Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and mild

I started work on the anthology story to replace the anthology story that didn’t fit the guidelines. I checked the website, and nearly had a fit at first – it looked like they’d changed the guidelines since last week for something due before April 1. Reading the site more closely, I realized that they now list calls for two very similar anthologies with dates very close together.

However, I’m not sure I want to participate. Something feels off. So I think I’ll pass. What a relief! If all of these characters call strongly to me, I will probably write their stories anyway at some point, but I just don’t feel that now is the right time for them. And something about this particular anthology set off warning bells, although I can’t put my finger on it.

I immediately felt better. It’s not under contract, so I’m not breaking any promises. Sometimes one focuses so much on getting work out there when one needs to prioritize what that work consists of.

I made solid progress on the first act of FEMME FATALE. It’s much darker than I expected, and I have to go back and brighten it a bit. This is supposed to be COMIC noir mystery, after all. I’m making it happen with five characters instead of six, which creates an interesting dynamic.

Ran some errands. Picked up a stack of books at a library sale – nothing like walking off with 8 books, some of them hardcovers, for only $2 to make you feel like a smart shopper! Read one of them, another Donna Leon, SUFFER THE SMALL CHILDREN, last night. I love her books. If you like well-crafted mysteries and/or are interested in contemporary Venice, these books are fabulous.

Got some work done on Chapter 13 of CRAVE THE HUNT this morning. I don’t want to get too far back into it, since I won’t be able to work on it all weekend. But I set up a few things that will be supported later. Just a few tight pages, but necessary. Now, I can move on to Chapter 14, with Jain and Wyatt in Iceland, while things start to spin out of control for Billy in Scotland.

I’m packed. I’ve got a couple of things to do this morning, a few bits to clear off and maybe get a bit done on FEMME FATALE. After lunch, I head to the site job. I’ll be offline probably until Monday. I may get back online at some point on Sunday, but I doubt I’ll post anything new until Monday.

In addition to the work I’m paid to do on site, I hope to have time to work on The Lucy Gothic a bit, sort out the dream from the other night into a viable outline, and figure out a couple of other pieces. Of course, I’m taking the yoga mat with me. And the assignment for Confidential Job #1.

I’ve sorted out the article in my head, so I may start it this morning and then polish it when I get back, so it can go off first thing Monday. It’s supposed to be a lovely weekend, so I hope to spend a little time outside as well.

McAfee, is, of course, out of control again this morning, so I don’t know how much I’ll actually get done. I loathe McAfee, Dell, and Microsoft. They’re all hateful, and, in my experience, committed to wringing as much money out of their customers as possible without providing the services for which they are paid.

Have a good one, everybody!

Devon

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9 Comments

  1. Have a good trip, a good job, and a good writing session too.

  2. Enjoy the trip and the change of venue. Nothing better for stirring creative streams. 🙂

  3. Enjoy your trip! I’m glad your “intestinal pyrotechnics” calmed down on you! 🙂

    And all those books for $2? I am supremely jealous!

  4. All your projects sound so fascinating! And Iceland…I may have to put that on my “travel” list.

    Have a SUPER weekend!

  5. Enjoy your trip and have a fabulous weekend!

  6. Devon, Yes library book sales are excellent! I’ve also found that larger used book sales can be useful. There is a website I think it is BookSaleFinder.com that will show you used book sales in your area. You can even order emails according to your zip code to alert you to sales in your area – which is very cool (and a little addictive!) 🙂

  7. I never do as well at library sales as you! Stay safe and have a wonderful time!

  8. Something like the antho thing happened to me when I was editing and creating the antho. I posted something and then the publisher wanted a few last minute changes, which I thought redefined the book. But I made the changes anyway. I think it happened fast enough before anyone realized it, but I hated to think that writers were already starting to work on something and the call had changed without warning.

    Have fun.

  9. If you had a bad feeling about the anthology, then it’s a good thing you chose not to participate. There are a lot of spammy sites that target writers by luring them with the promise of publication. You might research that particular publication to see if anyone’s written about it being a scam. Oh, and I agree with you about Microsoft and Dell (I don’t have much experience with McAfee). Get thee to a Mac!


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