Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and mild

Yesterday turned out pretty well, thank goodness. I did conference work in the morning, finished packing, ran some errands in the afternoon. I stopped by Robin’s Bookstore, in their new location. They were still constructing the new space, and I just couldn’t deal with the nail guns, but I did buy a book about the case on which Edgar Allen Poe based his Marie Roget story, which seems fascinating, and the first 6 pages have already given me ideas for other work.

Started working on Confidential Job #1. They’ve sent me two assignments due on two consecutive days — hey, I’m happy for the cash. I plan to do the first one today and tomorrow and get the next one done by the weekend.

Found a great bar/restaurant on 19th St., between Walnut and Chestnut, called Smith’s. The staff is great, the food is great, the prices are reasonable — I had a really wonderful chicken pot pie and a local beer. All good. Definitely a place I’d go back to regularly on subsequent trips.

Hauled all my luggage to the bus stop outside of 30th St. Station. Loaded on, settled in with Kate Carlisle’s IF BOOKS COULD KILL (I liked her first one, so was happy to grab this). Had my iPod on, there were very few people on the bus, and it was a smooth, pleasant ride back to Manhattan. Took a cab from the drop-off point on 28th St. up to Grand Central Station (yeah, it was $10, but I’m not carting my luggage over a mile uphill). Even managed to catch the 7:40 train, get a seat on it, and got home around 8:30. Had dinner, unpacked, played with the cats. Elsa and Iris were happy to see me; Violet didn’t speak to me until this morning.

My back hurts, but I’m going to acupuncture next week, so I will deal.

I’m glad to be home with my good internet connection. I’m headed to Trader Joe’s to stock up on cat food and a few other things — another storm tomorrow. Today will be mostly conference work, some correspondence, and then turning my attention back to BLOOD SOUP and the steampunk. Wrap-ups and To Do lists should be up shortly. I’ve also got to get to work on the 15 pages of query notes I made from that one section of WRITER’S MARKET. I’m going to try to get one out every weekday, at least.

I need to rearrange my time a little bit again. I need more percolation time, time to just sit and stare at the wall and let stories spin, so that when I sit down to put them at the page, they’re ready to spill out. I’m not getting enough percolation time, and it’s affecting the work. But I have to keep up on the output and get everything else done, too. It’s more a case of figuring out what time of day is strongest for what kind of work, and then setting up my day that way.

Also, have to talk to Maine today and get schedules sorted out to help while my family member undergoes cancer treatment.


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  1. I’d love to know the name of that book, Devon…

    Not heard of Smith’s. Anything vegetarian that you noticed? We’re all for trying new eateries.

    Glad you’re back among the bandwidth living. 🙂

  2. I’m thinking of you and your family memeber and I hope everything turns out okay. They have made tons of advancement in cancer treatments and a positive attitude is everything.

    • Thanks for the good thoughts. It was just diagnosed a few days ago, so we’re still trying to figure out options for treatment, side effects, etc. He’s got a very wry, dry, Maine sense of humor, which will help, I’m sure.

  3. Glad you arrived home safely. Your relative sounds like he’ll do well approaching treatment. Hope your day goes well.

  4. Hi Devon – Stumbling upon your site due to a Google Alert for “Blood Soup.” Is that the name of your WIP? Great minds must think alike! 🙂 You might be interested in my book by the same name, published in September


    Might be interesting to compare notes!

    I’m also curious about the Poe book, would you mind passing along the name?


    • Welcome to the blog, Kelly. BLOOD SOUP is one of the plays commissioned by a producer for next season. I started work on it a few months ago, but had to put it aside, and now have to finish it in the next few weeks. This producer commissions me to write a few comic noir mysteries for her each season.

      Congrats on your book! I’ll keep an eye out for it.

      • I’d be interested in seeing a play by the name of Blood Soup. 😉 Will it be produced in NYC?

      • Kelly, it’s being produced by a small, local company out on Long Island. I’m not sure of the dates yet — it has to be finished before it can be scheduled. They’ve commissioned several plays from me that will open over the next few seasons. They’ve already produced two of my shows, and a third opens in April.

  5. Hi Devon – lots going on and I hope all goes well for you need to do, so you can concentrate with your ill family member – difficult times. Wishing you well – Hilary

  6. Trust me when I say that Violet took it worse than the other two – your absence. She can only deal by “punishing” with her silence. 🙂 Aren’t they sweet?

    Sounds like you’ve been very productive.

  7. Good luck with the health arrangements.

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