Friday, October 24, 2008

Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

If you want to read an excerpt from “The Possession of Nattie Filmore”, the new Jain Lazarus story, visit the Excerpts page on the Jain Lazarus website.

If you’d like to read some of my exploits, there are press releases making the rounds here and here.

Good news: My play with the Cloverleaf Theatre opens on January 17, 2009.

Sad news: The Broadway show on which I’m working closes January 18, 2009.

Yeah, I got to be there last night, after the closing announcement was made. Gee, I get all the fun nights, y’know? 😉 Yes, it’s sad, but, at the same time, every show closes sometimes, and I’m glad they told us three months ahead of time. They’re only required to let us know a week or two in advance. I’ve been on some shows where it was week-to-week. So, for the cast members, it’ll be a roller coaster, but it’s also an opportunity for new creative risks.

Worked on the rewrite for “The Possession of Nattie Filmore’.

Had to do a website dance, because my host wants to charge me double for the additional sites (yeah, I can have 200 subdomains, but I can only build 5 sites without additional charge). So, instead of having its own subdomain, “The Merry’s Dalliance”, for now, will just have its own page on Cerridwen’s Cottage (when I get the chance to design it), and a new project has its own subdomain. I even designed the logo for it – a very rough drawing. I wanted it to be very rough, so I could use something I actually sketched myself (because sketching is not my strong point).

The one and only photo editing program that’s ever worked on this frigging computer has vanished from the program list. And the disk is missing from the disk box, too. So I had to figure out how to outsmart the programs I have.

Why can’t the basic photo program just let you crop and change size or do other edits? It’s ridiculous. Oh, wait, because it’s Microsoft, and their policy is to bleed their customers dry.

I figured out a round about way to do it, but it took awhile.

Got my next assignment from Confidential Job #1, so I’ll get started on that today. Still haven’t written those two articles, but hey, they still haven’t answered my question about deadlines.

Another show tonight.

And I want to do another revision on “Nattie Filmore” and work on the cover. And hope it converts properly.

I also have to prep for tomorrow’s Breeders’ Cup. I’m way behind.


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. You might want to use IRFanview for your photo editing. It is a free program, good for looking at photos and pretty easy to do basic cropping/editing. Also it is very good for changing the size of graphics to make them small enough for website use. Just my $.02.

  2. Chris, thank you so much! I will try it!

  3. Sorry about the show, but there will always be more! Here’s hoping you can catch up this weekend!

    I swear, Microsoft implants a little “ticking time bomb” code in their software so it will stop working after an allotted time–and then you HAVE to buy something else of theirs. It’s a conspiracy theory I have. 😉

  4. Good news on getting a date for your play! The timing is interesting, coinciding with the play your working on closing.
    Wishing you a good day!

  5. I’ve had the same complaint about the photo editing software. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of buying extras. I’m sick of having to learn a new process every damn time they upgrade or add something. I’m sick of MS programs that are NOT compatible with each other.

    I’m generally sick of Microsoft.

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