Thursday, July 19, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and pleasant

Most of the day was spent preparing stuff for HEX BREAKER: Information sheets, cover art discussions, marketing plans, blurbs, loglines, three different excerpts for various venues, acknowledgements, dedication, author’s note, etc. Phew. I couldn’t believe that I was asked whether or not the male cover model should have chest hair. Huh? I don’t really care one way or the other; I’m used to big, hairy hockey players. But don’t wax the poor guy! 😉

Hey, I’ve got to keep a sense of humor about it all, right?

Worked on the monologue for my friend. It’s darker than I expected, but in a good way. The character is a social worker who tried to warn her superiors that a child was in danger, and the system failed resulting in the child’s murder.

The disrespectful, arrogant superintendent has been replaced. Let’s hope the new one is better.

Managed to get a few pages done on the political scene for the adaptation. It’s getting there, even though I have to feel my way through it slowly. I’m also itching to get back to the thriller, and am looking forward to working on THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE in July. I miss Gwen and Justin!

We’re close to a new title for SIDEKICK (thanks Danny and Lara), and I’m going back into it to do some tweaks and finish the rewrite of THE MATILDA MURDERS. I’m also tackling OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. And maybe taking another look at ELUSIVE PRAYERS, the novella that had such a short life with KIC.

I’m offline for a few days, covering the NHL draft and consolidating my storage units in the city. I’m sure I’ll have more adventures to share next week.


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. I’m always so sad when you go offline–but it’s always worth the wait because you have so many fun anecdotes when you get back! Enjoy yourself!

  2. Good riddance to bad blood – here’s hoping the new Super is much better.

    Enjoy the hockey!!

  3. How exciting! Cover art and marketing text and male models…wow. Very cool.

  4. This is so cool. It’s all just poppin’ right now, isn’t it?

    Hope the new super is, well, super?

    Have a great few days. Enjoy the hockey draft. I’ll miss your daily posts, but can’t wait for the full report when it’s ready!

  5. I will be going through withdrawal without your blog to read. hehe

    August 1st isn’t so far away, is it, when it comes to editing a book and getting it ready to publish. I CAN’T wait to see your book. 🙂

  6. My day doesn’t feel right, without your post, I’ll miss you. BUT, I know that you have important things to do. Good luck merging the stored items!
    Do we get first peek at your cover-art? *G*
    Glad the Super was replaced. I hope the new one is better.

    Have a good day!

  7. You have such a variety of interests — racing, hockey, theatre, and (of course) writing. You never cease to amaze me.

  8. Hi Devon, Very interesting blog. I love that you’re covering the NFL draft and also talking about male body waxing all in the same stream! I’ve added you to our links over on The Writerly Pause. And look for us in today’s online edition of Shelf Awareness, the publishing industry newsletter by Robert Gray.

  9. Oooh, the monologue sounds good… =)

  10. Mmm, big hairy hockey players.

    So my brother ran into Brett Hull once in a bar in St. Louis. And he told me about it the next day and I practically had fits because he didn’t get Brett’s autograph for me. And he said, “I didn’t know you were a hockey fan.”

    I was a hockey cheerleader at the time.


  11. I agree don’t wax!…and have a great time at the NHL draft!

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