Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy, humid, warm

The roller coaster just continues. Word came yesterday that my grandmother’s worse again, and back in the hospital. She’s very weak, and we’re in waiting mode to see when we need to head back up there. I’m so sad . . .she’s been so ill for so long, and at the same time I can’t bear the thought of losing her. So I have no idea what the coming weeks will demand. I can just go day by day and try to do what she needs.

Didn’t get any writing done yesterday. I simply couldn’t focus.

Drove into the city; got a carload of stuff, mostly books, up to the storage unit up here. Pulled a few of them that I needed for current projects, but most of it went directly in.

Managed to go to the Tony party and enjoy myself. The awards themselves were well done this year, although I felt that the spoof done by my show was cut unfairly short and stuck in a poor spot in the show. Let me be clear: The show on which I’m currently working was not eligible for any awards; it won quite a few last year, when it opened. The only year a show can win a Tony is the season (not calendar year) in which it opens. But the Tonys are now also showing a few seconds here and there on shows still running during the broadcast in order to boost ticket sales.

I was surprised by how many of the people I’d worked with over the years were involved – and pleased, too, especially when they won! I’m really pleased that IN THE HEIGHTS did so well. I think it’s an extraordinarily unique piece. The orchestrations were done by someone with whom I’d worked on the previous show to the one on which I currently work, and I remember how excited he was by the development process. I’m so pleased he won, and I’ll have to drop him a note. I’ll drop notes to several of the other winners, too, people with whom I’ve worked in the past, and I’m delighted their commitment and their talent is recognized.

That was basically it for me. I’m preparing for my meeting with my producer. I’ve got some articles to work on, and the monologue. I’d like to get back to the adaptation and the revision of THE MATILDA MURDERS. And the ebook is so far behind – it needs to be done this week.

There’s plenty to do; it’s a case of being able to focus between m worry about my grandmother and the escalating chaos in the building.


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 June 16, 2008 at 7:49 am  Comments (10)  


  1. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. I’ll say a prayer for her.

    I enjoyed the Tony Award show this year. It was entertaining and I loved that In The Heights won and the opening act makes me want to see The Lion King again.

  2. Prayers and good vibes sent your way for your gramma, Devon. I’m sure you’ve made the most of your time with her over the years, so please take comfort in those warm memories now.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother–my thoughts are with her for a speedy recovery. And may the building chaos DE-escalate so you can get some work done!

    At least you got some “me” time!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother! I’ll be keeping you and her in my thoughts. Hoping the rollercoaster comes to an end for you very soon.

  5. I’m so sorry about your grandmother. It’s understandable that you were unfocused yesterday. Some days are just like that.

  6. *hugs* and prayers for your grandmother.

  7. Sorry to hear your Grandmother is in the hospital again. I’ll be sure to say a prayer for her, and you. Hugs to you!

  8. I know how you feel, Devon. My grandfather has been ill for quite a long time now and is in the resthome. It is so hard to see him like that – just a shadow of his former, vibrant self.

    Hugs to you.

  9. I’m sorry to hear your grandmother isn’t doing well.

  10. Sorry to hear about your grandmother, Devon. I’m in the same situation with my dad and it’s heartbreaking. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way.

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