Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Conference fatigue has set in. I feel it; there’s less activity on the board, and people are getting tetchier. Those of us who are taking workshops where the instructors aren’t showing up are cranky. And I blew a gasket because several people have sent private messages, I’ve taken time to write detailed responses (and I mean, like twenty, thirty minutes), only to hit “send” and get the message that the individual doesn’t accept private messages.

Then don’t send ME one with QUESTIONS in it, you dumbass!

When someone wastes my time and/or takes advantage of my willingness to help and share resources, it pisses me off!

I’m having a blast in both the short story workshop and the cozy workshop, though. I’m learning lots of new things and getting to try stuff and play, so that’s all good.

I’m also pleased because quite a few students in my workshop are showing genuine improvement from day to day, exercise to exercise.

And some ideas are churning for other stuff which needs to get into the roster. Some of them are very, very funny, and offer new directions for me.

Submitted a few short stories. Wanted to submit more, but one place changed their guidelines, so what I thought was relevant no longer is, and the other no longer pays its writers, so, sorry, going elsewhere. I’m getting a nice batch of stories whipped into shape, though, so I’ll be able to up the submission ante before Nano.

There’s something satisfying about writing a short story. You can FINISH it in a finite amount of time, get that sense of accomplishment, instead of days when you don’t feel like you’re making progress, which often happens with a novel.

I have to dash into the city this morning, come back, catch up on the workshops, and then prepare for the live chat tonight. Busy day, but, hopefully, a happy one. Oh, yeah, and I have to finish the assignment for Confidential Job #1 which I barely started. Ooops.

I have ideas for the next stories for the workshops I’m taking, and ideas for some other things with which I’ve been playing that are ready to ripen.

I have to do some continuity checking before I can write the next part of the Big Project, and I won’t get a chance so to do until tomorrow. I hate losing day on it, but I don’t see how I’m going to get it done today, realistically.

Got out the guest blog post yesterday and roughed out the two articles. If I can do one tomorrow and one on Sunday, I can submit both Monday and not worry about the deadline question they couldn’t be bothered to answer. I have to say, it made warning bells go off in my head. They’re not paying me enough for me to cut them slack or take any crap from them.

I have a question for you — I’d really like to learn how to put my Bookstore info into my sidebar, using this template, but I’m not sure how that works — I’m not sure which widget to add — any ideas?


Devon’s Bookstore:

NEW!Sensory Perceptions: Techniques to Improve Your Writing Through the Six Senses by Devon Ellington. Use the six senses to take your writing to the next level via a series of sense-specific exercises. By the end of seven weeks, you complete seven short stories!. $1.29 USD. Here.

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. That’s definitely a Mik or Colin question. I am not tech-savvy! Oh well.

    I bet it’s so rewarding, despite the crap you have to deal with in the conferences, to see the few students who DO take it seriously and FOLLOW instructions, make genuine improvement. Like I said before, a lot of dirt sifting, but I can imagine the good stuff gives you warm fuzzies. 🙂

    Try and be nice! (wink) I can only imagine how snippy people can get this far in…

  2. I have no idea how to move the bookstore to the sidebar. I think you would use a text widget and then just put all the html and info in that. Not sure. Or you could use the text widget and put the covers up and when someone clicked on the cover, have it link to the summary or the checkout.

    I’m glad some of the students are improving. Those are the one’s you’re teaching for, I think. Like panning for gold, I guess.

    Looks like a big push this weekend on Big Project. If anyone can do it, you can.

  3. Can that be done with WordPress? If so, I’d try using the HTML widget (there is one, right?) and pasting the code for your link there. Might not be the fanciest looking, but function has its advantages. :))

    I’m with you – if I waste my time to give you free, detailed advice, have the decency to accept my response. I had a similar situation with a nice gal and a decent writer who questioned or argued back every time I gave her advice she’d asked for directly. I got fed up and started responding, “That’s difficult to say.” It’s true – it was difficult to say, but only because of the hassle she gave every time! LOL

  4. I use Library Thing? I am not sure if this is what you mean…(?) I wish I was savvier to be of better help. But, on a better note, I am so glad you are enjoying your workshops and even learning from your students. That sounds like the best kind of exchange! Have a great weekend, Devon, and talk soon.

  5. I wish I could help, but my Techno-gooberness (it is SO a word. *G*) is legendary.
    I hope you are able to accomplish your goals and have an enjoyable day!

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