Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

A couple of guest blog posts are up.

There’s an interview with me on Writing the Danger:

And a guest blog up on retaining the Joy in your writing on Writing the Cyber Highway:

I hope you stop by and drop a comment on both!

Adventures!

I haul two loads of laundry down four flights of stairs to the building’s basement, toss them in the machines, add the soap, put in the money, slide it home. The machine eats the money and doesn’t start. I kicked it; didn’t help.

So I called the temp super, who fixed it with some sort of magic, and I got my laundry done. Unfortunately, the dryer’s acting up, so hot I burned my hands taking the clothes out, which makes me worry something could catch fire.

I completed an interview and wrote two guest blog posts. I also did some rewrites on a novella-length piece – yes, Nina Bell fans, she is coming back! So stay tuned.

Did some other business stuff, and that was the day. It zoomed by pretty quickly.

This morning’s work on the mystery was tough, and I’m a little under where I’d like to be. I usually hit 50K around the 18th or 19th (last year I hit it on the 13th, but I was on fire), but this year I won’t. As long as it’s done by Thanksgiving, right?

I was also looking at desktop publishing programs. Nitro PDF does not meet my needs; I’m in search of something that does. I won’t be able to get it until after the first of the year, but at least I can do my research now. So far, I’m leaning towards PagePlus.

I’ve got to get some stuff out of storage – I’m getting out the Christmas decorations, and some important-to-me dishes and glassware. Usually, I don’t like starting too early for the holidays, but, for some reason, I’m having a great deal of time preventing myself from decorating for Yule already. I had hoped to be in my house by now, so I’m extremely disappointed in myself.

Back to the page.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 37,416 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
37 / 50
(74.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 37,416 words out of est. 75,000 words (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
37 / 75
(49.3%)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Long and Short Reviews sent me an exciting email to let me know that HEX BREAKER is in the running as “Best Book” for this past week. It’s a poll, and voting is only open today and tomorrow. If you get a chance, please go here:

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/LASR/recentrev.htm
and vote for me! (If you liked the book, of course, if you don’t have a book in the running, or if you don’t have a friend whose book you’d like to vote for).

It was nice to come back to that email, let me tell you, because yesterday was quite a day.

Chase gets yet another Middle Finger Award. ‘Nuff said. I have a distinct feeling it will get yet another of those rewards today, too.

Metro North was late – as usual. And the conductors are too damned stupid to figure out if doors are open or closed, so, please, just send them back to kindergarten and let five and six year olds who have some common sense run the railroads.

Manhattan was full of fashion disasters yesterday. One was a girl of about ten, who can be forgiven. She wore red and black plaid shorts with a red sweater and tights. Okay, not too bad. Except that the tights had a black and white checkerboard pattern that fought with the plaid in the shorts rather than complimented it. Even at age ten, she couldn’t pull it off.

Then, there was the woman in her thirties. Healthy figure, not too big, not stick thin. But she wore a skirt in cobalt blue, black, and yellow plaid SATIN, above the knee, that fell in ruffled tiers. Now, it was just shy of being a mini-skirt, so probably 14-20 inches from waist to hem. And it had FIVE tiers. I counted ‘em. It wouldn’t have suited a beanpole, much less a human being. It was paired with thick black tights, a blunt, flat boot, and a baggy cardigan sweater. And her friend, a few years younger, wore a mini dress in sparkling horizontal blue and gold stripes. Really not attractive. If it was for an evening event, paired with navy sheer stockings, a bit of a heel, and some simple jewelry, she could have pulled it off. But in the middle of the day, worn with clunky black opaque tights, flat UGGS, and a bulky, unattractive man’s varsity-style jacket she probably wore to tell the world that yes, she IS having sex – it didn’t work. I hope they lost a bet or something and hadn’t chosen those outfits! And I found it hard to believe that they were coming home from the previous night at 11 in the morning – if that was the case, they’d be cabbing it, not strolling up Fifth Avenue smoking menthol cigarettes!

They just didn’t have enough individual charisma to pull it off. There are those who could have looked like they were marching to a very unique fashion drummer, but not these two. Individually, the pieces weren’t all that bad (except, in my opinion, the plaid satin skirt), but the way they were put together didn’t work.

Came back home, ran some errands, visited my friend in her new place, cooked dinner, and had a quiet evening.

Woke up around 5 this morning after dreaming that I was doing some work with Vice President Elect Joe Biden. I mean, I know I’m enthusiastic about this new administration and all, but that’s a little ridiculous!

I’m at the struggling point in Nano, which I usually hit between 30-40K. Urgh. A struggle, even though I have a good idea where I’m going. But I just push through.

I heard from my editor and we seem to have worked things out. I’ll know by the end of next week. I’m little leery at this point.

Don’t forget, I’m on the radio tomorrow at 4 PM EST:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kims

Back to the page.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 35,044 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
35 / 50
(70.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 35,044 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
35 / 75
(46.7%)

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.

Free limited download
“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.

Back By Popular Demand!
30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
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.
Limited time offer


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:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and chilly

Thanks so much for bringing the review to my attention! I had no idea that HEX BREAKER had been reviewed by Long and Short Reviews.

There’s also an excerpt up for “The Ramsey Chase”, the first Cornelia True/Roman Gray adventure.

Hopefully, that whets your appetite for the whole story!

Busy day yesterday, with lots of busy-ness and business, but it will all be fine. Chase gets yet another Middle Finger Award (I think they’re going for the world record). I don’t even want to go into it, I just want these banks held accountable for fucking up regularly and screwing their customers up various portions of their anatomy whenever possible.

Oh, and gee, that bailout package that the Treasury Secretary swore was necessary to get credit flowing? Turns out the banks aren’t flowing credit, they’re hoarding it and/or using it to give the executives who got us into this mess more bonuses. In other words, Mr. Treasury Secretary, the facts have NOT changed, as you claim – you implemented a stupid idea that the people of this country didn’t want because we’re all smart enough to KNOW it’s a stupid idea, you lied to Congress about accountability, and now we’ve all seen how it DOESN’T WORK. Why isn’t this guy being kicked to the curb? Oh, yeah, friend of Bush’s, so for the next 60 days or so, he can continue to destroy the country economically.

Got a bunch of books mailed off for BookMooch people, which was good.

Went up to Somers to visit long-time family friends, which was lovely, although the drive in the rain in unfamiliar territory was challenging.

Got yet another vague email from an editor who owes me a payment that has all sorts of excuses and apologies, but nothing about payment, so I sent an email that was an only slightly more diplomatic version of “s— or get off the pot.” This money was budgeted, I’ve been left dangling for SIX MONTHS, you either want it or you don’t, tell me and either pay me or don’t, but stop this nebulous maybe sometime honoring the contract in the future. Pay me or reject the piece. Not that I could ever use it for anything else, but, at this point, I honestly don’t care. The frustration level isn’t worth it.

This is why, if you ever see a clause that states “pays on acceptance”, you must, must MUST add a clause putting a time limit on said acceptance, or you can be kept dangling for years. Learn from my mistake! Also, when the contract says “pays on publication”, negotiate an actual date.

Really, was there enough yoga to calm me down last night? I don’t think so!

On a happy note, I will be on Kim Smith’s radio show this Sunday night, 4 PM EST, 3 PM CST, and here’s the URL:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kims

I will also appear on The League of Extraordinary Paranormal Women’s radio show on December 11 – but don’t worry, I’ll remind you again. AND, Long and Short Reviews, who gave HEX BREAKER such a nice mention, will also run an interview with me; as soon as I have the date, I’ll post it.

I’ve got to hop into the city quickly, run errands when I get back out, and get back to the page. I’ve hit my Week 2 Wall of Resistance in Nano – urgh. Barely got out 1500 words this morning.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery — 32,487 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
32 / 50
(64.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery –32,487 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
32 / 75
(42.7%)

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.

Free limited download
“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.

Back By Popular Demand!
30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
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.
Limited time offer


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:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Full Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Don’t you just love it when unpublished writers tell you what you’re doing wrong in running your writing business? Geez louise, people, if I wasn’t doing something right, I’d still be in a job I hate, just like the ones who tell me in the most strident tones what I’m doing wrong and why I’ll never “make it.” Make what, exactly? A living? Already doing that, although it’s still paycheck to paycheck. Make the fame roster? Made the choice not to join that ages ago, when I saw what fame did to so many actors with whom I’ve worked. There’s always room for improvement, but I’m on the right path.

I’m not saying that any comment by an unpublished writer is irrelevant. That, of course, is not true. Readers have perfectly valid comments about what does and does not work, content-wise (and the loyal ones stick by me even when I try something that doesn’t work, bless them). However, those outside the biz (be it writing or theatre or whatever) really can’t speak to the nuts and bolts of what it’s like to live inside it until they’ve been there, any more than I can speak to the nuts and bolts of living as a doctor or an astronaut or some profession in which I haven’t immersed myself in order to write about it! 😉

And telling me that what I do is “wrong” when I pay my bills with it and the speaker can’t even get a letter to the editor published . . .time for a big eye roll, rude as it is.

I had an interesting adventure yesterday. I went to Costco for the first time in my life. My friend has a card, and we went together, since I’d never been and needed binders. I wound up buying all kinds of interesting things: a case of 48 cans of cat food, lots and lots of chicken soup, an 800-sheet ream of paper, my binders, enormous jugs of cranberry juice, crackers – I stuck to my budget, but I could have bought a lot more! I have limited storage space where I currently live, but when I move – I just may join a place like that and buy in bulk. For certain items, it makes a lot of sense. Because let’s face it, you can never have too much toilet paper or too many cans of cat food.

I’m still on that knife-edge, not sure if I’m getting sick or not. It’s the achy, fatigued, scratchy-everything, but don’t really feel that bad phase, and it’s boring the heck out of me.

Lost most of the afternoon and evening writing sessions due to computer problems. I need to get back on track today, because I have some questions to get out to interviewees, and I’ll be writing a guest blog post for Writing the Cyber Highway in the near future. AND, I’ll be on Kim Smith’s radio show on Sunday, November 16 – I’m pretty sure it’s at 4 PM EST, 3 PM CST. I’ll post times and urls tomorrow.

Back to the day.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 30,947 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
30 / 50
(60.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 30,947 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
30 / 75
(40.0%)

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.

Free limited download
“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.

Back By Popular Demand!
30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
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.
Limited time offer


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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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I’m glad I took a day off yesterday. I’m fighting off a little something, not sure what, and taking yesterday off meant that, if it hits, it won’t hit too hard (I hope), whereas if I’d pushed, I’d be down for the count indefinitely.

I got some business stuff done, but mostly just too it easy, unwound from the days at the theatre, and figured out where to go from here.

I got back into the mystery this morning, hit my quota, got out the daily email, etc. I’ve got some errands to run, and then it’s back to the page.

I’m not going to push too hard at all this week; I’m just going to see how I feel each day and respond. I’m okay, deadline wise – not as far ahead as I’d like, but not so far behind that I need to panic. So, I’ll take care of myself and try to avoid running myself down.

Off to run some errands, and then it’s back to the page.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 28,312 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
28 / 50
(56.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 28,312 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
28 / 75
(37.3%)

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.

Free limited download
“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.

Back By Popular Demand!
30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
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.
Limited time offer


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:

Published in: on November 12, 2008 at 8:30 am  Comments (13)  
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold
Veteran’s Day

I’m giving myself the day off today from writing. I’m not overly tired (slept in this morning, in spite of the cats), I feel fine. I just want a day off, and, since I’m where I need to be on Nano, I don’t have to stress about that. Although I’m a little behind on some of my other deadlines, nothing is in serious jeopardy yet, and taking a day off to recharge – while I’m still feeling good, instead of waiting until I’m totally depleted – will, I think, be a good choice.

Looking back at previous Nanos, I usually give myself a day off around now.

I’m in the process of cleaning up links. Of course, the people who are worried are the ones who are regular visitors, and whom I regularly visit, so don’t worry!

I deleted one particular site in a fit of pique on Saturday night, and felt as though a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. The person who runs this site considers it networking to “allow” visitors to comment, doesn’t respond to emails (“too busy”), publicly wails anytime said site is criticized, and plays nasty jokes on people. In addition to all of that, the site discriminates, in my opinion, claiming to support a wide-ranging profession, when, in fact, it’s geared to a small, specific cadre. That’s fine, it’s your site, do whatever the heck you want, but don’t be hypocritical about it, and don’t pretend you’re generous when you’re not. Ultimately, in addition to feeling there was enormous hypocrisy involved, I also found the site no longer met my needs – the reasons beyond networking that the site touts as its mission. Add that frustration to what I consider hypocrisy, and it simply isn’t worth the time. Why hop onto a site that only makes you feel angry, frustrated, and screwed? Buh-bye! I’ve been frustrated for months, when the release to it all was simply to not engage. So that was an important lesson, and I’m actually in the process of deleting several sites I enjoy, but which do not reciprocate, from my list.

Yesterday was a long darned day at the theatre, but I had a blast. Not only did I get to work with some actors I’ve admired for a long time (some of them, literally, for decades, true Legends of the Theatre), but I met a bunch of new people, and a lot of the crew were people I’d worked with years ago and not seen lately. It was old home week. There was a lot to do – I wound up primarily dressing the lead of the show. Even though it was a reading, which means they carried their scripts – the woman had quick changes. But she’s sweet and bright and lovely, we connected right off, she trusted me to figure out how to do the change, remembered everything I told her, and, when an extra change was tossed at us during the performance, we figured it out. I had six people on my side of the stage, although my primary focus was the female lead with all the changes. Almost everyone was lovely and low-key about it all, glad to know someone was there if they needed something, but not particularly demanding or high-maintenance.

The reading was of a film script of a famous film that starred Bette Davis. I had seen it years ago and enjoyed it, but, listening to it yesterday, I forgot how funny much of it is. Now, I have to go back and rent it.

All in all, it was a lovely day, and I’m glad I was included.

I got home around midnight, puttered around for a bit (too wired to go to sleep).

I’m sure I’ll wind up writing something today, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself. I have some research to do and questions to get out for a series of interviews I’m doing the second week in December on A Biblio Paradise, but, other than that, I’m finally in a position where I can take a day off “just because.”

Devon

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Hex Breaker got another great review, this time from Simply Romance Reviews.

The shows were fine yesterday, Metro North was a nightmare, as usual, and I’m tired. I’m turning around to go back and work this star-studded reading today. Oh joy, oh rapture.

I got my daily quota done on Nano, and the daily email out. I’ve dropped the dead weights in the group and am filling the slots with people from the waiting list, and a couple of people who just found out about the group. Ten days is more than enough time to expect those who were dropped to step up to the plate. They broke the agreement, they don’t have the courtesy to discuss it, they’re out.

Off to shower, have something to eat, and head back to the theatre for another fourteen hour day.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery — 25,763 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
25 / 50
(50.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 25,763 words out of 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
25 / 75
(33.3%)

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.

Free limited download
“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.

Back By Popular Demand!
30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
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.
Limited time offer


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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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Well, I did a bunch of stuff yesterday, but not necessarily what I was supposed to. Isn’t that often the way?

I worked on the mystery, and then I did some work on “The Ramsey Chase”. I’m making good progress on it, although not as fast as I’d like. However, I don’t want this last section and the ending to feel rushed. That will cheat the reader. And since I want them to enjoy Cornelia and Roman for many adventures to come . . .I need to make sure it’s clever enough to hook the readers and make them want more. The overall theme is a little darker than I expected, but the actual piece itself manages to be retro, futuristic, and comedic all at once.

I rearranged a bunch of stuff in living room, which made it look more chaotic, not less, at least temporarily (that always depresses the heck out of me); hauled a bunch of stuff to storage, brought back some huge cushions someone gave me a million years ago that I used to pile on the floor in order to watch TV. They’re now on the couch, replacing the old, wonky pillows. I cut back some plants – okay, seriously, some sort of citrus plant – can’t remember if it’s a lemon or a tangerine, but I grew it from seeds of the fruit I bought at the grocery store – is now about five feet tall and has BARK, so I was pruning it. Rearranged some bookcases and got a bunch off books off the floor and onto shelves. Got out the leather conditioner and revived two leather jackets that have been in storage since 2001 (I gave a third away). Found a small end table that needed a home and gave it one – I’ve got meditation symbols on it, and it’s beautiful. Got the cat condo out from the trunk of the car (where it’s rattled around for a month because I’m either hauling too much to get it up three flights of stairs, or, if I have nothing in the trunk, I forget). Figured out how to rearrange things to put up the Yule tree later this month. Make a big pot of ratatouille.

In other words, I did a lot that wasn’t writing!

The cats were NOT amused.

I forgot to mention that on Friday night, I helped my friend and her brother move a couch and an antique table to the new condo she bought. The condo’s great, absolutely adorable, and I’ll probably give her a hand in packing this coming week. But I’m sore!

I was ridiculously fatigued last night, ready for bed by 7:30; but if I’d done that, I’d have woken up a little after midnight and wound up being up for 24 hours straight right before a stressful Monday 14 hour+ day at the theatre, too. I don’t think so. I sat up and read instead.

Good morning’s work on the mystery. I hope to get a little bit done on “The Ramsey Chase” before I jump on the train.

Off to the theatre – two shows, fourteen hours, and my mind in a million other places with characters. Oh, well. I like the people, so it will all be good.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery: 23,246 out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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23 / 50
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Untitled Helena Francis Mystery: 23,246 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

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23 / 75
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

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Saturday, November 8, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and warm

Brenna Lyons was kind enough to post an interview with me on The Lyons’ Den Updated. Check it out here:

Lara asked yesterday how much I write on any given day. To keep up with current deadlines, I have to write between 5-7K per day. It’s not easy, and I don’t always get there, but I’m under deadline pressure and I’m taking any assignment tossed my way to make up for the crap clients who are late on payment.

Remember, this is my business, not my hobby. This is how I pay the bills.

And, because of those crap clients, all the bills are late this month, and it’s going to lower my credit rating.

So I will charge them for it.

All of these payments are per signed contracts. None of this is news to any of them.

One of the checks turned up last night, so that’s a relief. One down, three to track down.

I’m starting to go through my Links list. I’m going to delete links that don’t update regularly and/or don’t have me cross-linked. I don’t want to hear “I don’t have time to visit your blog” — if I’ve got time for you, I expect you to make time for me. InterNET is supposed to be InterACTIVE.

On the flip side, I bet there are some of you who are regular visitors who may even have me on your link lists, and I don’t know. If so, please drop a comment, so I can stop by your blog, add you to my links list, and start regular visits.

I’m trying to be super-organized today, because I have fourteen hour days at the theatre both tomorrow and Monday. I’m working on an all-star reading that’s taking place in the theatre on Monday –should be, um, interesting. If there’s anything I can write about it that doesn’t break confidences, I will do so on Tuesday.

Didn’t get as much other writing done yesterday as I wanted or needed.

But I got some organizational work done, and I’ve got a load of stuff to take to storage today, while bringing back some other stuff I need. This is the local storage, not the crap joint in the city.

Great morning’s work on the mystery. It flowed well, and it was hard to stop.

Have a great weekend!

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 20,404 out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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20 / 50
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Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 20,404 out of 75,000 (total goal)

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20 / 75
(26.7%)
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Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and mild

There’s some new over at A Biblio Paradise. We’ve got some exciting stuff coming up!

So, I was awakened at 5:20 this morning by the equivalent of an oversized leaf blower roaming up and down the street in front of the building. I was enraged. It is inexcusable that they do this kind of work at that hour.

It’s official. I’m mean. I got my Verizon bill for landline/DSL. On it was an offer for DSL service for 6 months free with a one-year contract (I’m month-to-month right now). I called them to get it set up, and was told the offer expired. Well, why the hell wasn’t the date on the bill? Why is the expiration date some big state secret? And, if they were actually interested in customer service, wouldn’t they have said, “Well, technically, the offer expired a couple of days ago, but we’ll set you up anyway.”? Instead, they did a bait-and-switch, trying to sell me more expensive phone service. I kept interrupting the guy to tell him to stop trying to sell me additional stuff, I knew why I was calling. It was ridiculous.

Middle Finger to Verizon.

Plus, it’s the second bait-and-switch they’ve pulled in a year, in addition to an outright lie about a promised credit from way back in the floods of 2006 that never materialized. I’m filing with the Attorney General’s office today.

Especially since the Optimum Triple Play seems more reliable and is a better price. I contacted them with some questions.

I researched a few other companies, too, but their price is comparable and the service doesn’t seem reliable. The DSL is fine, most of the time, but I don’t like bait-and-switch. And they’re trying to force people to switch to Fios, which really pisses me off.

I had a GREAT writing day yesterday, in spite of all this chaos. 4K on the Cornelia/Roman story, which I will get back to today and hopefully finish. I hope to have it ready for download by this weekend.

Still no sign of any of the checks. Time for me to send out invoices with late fees. If my bills are late and get late fees attached, they will be paid by those clients who caused it. I’m not arguing about it, I’m billing them, and, if they balk, I’ll take them to small claims court. And I’m breaking with a long-term publisher, because, for the last few years, I’ve had to fight for my money whose terms are clearly stated in the contract. Enough already. I’m done. And I’m letting the head honcho of the company know, in no uncertain terms, exactly why I’m done. It’s a bridge I’ve decided to burn.

Good morning’s work on the mystery

I’m going to get the unpleasant business correspondence out of the way first, and then get back to the page.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 17,513 words out of 50,000 words (Nano goal)

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17 / 50
(34.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 17,513 words out of est. 75,000 (final goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
17 / 75
(22.7%)

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.

Free limited download
“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.

Back By Popular Demand!
30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
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.
Limited time offer


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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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and mild

In case you missed my interview on Writers and Authors, hop on over here and drop a comment. It was a lot of fun.

I was exhausted yesterday, completely wrung out. Happy and relieved, but wrung out.

AND, after a slow day on the mystery, Helena suddenly started talking in first person rather than third person. It freaked me out, but it flows so much better in first, so I’m going to follow my own advice and roll with it. It means rewriting the first four chapters quite a bit ONCE I’M FINISHED WITH THIS DRAFT, but I also feel as though I’ve found the key to unlock this book. This morning’s writing session was great.

Helena wants to tell the story herself, not have it told about her.

What I don’t have are ANY of the checks that have been due for the past few weeks, which means all my beginning of November bills are late and I am angry. I will bill those publications with late fees. This is ridiculous. It’s all clearly stated in the contract, it’s not “pay whenever you get around to it.”

I’m going to have to write some sternly-worded emails this morning, send some invoices with late fees, and then get back to the page.

I’m excited to re-join Cornelia and Roman. I think that piece will finally click again. I want to get it done this week.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 14,881 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
14 / 50
(28.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 14,881 words out of 75,000 words (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
14 / 75
(18.7%)

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.

Free limited download
“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.

Back By Popular Demand!
30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
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.
Limited time offer


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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We Interrupt the Celebrations . . .

. . .because an interview with me is up on Writers and Authors,
here.

Stop by and drop a comment!

Published in: on November 5, 2008 at 12:29 pm  Comments (4)  

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and chilly

I’m literally giddy with relief.

For the first time this morning, I woke up believing that I live in MY country, a democratic country run by the PEOPLE, real people with brains and hearts, not run, as it has been for the past eight years, by elitist, greedy special interests who count on the ignorant and the stupid to do their dirty work.

For the first time in eight years, I woke up feeling that I will be listened to. I won’t always get what I want, but my needs will be considered.

That’s incredibly different from George W. Bush coming out to speak to a rally (at which I was in attendance), saying to us, “I don’t care what you think.”

And that’s not just on the presidential level, but all those congress people and representatives who fought so hard when the Evil Developers tried to harass us all out of our homes – they got re-elected.

As one of the 47 million uninsured in this country (and you have no idea how angry I am at my own union for such a betrayal), I believe that, within a year or two, I will be able to afford health care. At this point, the only health care available to me costs more than rent.

As a freelancer, I believe that I will be able to build up my business in a thoughtful, logical manner over the next few years without being disenfranchised by special interest fat cats.

As a human being, I believe the first steps have been taken, at the insistence of the PEOPLE, towards a more unified country, instead of the divide we’ve seen for more than the past eight years. And I admit that Barack Obama had and has more faith in the general population than I did!

I am relieved that I will not have to ex-patriate for the next four years, and can live in my own country. (Note to self: the paperwork can be withdrawn).

I think Obama is far more centrist than many people believe, and some (even some who voted for him) will be disappointed. I think that’s what we need, someone who considers both sides of the question and comes to an equitable decision. I think he’s capable of getting individuals involved at every level, so that we don’t just sit back and go “do it for me” to the government, but remind the government that they are all our EMPLOYEES, and it is our will and our good for which they are employed. I think there will be a huge amount of positive change that will allow people to live their best lives without punishment, and the gap between the haves and have-nots will narrow. The more even the playing field is, the farther the country can go, both as individuals and as a country. The individual successes will make the country as a whole stronger.

I am exhausted and relieved, and, for the first time in years, hopeful.

Personally, I was originally concerned that Obama was too centrist, but the fact that he’s a humanist and had actual ideas, plans, and ways to implement them drew me to the campaign. And I think we need someone who’s able to see both sides, not just a knee-jerk reaction to the past eight years.

As a complete aside, the next time any of you go to the library, look in the reference section for the projects written during the Great Depression by the WPA or the Federal Writers’ Project. Writers were deployed all over the country via federal programs to gather stories and histories of the country. It’s some of the most fascinating writing about the country you will ever discover. I stumbled upon these volumes in the New York Public Library about ten years ago or so, when I was browsing for something else, and I was enthralled. It’s a shame these books are not used in social studies classes – they’re better than most textbooks.

On a writing note, I got very little done yesterday. I was too anxious about the election, and kept hopping online every two or three minutes to see what was going on, which was silly while the polls were still open. After supper, we were glued to the television until nearly 1 a.m. I was afraid to believe the victory; I was worried, when I woke up this morning, that something would have happened to reverse it.

Now, I can actually focus on making solid plans for my future and that of my family. My right to free speech is protected, as is my right to follow my spiritual beliefs, both of which I believe were in enormous jeopardy.

We were more than witnesses to history yesterday; we participated in it.

Back to the page.

Devon

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