Friday, November 13, 2009


Friday, November 13, 2009
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy, raw, cold
Friday the 13th!

Woo-hoo! It’s Friday the 13th, always a good luck day for me.

I’ve got a post up on Sole Struck Fashions about “Holiday Prep Work” and a post up on Kemmyrk about “Daily Chakra Cleansing”. Stop by and drop a comment!

Do I even remember what I did yesterday? Hmm, I wrote, always a good thing. The Christmas story is coming along very well. I have to keep stopping to research, since, although it’s set in a fictional town (inspired by Saratoga and the Adelphi Hotel), it’s in a real time period.

I dashed to Greenwich to put something into my safe deposit box. I stopped at the library sale on the way back and picked up some interesting books. One, that I got on a whim, is a biography of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Her father, CW Post, was the cereal giant and invented things like Postum (shout out to Lara). Not only is the book exceptionally well written, it contains social history of the period in which I’m writing, and even mentions Saratoga!

Seshat, the goddess of libraries and scribes, was certainly looking out for me!

Back to the page for a couple of hours, and then I head to the site job. it’s my favorite site, so I’m really looking forward to it. The work there is fun, and I also have quiet time to work on my own writing and reading.

I probably won’t blog tomorrow, but I’ll check in on Sunday, and then, while I’m in DC, there will be various this-and-that posts — I’ve got articles going up at various sites while I’m gone. I’m supposed to have wi-fi in the hotel room, and I’m lugging the laptop with me, so I’ll try to blog from DC.

My goal this weekend is to finish the first draft of the Christmas story so I can edit in on the bus to and from DC and then finish the design and get it to the printer before I leave for Maine. I also want to do some more work on “Digging” — it’s coming along decently. I’m thrilled that so many of you are enjoying it!

I’ve got some business correspondence to get out today before I leave for the site, and a trip to the post office — hopefully it will be open; otherwise, I’ll have to make a detour to another town on the way to site.

Have a great weekend!



  1. Seshat must have been watching over me yesterday too. I came away from the library with 5 books, 2 arrived at work, and another 2 are on their way.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. In case you don’t get back to mine again before you head off, I’m pasting below my reply to yours. I’ll also let you know at the end how I found it.


    It looks ok so far and if you like interviews with authors, agents and editors, it’s packed solid. There are also quite a few “examples of good travel writing”. There’s a section at the start to get you going, then there’s a section at the end giving hints and tips on the business end of writing. But there are also contributions from the UK, Australia and the US, along with suggested markets and sample guidelines.

    It’s a nice, meaty book, possibly a bit short on the worthwhile exercises for me – there are exercises, but they’re exercising exercises again, and I do like exercises that lead to something. But it’s nice. If you get my drift. Not a feel-good book for the author.

  3. Take care traveling the seaboard this weekend, Devon. Flooding is rampant.

  4. Have a lovely, productive weekend! I miss Postum!!!


  5. Hi Devon. Thanks for visiting me and commenting on my blog.

  6. Have a wonderful trip! Sending good wishes for safe travel!

  7. I just love reading your daily sagas. One of these times I may just have to stowaway in one your suitcases.

  8. Have a good weekend! BTW, I enjoyed “Digging”.

  9. Saratoga’s a wonderful place to set a story–even if it’s fictional version.

  10. Sounds like you’ve got lots of writing going on right now. A good place to be, definitely … Enjoy!

  11. Sounds like a busy weekend! The book on the Posts should be interesting. I learned about the Kellogg brothers and their sanitarium near Kalamazoo, Michigan, but I haven’t read about the Posts. Hmmm…

    Have fun in DC!

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