Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Snowing

Busy day. It’s never as productive as I’d like, but there you go. I caught up on correspondence, surfed the disappointing job boards, caught up on blogs, etc., etc.

Got ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT transferred to my flash drive, so that when I start revisions on it shortly, I can actually get proper work done. I really need to transfer everything off the floppies onto flash drives, or I’ll be in trouble when I get the new computer. I have to make a revision I don’t want to in order to fit “genre rules” – but it’s not that big a deal, and I’m keeping the material to one side; I’ve got some alternate publishers that might take it in spite of the deliberate break of the rules. So I’ll see which version holds together best and then decide on the submission list from there.

Finished the guest blog post for Urban Muse and got it off. Worked on the materials for the workshop I’m teaching next week.

I swear, I get more work done in the shower than anywhere else. I had a real “aha” moment concerning the rewrite of the western, ELUSIVE PRAYERS. I rewrote it extensively last fall, but something didn’t sit quite right, and I’ve held back from putting it back out on submission. I couldn’t figure out why I hesitated. It features Brother Joseph, the character so many loved to hate in THE WIDOW’S CHAMBER, and had three solid B storylines woven into it. Yet, something was off. In the shower this afternoon, I figured it out. Now I can go back and fix it; not only can I fix it, it opens up about a half a dozen potential publishers for it.

Now, if I can just have a break-through for THE ANNEYM ROOSETER’S RETURN, I’ll be doing well . . .

Made meatloaf last night for dinner. The recipe’s okay, but I want to work on it some more. There are plenty of herbs in it, but I think I want to add some spices next time to deepen the flavor. I don’t like tomato in my meatloaf, so I don’t use it, but it needs something a little different.

I have blueberry muffins in the oven right now for breakfast.

Decent morning’s work on the Billy Root story. Not great, but decent. After breakfast, I’ll go back to the plays and then finish the assignment for Confidential Job #1. I’m waiting for two checks to arrive, and they better arrive today (one is four months late), because I have bills to pay. I’m tired of being socked with late fees because people are late paying ME.

So Citicorp “decided” not to spend $50 million on the jet. Guess they realized that people were not going to put up with their antics any longer. They said they’re giving up three of their five corporate jets. They should give up all five. If they are operating on MY dime, on all of our dimes, I get to say how they travel, and I say they go by bus! 😉

The whole Blogojeveich mess in Illinois is rather eerily fascinating. Separate from the combination of outrage and resignation one feels at the way politics is handled, it’s a mesmerizing character study.

Back to the page.

Devon

Billy Root story – 11, 109 words out of est. 60,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
11 / 60
(18.3%)
Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 8:34 am  Comments (7)  
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7 Comments

  1. How about a bit of parmesan in that meatloaf? I’m big into lentil “meat”loaf (veggie) and I use things like diced carrots (sauteed to bring out some flavor), diced green peppers, sage, etc.

  2. I do that too! I have had SEVERAL “A-HA!” moments–all in my shower! That is funny you mention it. I wonder what about the shower is so inspiring–maybe all the hot water relaxes us, so we’re more “in tune” with the Muse?

    Enjoy your blueberry muffins!

  3. Gosh, yes, I’m the same in the shower. Or the bath. Or dog walking. I swear my best work is done then.

  4. Does your new computer NOT have a disc drive? Are you getting a MacBook Air? Or are you talking about the 3-1/4″ floppies?

    I get my best “fix-it” ideas right as I’m drifting off to sleep.

  5. I was thrilled to see your comment on Nathan’s blog. So many writers don’t seem to get the concept of writing as a career. I think you probably made a lot of writers stop and think twice.

  6. I’m glad you came up with a fix for what had been bothering you. And now you have me drooling for blueberry muffins! *G*

  7. I always get my best ideas when I’m no where near a computer or pen. 🙂


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