Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Waning Moon
Rainy and cold

The whole coping thing is getting me down. Because I’m exhausted, and I’d like to have a few days where I don’t cope, but that isn’t going to happen any time soon. I knew I hit a rough patch when I got weepy in the grocery store around all the Thanksgiving fixings.

Busy day. Hauled a bunch of stuff out of storage, purged, repacked, consolidated. I have several boxes to take back today. Found some books I was looking for, including the letters between Edith Wharton and Henry James; I’m reading Hermione Lee’s Edith Wharton bio. Then, one of my Bookmooch books arrived – about Henry James! Perfect! I can wallow in that whole literary era.

Stopped by the mechanic and had him teach me all about changing the oil, checking the air pressure in the tires, and adjusting it. It’s stuff I need to know, not rely on others to always do for me, and I never learned how to do it on this car. Now I know. Now I can cope.

Cooked an enormous beef stew, enough to feed a slew of relatives in Maine later this week, because, with all the death stuff and the Thanksgiving planning, let’s face it, everyone’s exhausted. Baked three batches of brownies – the quick ones, not the cappuccino ones that take three hours to make! One batch is for the neighbor hosting a dinner tonight which I can’t attend; one is for the big dinner in Maine on Thursday, and the other is for us, because there was too much batter and not enough pans, so I used a wonky pan and it’s a sad-looking little batch, but it sure tastes good.

Found a bunch of yarn in one of the purged boxes; untangled that and re-rolled it, with help from the cats. Found a bunch of material, some of it a half-finished, really pretty skirt, so all that’s been washed.

Dealt with a bunch of business stuff.

Worked on the assignment from Confidential Job #1.

Got some more of the materials I need for the massive Holiday Gift making extravaganza that will begin this weekend. I just need one more thing, that I will pick up in Maine on Wednesday, and I’m good to go. Got the materials for my cousin’s present that I have to put together before I leave for Maine. Found a great deal on some holiday cards and bought enough so I don’t have to stress, and can get the overseas cards out this coming weekend. Christmas is happening this year, I am just being extremely creative about giving people cool, unusual stuff while keeping to a miniscule budget.

Still no check from that editor. I’m a fit to be tied, to use an old-fashioned expression.

Trying to figure out which of the blossoming story ideas are short forms, and which are novels.

Trying to figure out where I’ll hustle for work when I get back from Maine, because I have to make up the shortfall caused by the deadbeat clients.

Got a couple more press releases to get out.

It’s a lot.

Good morning’s work on the mystery. I uploaded the whole file, verified it, and got my winner’s certificate. I can’t download the badges for some reason – hopefully, it reproduced properly here. Because I’d kind of like to gloat for a few days. Okay, it didn’t work. I’ll just have to get over it, won’t I?

You won’t hear from me until Saturday morning, because I’m headed up to Maine for the big dinner/tribute.

Have a great holiday.


Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 58,180 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 58,180 words out of 75,000 (total goal)

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  1. I could’ve taught you the oil-change thing, hon. My car and yours are nearly identical (and probably are so underneath). The key is to know which way to turn that bolt – remember, lefty loosey, righty tighty. 😉

    Have a wonderful holiday yourself, Devon. I hope you and yours reminisce and share beautiful memories of your gramma. I’m like you – even now, nearly 20 years after she died, my gramma’s memory makes me weepy around the holidays.

  2. Have a great trip and holiday season. Enjoy being with the folks. It will be strange without her, but remember, it’s a celebration and a time to give thanks – for your grandmother’s life and that she’s no longer suffering. The food sounds fab.

  3. Sending hugs your way. And enjoy the yarn and skirt. It’s nice to find surprises tucked away.

  4. Have a wonderful time with your family, Devon. Allow yourself to grieve, too. It’s important.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Yes, have a great Turkey Day… and great baking! My specialy is brussel sprouts, oddly enough.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great trip and enjoy seeing your family. All the food sounds wonderful!

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  8. Enjoy the time with your family. Remembering the good times will bring you joy. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving, sweetie! I know it’s a bittersweet time for you, but you will have family around and those you love…which is the most important.


  10. Journey well Devon

    Did you see that I thanked the Muses and You on my blog?
    I won. Thanks so much for your wonderful support.

    Take very good care

  11. It sounds as though you’ve accomplished quite a bit. I know you’re tired of coping, but sometimes it’s all we can do. Enjoy your books. Please be safe when traveling and know that though you and your family miss your Grandmother, she is still with you, inside you. Love and hugs to you.

  12. Happy Thanksgiving, Devon. Celebrate your grandmother’s life and that will bring you joy. Sending hugs.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother, Devon. Time will heal it. One of my grandmother’s passed away in 2006. I just assumed that she’d be around a lot longer. Take care. 🙂

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