Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

It’s official: DIXE DUST RUMORS, the YA horse racing mystery, has been accepted by eTreasures Publishing. I signed the contract and sent it off. I am so happy! I’ve been talking about DIXIE DUST RUMORS on and off for several years, rewriting it, putting it away, rewriting it. I did another rewrite last spring, and it hit the first time out. I’m thrilled.

Oh, yeah, yesterday was c-c-c-cold, no doubt about it! I took the train in, walked across from Grand Central to the theatre, took care of a few things there, stopped at the bank, then continued east to Madison. I took the bus up Madison to the 90’s for my appointment. I wound up being early; I called and we managed to move the appointment up so I didn’t have to wander around in the cold for an hour.

That went well, although I wasn’t able to go to Vosges for my drinking chocolate. For some insane reason, I decided to walk the 50 blocks back to Grand Central (approximately 5 miles), working my way down Park Avenue. Actually, I was bundled up well enough so it wasn’t that cold, and I made a quick stop in a bookstore at 57th Street to warm up.

I had my exercise for the day – I seriously considered skipping last night’s work out. But then I got antsy, so I worked out anyway.

Anyway, the train ride back was worse than the 50 blocks of walking because stupid Metro North had THE AIR CONDITIONER on. I kid you not. I was turning all kinds of interesting shades of blue and shaking by the time I got off at my stop an hour later. The stock answer from the conductors when they pump the heat through in the summer and turn the air conditioning on in the winter is that “there’s nothing we can do”, which, as we all know is complete and utter bull-pucky. The truth is that they CHOOSE not to do anything. And for this, they want a rate hike of 23% on the trains and 50% on busses and subways.

I had a breakthrough on the Billy Root story. I’m writing a new chapter one, which is kind of a prologue and then a couple of Jain/Wyatt scenes. And THEN I’m starting with Billy in Scotland. I think the overall book will hold together better if it’s not all from Billy’s POV – not that Billy can’t shoulder a whole book, but I think it will serve the story better to have the track Jain and Wyatt are on and the track Billy’s on run parallel for awhile until they merge.

So that’s exciting.

And, best of all, I get to open the book with the murder of a banking CEO who abused his power, destroyed lives, and got TARP money.

I did not attend the play’s opening night last night. That was not a change of plan – I knew I couldn’t, because it’s too far out for me to get there and back easily, and it’s one of those things that has to be planned out and coordinated, etc., etc., and, since I wasn’t involved in the day-to-day rehearsals, it’s not a big deal. I sent over greetings to be read before curtain, I heard the final dress in front of an audience was awesome and the opening night was sold out. I heard it went really well and everybody’s thrilled. I’ll get to see it myself in late February.

Some unpleasant correspondence to get out (I am so TIRED of fighting with unethical and immoral business people, but that’s the atmosphere created by the Bush Administration), a large grocery shop to accomplish (more snow expected tonight), a contract to mail out, and a play to revise.

Back to the page.

Devon

Billy Root story – 9,059 words out of est. 60,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
9 / 60
(15.0%)
Published in: on January 17, 2009 at 8:30 am  Comments (8)  

8 Comments

  1. Whoo-hoo! Congratulations on another acceptance.

  2. Congratulations on signing your contract for Dixie Dust Rumors. I hope this is the sign for all good things to come.

    Stay warm and have a good Saturday.

  3. Many many many congratulations!! Been a good 24 hours, eh? 😀

  4. I can’t believe how cold it is there! And yes, congrats!!!!!

  5. Congrats on the good news!!!

    I can’t believe those idiots had the a/c on! Geez.

  6. Congratulations on the play being well received! YAY! Stay warm, dry and safe!

  7. Congratulations!!! Yay!

    Stay warm.. It’s freezing. In fact, right now, it’s 9 degrees.. Yikes.

  8. Congrats on your acceptance! Hey we sold in the same week. I think that’s a reason to celebrate! 😉

    Sounds like your play was a hit. I’m so thrilled for you!

    Star warm. It was 70 here today! Nutty weather.


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