Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

First of all, some awesome news: The second Jain Lazarus book, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, went to contract last night. Woo-hoo! The editor asked me to make a few changes, which actually mean expanding on a few things, which makes me happy – I was trying to keep it lean, and she wants more, so that will be a pleasure.


If you’d like to read the blurb, hop onto the Jain Lazarus website. It should be on the “home” page – if not, hit “refresh” and it comes up!

That means I darned well better get “The Possession of Nattie Filmore” up and soon, and get back to work on the third novel, from Billy’s POV! (But I’ll wait until I’ve done the next pass on OFDW so I don’t muddy the voices).

The Western has to take priority over the next couple of weeks, because the first draft needs to be done before Nano (if I’d stayed on track, the first draft would have been finished today) and the Big Project also has to stay in the forefront.

I did a lot of work on the cozy outline last night, which now has a working title of DEAD WELL DREAMS. Sounds a bit like a Western instead of a cozy, but I’ll start with that title and see what it evolves into.

I got a rejection from a magazine that kind of makes me shrug. The last piece they took from me I didn’t think suited them, but they liked it. This I thought was right up their alley and they didn’t. Whatever. Move to the next on the list.

I have to get out the work for Confidential Job #1 today, and take care of a bunch of business.

Drafted a press release last night that will go out today and throughout the week, as I develop my media list a bit more. I also have to update the websites with the new information.

Spent a lot of time online doing the final exercise critiques for my students. If I do the conference again next year, I’m going to have a posting cutoff for mid-afternoon my time for the last day. I was still up at 11 PM doing critiques. I’m sure after a few hours, I will fill the lack-of-conference void today. Or maybe I’ll just have post-conference hangover!

I had an anxiety dream about the show Saturday into Sunday – that I couldn’t get back to the theatre after dinner break. Ridiculous.

Okay, fingers crossed that the next few weeks will be as LUCRATIVE as they are busy.

Decent morning’s work on The Big Project. The work I did on this chapter is more for me than material that will stay in the final draft, but I needed it in order to get to the next section. It’s not as strong as I’d like, so in the next draft, I’ll have to fix it. But I needed it in there for now. And I forgot to add a scene that I need to go back and insert tomorrow.

I wish I’d really written out the outline for this instead of just spinning it out in my head. I think I have to make some notes, or I’ll lose my way in between juggling all these projects, and there’s too much at stake with this one for that to happen.

I have to post on the Nano board that all my N3 slots are full. I accepted a couple more than I planned to this year, but it’s still a tight, workable, carefully chosen group. I hate to exclude anyone, but I need to protect the work and those who are already slotted in first.


The Big Project – 17,694 words out of est. 75,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
17 / 75

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:


  1. That is excellent news about your second book in the Jain Lazarus series. Woo Hoo!

    Sounds like you also have a full and productive writing schedule.

    Have a good Monday.

  2. EXCELLENT news! Congrats, sugar. That first one was mighty entertaining. I’m itching to read #2!

  3. I’m so happy for you, sweetie! And I can’t wait to read it!

    Also, my fingers are CROSSED! Lucrative is always good…


  4. Congrats on you sale! WOOHOO!

  5. Dang, you are one busy writer! On writing from an outline, I can highly recommend First Draft in 30 Days:

  6. Congratulations! That is SUPER news and you so deserve it!

  7. Hey there, Devon! Hey, THANKS for trying to leave a comment on the CWIM blog… : ) you are a supportive and wonderful writer friend. I love your word countdown, and the DAY an editor wants me to change anything… that will be a tearfully happy one! Talk soon, Devon, and take very good care of your creative self.

  8. Congratulations on JL2! And I’ll be sending good thoughts for a lucrative time for you!

  9. Excellent! Yay for Jain and you! d:))

  10. Thrilled for you dearest! cant wait to get my book!

  11. Congrats on your contract!! Especially about adding more to your story. What writer wouldn’t want that?? 🙂

  12. Whoo-hoo! Congratulations on the new contract and good luck with it.

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