Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday, August 31, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and lovely

I managed to get all the changes into OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK yesterday morning before I left for the theatre. I’m in the process of going over it one final time before submission.

The stress from building crap has gotten to me, but I just have to find a way to deal with it.

Shows were fine yesterday. A stagehand missed a cue in the matinee that was pretty major and got fired. It was unfortunate, because he’s a good guy who’s working too many jobs and is too overtired, but you can’t miss the biggest cue in the show without consequences.

We went to dinner between shows at Vinyl. That’s always good.

And we were all tired and ready to go home by the end of the evening.

The show actually has two days off this week, because it’s switching back to Mondays dark, no Wednesday matinees, and two shows on Sundays. Everyone is thrilled for the extra day.

Back to the final read-through of OFDW.

And there’s plenty of other writing stacked up that needs attention.

Devon

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008
New Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Yesterday was all about OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I spent the entire day revising the manuscript. In the evening, I started putting the changes in, and got through the first fifteen chapters. I have six more chapters to do, and the revisions in the last three are pretty extensive. I had to tie up the loose ends, decide what to leave untied for the future without making it unsatisfying for this story, and fix logistical lapses.

I also wrote the synopsis.

I have two shows today, which means a fourteen hour day. I’m going to keep working on OFDW until I have to leave for the train, but I doubt I can get this draft done. I hope to finish it tomorrow, and then I’ll look it over one last time before hitting “send”.

It’s double the length of HEX BREAKER, and much more complex, both in plot and character. I think it explains some interesting tidbits about both Jain and Wyatt’s pasts, introduces some interesting characters, and sets up several directions for further stories, without making it impossible to follow without HEX BREAKER, or leaving too much dangling. It ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, but it’s also a bit of a humorous ending.

So, hopefully, all this stuff I’m trying works. We’ll see what the publisher says, right?

Back to the page and off to the show. That’s my day today.

Devon

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008
Dark Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and humid

If you like this blog, please nominate me as one of the “Top Ten Writing Blogs” here:

Only the blogs with multiple nominations will be considered. So, if several of you make it over there, I’ll at least be in the running.

The last part of the interview with me runs on The Creative Heartbeat Collective today. Please check it out.

Wednesday was tough because I was in writing head instead of in show head. And then yesterday was tough because I was in show head rather than writing head.

It all gives me a headache.

The rat bastards shut off the water in the afternoon yesterday without notice, and guess what? As soon as I filed a complaint with the city, an “emergency shutoff notice” magically appeared, to cover their asses. So I lost almost an entire writing day due to these assholes, who are bound and determined to drive us out.

If I could pack up everything and leave right now, I would. Unfortunately, there are circumstances that are out of my control right now that prevent me from so doing, and I HATE THAT.

I had a terrible time getting back into the climactic scene of OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I didn’t really get back to work until night time, but I pushed through and I finished the draft.

Red machete in hand, I’m about to start revisions.

And then attack the rest of the stack on the desk, and everything else that’s fallen to the wayside.

The newsletter went out yesterday. If you didn’t get your copy, let me know and I’ll re-send it. If you’re not signed up, you can sign up here, and put “Subscribe” into the subject line.

I have two shows tomorrow, I have to get this book out to the publisher, and I have to finish the ghost story and get started on Book 3.

Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!

Devon

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Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Finished!

I FINALLY finished the draft of OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK.

Twenty one chapters.

227 pages.

Almost double HEX BREAKER.

114 of them written in the past week.

Phew!

And, much as I hate to jump back in so quickly . . .edits start tomorrow.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Day before Dark Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Shows were fine. The one big change that I have in the particular track I’m doing has gotten more complicated, but with the chance to do it several times in a row, it’ll be fine. The actor and I work well together.

In between shows, a group of us went to dinner at Lime Jungle, on 9th Avenue. The food was good, but I swear my frozen sangria had Tabasco sauce in it – not an experience I want to repeat. A Tabasco slushy is not my idea of a dinner beverage. The service was mediocre, but the food was good and inexpensive.

Got some editing done on OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I hate to edit while I’m still writing, but that’s the only way to get it out on time. I’m about to go back to the page – I nearly missed my train yesterday, because I was working on Chapter 20, and I had to abandon them all during the Big, Climactic Scene.

And then the damn train got stuck. Yesterday’s excuse was “signal problems”.

So I’m headed back to the page. Eventually, I’ll have to get up and go grocery shopping, but I’d like to get Chapter 20 finished first.

As soon as OFDW is done, edited, and out, I have to return to the story “The Possession of Nattie Filmore”, go back to HOSTAGE, and figure out what else is on my plate. I’ve got my column to write this weekend, another article to write for a publication, and research for two interviews I’m conducting the week of September 9th. I also need to pitch for some short term jobs, but I have to find/create something interesting first.

There’s plenty to do. It’s simply a case of getting my butt in the chair and getting it all done.

Let’s hope the building’s rat bastards are quiet today.

Devon

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Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I love this cooler, saner weather. I’m so much more productive!

The amount of legal paperwork to file against the rat bastards who own the building is enormous. But, yet again, yesterday, they said they’d turn off the water for two hours, and it was off for six and a half. Every fucking week, we have no water for at least a day or two; sometimes they tell us, sometimes they don’t. They always, always lie about how long it will be off. Time to get the Health Department involved as well as the state. Yes, everyone is aware how illegal it is. No one cares, no one stops them – all consequences are just that, consequences, not prevention.

Plus, they’ve moved their “workshop” into the apartment next door, as a harassment technique, so that there is the sound, noise and dust all day from sawing, hammering, etc.

Not that ANY of the work can be seen in the partially finished hallways.

Errands were successful. At least one of the incompetents was handled with pleasantries, so that wasn’t as tough as it might have. The other, however, needed to be dealt with harshly. Such is life.

Not a very productive writing afternoon, but I managed to finish Chapter 19 in the evening, and I’m working on Chapter 20 this morning. Chapter 20 is the climactic point of the whole book. I think I won’t be able to stop at Chapter 21, it’s more likely to be Chapter 22. That will make OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK approximately twice as long as HEX BREAKER.

Truncated writing day because I have two shows. Let’s hope I can stay focused, so that I can finally finish this piece tomorrow and not need a cooling down day between shows and focused writing. Maybe then, I can get it out this weekend – three weeks late. Oh, well.

Finished re-reading Joyce Carol Oates’s JOURNAL. It’s very inspiring, and I hope the next volume, covering the next decade, comes out soon. Her consistent work ethic, output, wide range, and talent are astonishing.

Back to the page until I have to dash for the train . . .

Devon

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Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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It Just Keeps Growing . . .

OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK just keeps growing.

Like weeds.

Like mold.

Like . . .fill in the blank.

EVENTUALLY, I have to finish it . . .don’t I?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

NYC was awful yesterday. Too many Stupid Fucking Tourists, too hot, too humid, too smelly. I was in a MOOD by the time I reached the theatre. Fortunately, I was on my own for the first few hours and had time to get over myself.

An article was greenlighted (greenlit?) that I really want to do – I get to interview a friend, colleague, and one of my favorite people for the Winter Issue of THE SCRUFFY DOG REVIEW. He’s excited, I’m excited, my editor’s excited, so it’s all good. Now I have to come up with some good questions!

Confidential Job #1 sent me my next assignment – finally! First they cut the rate by 40%, then they send less work. I’m getting a little fed up with them, but the loyalty to my editor keeps me in place. Oh, and this time, they forgot to give me a due date, so I’ll have to ask about it.

Confidential Job #2 was kind enough to invite me to see the finished product of something I worked on several months ago – unfortunately, it’s in LA, and I can’t fly out for the day! But it was sweet of them to include me.

The job boards totally suck lately. Hopefully, they’ll pick up after Labor Day.

Have to undo some admin tangles – these companies need to hire people who actually post payments sent – I have to untangle two messes on payments I made over a month ago. Both companies were quick to cash the check, but never posted payment and are now harassing me. Fortunately, I have proof. And I’m invoicing them for the inconvenience.

Have to buy cat food.

And, of course, the building management shut off the water AGAIN. I don’t even care if they tell us ahead of time. I want it to STOP.

Tried to work on OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK last night, but it was mush. Too tainted by the day. I had to throw everything out that I wrote. So I had to get up extra early this morning to make up for it. Most of Chapter 19 is done. I have to figure out a couple of things in this, and then I’m going to end on another cliffhanger. I thought Chapter 20 would be the final chapter of the book, but now I think it’s more likely to be Chapter 21.

Off to deal with the incompetents, and then it’s back to the page.

Devon

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Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and humid

Part 7 of my interview runs at The Creative Heartbeat Collective. I know you’re getting sick of it, but this is the last week, so drop by and leave a comment.

I am back in NY. The trip wasn’t too bad yesterday; some annoying people, but the bus ride was smooth, and I managed to work out a glitch that was bothering me in OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I’d envisioned a sequence, but in its original version, either Ty or Solange or Xeoth would show up as almost a deus ex machine, and I’d much rather than Wyatt and Jain got themselves out of the situation. But I couldn’t figure out how.

And then I did.

And that’s in Chapter 19, which I’ve yet to write. But I finished Chapter 18 this morning.

And I’m out of ink – again. I’m getting a little tired of this.

I wrote about seventy pages while I was in Philadelphia last week, which is pretty decent. Not as much as I should have, but decent. And I wrote eleven pages this morning. I hope to at least get started, and maybe even finish Chapter 19 when I get home tonight.

The modern gothic is tugging at me, but it will just have to wait. Everything will have to wait until I get OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK to the publisher. I’ve had to edit as I write, a process I hate, but it’s my own damned fault for being so far behind.

I’m going to outline Book 3 in a whole lot more detail so I don’t get myself into this mess next time around.

Off to the theatre for some work, and then it’s back to the page. No time for tired right now.

And, of course, building management is doing everything they can to torture even more. They are determined to drive us out. I am so frustrated, between building management and the fact that they’re draining our power so the fucking computer can’t run properly.

Devon

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Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Partly cloudy and warm

Good day’s work on OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I had to go back to an earlier chapter to add something in order to make a later chapter make sense, but that’s par for the course. I’m feeling much better about it all. Took a few days to get there, but now I feel like I can actually get this done and out in a reasonable time. It’s still late, but at least it will go out this week. It’s also longer than I expected. It will be around the 200 page mark instead of the 120 page mark. Oh, well, it suits the story and feeds into the overall series, while still working on its own merits and can stand alone. I actually know what points I have to hit and the strong ending I want. Now I just have to get there. I figure it’s another 2-3 chapters. And this time I mean it! 😉

PJ, there was never any question Wyatt would come out of this situation, at least this time around. The gun to the head bit was a minor glitch to add a further complication – although I’m sure he wouldn’t agree. If he’s not going to get out of something, further down in the series, he’ll go in a much more interesting and unusual way!

I’m on Chapter 17, moving towards the big finale of this book, and I think we’ll be done by Chapter 20. The plot on this has been twisty-turny, like a tangled skein of yarn.

I came up with a brilliant title for Book 3 of the series, the one told through Billy Root’s eyes. Too bad I didn’t write it down and can’t remember it. Guess it wasn’t so brilliant after all.

Wandered back to Robin’s Books and picked up a copy of Francine Prose’s BLUE ANGEL. I’d looked at it the other day and put it back. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I returned to the bookstore and there it was. I grabbed it and bought it and it entrances me.

Outlined a couple more pieces, all odd. Not sure what they will turn into, or if they’re merely false starts. Time and writing will tell.

My eyes hurt from all the time spent on the computer.

I’m officially pathetic. I went to Rittenhouse Square (after stopping back at Remedy for another iced Earl Grey tea) because it was a beautiful day, I wanted to read in my break from writing, and be outside. I managed to stave off most of the crazies, but I had to leave because a bunch of sad shelter dogs wearing those “adopt me” jackets were being walked, and I got emotional because I couldn’t adopt them ALL. (Or even one of them, right now).

The dishwasher’s already run, the laundry’s in, and I’m almost packed.

Back to the page for a few more hours before I have to head back to the bus. We’ll see how far into the big finale I can get. I’ve also figured out the last few sentences, so the ending will pack a punch.

The dark, almost modern gothic piece is pulling at me, as is another piece I outlined yesterday, more of a contemporary lit fic. They have to wait for awhile, until OFDW is done, but they’re percolating. In the latter, in the outline, the protag/antag were pretty straight up, but the more I think about it, the more I want to make it more unclear. I want it to be more like a theatre piece, where each character is working towards achieving his or her own desires, only in this case, none of them are particularly concerned with how the consequences affect those around them. “I Want” is the central theme.

I head back to New York tonight. The weather’s been gorgeous here in Philadelphia, and it’s been a wonderful writing retreat. I’m sorry to go back to the insanity and instability of NY, especially when it comes to the living situation. I’m not looking forward to the part of the trip that’s from here to the bus station or from Penn Station to Grand Central, but I hope the rest of it will be relatively pain-free. I am filled with dread at the thought of returning, as much as I miss my cats. I feel like I need at least another week here, and then I’ll feel as though I’m truly back on track. Unfortunately, that’s not an option.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK is killing me. Every time I think I have the end in sight, it moves farther away. I’m keeping my head down and pushing forward, but really – I nearly wrote myself into a corner yesterday, but I managed to rescue myself in time. Keep your fingers crossed that I can just keep going. I shouldn’t be frustrated – I wrote nearly 5,000 words yesterday. But I am, because I feel as though I’m not reaching the end.

Outlined another novel, a very dark one, nothing to do with this series, about emotional destruction. Should be interesting to write.

Other scenes keep popping into my head, but I don’t know where they belong.

I write myself out on OFDW, work on something else for a bit, go back, write myself out . . .it goes on and on and on, and eventually, I’ll be done.

That’s it. Nothing exciting. Just writing.

Which is as it should be.

I left Wyatt with a gun pressed against his skull. Better go get him out of that one.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny, hot, humid

Part 6 of my interview is up on The Creative Heartbeat Collective. Check it out. This time I talk about mythology, how working backstage influences the writing, HEX BREAKER (finally), erotica, and solitude.

Yes, Brandy, you’re absolutely correct. I was a little down and tired yesterday. Life stuff, and wishing I could finish OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK faster than I am. The additions and complexities are good, but I have to speed up the process.

I had a nice lunch with friends and then had a good wander, because I had to give the cleaning person the run of the apartment for the afternoon. I went to Robin’s Bookstore, one of my favorite places in Philadelphia, and bought a bunch of books. Not as many as I wanted to, but I’m on a budget AND I have to cart them all home. Two of the books are the compilations of the NY TIMES WRITERS ON WRITING, which I like. And, now that I think of it, I bet I bought them when they first came out and they’re in storage. If that’s the case, I’ll put the doubles up on Bookmooch. In the meantime, I can enjoy them. I also bought the memoir CHOSEN FOREVER by Susan Richards and a novel called THE FORTUNE QUILT by Lani Diane Rich.

I went to Remedy, the tea bar, and snacked on chicken summer rolls and an iced Earl Grey tea, and wrote some notes on a mystery, a comedy, and a possible other piece. Wandered over to Rittenhouse Square because it was so beautiful. Sat in the park and read all of THE FORTUNE QUILT during the afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It has a lot more heart and depth than I expected. I’ll definitely hunt down this author’s other work. Also wrote notes on some observations I made on people in the park, which may wind up being a series of short stories.

Went to an Espresso bar for an espresso and an apple tart, then wandered back to the apartment. It was a good refresher of a day, refilling the creative well.

I’m immersed in Joyce Carol Oates’s JOURNAL, and in the research materials for the play HOSTAGE. I have to say that the latter leaves me with a great deal of despair about the state of the world. But it’s necessary to do the research if I want this play to work.

I haven’t spent anywhere near enough time on the ICELANDIC SAGAS – and I’ll be very annoyed with myself if I dragged an 1800 page volume down here and didn’t look at it.

I wrote a few pages last night on something that’s been bothering me – the scenes and images keep haunting me. Now that I’ve got it on paper, maybe I can put it aside and get back to what I need to do.

Back to the page. Let’s hope I am back on track and can have a productive writing day.

Devon
Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Have you signed up for The Muse Online Writers’ Workshop? It runs Oct. 13-19, it’s virtual, and it’s FREE. There are lots of great presenters. And I’m teaching my dialogue workshop again, although it will be slightly different than last year’s. Registration closes on September 1, so hop on over and sign up. Believe me, it’s worth it. I developed EARTH BRIDE and another yet-to-be written novel there. It’s a wonderful way to develop material for Nano – get your world built, get your outline done, experiment with some characters, and there you go – you can sit down with fingers flying over the keys during the month of November.

I was out of sorts yesterday, once I had my quota of writing done. I ran some errands, bought a few little things that would normally make me feel better, but didn’t, and was simply feeling undervalued and underappreciated. I couldn’t sort it out with all of the individuals at the root (it’s not like there are that many, I just didn’t have access to some of them), but one, in particular, who has made empty promises on a work front for months – by the end of the night, I just lost my temper.

And got results.

I hate having to do that, but sometimes stating that you’re done and are going to walk because of the unfulfilled obligations – and MEANING it – is the only option left. It seems to be sorted out properly now; let’s hope that’s true. Of course there were excuses. To a point, I understand, but there’s also a point, especially when the promises have continued over a period of months with no results, where I stop caring what those excuses are, and simply want results.

I had a good writing morning on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, despite the late start. A mermaid named Solange has inserted herself into the tale, and promises to be a force to be reckoned with in the series. Unfortunately, she set up a dilemma. I wanted to set up a conflict between Solange and Jain that would get deeper and harsher, especially in Book 4 and perhaps in Book 5. But Wyatt didn’t like the way it was set up, and his part in the mess. Although it makes sense that someone WOULD behave in the way I wanted, HE was adamant that HE would NOT.

I worried about it most of the afternoon, running errands, reading in the park, trying to avoid an astonishing amount of people wearing metaphorical foil hats.

I came across a similar topic as I wasted time on the internet later in the afternoon, and I strongly disagreed with the way it was handled, while acknowledging that the writer has the right to present that point of view.

HOWEVER, thinking about the problems I had with the way the topic was handled made me realize certain similarities in the situation in OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. Wyatt (meaning my subconscious’s way of creating the character) is right – he WOULDN’T behave in the way I tried to force. Not only that, by following that path, although the genders are reversed, I would condone a situation similar to the one I disagreed with in the other writer’s work.

Solution – stick to what I believe in and let Wyatt behave in a way that’s true to himself.

Yeah, I realize that the above won’t make sense to anyone but me. But as long as it makes sense to me, right? And solves the problem.

And OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK is not only longer than I originally intended, but more complex. Which serves the overall series well, but makes it hard to get it out quickly.

Add the fact that I can’t get the printer to print and I’m panicking and sending multiple backup copies to myself every few minutes – remember, I lost the first draft forever of MODERN CREATION MYTHS last time I was here, and it was never retrieved – so it’s a bit more stressful than I bargained.

But I have GOT to get this novella finished, revised, and out ASAP. I’m already hideously late with it, and I hate being late. I don’t have the luxury of taking my time with the work – in order to make a living, I need to meet deadlines, so I have to make my process fit the schedule. No artistic self-indulgence allowed. No “I don’t feel like writing” today or “I’m too tired”. I lost too many writing days because I was so physically and emotionally exhausted working full weeks on Broadway this summer – my back’s against the wall and I can’t afford excuses.

There was a concert in Rittenhouse Square last night. I didn’t have to attend – I could hear it from the balcony. I’m not sure who was playing, but the first part of the evening wasn’t to my taste (okay, honestly, I think it kind of sucked), but there was some music in the second part I kind of liked, and the sounds were very different. The music in the second part had more drive, more purpose, less whine. Much more my style.

I got another late start. I had bad dreams last night, unfortunately about people close to me. Hate that. It was difficult to get back to sleep. So I slept in, and now I’m stumbling around, trying to pull it all together.

I have a truncated writing day here this morning due to the cleaning person coming in, and for a long lunch I plan to have out. I seriously doubt I’ll be in any shape to write when I return. And I’ll be toasting the all-day photo call they’re having at the show, while, at the same time, extremely grateful that I’m not working it . . .

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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