Monday, November 24, 2008


Monday, November 24, 2008
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold

There’s a press release making the rounds about TOO MUCH MISTLETOE:

Of course, I hope you all want to read the actual piece, too and not just the press release! 😉

Yesterday was a DAY, let me tell you.

Had to get out a stack of unpleasant business-related correspondence – icky, but necessary, and, of course, took longer than I wished.

Wandered up to the CVS in walking distance to pick up a few things. They’re so darned rude I can barely stand shopping there, and try to avoid it unless I have no other choice. They didn’t have everything I needed, so I got what I could and then walked across town to a local mom-and-pop shop which I hoped would have the rest. They did, and they’re always fun to talk to, so it was all good.

Wandered back through the main street of my town, which was closed off for some sort of holiday fair, with lots of inflatable slides and games for kids, some vendors, stilt walkers, carolers, and people dressed in snowman and reindeer costumes, poor things. It was cute; I just wasn’t in the mood.

Came back, took care of a few things, was startled by the phone and accidentally dripped nail polish remover in my eye. Don’t ask, it’s a situation that doesn’t even make sense to me. If you’ve never done it, I suggest keeping it that way. Hurts like hell and doesn’t wash out easily. Kept putting drops in my eyes to soothe them every half hour or so for the rest of the day.

Made the cappuccino brownies. The recipe is a pain in the ass. It’s not hard, but it has a lot of steps, and not all the steps are explained correctly. I wound up doing a good deal of notating, so I’ll do it right the first time on the next go-round. But it’s one of the best recipes I’ve ever made – almost as good as the brownie recipe I developed myself – so I guess spending nearly three hours making brownies occasionally is worth it. I may use the whipped cappuccino topping on other things as well, because it’s REALLY good.

Lots of stories and characters are clamoring for attention in my head, so I have to get things sorted out. Got a rejection on a piece that was disappointing, but oh, well. If it’s not the right fit, it’s not the right fit, right? On to the next name on the list. Actually, I think I’m going to wait until the New Year to resubmit – I thought of a couple of things I want to tweak, with more of a big picture view.

Re-reading Alexandra Johnson’s LEAVING A TRACE, an excellent book for writers. Although it’s primarily about journal-keeping techniques, she also talks about using the journal material to craft fiction, and many of her techniques are great for things like silencing the censor. My ways of using the journal for fiction are a little different (as anyone who’s taken my workshop JOURNAL INTO FICTION knows), but I find her suggestions fascinating and useful beyond the journal-into-fiction process.

If you haven’t checked out the new releases I have, the Nina Bell holiday mystery “Too Much Mistletoe” and the first Penny’s Dreadfuls release, “The Ramsey Chase”, scroll on down to the posts from the past weekend for the details.

Slow morning on the mystery. I was distracted, and wound up writing under 1000 words. However, I hit a good stopping point, a cliff hanger, so I stopped. It gives me a good place at which to pick it up tomorrow.

Lots of hearth-and-home errands to do today, getting stuff out of storage, going to several stores, baking for the holidays (yes, more baking, but this time it’s for other people), and cooking a stew I’m bringing up for my great-uncle.

And then, it’s back to the page, and finishing the assignment for Confidential Job #1. I want to get it out and invoiced today. I also have to get the deadlines for December sorted – there are a lot of them.

Spent a lot of time last night musing about The Big Project, to which I will return after Nano. Because that really needs to get done.


Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 55,995 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 55,995 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

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Devon’s Bookstore:

NEW! Too Much Mistletoe A Nina Bell Holiday Mystery by Devon Ellington. Nina Bell is back! Still trying to make a living in the New York theatre world of the 1990s, she’s trying to figure out which is the bigger mystery – a college friend’s disappearance, or her ever-complicated love life, as every man she meets wants to hang mistletoe over her head. Read an excerpt here and purchase the story for only $2.99 USD here .

NEW! “The Ramsey Chase” A Remarkable Adventure of Cornelia True and Roman Gray By Devon Ellington
Meet the adventurous Cornelia True of Bodwin’s Ferry, whose life changes forever when “fixer” Roman Gray lands naked in her petunias, and they combine forces to track down a serial killer determined to murder thirteen women in thirteen months for their blood, with his latest victim right there in Bodwin’s Ferry!
Only $1.49 USD for this 10K adventure, the very first Penny’s Dreadfuls release! Read an excerpt of the adventure here.
Purchase the story here.

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“The Possession of Nattie Filmore: A Jain Lazarus Adventure” by Devon Ellington. If you loved HEX BREAKER, you’ll love spending time with Jain and Wyatt as they try to solve a haunted house mystery. Read an excerpt of the story and download it free 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.

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If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you could survive National Novel Writing Month, this is the handbook for you! Ideas on preparations, setting goals, overcoming blocks, pushing yourself, tips for each day of the process, and ideas for going beyond, this handbook by veteran Nano-er Devon Ellington will help you survive. Best of all, it’s free! Download it here.
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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.

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. Nail polish? In your eye? The worst I’ve managed to get in my eye was spray-on anti-perspirant (that’s a real bitch to remove!). I’m dying to hear the story, though I have a few scenarios that make perfect sense. ;))

  2. I really want to know how the nail polish remover got in your eye, but I won’t ask. 😉

  3. Ouch nail polish remover in your eye doesnt sound good at all, and exactly like something my sis would do lol.

    I need to check out your books. I haven’t had a chance to but will do it soon.

  4. Serious ouch on the nail polish remover in the eye thing. Yikes!

  5. Hmmm, seems others are enchanted as I am about the little nailpolish story tucked in the middle of your post. : )

  6. I can’t fathom how you got nail polish remover in your eye, but hope there is no lasting problem.
    the cappaccino brownies sound delicious! You have more patience than I in the kitchen. *g*
    Still sending HUGS you way, take care and stay warm.

  7. Wow. That beats the cajun shrimp in my eye, hands down. Hope you’re feeling better, and congrats on the press release!

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