Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and warm

The final section of my interview is up at Gottawrite Girl. Come, stop by, leave a comment!

David Foster Wallace’s suicide saddens me. It doesn’t particularly surprise me – in the current climate of repression and conformity and the encouragement (via reality TV) t o be one’s worst self instead of one’s best, true originals wear out and lose the fight. I am sorry he was one of the casualties.

It took me a long time to get back into the writing sync yesterday. I did a lot of administrative stuff – things had come up that needed to be dealt with on that level – and it was late afternoon by the time I got back to ANGEL HUNT.

I went back and made some fixes. “Zig” is now “Zeke”, which is short for a name that has specific meaning within the context of ANGEL HUNT. The conflict between Zeke and Lianna is stronger, and their internal conflicts in regard to each other are also stronger – it’s a layer that’s working. well in the book. And the complexities of her relationships with Lachlan and Gaston also help. I’m about two chapters away from where I have to create entirely new material (although I’ve made some notes), and I’ve restructured and reworked the first twenty-three chapters so that everything drives to what will be the ending and point of the book (instead of the ending of an arc, as it would have been in the serial).

I need to plot the next PR push for HEX BREAKER, so that will be this week’s additional task. I’m hoping some more reviews come out in the next week or so, and I’m hoping that they’re good. I’m debating about whether or not to do a MySpace page for the book/series. Ideas? Suggestions? Since I have the subdomain on my website, do I need the site on MySpace? Does it make sense, or is it spreading myself too thin?

I’m also building a site for “The Merry’s Dalliance”. I still haven’t heard back from the editor about the broken link to the story. It’s been nearly two weeks since I asked about it. I was paid, so I guess I shouldn’t complain, but I would like everyone to read the piece, since I’m proud of it.

I actually watched television last night, for a change. I thought the season finale of THE CLOSER was excellent; excellence seems to be the norm for that show, which is such a relief. Two actors with whom I worked off-Broadway are in it, so in addition to liking it because I like it, I get to see two people who I like and respect both as people and as actors perform their art and their craft. I also watched RAISING THE BAR – some good work, one of the guest stars was excellent – he played Will, the schizophrenic – he looks familiar, I know his work from somewhere, although I don’t think I worked with him in any more than passing, and I couldn’t find out his name yet. Another actor with whom I worked on a series shot in NY a few years ago is one of the main characters, and I was pleased that he’s working again! In addition to being a good actor, he’s a lot of fun on the set. He’s one of those people who make everything better just with his presence. The lead lawyer guy, the three-named actor who plays Jerry, is good, but that hair is getting on my last nerve. Fine, you’re making a character statement with the hair, but the current style makes every shot about the hair instead of about the guy’s acting, and it’s distracting. A style can be found that makes the same statement, but also lets the guy ACT instead of the hair acting, which happens far too often here. It’s Bochco, so there’s a lot of good stuff in it, and I can learn a lot from watching it about both structure and style, but it’s not really grabbing me emotionally.

Today’s agenda consists of finishing up some business correspondence, getting some pitches out (the job boards have been abysmal lately), getting some BookMooch stuff to the post office, working on ANGEL HUNT, and, hopefully, on the ghost story. I’m also starting to transcribe the band interview I did last weekend. I want to be able to take the transcript with me to Philadelphia when I go back down there in a few weeks, and work on it in peace and quiet.

Chad, I’m excited about the voice recorder. Chances are, it will be primarily used for interviews – I can’t talk stories or story ideas – I have to pull over in the car and write them down!

I don’t have to be at the show tonight, so I hope I can get a lot done.


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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  1. You had a productive day in my book–sounds like you mired through all the other stuff and stuck to it! Good for you!

    I love my digital voice recorder. I stole it from my Hubby. If I have a story idea and alas, no paper and pen, I just push “record” and start talking. It’s AWESOME.

  2. For what it’s worth, I have both a MySpace page and a Facebook page and I spend far more time on Facebook. It’s got a much cleaner, less chaotic format. There are lots of cool people on MySpace, of course, but so many of the pages look, well, unprofessional and tacky. *g*

  3. Terrible about D.F. Wallace’s death. I just hope that his soul has found some peace.

    I swore off reality tv years ago. The only one I watch is Biggest Loser because it’s the only one that actually lifts it’s contestants up rather than beating them down or humiliating them for the entertainment of others.

    I’m glad to hear you pull over before you start writing. 😉

  4. I got a voice recorder, too, which I love. It’s great for quick ideas in the car or while exercising.

    Hex Breaker is YA, yes? If so, MySpace. It sucks but seems to work for that YA crowd. The Emerald Tablet is MG so I haven’t done anything on MySpace for it aside from my personal page.

  5. I’m definitely looking into a voice recorder. I’ve been known to pull over on the side of the road too to write down ideas too.

    MySpace is great for connecting with readers and teens. FACEBOOK is a great tool also. Good luck! 😉 Can’t wait to check out HEX BREAKER.

  6. Teens are big for MySpace. My guess is that you might want a page for Hex Breaker on MySpace (since it won’t take that long to set up), but I’d be tempted to not invest too much time in it. Maybe put up the page, spend a few hours getting some friends, and let it be.

    Facebook is more about people from what I’ve seen, and not books. I’ve also seen people not wanting Facebook to become like Myspace. I’m in this camp, though I do see eventually it will happen and another social networking site will come along to take the place of it.
    As one person put it, “MySpace is for marketing. Facebook is for friends.”
    I think Facebook is also trickier on multiple accounts. They want real names (like Reviewer X couldn’t have that as her screen name so she had to use her real name).

  7. You should busy as usual! 🙂

    I’ve often thought of getting a voice recorder, but I don’t have a long commute anymore and I detest hearing my voice on tape. HAHA

  8. Devon, it’s been so nice to hear your fans and friends who’ve posted comments — you are loved and respected, that’s clear! : ) Write on! Your friend…

  9. I’m glad the voice recorder is working well for you. I hope you’re as productive today as you want to be. Have a good day!

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