Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009
New Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Cloudy, humid, rainy

Still gloomy and icky, and now the temperature’s going up. Ick.

I spent very little time on the computer yesterday due to the migraine. I managed to back up about 70 floppies from the PC onto flashdrives, which is a step in the right direction, and I’m sorting paperwork on the desk and throwing out a lot of what I don’t need. Maybe in a few months, I’ll actually be able to SEE the difference.

Read a little in the afternoon and took a nap.

Drove upcounty to see my friends and have dinner at a lovely restaurant overlooking the Hudson River. It was a lot of fun to catch up. It made me realize I really don’t miss working backstage right now! I miss some of the people, but not the situation.

Driving back was a challenge, because the Taconic Parkway has no overhead lighting on that stretch. It’s a beautiful drive in the daytime, but not fun at night, especially with the glare from oncoming headllights hitting the rain-slicked road and bouncing up. I drove pretty slowly. But I got home in one piece. The scumbag landlords removed all the lights in the parking lot (yeah, it’s illegal, but it doesn’t stop them). I wound up stepping into a puddle that went up beyond my calf. Fortunately, that particular pair of cute shoes is easy to clean.

I have to fight with UHaul some more today (the thought of it is enough to set off another migraine), and get some other business done. I’m taking an iWeb workshop tonight in White Plains, and I’m also starting Czech lessons. I’ve also got a couple of client projects to work on, and some correspondence on which to catch up. And getting the postage so the DIXIE DUST mailing can go out would be a good thing.

Good morning’s work on the Matty book. While I usually try to build the mutliple layers of the story in the first draft and then deepen or recede things in specific chapters in revisions, I realized that I have to layer this book differently. This first draft is the bones of the piece, the basic story and theme. In the next draft, I have to layer in the suspenseful subplot that supports the main theme and also raises the stakes for the character, and in the following draft, I have to add in a bunch of what I call “daily details” to clean up the logistics. Normally, I’d like to do that chapter by chapter, but this book doesn’t lend itself to that process. So I need to adjust to the book’s needs. it’s quite interesting.


Published in: on June 22, 2009 at 6:31 am  Comments (5)  


  1. The sun’s coming – we got our first batch of it yesterday afternoon and it’s still with us. My seeds have sprouted despite the attempts by Mother Nature to rot them.

    Taconic Parkway doesn’t have much overhead lighting at all, does it? That’s more nerve-wracking driving than any other kind.

  2. Sorry about your migraine, those are SO not fun!

    ps check your email!

  3. I hope your migraine retreats soon. Hugs.

  4. I hope you’re feeling better.

  5. Interesting phrase: having “to adjust to the book’s needs”. I’ve never thought of it that way, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need to do instead of trying to manipulate the details to suit our original concept. Thanks for sharing.

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