Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I can’t believe it’s the end of October already! My goodness.

And tomorrow, Nano begins.

I may already give the boot to one of the N3s, who seemed to fit the criteria at the beginning, and suddenly is non-responsive. I sent a last-chance mail today – I’ve got a waiting list for slots, and if this one’s not going to meet the requirements of the group (write every day, don’t whine, and communicate), I’ve got a whole long waiting list of those who will. Next!

Hey, the kind of mentoring this group gets usually goes for $100/hour in this neck of the woods, and, considering how much time I devote to them gratis in November, they’re getting between $700-$1000/week worth of mentoring. So when I ask for a response on something, they can give it!

Yesterday was reasonably productive. I spent a lot of time working on the Helena Francis mystery outline. I think it’s in pretty decent shape. There were some huge holes when I started; I think I’ve come up with some solution. I do think, however, that I’ll end up cutting a good portion of the first draft and rewriting with more exciting scenes. But I need to set it all out chronologically, step-by-step, before I know where to tweak. The first two thirds and the end are pretty strong; it’s the part leading up to the end that needs work, and I hope it will strengthen as I keep working.

I completed the work for Confidential Job #1, and I posted some writing services ads on Craigslist – we’ll see how those work. Probably the silliest thing I could do is post ads going into Nano, but I’d like to pick up some quick turnaround, decently paying assignments (which I doubt I can cull from Craigslist) during Nano. We’ll see, though. Maybe I’ll get a pleasant surprise.

I have to dash into the city for a few hours. Hopefully, it will be a quick turnaround. I’ve got a good bit of writing to get done, and I have to prepare for tonight!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!


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  1. Nano time! I can’t believe it. I actually feel prepared this time around. Let the fun begin!

  2. Revved and ready to go! I’m surprised at that MIA N3, though. Their MAJOR loss!

    Happy Halloween!

  3. Have a wonderful Halloween, too! And, maybe the more writing the merrier? Who knows… But, best of luck with starting NaNo tomorrow!

  4. Best of luck with NaNo.

    Have a great Halloween, too!

  5. Have a great day, too, Devon! And $100 an hour – not bad income 🙂

  6. Happy Halloween! Wishing you the Best of Luck for Nano!

  7. Happy Halloween! Wishing you the Best of Luck for Nano!

  8. Good November morning, Devon,

    It’s NaNo time! I trust you will get your N3s all in a row.

    I’m up and down the last few days– dealing with severe fatigue –BUT, I got 257 NaNoWords down around 2am this morning, took another nap, fixed and finished a good breakfast, took my vits, and am off for a large Cappacinno!

    Happy Coaching & Nanoing!

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