Friday, November 21,2008

Friday, November 21, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

It snowed yesterday, which cheered me up, especially since I didn’t have to go out in it! It was just flurries, but it was fun.

Yesterday was tough. The shock of the death wore off, and the reality set in. It comes in waves – I’m okay for awhile, until I’m not. Spoke with the family up in Maine; they’re looking forward to having us come up next week. We’re all relieved that my grandmother is no longer suffering, but it’s a big hole in all our lives.

You know it’s not a good day when I get into a cleaning frenzy! 😉

I got the next assignment from Confidential Job #1, which I plan to do this weekend, so I can invoice them before the holidays!

I spent most of the day revising and designing both “The Ramsey Chase” and the Nina Bell Christmas Story, which is now entitled “Too Much Mistletoe”. “The Ramsey Chase” is within a whisker of going up – I hope to get it up today or tomorrow – the first official Penny’s Dreadful release! I’m excited. The cover photo is something I took in Cornwall when I visited a few years back, and I think it fits the mood well. It’s a fun piece, and I hope everyone enjoys it.

Which means I have to start the first Mick Feeney adventure today or tomorrow! 😉

I had a good morning’s work on the mystery today, cracking 50K. The temptation is to stop, but that’s just going to drag everything else down. What I can do is now push less, drop back to a saner 1500 words/day instead of pushing for the 2500. But now I’m in the rhythm of the piece, so maybe I’ll keep it up. I have to play it all by ear. I’ve got so many deadlines coming up in December and January that I have to stay on track. I’m not complaining; I just want to find a sane way to get it all done.

Off to the city for some errands this morning, then back to deal with some business correspondence and back to the page.


Untitled Helena Francis Mystery –50,179 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meter
50 / 50

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 50,179 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
50 / 75

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Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
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Published in: on November 21, 2008 at 8:21 am  Comments (13)  
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  1. Congrats on winning NaNo!

  2. Soon as I saw your emergency message the other day I thought it must be to do with your grandmother. I’m so sorry for you all, but as you say, at least she is no longer suffering. I hope the Thanksgiving dinner turns into a celebration of her life and isn’t too solemn for you all, although I’m sure it will be emotional.

    Congratulations on hitting your nano target. I really will try to join in next year.

    The quilting project you’re going to work on during the winter? Is it hand quilting or machine quilting? I’d love to do some quilting but gave my sewing machine away to someone who now does all of my soft furnishing quicker than I did it and free of charge too. I told her to practice her machine quilting for when she does my bedspread in the future … but I’d like to try hand quilting and don’t know what the limitations of that are.

  3. So glad (and envious) you had snow. It’s cheering, isn’t it?

    Sympathies with everything else. It’s really, really tough when the reality sets in.

  4. We lost my gramma a few days before Christmas. I swear that was the toughest holiday – she WAS the holidays; always cooking, always smiling, always with the best gifts.

    My Nano went down the crapper when this stupid project came bouncing back. I’ll pretend next month is Nano month. :))

  5. Congrats on winning Nano. Again, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  6. I’m way behind on blog reading, Devon, but I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. She may be gone from this earth, but the blessed memories will live on in your heart. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Congrats on “winning” NaNo.

  8. Sorry to hear of your grief, Devon. Stay strong, and maybe your writing and yoga will help!

    • I feel so much happier now I udesnrtand all this. Thanks!

  9. Coffee cup salute for winning your Nano goal! d:)

  10. Congratulations on completing Nano! And, still, Hugs.

  11. Sometimes that cleaning frenzy can be highly therapeutic, can’t it?

  12. Devon, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I’m sending all the good thoughts I have to you and your family, especially during this holiday season.

    Lots of love and hugs to you. I am in awe of how much you are still able to accomplish even in this difficult time.

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