Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I finished “The Possession of Nattie Filmore”, the Jain Lazarus short story, which isn’t anywhere near as short as I hoped. I wanted it to be 1500 words; it’s over 6000. But I promised you a free download in time for Halloween, and so you shall have it. I hope to have it designed and uploaded within the next few days. It’s a ghost story, it’s got Jain and Wyatt. There are also some new smart women in the piece, including medical examiner Diane Baker, who’s got her eye on Wyatt, and fellow detective Patty Brayne. I like surrounding Wyatt with strong women – he can hold his own!

My guest blog post will be up on Wild on Books on October 29, next Wednesday. I hope you’ll hop over and visit. They’re doing a month-long promotion.

Chase Bank gets yet another Middle Finger Award. Remember last week, when they pulled me out of line for all that personal attention and hand-carried my deposit to the teller, etc.? They never credited it to the account. I had to go into my local branch and request a trace. I had the receipt – but it was never posted. Not only do the majority of people who work in the NYC offices as “executives” spew misinformation every time they open their mouths, the tellers are sloppy. Hate them, hate them, hate them!

Worked on a story yesterday, but the Jain Lazarus piece wore me out. I’m also doing some website design (don’t faint now) for a new project which should launch in early November, amidst all the Nano insanity.

Got a press release out yesterday; have a few more to do. Got to get those e-books moving!

Not a word from the bums in the freelancer group who didn’t show up for the event, or from the office so eager to know how it went. One would think someone somewhere would at least send an apology or pretend to have an explanation. I’m well rid of them, that’s for sure.

I’ve got a couple of articles to write, some business correspondence to get out, and a lot of writing/editing/design work to handle today – AND I have a show tonight.

Better get to it.


The Big Project – 20,006 words out of est. 75,000

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20 / 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:

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  1. Seems you’re not the only one hating Chase – all those letters mailed to branch offices with a “powdery substance” enclosed…. they are not well loved. What’s upsetting is that financial institutions are hiring “go-getters” instead of hiring more intelligent executives (all companies are, really). I don’t feel my business is safe with anyone right now.

  2. Yeah, Lara, I heard about those letters. Ick. While I completely understand the anger, the problem with committing an act like that (in addition to being illegal) is that the people who get hurt tend to be the innocent ones opening the mail.

    I don’t advocate the choice of such violence in any case, and I think these acts end up harming the regular working members of the company rather than the ones who set defective policies, and there must be legal ways to go after the policy makers at the top, without putting anyone at that kind of risk.

  3. That is compltely unacceptable! Banks shouldn’t make errors like that! What a pain in the rear end for you.

    It sounds like you’ve got a busy day. May it be productive! The Jain story sounds like fun!

  4. Oops, first comment came from LORI, not LARA — sorry! Too tired — can’t see straight.

  5. Middle Finger Award. Like this. And unfortunately, it’s applicable to someone in my own writing life right now… Ugh. O well. We’ll carry on!

  6. You think places that handle money on a regular basis would require employees with BRAINS, but as recent news has taught us, Guess not.

    I hope things work out well for you.

  7. Ah, customer service and banks. Don’t get me started. 😉

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