Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I’ve got an interview with the magnificently talented Costume Imp regarding drape on Sole Struck Fashions. Come by and leave a comment!

I will announce the winner of the birthday copy of HEX BREAKER on tomorrow’s blog.

Yesterday was mostly about CRAVE THE HUNT, which was wonderful. I took care of some business, did some work on some client projects, etc., and went back for another solid writing session in the evening. I haven’t written in the evenings for a few months – I’m trying to prevent myself from those 14 hour days unless I’m on deadline. But it kept pulling at me and pulling at me, so I went back. I finished Chapter Twelve – it surprised me. I thought the scene would be less complex and less tender than it turned out. But it fits with the book. I have to go back and insert a couple of things in earlier chapters for this to make even more sense. I try to avoid doing that until I’m finished with a draft, but I need to make sure everything holds together. Not only are the threads of Billy’s story carefully woven, bits of Jain’s past and the overall mythology of the series are important, because they influence Billy’s choices, whether he realizes it or not.

In between, I read a very amusing book called DOGS AND GODDESSES, a work by a trio of authors: Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich. It’s an enjoyable romp, quite clever in many places, and also warm-hearted. I didn’t feel that the villain’s comeuppance was strong enough at the end – although it’s funny AND ironic – but I understand why that particular choice was made. I thought of both Brandy and Dru as I read it – I think you both might enjoy this one.

Violet needs a lot of extra attention right now. She adores Elsa, whereas Iris doesn’t get along with Elsa. Since Iris and Violet are both small and gray, Elsa sometimes gets them mixed up (even though their personalities are very different and Iris has a round face and is, in general, bigger and rounder, and Violet has a pointy face and is smaller and sleeker). Anyway, most of the time, you find Violet snuggled up with Elsa. Elsa used to give her endless baths when Violet was a kitten (and hurl endless furballs). Violet agreed to give Elsa her space while Elsa was sick, but now that Elsa is better, Violet wants their old routine back. Only Elsa doesn’t, and bats her away. So Violet’s feelings are hurt, and she feels abandoned. Now she sits on my knee (or on the keyboard) all day as I type. Iris is so used to the exclusion from the Elsa/Violet club that she’s not sure what’s going on.

I haven’t put away the cat carrier yet, and Elsa sits in front of it, staring into it, waiting for another cat to come out. And climbing onto the shelf where my Nile Goddess mirror stands, talking to the cat in the mirror. So we have a bit of Chaos in Catdom right now.

The computer runs like crap this morning, mostly due to McAfee’s constant hijacking. I should be able to override updates, they should take less than four hours a day without freezing and crashing the computer, and I should be able to uninstall the frigging thing when I want. None of that is possible. I sent Quite The Letter to the CEO of McAffee – with an invoice for lost billable hours – and copied the BBB. So maybe someone over there will at least start taking this seriously.

I love Friday the 13th, so I’m hoping today is a good and productive day. I have a lot of unpleasant paperwork to deal with, but I can’t do any of it until the McAfee stops interfering. Nor can I work on any client projects until the McAfee stops interfering.

In any event, I hope to get more work done on CRAVE THE HUNT – I’m in its rhythm, and I don’t want to lose it.


CRAVE THE HUNT – 36,035 words out of est. 60,000

Published in: on March 13, 2009 at 8:12 am  Comments (5)  


  1. You sound cheerful–and great you are in the zone with CRAVE!

    My kids were all groaning about today being a “bad luck” day, and I asked them where they’d heard that, and it was from the other kids at school. I told them it was a GOOD luck day (we’ve closed on two houses on Friday the 13th and I’ve never had a bad one!)and they all looked at me funny. I told them to spread the news that it’s a GOOD luck day, and they thought that was neat. So, I set them straight! 😉

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I think when you’re in that groove you need to run with it, whether it turns into a 14 hour day or not.

    I love the thought of Elsa talking to the cat in the mirror. Holly is still fascinated by mirrors and sits on a step staring at the one at the bottom of the stairs for hours. I think she’s dying to get into that “other room” she can see at the top of the stairs in the mirror.

    Good luck with the invoice. That’s exactly the kind of thing I would do.

  3. Poor Violet. Maybe the cat-routine will get back in order soon.

    You’re really going on the new book. It feels good to be in the zone, doesn’t it? 🙂

    I left a comment over at SSF! I’ll try to check back and release comments if they end up in the moderation que which happens a lot.

  4. Aww, I feel bad for Violet, her routine has been messed up. Cat’s do not like that. I’ve read Dogs and Goddesses and adored it! You’re right about the ending, but I too see why the ending was written that way. I’m sorry to hear you’re still suffering through the virus software. I’ve never heard of one doing that. I’m thinking of you and sending the kitties warm fuzzies. *G*

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