes me want to punch him in the nose. What an ass.

    Have a great few days! I hope you find a house! 🙂

  5. The dude actually said that? My gawd, what a clueless chauvanistic jerk. I watch hockey, yet I have no desire to boff any of the players (besides the fact that they’re all my son’s age, I just love the sport). I guess we could use his same reasoning on him – he watches sports because he’s gay and wants to boff the players, as well.


  6. Definitely not a good fit.

  7. Good for you for walking away. I don’t like men who think like that. Dumb, much?

    So glad you enjoy the people you’re working with on the show. That makes everything so much nicer, doesn’t it?

    Enjoy your time away. I hope you find a house.

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