Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Mercury’s retrograde now, until about Oct. 15, so here’s my mantra:

Stay low, stay quiet, go shopping.

Because I’d really rather not get into any trouble over the next few weeks.

Worked on ANGEL HUNT a bit yesterday, which was good, getting back into that groove.

Did a bunch of work on The Big Project.

Verizon actually showed up after lunch, and it was chaos. How many big, clumsy guys does it take to come in, drill a messy hole in the wall, pull cable, and fasten a box?


And they’re telling me I have to move the pot rack and do this and do that and I said, “No.” I pointed to the tiny spot where the cable for the television comes through and told them they could make their big old mess next to THAT. Of course, it was three feet higher, but at least it was in the general vicinity. I made it very clear that drilling holes in the apartment because it was convenient for THEM in the moment was not an option. This is MY home, where I LIVE every day, and they will put it where it’s convenient for ME. Or leave. I didn’t argue. I didn’t raise my voice. I simply told them the way it was. No negotiation. No wiggle room. This way or leave. They did it my way.

Because it’s a frigging cable, people, not a nuclear reactor. You can run it from ANYWHERE.

It’s not like I’m going to order Fios anyway. Building scumbags have forced this on us for the future fantasy tenants when they’ve driven all of us out. I wonder how big a kickback they got from Verizon.

In the midst of all the chaos, I got a call from my supervisor who asked me to come in and work the show tonight. So, as soon as I shooed Verizon out, I checked my bag, ate some dinner, and headed out, because on Tuesday we start at 7, not 8, which means call time is 5:30, which means I have to leave no later than 3:30.

Show was fine; everyone was glad to see me. All good.

Landed another guest blog spot, so I’ll work on that today and get it out, since I’m away next week. Have to do the work for Confidential Job #1. Lots of writing to get done, then I’ll break to run errands, then write some more. As far as I know, I’m not going in to the show tonight! 😉


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. The Verizon people in our home were very cordial, but criminee, they were shouting to each other, practically yelling when they talked to us, and made it nearly impossible for me to work, let alone think. They had a few more brain cells than their customer service counterparts, but I wasn’t convinced they could work without creating chaos.

  2. Good for you standing your ground with them. They DO have to do what you say. Any gutless person would just let them run the wire wherever. NOT YOU!!


    Oooh! I need to go antiquing! Wait, I need to buy gas and groceries. Oh well. Maybe when the economy doesn’t stink so bad…:-(

  3. Good for you telling them where to drill.

  4. Um…were they cute? ~grins~ And I swear, it feels like Mercury has been retro ALL FREAKIN’ MONTH. Sigh. Hugs and take care,


  5. Four people to drop a cable line? I did this alone while 9 months pregnant.

  6. Huh, when Verizon installed our FiOS, it was easy-peasy. The guy was only in the house about five minutes. Everything else was done outside or in the garage. Guess it would be different in a building with multiple residences, though. But why would they need so many people?

    How did the show go?

  7. I have my wireless through Verizon but haven’t tried out anything else. It’s great that you stood up to them. It kills that people get intimidated by people THEY are paying. 🙂

  8. Why, oh why do they always want to put the cable in impossible places?? Good for you for holding your ground!

  9. Cable Guy x4 = scary!

    Happy writing day 🙂

  10. Don’t even get me started on utility guys. We just moved into our first house, and I think they have an IQ requirement for the guys. Only it’s a maximum instead of a minimum!

  11. Good for you, holding your ground!
    I’ll be sure to take your advice and stay under the radar. *G*

    I hope you have a nice day and do something you enjoy.

  12. Cool site, Devon. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ll be back.


    Prince B.

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