Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant
Philadelphia

Yes, I’m in Philadelphia. It IS Wednesday, right? The last few days have seemed like one long day. And I slept in this morning, which means I got a late start.

Megabus was fine getting down here. It’s clean, it’s cheap, they’re nice. But my seat was broken in the “reclined” position and by the time I figured it out, it was too late to change, and they don’t let you ON the bus until just before they leave, which I hate. I like a few minutes to get settled. Still, it beats driving myself through New Jersey! I had my music on, I read Joyce Carol Oates’s JOURNAL — she truly is one of the most prolific writers ever. I feel like an absolute slacker beside her.

I’m down the rabbithole of the writing, which is a good thing. Theatre seems very far away. While I miss specific individuals, I don’t miss the amount of energy and focus it requires, even an easy show. And I’m not the kind of person who does things half-way. I can’t phone it in. Wish I could — it would probably save me a lot of stress.

I’m working out a lot and doing several yoga sessions a day. Unfortunately, before I left NY, I wrenched my good shoulder a bit, and wrestling the luggage didn’t help. I’m trying to gently stretch it out and keep it from contracting.

Costume Imp, on tour with Herself, will be down here just for two days in early September, so I’m going to take the day off and come down to play. Because let’s face it, being separated for seven to ten months is simply NOT going to work.

In the meantime, this week is about serious writing time. So, I’m going back to the page, back to OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I left them stranded off the coast of Cape Cod, and it’s time to bring them back in.

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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Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Part Five of the interview is on The Creative Heartbeat Collective. If you haven’t read Part Four, scroll down and read that, too!

I wrote yesterday. And wrote and wrote and wrote on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. And I’m still not done. I thought I had maybe one a half more chapters to write. Now, I think it’s more like four or five. And I need to get it done and revised before I leave for Philadelphia, so that’s a challenge.

Especially since I have day work today.

I also wrote the article that’s due on the 25th. I’ll give it a polish when I get home tonight, look it over again tomorrow morning, and send it before I hit the road. Pitched a couple more article ideas – hopefully I’ll hear back in the positive, and wrote a review of a friend’s CD. I really love it, so it was easy to write the review.

Heard from a dancer/choreographer friend of mine who’s in Europe this summer, having a great time. How could she not? It’s much easier to live and work as an artist in Europe than it is here.

I still haven’t finished packing the writing bag, but I’ve got some ideas. I need to do a rewrite on the first few pages of a script tonight and tuck that in – that piece is moving forward properly. REAL is too unwieldy to take, so it’s staying here. I have a feeling I’ll have to take OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. Plus, I’m going to start the third novella in the series while I’m gone. And I’ll take the script, and maybe HOSTAGE, and a short story or two. That should keep me busy, but not spread me so thin that I don’t get anything done.

Back to OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I’m going to try to grind out another chapter or so before I leave for the theatre.

Hope you have a great start to the week!

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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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I finally saw it: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon’s internet extravaganza. I liked it a lot – I’m not as fanatically head-over-heels about it as some people, but I thought the writing, production values, acting, etc., were all top notch, and, of course, I’d expect nothing less from Whedon. I liked most of the music, although I thought some of the songs where they wrote it atonally might have worked a bit better with either more harmony or even a further atonal choice. And Neil Patrick Harris – talk about an actor who’s fucking brilliant. He’s one of those rare actors who can take material and go from broad comedy to snarky to simple and direct to sarcastic to vulnerable to sweet, turning on a dime and completely taking the audience on the journey. Every time I see him do something, I appreciate him more – one of those actors who’s both thoughtful and instinctive in his work, has layers of craft along with talent, and knows how to pull it all together.

I also have to admit that I’m not watching the Olympics much this time around. I’m more of a Winter Olympics fan than a summer one anyway. I’m keeping tabs on Michael Phelps – good for him, that talent and work ethic are paying off – but that’s about it. And kudos to Phelps for giving the credit for his eighth gold medal of the games to his teammates in the relay, acknowledging that not everything revolves around him. He’s got his head screwed on straight, and I hope that, once the games are over, some of the media frenzy around him calms down and he can just go and play without people judging him. No one can be a perfect role model all the time, and he deserves to be able to blow off some steam.

Every time I turn on the television, they have volleyball on, and that is a sport I absolutely LOATHE. Anything I have to say about it is mean and out of line, so I’ll keep it to the fact that I loathe it. I wanted to see more of the archery, and haven’t (although those Ukranian archers are HOT), and the fencing, sailing, and equestrien events. So far, not much luck – the hours I can watch don’t seem to be the hours those events are broadcast, if they’re even being broadcast at all. I have to say I’m kind of glad I’m not over there, trying to cover it, as fascinating as it would be to travel to China.

I’m already prepping to cover the Vancouver 2010 games, believe it or not.

A friend called and invited me over for the afternoon, so I packed a writing bag and headed over to sit by the pool. Worked on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. Didn’t get as much done as I wanted, but got something done, and got some work done on the article.

I cooked dinner over there, then came back home to pack for Philly. As soon as I pulled out the suitcase, all three cats threw up. So we know how they feel about it. I’m still trying to figure out what to pack in the writing bag – I don’t want to take too many projects. If I limit which projects I take, I’ll have to actually focus on them.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this working trip. I’ve hit a point where I work much more efficiently when I’m away from New York.

Back to the page.

Devon

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008
Full Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and muggy

Part Five of my interview is up at the Creative Heartbeat Collective.

I gave myself the day off yesterday because I felt lousy, and today I feel better. I had some errands to run in the morning, but was back a little after noon and just took it easy. I did some crocheting – don’t like what I’m doing, will have to take it out and start over, once I find a pattern I like. I’m sure I’ll discuss it on The Tactile Muse, a blog which has been seriously ignored in the past few months.

Read a bit, played with the cats, took care of some admin work. Didn’t do much writing. I’ve been hired to write an article for Women on Writing – they want it by the 25th, but if I can, I’d like to get it out before I leave for Philadelphia this week, which means getting it done this weekend.

Also on the agenda this weekend: Finishing OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK and getting it to my publisher, and packing for Philadelphia.

I need to put two enormous and heavy books in my suitcase – I want to re-read Joyce Carol Oates’s JOURNALS, and I need to (finally) read the ICELANDIC SAGAS, because I’m working on a proposal based on them, so I have to actually read them and take notes. I’ll also start the next Jain Lazarus story – which will be told through Billy Root’s eyes – work on the ghost story, and I’ll see what else. I’m trying to figure out if I should work on the play HOSTAGE or another screenplay that’s relevant or keep working on REAL. Taking REAL down means a lot of heavy paper, but I need to get it done.

In other words, most of my luggage will be writing, and very little will be clothing! But I should have a lot of time to write while I’m down there working, so it’s all good.

I wondered why my muscles were so sore yesterday – then realized because, after a long break, I’d done an hour and a half weight training workout on Thursday night. Duh! Getting back into a regular fitness schedule is important – letting it slide while I’ve worked on the show was stupid, and I’m paying the price.

I’ve got some errands to run, some bills to pay, some fights to fight with building management (so what else is new?), and then it’s back to the page for a hopefully productive day.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Devon

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
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Neptune Retrograde
It was sunny; now it’s cloudy

Late post today. Just got home from the site – earlier than expected, and, of course, I have to go back over the weekend, because I left stuff there. I wasn’t expecting to be released until 6 PM, and things were scattered.

Got a good chunk of REAL done and lots of work on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, which is good, because that needs to be done this weekend.

Unfortunately, I’ve come down with something. Fever, swollen glands, fatigue, and general malaise. I’m trying to balance between resting and getting the writing done, now that I’m back in the groove. Amazing how just a few days away from the show lets me switch back. I called out of the show tomorrow night, just to be on the safe side – both to take care of myself and make sure I don’t expose the actors or other company members to whatever this is – although I probably caught it from someone on the show.

In the meantime, I’m trying to balance the writing with reading and napping.

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK is in better shape than I remembered – now I just need to give it a strong ending, another edit, and off it goes. I love Wyatt – he’s a great character. I’ve gotten kind of fond of some new characters in this one, too: Jamey, Zoe, Doran, Raisa, and Ty. Maybe I’ll find a way to work them into some future stories.

In the meantime, back to the page, and then a nap. If I can catch this illness early enough, it won’t get me down for the count for too long.

Devon

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Just a quick check-in.

Yesterday, getting ready to get out of the apartment was an exercise in frustration, not to mention futility – no water, too much construction, it zapped the power grid and my computer barely ran. Then, I forgot at least half the work I meant to take, but the writing bag was so heavy I didn’t notice.

But I finally got out, got the errands done, got to the site. Got quite a bit done; also managed to get in a nap in the afternoon! It’s much easier to get work done when it’s QUIET.

Got a good chunk of REAL done – the more I get back into it, the more I like it and think there truly is potential for this piece. Worked on the samples – I need to stop freaking myself out about them. The more I work on them, the more I realize that I’m not a good fit for this particular project, in spite of the money and the prestige attached to it. But I’m going to do the best I can and, well, hope for the best.

Doing a polish on the samples to send them off, then it’s back to the site, and more work on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, REAL, and “The Possession of Nattie Filmore.”

I’m doing a lot of pacing and muttering, as I do during early stages.

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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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy

Not getting enough done, and getting frustrated because I’m not getting out of my own way.

I’m trying to get re-focused and having a difficult time of it. I was at the theatre during the day, which wound up being frustrating, and not only because a freak rainstorm caused the basement (wardrobe work area) to flood. It’s a gutter, not brain surgery; fix it, people, instead of just expecting the people paying for the theatre to deal with it every time there’s a rainstorm. By the end of the call, I wasn’t sure if I was getting sick and therefore things bugged me more than usual, or if I was so frustrated, it was starting to manifest as illness. I feel better today, just a bit of a scratchy throat and achiness.

I’m trying to pull together everything I need for the on-site gig this week and Philadelphia next week. And I’m working on the samples.

Was again approached by a client with whom I parted ways months ago, wanting me to come back and work through the end of the year, at the same low rate and under the same conditions that didn’t work the last time around. I declined. I’m in the early stages of some big projects, some of which are high profile, and I can’t spend the energy, not to mention the time, on projects in situations I know are wrong for me.

That’s all – not much to report. I’m figuring out what I need to print off and take with me and what can stay here. I’m sure the water will be off again today, so I’m looking forward to getting out as soon as possible. And I’ve got a box to drop at the post office for a friend.

A few days without excitement would be welcome.

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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Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

How ready am I for these retrogrades to be done? VERY!

Part Three of my interview is up at the Creative Heartbeat Collective. Check it out. We’re starting to discuss what it’s like to be backstage, and why I love it so much.

The trip to Maine was quick in terms of days, but not in terms of getting there and getting back. The weather was so bad I had to keep pulling off the road. What should have been a seven hour trip took ten hours to get up there, and eleven hours to get back. Not fun. My grandmother seems better, though, which is a good thing.

We came back to no water – again – and no notice – again – and I pitched a fit. I’m going to have to file more paperwork with the state. This is unacceptable. They can’t randomly shut off the water whenever they feel like it, and they need to start meeting the needs of the tenants who live in the building rather than their fantasy future tenants.

I though I was going to have a writing weekend, but I ended up back on the show, because people were out sick. I dressed the men on Friday and the women on Saturday. It was fun, it was a little hectic – one of my actors ripped his pants during a song and came dashing off in between scenes – we had to wrestle him out of the pants (suspenders and all) and put him into another pair, get him out for the next scene and song, and then he had to come back to be properly put together for the rest of the act. It was funny, nerve-wracking (especially for him) and a typical live-theatre-experience. Fortunately, it was one of the actors with whom I work very closely – he knows what he’s doing and he trusts us backstage. That goes a long way when something goes wrong.

I struggled yesterday to get the writing done. I have samples to write for a big job that need to go out ASAP; I have to finish OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK and get it to my publisher (it should have gone out this morning; it won’t). I have to finish the ghost story, and I’ve got other stuff on the burners. But I’m struggling, because I’m still in show mode instead of in writing mode. And I’ll be in show mode most of today, because I’m going in to do the day work. The new lead has his put-in this afternoon and goes on tonight. It would be nice if things settled down for awhile after today, but I don’t see that happening.

My presence online will be intermittent this week – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I’m doing some work onsite and out of town, so I won’t be able to be online much. But I’ll try. It doesn’t help that the computer is running really, really badly again. And disks are missing from my desk. I got some sample packets out for something else yesterday, but that was work already written, not work I’m being paid to create in hopes of landing a long-range, high-paying gig. I’m having focus problems. Now is when I need to rely on craft. And hope to layer in some art somewhere before I hit “send”.

Have a great week, everyone!

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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Have You Entered?

The contest to win a copy of HEX BREAKER ends tomorrow.

If you haven’t entered, stop by this link, the interview Crystal Adkins did with me, leave a comment, and enter to win!

Devon

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Part Two of the Interview

Part Two of my interview is up on The Creative Heartbeat Collective.

Stop on by!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Crystal Adkins interviewed me, and it’s up here. Stop by, leave a comment, and enter the contest to win a signed copy of HEX BREAKER! It was a fun interview.

Yesterday was busy. I was at the theatre by 9:20 AM, and it was already buzzing, with the tour people working on sections of their show on stage, the understudy moving his stuff from his old spot to his new dressing room, and one of the other dressing rooms getting painted. But I got the day work call done before the tour run-through, so I could sit and watch it. It was great to see – very different from our show, because most of the cast is different, and unique and wonderful in its own way.

I had to bolt out after to catch the train back and prepare for the radio interview. It went well, and then I had to get back to work on some other stuff. Never a dull moment.

I’ve got a lot to do today, and then Costume Imp and I are going to see Johnny Gallagher’s solo show tonight at Joe’s Pub. I worked with Gallagher on Broadway, and think very highly of him as both a person and a performer, so it will be good to see him perform some of his own work. This will be the last chance I have to spend time with Costume Imp before he goes out on tour. Can you say “separation anxiety”?

The clothes are packed for Maine; I just have to pack the writing bag this afternoon. I’m off before dawn tomorrow, so I won’t be online for a few days. I have to load some more CDs onto the MP3 player – they just arrived yesterday.

I’m sure I’ll have stories when I get back. In the meantime, have a great week!

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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Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot and sunny

Quick post as I’m rushing for the train.

The first part of the massive interview with me is up on The Creative Heartbeat Collective. Hop on over and take a look. There will be more on Friday, and next Monday and on and on most of the month.

Yesterday, I finally had a GOOD writing day, my first really good one in about a month. What a relief!

I did a lot of work on REAL. It’s in better shape than I remembered, but still needs a lot of work. I managed to get some good work done on several chapters, though. It’s a little scary how much of it I’ve actually lived since I wrote it. I’m going to change a few things, so it won’t cut quite so close to the bone.

Did a little bit of plotting and character work on the thriller. The first ten pages of the piece are strong; I don’t want it to dip.

The understudy with whom I’ve worked closely the past weeks takes over one of the roles tonight – it’s now his for however long he’s still in the show. He’s earned it and I’m delighted for him.

Big Brown won the Haskell yesterday, but he had to work for it. Also, it seemed to me that he was fighting the jockey, that he no longer trusts him after the Belmont. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was retired, and the Haskell was his last race.

Don’t forget to listen to me tonight on The Dragon’s Den – 8 PM Eastern, via internet.

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.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I gave myself the day off yesterday. Can you imagine? There were plenty of things I “should” have been doing – but I didn’t feel like it, so I gave myself a day off.

It was also the final performance for two more actors on the show, one of whom I’ve worked with closely in the past months. I wasn’t there in person, but I made sure he knew I was there in spirit, and, from what I’ve heard, it was an even more amazing performance than usual.

I read another one of the books by Barb & JC Hendee, the dark fantasy dhampir novels featuring Magiere and the half-elf Leesil. I enjoy the series overall and I’m curious as to where it will lead, because it’s going in an entirely different direction than I anticipated.

Not being at the theatre every night, I actually got to watch some TV last week – EUREKA, MY BOYS, BURN NOTICE, and part of an episode of STARGATE ATLANTIS. I like all those shows, and rarely get to watch any of them. EUREKA made me chuckle, as usual, although I’ve lost respect for the character of Ally. MY BOYS – well, I didn’t realize their new season started and next week is the finale and I’ll be traveling. Oops. I really like that cast, though. BURN NOTICE just gets better and better – Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar are two of my favorite actors to watch (haven’t worked with them – yet), and they just get better and better together, and the scripts are clever and fun. S.A.’s new season looks intriguing, but I’ve missed the first few episodes of the season and felt a little lost in the overall storyline, although what I saw of the individual episode was interesting. Again, great cast and witty writing.

I got some writing of my own done, on a script, a new idea, which was kind of fun. It’s unfolding in an interesting way. It’s a contemporary thriller – new territory for me.

Of course, I should have been working on the ghost story tied in to HEX BREAKER, but hey, today’s another day.

I’m going to take it easy again today; for some reason, I’ve got a massive headache. But I plan to get some writing done, get back on the marketing train, etc.

I have to leave early for the city tomorrow – I’m in early to do the day work early and then watch the run-through of the tour – and then race back here, because I’m doing The Dragons’s Den radio show at 8 PM EST. Come listen!

Oh, and I was wrong yesterday — the Haskell is TODAY at Monmouth, and Big Brown runs. I’m not going down there, but I’ll be watching. Indian Blessing won a wonderful sprint up in Saratoga yesterday by a nice margin — so proud of her!

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: