Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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It’s the third Wednesday of the month, which means my next SDR blog post is up. This one is about “Reading To Write.”
Note: I just realized it’s TUESDAY, not Wednesday, so this post is up a day early. headdesk.

I got up at 6 and was at my desk at 7 this morning. That hour makes all the difference, mentally and creatively. For once, the cats weren’t rummaging at 4 AM, so when the alarm went off, they were like, “What? it’s dark outside!”

But I’m so much more productive if I get up at 6 than if I get up at 7, that it’s worth it.

I had a great session on “Lake Justice.” It’s weird, because I feel like I’m doing so much work and covering so much ground, but the word count doesn’t seem to rise very quickly. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since this is a short story. But I look down and go, “I’ve covered all this ground and I’m only 300 words ahead?”

Good news: One of my children’s stories, under the Jenny Storm name, has been accepted for publication in January. When it comes out, I’ll point you all towards it. I’m delighted. Jenny needs a few more credits!

I’m booked to teach both the Dialogue Workshop and a Story Building Workshop at the 2010 Muse Online Conference, next October. AND, I’ve been invited back to the Catholic Writers Online Conference in February to teach the Dialogue Workshop and the One Story, Many Voices Workshop.

I think I’ve found my new web host. I’m pretty excited. So I’m trying to move forward a little more quickly on the website redesigns so I can move before the end of the year.

More legal paperwork to do today — it’s taking longer than I’d like because, the deeper we dig, the more points need to be articulated. But it will all be good when it’s done.

Good progress on BE THE MONSTER and a novella. I’ve got to read through another set of edits for the essay and then, hopefully, we’re done.

So I better get back to work!



  1. Congrats on the sale!

  2. Congrats on the Jenny Storm story! You’ll have to give details when you can! WOO! Oh, and totally empathize on the “what day is it” thing. I do that all the time. 😉

  3. Congratulations on the children’s book! You work so hard and deserve good things. I’m so happy for you!

  4. Many congratulations on the Jenny Storm acceptance.

    One of these days, I’m going to try getting up at 6 and to my desk for 7. I am. Really. ;o)

  5. Congratulations on the acceptance.

    I woke up this morning thinking it was Wednesday yesterday. I wonder if it was you put that idea in my head … 😉

  6. Hi Purl,
    I found you through Georgie’s website Satin Black, Biscuit Cream. I love that name. She sounds so beautiful.

    Congratulations on this, your website. It is wonderful.
    I see you are still doing very well.

    I have a small problem and thought perhaps you could help since you get *around* everywhere.

    At present I am in two lawsuits at the same time. They are related sort of. People keep trying to get me to give them my land. They don’t want to pay for it, etc. etc.

    The problem is the legal vocabulary. At the drop of a hat, someone gives me a word that normaly has a different meaning. Then the secretary or clerk refuses to tell me what it means. They won’t talk for fear of being arrested for giving out legal advice.

    So what I need is a small flat dictionary that will fit into a file in a file drawer. Only the basic words and a one sentence description. Such as: “Continuance, to continue the lawsuit at a later date.”

    This small booklet would be used by people in lawsuits, such as I am. Also, each word should have a description that the secretary can quote to the general public without losing her job.

    I come to you because you seem to do quite a bit of legal volunteer work.

    Something to think about. Perhaps something made up more like a magazine that can be carried in court papers. Just a few pages. Not too thick. Also, perhaps a smaller version more like a small hardback book or pamphlet that can fit into a desk drawer and also lay near the telephone for the secretary.

    If you cannot do this or don’t want to, perhaps you know someone who would be interested.

    Here is another quick thought: How about the size fits into a hip pocket and soft so it will bend for the inmates in jail to read while they are awaiting trial. It would help them to understand what the court is all about. Lots of druggies in jail nowdays.

    Come to Ars once in awhile. We are trying to get it started up again.

    Wish you the best,

    • Lyd, the only person who could write a dictionary like that is something with a law degree. I am not qualified to do it. Also, unless it was in unreadable print, it wouldn’t fit into a pocket.

      I don’t do “legal volunteer work” because I’m not a lawyer. I’ve worked as a union negotiator on contracts, which is entirely different.

      I suggest that you go to your county courthouse to the law library there — they’ve got both law dictionaries, which have all the terms and personnel that can lead you to the volumes you need.

      Your own lawyer should be explaining everything clearly to you in this. If your lawyer isn’t, it’s time to find another lawyer.

      Best wishes.

  7. Devon,
    As always you give very good answers. Thank you so much.
    I have never seen a court library here. We are a very small town. But we do have a public library nearby. I will check them out.

    • Lyd, the library will be at the courthouse in your COUNTY seat, not the town. You might be living in the town designated as your county seat, but if not, that’s where the law library will be. The court in your state capitol will also probably have one.

      Your local library might have one or might be able to use interlibrary loan service to get one. Good luck!

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