Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and lovely

Totally forgot to mention that, along with the other work I did this weekend, I also got out two fillers and two short stories. I’m trying to catch up on the backlog. I’d forgotten how long it takes to prepare hard copy submissions; however, a lot of the highest paying markets still require hard copies rather than electronic submission, and, since those are the markets I target, that’s what I have to do.

Managed to get through 480 pages of material for Confidential Job #1 yesterday. I’ll finish the in-depth analysis and get it off today. Whew!

Also took a few hours to walk in a local wildlife sanctuary, located behind the Amusement Park. I knew about it, but had never actually walked it. It was lovely. I’ll post photos when I get the chance.

Even got some writing squeezed in there, mostly notes. Some musings on ANGEL HUNT, some outline on another project, some structure on a third project. If you want to read more on the ANGEL HUNT breakthrough, read yesterday’s post, below this one.

ABC & Cablevision stopped acting like toddlers around 9 PM, so I got to see the last few hours of the Oscars. Wasn’t all that impressed with the production, but delighted that THE HURT LOCKER won both Best Director and Best Picture. The latter was a shock — I figured they’d split it between HL and AVATAR. I haven’t seen AVATAR, so I can’t comment on it. I went to see HURT LOCKER because I’m a big fan of Jeremy Renner’s work and of Kathryn Bigelow’s work — otherwise, the subject matter would have probably kept me away. And yet, I felt they did such a wonderful job showing the fight to retain humanity in situations beyond inhumane that I left a fan of the film itself. I”m pleased for Bigelow not just because she’s a woman and proved that women can handle topics that are usually thought “best left to men”, but because she’s been doing this for a lot of years, she’s damned good at it, and it’s about time she got public recognition for her work.

I’ve got laundry in the machines downstairs (hate having to haul it up and down four flights of stairs AND pay ridiculous sums of money to do laundry, but when I can’t take it to my friend’s place, that’s what happens). I’ve got some errands to run, packing to do, the assignment to polish and get out to Confidential Job #1, and then it’s back to MRS. TILLER.

Back to the page.

Devon

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  1. I have to say, (even not having seen HURT), that I was surprised. I have seen AVATAR, and it is AMAZING. A little cheesey in parts, but for the most part, amazing. Oh well, James Cameron is about as rich as a god at this point, and he’s got oscars galore, so I’m sure he’ll live. Hooray for Women!!! 😉

    You are so inspiring. You are a writing machine! I’m glad you took time out to enjoy nature, though. Even the busiest of us need to enjoy and “smell the flowers” once in a while. 🙂 Good Therapy.

  2. Glad you got a ton of work done and you got a chance to get outside. You do such a great job of balancing work and other needs.

    Didn’t get any of the Oscars in. I do like to catch them when I can. They’re always interesting, even when the production is not so good.

  3. Great result at the Oscars! I was glad to see a different kind of movie get the attention it deserves. It was a great film, in my estimation, and I appreciated the front-row view of one sliver of that war.

    I’m going to adopt your writing strategy – forgo everything and just write. I think I allow myself too much time to think about it instead of just sucking it up and doing it. I’m editing my son’s book, but my own sits.

    • Your best energy must always go to your own creative work first. Or it won’t get done.

  4. Hi Devon good to see your recommendation for The Hurt Locker .. I’m sure we’ll get it back down here with our film society .. so look forward to it .. I ahve to agree with Lara .. about the writing machine – I have no idea how you do it .. good for you .. go well – Hilary

  5. Glad you got your ABC back.

    Appears you are working hard as usual, but took some time for yourself. However, you didn’t leave the writer at home in your walk. 🙂

    Once you get your house and a dog for Elsa, you will have a place for a washer and dryer.

  6. The walk sounds like a nice treat. I hope your headache is feeling better. I am always in awe of all that you manage to achieve. Best wishes for a good day.

  7. Sounds like a lovely walk. Look forward to seeing those pics 🙂

  8. Don’t you find that if you go to see something expecting … let’s say something not to your liking, it always comes out a lot better than you expected? I generally find that and, like you, I’ve just not fancied Hurt Locker.

    Well done on getting those fillers and that short story out. I love doing stuff like that – extra ticks on the list. 🙂

    • Yeah, if Renner and Bigelow hadn’t been connected to the piece, I’d have skipped it. Now, I’m really glad I didn’t.


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