Monday, December 15, 2008

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Monday, December 15, 2008
Waning Moon
Cloudy and cool

Today’s featured author is Gloria Oliver, who uses fascinating premises for her young adult fiction. Brenda, Susan and PJ, I specifically thought you would enjoy the interview. Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise to learn about her work.

It was difficult to get going yesterday, but I finally managed it. I worked on the Christmas cards. I finished all the overseas cards, and then made it to the “S” list before running out of cards. Since I’d lent my car to my mom for the weekend, it wasn’t as though I could dash out and get more! So I’ll do that today and finish up the cards.

I didn’t get much work done on the gifts, so I have to concentrate on those today, too. I’d hoped the packages could go out today, but they have to go out tomorrow. Oh, well.

Finished the assignment for Confidential Job #2. Sent it off with the invoice.

Did some work for another client that was so irritating that the only antidote was so spend time reading Virginia Woolf’s journal.

That took up the whole day.

I’ve been working steadily on the Maine project, and I’ve got some work done on the Aunt Doris/Cassio Christmas story. In addition to the holiday stuff that needs to get done, I also have to get back to the OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK revisions.

In other words, a busy day. Let’s hope it’s also a happy one.

The newsletter should go out at some point today, so watch your box for it. If you’re not signed up for the newsletter, you can sign up here.

Devon

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Violet and Elsa

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold

Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise today and read all about Toni Sweeney’s wonderful work – her LAST ADVENTURES OF SINBAD SINGH makes my TBR pile!

Tired. Still don’t feel really well.

Did five loads of laundry yesterday. Unfortunately, my friend’s dryer conked out after two loads, so I brought three wet loads of sheets, towels, etc. home and have draped them all over the place. Not the prettiest of decorating, if I say so myself.

I worked diligently on the Christmas cards, and still only got about half-way through the M’s, so I have a great deal more work to do today. I want to finish the cards and get them out tomorrow, along with the packages.

Got home to intercept the mail carrier and receive a lovely box filled with things like stollen, mints, etc. – perfect holiday treats. Needless to say, I’m not waiting the week and change to dive into it!

Actually found something worth watching last night, on the Ion Channel – HOGFATHER, based on the Terry Pratchett novel. The novel is one of my all-time favorites. I think it’s one of the funniest and also piercing novels I’ve ever read. I have mixed feelings about the TV movie. The production design was gorgeous. Many of the actors were well cast, especially Michelle Dockery, who played Susan, and Marc Warren, who played Teatime. Their performances were beautifully detailed and nuanced. However, Pratchett’s dialogue is witty and sparkling – and this film was four hours long. The pace was dreadful. The images, the framing, the production design, the casting – all were wonderful. And although the jump cuts were jarring between scenes, the pace of the actual scenes was often dreadful. The scenes were directed as though intoning Shakespeare for those who weren’t bright enough to understand it, instead of the bright, sharp, staccato wit that Pratchett has in the book.

Having a hard time getting started this morning. I have more laundry to deal with – the stuff that’s dry gets to be put away, and the next set of wet stuff set out. Cards to write, the assignment for Confidential Job #2 to complete, and gifts to make.

What I’d like to do is to go back to bed. Unfortunately, that’s not an option.

Devon

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Waning Moon
Sunny and Cold

Check me out! Yep, it’s finally my turn on Stacy Dawn’s Christmas Blogfest. Come visit here, leave a comment, and enter to win a prize!

When you’re done with that, hop on over to A Biblio Paradise, where I’m hosting author Colin Harvey – he writes fascinating, scary stuff!

Because of computer problems, I was later than I liked getting into the city. But I got there, did my errands, turned around to head back. I was going to indulge myself with some magazines for the train home – only the issues on the newsstand were so lame that I just bought a newspaper instead. Oh, well. All the magazines seem so diluted. There are no individual voices and they don’t let the writers’ individual voices shine through any more.

Got some work done on the assignment for Confidential Job #2, and then headed out of town to spend time at a friend’s. A group of us were talking a few days ago about tight finances for the holidays, and we decided that instead of giving each other gifts, we’d give each other a day. In other words, a group of us got together last night to cook an amazing meal and spend time together – the first time we’ve done so in more than a year, all together. Rather than schedule the night far out and then have people cancel, we committed to last night. Like on Wednesday.

When I talk about an amazing meal, I mean an amazing meal – appetizer served in espresso cups, a soup course, a fish course, a salad course, an entrée with vegetables and a bit of pasta on the side, a cheese course, and then dessert, coffee, and liqueur. Wonderful wines with the meal and even better conversation.

The show had called me to come in, but I was already headed out and not about to turn back. Had they caught me while I was still in the city, I would have considered it, but a six hour commute (which is what two round trips to the theatre add up to) and two sets of expensive train tickets? For one show? I lose money on that deal. And give up this gift my friends and I were giving each other? I weighed the pros and cons and went to the dinner instead. And I’m glad I did, because it renewed important bonds. And it was a lovely gift for us all to give each other – time together while sharing food.

Be very afraid – I’m knitting. It’s kind of lame, but I’ll never get better if I don’t practice. Of course, I chose a complicated yarn, but at least it hides the flaws. What am I knitting, do you ask? Haven’t decided yet what it will be.

Anyway, I had a lovely evening and am on a borrowed computer this morning. I’ll spend the day relaxing out here, doing laundry (yes, in addition to filling up my car with supplies to cook the course for which I was responsible, I filled it up with laundry) and write my cards in the solarium. I’ll head back tonight.

Of course, I brought some writing with me, too, and my yoga mat. Thank goodness my very small car expands to meet need. And there are dogs and cats here, so I’m right at home.

I hope you have a lovely Saturday.

Devon

Friday, December 12, 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008
Full Moon (but who can see it in this weather?)
Sleeting and cold

There was some flooding in the area, but we seem to have come out of it fairly well – no power outages, minimal flooding on the roads. I got my car to safety just in case yesterday, and hunkered down to weather the storm. Of course, the Scumbags didn’t give us heat until 11 PM last night, but it’s amazing how toasty you can get with hot water bottles, a featherbed, and a bunch of cats.

Eva Gordon is my guest on A BIBLIO PARADISE today. She’s a biologist and zoologist, and it’s fascinating to see how she uses her background in her writing.

Check out what I’m doing in May, for a super duper Promo Day Event:
http://promoday.blogspot.com/2008/12/workshop-host-devon-ellington.html

Leave a comment, so they know you were there!

Yesterday was tough – as you can see, I’m putting the books into the sidebar – that was an adventure. The WordPress people were very helpful teaching me how; but my damned computer wasn’t behaving, and it was a nightmare. And I’m so over McAfee hijacking my computer for two or three hours a day and crashing it that I seriously doubt I’ll renew my subscription with them in spring. It’s not protection; it’s bullying.

I lost at least half my working day yesterday, yet again, due to computer problems.

As of yesterday, these are all the correct Payloadz links – it seems that Payloadz randomly changes my links whenever it feels like, without notifying me, which really pisses me off.

I’m also pissed off that the Senate won’t give bridge loans to the American-based auto manufacturers. They keep handing out money to white collar insurance companies and banks who aren’t putting it back into the economy but continue to fund their resort weekends. Yet people who actually work with their hands for a living are turned away. And I don’t know where they got those hourly figures for union wages – they are not accurate. It’s spin on the part of management, as usual: “Oh, poor me, I can’t afford a private plane and a sixth house because I have to pay the people who actually create the product that gives me my profit.”

It’s like when Broadway goes to the bargaining table and the producers cry poverty and claim it’s our wages that cause the problems and high ticket prices. Excuse me, our wages are 11% of the total cost. They give the press these completely out of whack figures, and we sit around looking at each other going, “Do you know anyone who earns that? I sure don’t. What show are THEY on? I’d love to apply there!” But you can’t, because the shows with those inflated wages don’t exist, and it’s the same with the lies management and these senators (who are probably getting kickbacks from foreign auto makers – it sure wouldn’t surprise me) are spouting.

The fact that workers haven’t marched on Washington with effigies of Paulson, CEOs of various companies that are running away with the money that’s been handed out to them without having to justify any of their expenses, and these senators just shows how over-medicated and apathetic our society has become.

It’s time for the workers to rise up the way they did in the 1920s and 30s and take back their rights. Because the current Senate is bound and determined to bust the unions, instead of simply cleaning out those members who have mismanaged – whether they’re union officials OR corporate bigwigs.

Paulson MUST be removed. Immediately. There won’t be an economy for Obama to save if he stays.

And outsourcing jobs to other countries, the way companies like Dell do, must also be stopped until the unemployment rate in this country is below one half of one percent.

On that happy note (cough, cough) I have to dash into the city for some errands and then come back out. Hopefully, by the time I get back, the computer will have rested up and gotten over itself, and I can get today’s work done.

I had a FABULOUS time with the League of Extraordinary Paranormal Women last night. It was one of the most fun and thought-provoking interviews I’ve done in a long time. I’m now officially a fan of theirs, and I’ll be following their show often – whether or not I’m on it! 😉

Let’s hope the weather sorts itself out and we can settle in to a good weekend.

Devon

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Photos for your viewing pleasure

Because photos are so much fun, especially during the holiday season, I thought I’d share some with you.

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Violet enjoys holiday-themed fabric.

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Iris naps.

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Elsa in her favorite holiday chair.

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Advent Table

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Favorite holiday companions

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Snowman and Carolers

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Congregation of Santas

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Guardians of the Tree

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The Tree

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Waxing Moon
Rainy and cold

Yesterday’s weather was vile, and today’s promises to be even worse, so I plan to get all of my running around done early and then stay safely tucked away at home.

Pop over to A Biblio Paradise for today’s featured author, Cornelia Amiri. She writes fascinating, well-researched Celtic Romance. Come on by!

Yesterday was a decent writing day. I didn’t get any stitching done on the gifts – too dark. I’m hoping the weekend will have enough natural light so I can finish them up. Have I started on the cards yet? No. That’s on the list (again) for today.

I’m considering a few job opportunities. My gut is telling me to stay away from one in particular – I don’t think we’re well suited, so I will gracefully decline. Always trust your gut, right? It sounds like steady money, but there are too many red flags for me to trust it.

The Maine project is going well, and, after I finish the revisions on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, I want to get back to the mystery. The Maine project is more complex than I expected, but I think that makes it richer. OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK is at that delicate state of revision where I can’t talk about it in detail, because it has to all be saved to go into the work. Also working on the materials for Confidential Job #2, and Confidential Job #1 paid me, which is always a good thing.

I’m having all kinds of computer problems. Very annoying.

A stack of business correspondence to get through today, along with the writing. And don’t forget – at 8 PM EST, I will be interviewed by the League of Extraordinary Paranormal Women on blogtalk radio:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/League_of_Extraoridinary_Paranormal_Women

Back to the page.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

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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 .

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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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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

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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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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:

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Waxing Moon
Rainy and cold

You have GOT to hop on over to A Biblio Paradise and read all about Terry Spear’s work. She writes both Scottish Medieval Romance AND urban fantasy – she totally rocks.

Thanks for the reminder about Vitamin B, Lara – I took some and it helped.

Had a reasonably productive day yesterday – good writing and revisions in the morning. Spent the afternoon working on the prototype for the Yuletide gifts. Even though the muslin mock-up worked, when I got to the actual materials I need to use for the project – did not work AT ALL. Which meant I had to re-think and FAST. I figured out something else which looks a lot better, but isn’t at all what I originally envisioned. I can’t make as many, but the ones I make will be better, and that’s what counts, right? I’ll make up the rest with festive baking.

The cats were very busy this morning. Elsa chased her tail until she got dizzy and fell over, then played with her shadow (she thinks her shadow is her friend). Violet rolled around over my writing, then pulled all the holiday covers off the chairs and rearranged them, little decorator. Iris played with a stuffed reindeer. Never a dull moment.

Back to the page, and then to start the assignment for Confidential Job #2, get some errands done, and get some more work done on the gifts. I haven’t started cards yet, so that’s a must. Cards are late this year, but they’ll get there.

Amy, I totally agree with you about the fact that people shouldn’t buy substandard products. Unfortunately, too many people believe that the short-term of buying something cheap because they ‘have no choice” justifies the long-term of all of us being hurt. There is ALWAYS a choice. I sure wouldn’t buy from Dell again, and I can’t wait to dump this piece of Dell/Microsoft piece of crap when I get my Mac. I’m tired of putting a band aid on an amputation, which is what I’ve done in years past by replacing my failing computers with another Dell. It always happened in the middle of a deadline, and I panicked. In addition to lousy quality, they have zero customer service and they don’t honor the purchased home-service warranties – to the point where the AG’s office around here is investigating them. Why condone this behavior by continuing to give them money? No, thanks. If I was forced to continue with PC, I’d buy a non-Dell product, but, if I can just keep this lump o’junk limping along for a few more months, I can get the Mac of My Dreams, and I won’t lose half my working day almost every day, which is what has happened for the past few months. Also, I don’t like doing business with companies that outsource, especially when the unemployment rate in this country is so high, so the sooner I can sever ties with Dell completely, the happier I will be. I’ve dumped the rest of the companies I’ve done business in the past that outsource. Dell is next on the list.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

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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 .

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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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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

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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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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:

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Waxing Moon
Cloudy and cold

Today’s guest on A Biblio Paradise is Ava James. AND, she even has a release today, a story in a Freya’s Bower anthology. Hop on over, read all about her and her work, and drop a comment!

Unfortunately, I was too sick to get much accomplished yesterday, although I gave it a shot. I managed to get some writing done, some business done, got my sample out, pitched for a couple of jobs, and pulled another possible essay/article market I will query today. Computer problems didn’t help, either. My ETA for the new Mac is about February or March – I just have to keep this hunk of junk limping along until then. You don’t know how tempted I am to then chop it up into little pieces and ship it back to either Dell or Microsoft. How they get away with selling such substandard products without repercussion is beyond me. Oh, yeah, look at how the country’s been run for the past eight years. Of course – you can behave as badly as you want without consequence if you belong to Big Business.

Confidential Job #2 asked me to do a quick job for them this week – I’m thrilled, because they are wonderful, pay instantly, and we have a great relationship.

The Maine project is interesting because I’m not writing it chronologically. Instead, I’m writing the first two chapters simultaneously, moving back and forth between them, because they are from alternating points of view, although they wind up being chronological in time. I’ve never done that before, and it’s interesting.

I really need a jolt of energy, but I still get tired very quickly. So I do as much as I can, I rest a bit, then I try to do some more. One of these days, I hope I feel well again.

Today, I’ve got some errands to run, I want to attack the cards and work on the gift prototype. If I can get some more writing done, that would be great; I’d love to finish my column and get the essay query out. But I have to see how I feel.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

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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 .

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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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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

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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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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:

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Monday, December 8, 2008

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Monday, December 8, 2008
Waxing Moon
There’s probably something retrograde, but I don’t know what it is.
Cloudy and cold

In addition to visiting Stacy’s Christmas Blogfest whenever you get the chance, hop on over to A BIBLIO PARADISE. This week, we start the series of features on writers I met through Infinite Worlds of Fantasy.

Today’s featured author is Brenna Lyons. Hop on over and read her fascinating take on the writing life. This woman has written dozens of books and juggles series in various words – it’s astonishing. Plus, she’s a great interview!

If you are in NYC tonight, hop on down to IRT at 154 Christopher Street and see cast members of SPRING AWAKENING perform some of their favorite music in the Want the Change benefit. Shows are at 7 PM and 10 PM, and it benefits Art Therapy, a group helping children recover from Hurricane Katrina. Tickets are $35. Visit TicketMania for more information.

Yesterday was long, but fine. It was good to be around everyone at the show, although the fatigue factor was pretty severe. Going from a string of days in a row in bed to back-to-back fourteen hour shows days was a bit of a shock. The track I was doing isn’t particularly taxing, and my colleagues were ready to help if I needed it, so it was all good. A friend –we’ve been friends going on 20 years now – came to the evening show with some of her friends, and we went out for coffee after (I’m still not feeling well enough to risk alcohol).

I still made my usual train (the trains only run once an hour on Sunday, so even though we got out an hour earlier than usual, I missed the early train by 5 minutes and had to wait an hour – what better way than hanging out with friends?).

Slept in a little, but managed a full yoga sequence, got some writing done, and posted the Biblio Paradise interview. I’ve got to finish my sample today, as well as getting some other writing done, working on the revisions for OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, get some correspondence out, work on Christmas cards, and do the prototype for the gift.

Busy day, and better get to it.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:
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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 .

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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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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

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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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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:

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Waxing Moon
Snowy and cold

First announcement: A Cabaret Benefit
Cast members from the Broadway musical SPRING AWAKENING present a special cabaret entitled WANT THE CHANGE down at IRT, 154 Christopher Street, #3b in NYC. It’s on Monday, December 8, and shows are at 7 & 10 PM. It’s going to be an amazing night of performance. Tickets are $35, and can be purchase by calling 212-352-3101 or going to TheatreMania. If you’re in town tomorrow night, stop by. It’s going to be wonderful, and is yet another example of how this extraordinary group of performers continues to tirelessly work for others.

Second announcement: Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Author Week Begins tomorrow!
Starting tomorrow, for about a week and a half, I’m featuring a different author on A BIBLIO PARADISE. You’ll discover some wonderful writers who are passionate about their art and their craft, and I think you’ll really enjoy the whole series.

Back to life:
Yes, we have snow and it’s beautiful! It’s not a lot, just enough to crunch around in and enjoy, and it makes everything look beautiful, as though dusted with powdered sugar. I also love how differently everything sounds when there’s a blanket of snow over it – the muted, gentle sounds. It makes me happy!

Never got the chance to blog yesterday. I did some writing in the morning, then went to the grocery store (since it was supposed to snow), and had just walked in the door at 10:30 when I got a call from the show – someone was sick and they needed me. So I scrambled to get ready and did two shows. Considering how sick I’ve been this past week, I was a little leery of it, but, although I’m fatigued in the my-limbs-weigh-at-least-1000-pounds-each, I’m okay. I rested during the dinner break and just paced myself and stayed quiet. Plus, it was cheery to walk back to the train station through the snow.

Getting TO the theatre was anything BUT cheery, though. We may be in a recession, but people still pack the streets of Manhattan. Which is fine, if they’d show a little consideration and stop acting like they’re the only people on the street. But there’s a lot to see that’s free in NYC, and the city knows how to dress itself up for the holidays. There’s plenty of enjoyment on a budget. Just because you’re not going to buy diamonds from Cartier doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their display! The trees at Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and up near Lincoln Center are all lovely, and, as always, if you’re in the neighborhood of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, go up and see the Angel Tree. I love it so much I’ve set a whole scene in front of the tree in Too Much Mistletoe, and you better believe it will appear in other stories, too. A few years ago, one of my fans sent me the book on the Angel Tree, and I re-read it a few times every year.

I’m going to try to get some writing done before I head back to the theatre for two more shows today. One of the worst things about being sick for an extended period of time is feeling weak. Yesterday was the first day since I got sick where I could do an entire yoga sequence in the morning, and I did it again today. Slowly, I’m getting there.

I think the holidays are reasonably sorted out – I’m on a miniscule budget, but I’m being creative, and I think I can show at least small tokens of appreciation (and, of course, CARDS, because cards are so important to me) to the bulk of the list, between the hand-made gifts, which will all happen this week, the cards (again this week), and the baking (next week).

I’ve got to finish a couple of (paid) samples for a potential job – problem is, there’s so much to write about, it’ll be hard to pick! But this week’s priorities are the revisions on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, the holiday cards, and the handmade gifts.

Back to the train.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

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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 .

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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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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-cover-thumbnail

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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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:

Friday, December 5, 2008

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Friday, December 05, 2008
Waxing Moon
Cloudy and cold

Yesterday was mostly a lost day; spent far too much time in the morning putting together something that needed to be done and doing other business. Ran some errands. My computer, as usual, sucks, isn’t running properly, and heaven forbid the programs actually do what I need them to do. Someday, hopefully in the not-so-distant future, I can purchase a real computer and dump this Dell/Microsoft piece of crap permanently.

I was hungry, and couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than a bacon sandwich. Let’s just say that was a really bad idea.

Sigh. Someday I’ll be well enough to eat properly again.

Too exhausted and nauseous to do much in the afternoon. I’ve been reading a lot during the last few days. I re-read Rosamunde Pilcher’s Winter Solstice the other day. My mom is a huge Rosamunde Pilcher fan, and I love her depictions of both Cornwall and Scotland, since I’ve been to many of those places. Her books are soothing. She has a great sense of place, and she writes well about animals. I can also say the same about Marcia Willet’s A Week in Winter, which is also set in Cornwall, and includes an hilarious mastiff named Polonious. They’re what I would call “comfort books”.

PJ, thanks for the heads-up on the links to the books. That’s the third time Payloadz has given me the wrong link when I uploaded something, and I am not happy about it. But it should all be fine, and I appreciate so much you taking the time to hunt down the books. I hope you enjoy them! And, everyone else, now that the links are correct – check ‘em out! 😉

I did some work on the Maine project this morning. The premise/basic plot is pretty straightforward, but the character development, the scene detail and the sensory filling out – in other words, the things that will make this piece unique – take quite a bit of doing. In other words, the project is more complicated than I originally expected. But it feels right, so I just have to go with its natural rhythm.

I have to get back on track today, no matter how I feel. I am far too far behind on numerous things, and just have to catch up. I’m looking forward to an intense session for the revisions of OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I haven’t talked about it much, because, for some reason, I feel as though I need to protect the work on it. But I think Jain and Wyatt’s fans will truly enjoy this book. Because it’s told through Wyatt’s eyes, the tone is a bit different, but you learn a lot about them.

Back to the page, and wondering if I can choke down some dry toast for breakfast.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

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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 .

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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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

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Thursday, December 4, 2008
Waxing Moon
Sunny and cold

Here’s Stacy’s graphic again – isn’t it fun? I’m so excited about my date on her blog next week.

And hop on over to A Biblio Paradise to read my review of Sandra Worth’s wonderful new book, THE KING’S DAUGHTER.

And hey, if you haven’t bought “The Ramsey Chase” and Too Much Mistletoe, consider it, okay? Buy both, and you’ve still spent less than five bucks, which is always great in this economy! They’re both fun, they’re inexpensive, and they’re worth the price! 😉 Yes, we have a moment of shameless self-promotion here – I want these volumes out and READ!

I got worse again yesterday, unfortunately. I managed to get a bit of work done, including working on my column, getting a few pitches out, working on a resume I can actually send out in cases where a resume and not a bio paragraph is called for, and creating a list of job prospects who will receive pitches today. And, I got out a slew of short story submissions, especially several of the stories I developed in the workshop in October, in my magical small town with the magical bakery. Hopefully, some of them will hit.

Had a bad night, and am still feeling awful this morning.

Got some work done on the Maine project. It’s taking a very interesting shape, in a way I didn’t expect. I have a long list of things that MUST get done today, whether I feel like crap or not.

Can we PLEASE get rid of Paulson NOW, before he totally destroys what’s left of the economy? On CNN last night, some pundit was saying that Paulson was “naïve” and “believed the banks would do the right thing” when handed billions of tax payer dollars. I don’t believe that for one second. Paulson is one of them; he’s handing out as much money to his pals so they can take it and run before the change of administrations, because he knows this administration will look the other way. We will NEVER get a return on it, and the consumer will NEVER benefit from this bailout, because it was structured so that the fat cats can keep getting fatter. Hell, if I know these scum are going to take the money and run, the damn Treasury secretary should be at least that smart. I believe this is calculated on his part. This is a man who ran a major corporation; he knows how they operate; he knew what would happen when he started handing out money with no strings attached.

Back to the page.

Shirley gave out a tag, and I figured, what the hey, I’ll do it:

7 Things I plan to do before I die: own my own home, have a wonderful garden, learn how to play the piano, learn how to paint, learn how to make pottery (do we see a theme here?), create something that gives people joy, take a trip around the world.

7 Things I do now: Write, take care of my family, yoga, read, cook, learn new things as often as possible, play with the cats.

7 Things I won’t do: Believe that what happens in the world “doesn’t affect me” or that who is in charge of this country has no direct affect on my life; refuse to show up on voting day; wiggle out of jury duty, spend money in places that do not respect either their workers or their customers; write 20 articles/week for $1/article; jump out of plane unless my life depends on it; eat shrimp (love it, but I’m deathly allergic).

7 Things that attract me to the opposite sex: A sense of humor, intelligence, compassion, a love for animals, courage, creativity, passion.

7 Celebrities I admire: I’ve probably worked with seven I admire, but since I don’t name names . . .

7 favorite foods: chocolate, mashed potatoes, chicken pot pie, key lime pie, apples, blueberries, raspberries (I can’t believe I have to stop at seven).

Although I can’t eat right now. I can still think about what I like once I’m well enough to eat again, right?

Later!

Devon

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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Waxing Moon
Sunny and pleasant

Isn’t this graphic cool? I’m participating in this blogfest, which runs the full month of December – my day is December 13, but I hope that you visit every day!

I managed to work a few hours before feeling like complete and utter crap, so it wasn’t a full day lost. I had some business to catch up on, finish the work for Confidential Job #1, sort out the interviews for the IOWFA Week on A Biblio Paradise that starts next week.

Can I just say I’m really excited about it? I think you’ll be fascinated by the diversity and creativity of these authors. I’ve got quite a list on the “To Buy” list.

I’ll have a review of Sandra Worth’s newest release, THE KING’S DAUGHTER, up in a day or two. I’m very excited about this book. Sandra is one of my favorite writers. I wanted to have the review done and up yesterday, which was her release day, but between my grandmother’s death and the flu, I just couldn’t.

The last book I had to review for someone else was depressing as all get-out, so it’s a pleasure to sink into Sandra’s beautiful writing again.

Note to self: When in a state of frustration with the world, John Cheever’s journals are not the best choice. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a brilliant writer, and I admire his work. His journals are well written, too. It’s simply not the best choice when you need something, shall we say, uplifting.

I got about 1500 words done this morning on the Maine project; now I’m headed back to the mystery, the revisions, my column, the Big Project, and a few pitches. Not sure how much I’ll get done, because I’m completely wiped out. And it’s not even nine a.m.

Sigh.

One step at a time, right?

Devon

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.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
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.
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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: