Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Not one, single snowflake all day yesterday. Unbelievable! Honestly, as badly as I feel for those who were hammered, I do feel cheated!

So, in the past two days, I’ve read two mediocre books (I kept hoping they’d get better) and one book so bad that I had to put it down by page 15. Hate it when that happens. Fortunately, the one I started last night is a lot of fun.

Yesterday was a DAY. I’ve been dealing with harassing phone calls for the past few months, from a commercial number, but I can’t trace it back because it’s an 877 number. I’ve told them numerous times to stop calling. I am on the Do Not Call list. It’s ignored. They don’t actually tell me what they want anyway — just heavy breathing. So, I filed a formal complaint with the FCC — and the calls escalated. That SOB on the other end of the phone better hope the FCC finds him before I do. Because I am so done. I also told Verizon they damn well better pay attention — I’ve complained to them for months and they don’t even have the courtesy to respond. I’ll file with the Attorney General’s office and name them as an accessory. I did some further digging and managed to get information on the number — belongs to an outsourcing telemarketer with a history of scams. So, at least I have a file to send to the FCC and the AG.

Add to that, my neighbor went all weird, putting on NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET at top volume, with the door open to the hallway in the afternoon. The cats flipped out. Several neighbors and I asked her to turn it down and we were ignored. So I fought back, first with Bach and then with Nordic rock, an album called WILD WOMEN OF THE NORTH. I won. Gee, I can tell you’re surprised. 😉

Later on, the same neighbor had on a war movie, although not quite as loud. The cats were freaking out. I think she has a new large-screen TV with surround sound — she better get the settings worked out sooner rather than later, because I am not having stuff fall off the walls and listening to someone else’s idea of “entertainment” indefinitely.

At least I had a good first writing session on REDEMPTION KILL. I want to do a little more on it this morning, then switch back over to the steampunk, which never got the attention it deserved yesterday, because of all this other chaos. I also managed to participate in a loop chat on Castles in the Sky, which featured my new publisher at eTreasures.

So, all in all it was a productive, of somewhat frustrating and chaotic day.

Back to the page. I’m really glad I’m working out of town so much for the rest of this month.



  1. I feel cheated too by the snowstorm that wasn’t.

    That’s one of the things I dislike about apartment living is the noise from your neighbors; especially when you can actually hear what is being said on the TV clearly.

    I hope you get a resolution soon from the harassing calls.

    Does your building have a noise ordinance?

    Have a good Sunday.

  2. Good luck with getting to the bottom of the harassing calls. That does not sound pleasant.

    Your apartment building reminds me of a college dorm. I hope the novelty of your neighbor’s tv and sound system wears off soon.


  3. What’s the name of the new book you started, and like? I am looking for something good to read until my Dennis Lehane novels arrive via Amazon. (I hadn’t read anything of his before Shutter Island, but I was impressed enough to seek out more.)


    P.S. I rather like your blog template — what’s the name of it?

    • If you want some excellent literary fiction recommendations, two of the best books I read in the past couple of years are AMERICA LIBRE by Raul Ramos y Sanchez and 31 HOURS by Masha Hamilton. I also loved LADY MACBETH by Susan Fraser King.

      The book I started last night that’s a fun, light, well-written read is ONCE UPON STILETTOS by Shanna Swendson — I really enjoyed the first book in the series, ENCHANTED, INC.

      I think the template’s called Quenin, but I’d have to check.

      • Thank you! I’ll look into all of your suggestions. Much appreciated 🙂


  4. Sounds a bit of difficult saturday .. I have to admit I just put the phone down if I “hear” that it’s a telemarketing call: I don’t talk, don’t get harrassed, and just ignore it all .. it is a pain though I agree.

    Amazing about the lack of snow – they’ve had it bad to the south I gather .. the tv would drive me nutty! Quiet is such a pleasure .. Have a good week – Hilary

    • I don’t give out my cell number to random businesses; there’s no reason they should call six times in a day, and normally, I’d just not answer, but I wanted to make sure I told them to STOP. They refused; now there are consequences.

      I screen ALL my calls. I’m not a phone person anyway, I find it intrusive, but it enrages me when people not only break the law with their calls, but disturb my writing.

  5. A telemarketer is calling your cell number? I thought that wasn’t legal? I hope you receive action soon!
    I feel cheated over the weather this year. We usually get some snow, but it seems to have skipped us this year.
    I hope your day goes well.

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