Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot, sticky, icy

I hope that spending the weekend dealing with other people’s corrupt crap means I’ve got in my quota for the damn year! Dealt with some situations on behalf of my mother. If I had the money to hire a lawyer and file a multi-million dollar suit and put out the word to make it a class action suit, I would. Unfortunately, that is not an option. The landlords are trying to make our lives hell again. I mean, since when are they not, but even more inconvenience and stupidity, for which they will attempt to charge is on the way. Withdrew from consideration for one particular writing job — when I got the details, it was better than a content mill, but the rates were still too low, they expect a lot of research time without paying for it, and they still put the emphasis on quantity rather than quality. Let’s see: with a little hustle and research, I get 10X the pay rate they offer, and I can focus on creating quality work. My business model works better for me, and since I am in the Business of Me, that is what I will do. Then, someone else demanded that I sell his piece for him. Um, I’m not an agent, I don’t provide agent duties, I’ve never read your work, I barely know you, and I’m busy writing, polishing, pitching, and selling my own work. I gave the person a list of resources that would help him decide where to pitch, and he kept repeating, “But you can sell it.” No, I can’t. I’m not an agent. Repeating the question when I’ve said no does not make me change my answer to what you want. I don’t wear down; I get more stubborn and less polite.

Started the assignment for Confidential Job #1. It looked really interesting; it’s turning out to be s slog through the mud, unfortunately, but I want to get it done today and out, along with the paperwork for the new owners of the publication. As I keep working on it, I’m finding some good stuff there, but it’s not easy. I’ll try it for a few months, and if my qualms prove true, I will resign by the end of the year.

Hung out with the cat next door. Wrote a little. Found a really interesting call for submission, and got an idea for a story set in Iceland. It’s only 1500 words, so I should be able to knock it out pretty easily — provided I find the RIGHT 1500 words! Cleaned off a lot of crap from my desk.

Hope Clark had a great editorial in one of her newsletters this week where she asks readers if they get up and go to work every day, as far as their writing goes, whether they still have a day job or not. She makes a great point: when you’re on someone else’s payroll, you’re still expected to get into work and be productive. If you don’t give your writing the same gravitas, you won’t be able to make the transition to full-time writer. Life always gets in the way — it’s how you handle it that defines you.

Right now, I’m not happy with my own personal definition, and the summer’s going to be tough, financially, but I’ve set up quite a bit of work that pays decently and is enjoyable for fall and going into next year, so that should help. At least I’m sticking to my 1K a day no matter what, so I’m moving forward, even if it’s slowly. Slowly is better than not at all.

Elsa held steady on Saturday, and ate well on Sunday. She’s still having the acid reflux problem, and has lost too much weight. I finally heard back from the vet and we’re going to try an experimental new treatment on her. It’s been used with positive results on people with cancer, HIV, and MS, and he tried it on a dog with liver cancer with positive results, so it’s worth a shot. And I can afford it.

Started a suspense short story which is more comedy than suspense right now. Hopefully, I can figure out the balance within the word count. I love this character – one of the smartest, funniest, and bravest I’ve ever written.

Today has to be a busy day in spite of oppressive heat. I have a blazing migraine, and the cats were impossible all night. I had the air on the bedroom with the door closed. Cats hate closed doors, and, since none of the doors close properly in this place, they were in and out and in and out and in and out and . . .you get the picture. All night long. I might go next door and take a nap with the neighbor’s cat just to get some rest! I have a blazing migraine and have to rip a few people a few new ones this morning. Batten down the hatches.

And then I hope to read, write, and have a quiet day in air conditioning.

Devon

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4 Comments

  1. Sounds very good and very busy. Hope the migraine clears and Elsa continues to improve. I had a banging headache yesterday, my cats have been acting very weird, and I’ve been having stupidly crazy dreams. Perhaps something is out of line somewhere up there in the stars.

    • PS I think you’re definitely due some good karma payback. 🙂

  2. Hope your migraine feels better! HUGS on all the crap you’re dealing with. It has to get better soon, right?

  3. Hugs Devon.


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