Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hazy, hot, humid

I’m exhausted. I feel like I’m really out of inner resources right now. But I have to make like a hockey player and dig deeper.

I just realized I have a deadline coming up at the end of the weekend – a major one. Eeek! For some reason, I thought I was done with that piece, but I’m not. And I’ll be away for most of the weekend, so, instead of going into town today to deal with storage, I’m staying out here to write.

Devon’s Random Newsletter went out yesterday. Yes, there actually was a new issue! It’s been far too long, and I have to get back on track with it. If you didn’t get your copy or you haven’t signed up, you can do so here.

Started setting up the HEX BREAKER subdomain. Worked on the hockey article. Worked on the new ebook. Did six loads of laundry, which meant I brought back a total of 15 loads of laundry from the storage unit in the last couple of weeks. Truly frightening. It’s all clean now, but I’m sorting what has to get repacked to go into storage up here and what’s being given away.

I worked on BEHIND THE MAN and THE MATILDA MURDERS, but they’re not done yet.

I’m being bugged by a client with whom I parted ways several months ago, who wants me back, but is not willing to make it worth my while. It would be pointless for me to say yes, and, believe it or not, I do usually recognize insincere flattery when I receive it. I know that they’re having trouble finding writers, and I know why – because the aggravation is not worth the low pay. When I say no, I mean it.

I’m reading Julie Czerneda’s Trade Pact Universe series, and, in book two, there’s an hilarious sequence where Sira experiences her first hockey game. The timing is just perfect.

I’m also working on a new play, not one of the mystery plays, but a different one — a very intense one-act drama. It’s too early to really discuss it, but it’s spinning out quickly, which, for me, is the best way for a first draft to happen.

Show was fine last night. I truly enjoy these people and cherish the time spent with them. We have a lot of fun backstage.

I’m going to ground today and writing, writing, writing, until my head is empty. Then I’ll nap, get up, and write some more. There’s a lot to be done, and no time for excuses.


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. At least you realized you had the deadline before you missed it – that would have been tragic! I know you can do it, though. 🙂

  2. Stick to your guns there, Devon. No way they get you back without a fighting wage!

  3. Thank goodness you remembered the deadline! Here’s to a full, successful writing day!

    Ps loved your newsletter!

  4. Deadlines make you work faster, don’t they? I love that you refuse to work for low wages. You are awesome! 🙂

  5. You are definitely a role model. You stick to it when you say no. *G*
    Good luck with the day, and I hope you’re able to find time to rest. Hugs for energy!

  6. Hope you get everything done, Devon. I have no doubt that you will!

  7. Yikes, yikes, yikes on the surprise deadline. Hope you got the article done. Sorry you had to miss a day of moving your storage stuff. I bet you’ll be glad when all that’s over.

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