New Year’s Eve!

Thursday, December 31, 2009
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New Year’s Eve

Holy crap, another year, another decade gone. Well, I’m ready for the next one. Oh, and by the way, I don’t have time for the world to end in 2012. I have too much to do, and the Apocalypse will have to make an appointment with me like everyone else! It’s really not going to work out until like 2075 or something, so just chill Horsemen, chill. 😉

I would not want to be in Times Square for anything – can you imagine, no toilets? And they don’t let you out once you’re in? Ick. When I had the apartment a block away and could see the ball drop from my window, it was really cool, but as the years progressed, I couldn’t even give a party, much less get home after my show because the whole Square is in lock-down. I’d have to go OUT — which I hated — until 1 AM. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that any more.

It’s snowing like crasy — looks like someone dumped a truck of powdered sugar all over everything. Lovely, especially since I don’t have to go out in it!

Dashed out early to the grocery store, came back, cooked like a mad woman all morning (hush, I can hear the comments all the way over here), packed things up, and delivered where they needed to be delivered, packed in the fridge what’s needed for today and tomorrow, did the errands for my mom, picked up the rest of the ritual stuff, and was home by about 3 PM. Poured a glass of wine and just could NOT face going in to the kitchen to even heat anything up for dinner. I’d had a huge lunch — because I needed the space in the fridge!

I’ve posted my year-end wrap up on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions site. Not happy with my progress, but I feel I learned a lot, and if I apply it moving forward, it will have been worth it.

Forgot to mention I watched the Louisa May Alcott documentary/recreation on PBS the other night. Since Louisa is one of my heroines, and one of the reasons I’m a writer, I had to sit down and watch it. I enjoyed most of it, loved Elizabeth Marvel in it, but felt bad because it was obvious they were on a small budget, and those paper animation thingys just didn’t work for me. I feel bad about not loving the whole thing; after all, I know what it’s like to work on a shoestring production budget.

I ran into one of my best friend at, of all places, the gas station, on my way home from errands. Too funny! We both wanted to top off the tanks to start the new decade with full tanks.

My plans today are to stay home and read and write and do exactly as I please. Ritual tonight (blue moon/full moon, after all). Everything’s ready for that, food just has to be popped into the oven. We’ll toast in the New Year with some champagne, and I have to force down some herring before midnight (not fond of herring, but it’s a family tradition for good luck). Lots of yoga, too. I want it to be a peaceful crossing into the new decade!

If you haven’t downloaded “Just Jump in and Fly”, you only have a few more days. It won’t be available after January 6. If you didn’t get to read “First Feet” last year, it’s still available — a Jain Lazarus Adventure influenced by the first footing custom. It’s below the excerpt from OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, so scroll down a bit. Enjoy!

Have a happy and safe New Year!



  1. You should see where I work. They have concrete blocks surrounding some of the buildings and barricades all over. Hanging out in Times Square for the ball drop is not what it use to be.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Devon (any relation of Christie Devon of Alcott’s “Work”?)

    re Alcott doc; I produced (with Director) and wrote it…also a bio while I was at it.

    – don’t feel bad you didn’t love the animation; some people don’t but it works for many, and I think we used it effectively. But hey – I’ve been getting raves with a very few reservations for both book and film.

    So you are one of legions inspired by LMA, too. it’s amazing the women she empowered; I have a good list of them.

    Of course we had a tiny budget – about 1/15th of the cheapest Hollywood-type feature – but ventured into animation, no narrator, no slo-mo skirts running through fields to save the price of a speaking actor, hair, and makeup, etc.

    Elizabeth Marvel was terrific, wasn’t she?

    Harriet Reisen
    ps your blog looks great and your books interesting. I’m not much of a mystery reader although I grab the latest Susan Isaacs and Ruth Rendell (but not Inspector Wexford) the first for humor and the second for suspense and both for great social observation. Which of yours should I consider giving a try? If you want to check out my LMA bio, try for the prologue, intro, and 1st chapter.

    • I’m truly honored that you stopped by, and I look forward to reading the LMA biography. I loved that you had interviews with Madeline Stern and Leona Rostenberg in there.

      I think the fact that Louisa was far more complicated than the initial happy, carefree, wild girl image so often presented makes her someone we grow up with and love and understand even more as the years go by.

  3. Wow I have so much to say, but I will limit myself. I watched a morning news show this morning and NY looks very pretty with the snow and all. Is that what they do? Lock it down and NO bathrooms? Well this ole girl needs her potty times.

    Secondly, I watched that PBS show. My fam calls me a PBS nerd. I don’t think they mean it in a good way, but I take it as a compliment. Anyway, I liked it mostly. I don’t know if it was all truth or not, but one thing I didn’t like was it made her seem kind of desperate and sad, and what I have read about her prior, I didn’t get that idea. But maybe seeing the doc. acted out by marvelous actresses made her more human like to me…or maybe it was just me being to sensitive. I got out my copy of Jack and Jill and am reading it –finally. What I didn’t realize – how much she wrote – as in quantity as in volumes.

    I really liked Just Jump In and Fly and will get the other to read, as well. What a good story- JJIF.

    One more thing (and I realize it doesn’t look like I limited myself), ARE YOU kidding me – cooking again? I am about to go make myself toast for breakfast and don’t know if I can handle it. Whew!


  4. Dear Devon,
    I lived in NYC for 10 years and never once went to Times Square for the festivities. Can’t even imagine.

    Wishing you a very Happy 2010!


  5. Hi Devon – life sounds slightly frenetic .. enjoy the evening and festivities to see in 2010.

    I’d have liked to have been able to visit your flat for a view of NYTImes Square .. would be fun to be that close.

    I pinched your Blue Moon idea .. sorry! Good idea for a post I thought .. makes a change to New Year’s Eve ideas .. etc ..
    Enjoy and much success in 2010 –
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

    • I”m always pleased to pay inspiration forward — glad the post inspired you!

  6. Have a wonderful end of the year no matter how you decide to celebrate, Devon!

  7. I’ve been curious about New Year’s Eve in the Square. I could never do it-too many people. You’d think they’d at least give them a porta potty! I hope you have a Blessed New Year’s Eve!

  8. We don’t have snow – or not in this neck of the woods – but it is, has been, and will continue to be bitterly cold (don’t forget, we don’t know how to deal with cold …). I stepped outside on New Year’s Eve to watch a lunar eclipse, but either it didn’t happen or I missed it. The moon was right over the apex of my roof so I couldn’t see it from anywhere in the house and had to stand outside. By the time I gave up and went back indoors, I was FROZEN. It was a beautiful moon, though, and illuminated everywhere so well we couldn’t see the fireworks.

    Happy New Year, Devon. :o)

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