Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Waxing Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Cloudy and mild

I went to check Angie’s List to try to find a man-with-a-van. You have to pay to join. I don’t think so. I’ll keep hunting on my own.

By the way, Lori, the people running the leafblowers at 5:10 in the morning belonged to the Department of Public Works. Yeah, the city’s own employees completely disregard the city code. Of course what they were doing is illegal. But they don’t give a damn.

Yesterday was frustrating. I lost the thread of the Christmas story, and I’m having trouble getting it back. It’s been better this morning. I’m almost back, but I need to sort out more plot.

Ran errands, went to Costco to stock up on a bunch of stuff, went to Party City to stock up on plates and cookie bags — last year I waited too long and they were out. I’m trying some different cat food because I think Elsa has an allergy, and I’m wondering if it’s food-related, so I went to Pet Smart and bought a can of several different brands. This morning’s, called “by nature” was not a hit. Picked up a few things at the grocery store to get me through the next few days until I leave for Maine.

Started figuring out what I’m baking and who gets cookie plates this year.

Did some research for the Christmas story, took care of some unpleasant correspondence, searched for another man-with-van, sent out a few more requests for a quote. I guess we must be out of the recession, since so many of these places can’t even be bothered to give me a quote. They must not need the work. My great movers from July seem to have vanished.

Started reading AS Byatt’s THE CHILDREN’S BOOK. Not at all what I expected, and I have to shove away my expectations in order to properly appreciate it.

The cats woke me up at 4 and I said, “No way” and went back to sleep, which, of course, meant I overslept until 7 and had a slow start getting back to the page.

Writing today and more errands. It feels like I’ll have a better day at the page, which is a good thing. I’m behind, and allowing myself to get overwhelmed by the forest instead of dealing with the individual trees. i have to up my quantity and improve my quality simultaneously. Since I don’t have a day job to fall back on, it pretty much doesn’t matter whether I “feel” like writing or not, or whether the Muse smacks me upside the head, or whether or not life is getting in the way. The writing has to get done.


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  1. “A better day at the page…”

    Should be on a tshirt

  2. Sorry to hear you’re having such trouble finding reliable, competent and affordable movers. Best wishes for a good day of writing!

  3. I think today will be a good day for you.

    Have a good weekend.

  4. The Children’s Book, reading it now. Not impressed. It’s one of a plethora of books out right now that include the general themes of infidelity, alternate relationships, and child abuse, and does it in a way that makes me think that the author has likely experienced none of these, or if she has is in deep, deep denial about the realities involved.

    It’s the way the adoption theme was handled in the 80s. It’s much too trite for its own themes.

    I’m struggling through it, but it might be a throw-it-accross-the-room book. It’s one of a series of books that I’ve read lately which contain few, if any, redeemable characters that I give a flying hoot about.

    I hope things get easier tomorrow!

    • Interesting take on the book. I’m putting it aside for a few days, because I’m writing in the same historical period right now, and I can’t read fiction in the same era in which I’m writing.

      I’m only about 50 pages into the book. It seems the attempt is to take stylistic conventions of this type of novel and try to make the reader feel uncomfortable, but I’m not far enough yet into it to know if it entirely works for me.

  5. PS – I will spell “accccrosss” any way I like. So there.

  6. I find that whether I feel like writing or not, once I make myself sit down at that computer and work, usually some sort of flow takes over regardless and I can get something done. If not my main project, a smaller essay, or blog post. But something. Hope your writing takes over too 🙂

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