Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and lovely

I didn’t go out at all on Saturday, but I hear it wasn’t quite as hot as predicted — 97 instead of 100, 106 heat index instead of 110.

I finished the assignment for Confidential Job #1 and sent it off. Always good to be done. I also finished reading and note-taking on the fantasy romance I’m deconstructing for a seminar in September. Now, I have to sort all the notes into seven lectures. That will be fun — and also challenging, in the best possible way.

I started re-reading and note-taking on the mystery I’m deconstructing in a seminar in late November.

Ran around on Sunday, preparing to leave, doing laundry, tidying up, packing, etc. Gotta leave every place better than you found it, right?

Wrote some notes on a new idea that I hope will be a short story. I haven’t done much writing at all this week, other than my daily 1K. Lots of percolating, though, and resting, which is necessary. I didn’t realize just how worn out I’ve been from Elsa’s illness, fighting with the landlords, fighting with the two companies trying to take advantage of my elderly mother (I won. Did you ever doubt me?), and trying to make a living.

I’m off to the glaze room at the pottery studio today. Hopefully, the pieces I created before I left have been bisque-fired and I can glaze them today. Otherwise, I have to go back later in the week to finish.

Not sure if I can take a pottery class in the fall. I want to, but with the way potential scheduling for other Have-To’s is working out, I might only be able to do the first six classes — out of thirteen. I have to think about it, and see how things shake out over the next couple of weeks. There’s only one class I can take — a Thursday morning one that mixes hand-building and the wheel. And there aren’t many spots, so if I hesitate too long, I’ll lose.

Getting back was an adventure to say the least. Severe thunder storm as I left the apartment in Philly. Fortunately, I got a cab. Waited in the train station until the bus loaded. They were kind and let us on early.

Unfortunately, we got stuck three times in New Jersey, so what should have been a two hour trip took four hours. I read my book, had on my iPod, and tried to ignore my annoying seatmate. I did have one of those intense moments of understanding with three other people on the bus, that one sometimes has with strangers, and it sparked a story idea. I have to play with it a little more.

Got a cab to Grand Central. And that’s when it got stupid. Metro North is the worst train line in the world, from all my travels. Not only was the air off in Grand Central, the platforms were probably around 100 degrees, and they were ten minutes late opening the train. When the lazy conductors finally deigned to STROLL down and let people on, they then discovered the train didn’t work properly. They had AN HOUR to test the train. To test it three minutes before it’s supposed to leave and then to stand around with thumbs up asses because they don’t know what to do is unacceptable. I think you have to pass a test to be incompetent, stupid, and lazy to work for them. The train FINALLY pulled out — late, of course, because Metro North in incapable of doing anything on time, even when the train works.

I finally got home just before 10 at night. After leaving at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Elsa was happy to see me, Iris didn’t care one way or the other, and Violet wouldn’t speak to me — although she’s Velcro kitty this morning.

They woke me just after 5 AM, so I guess we’re back to our normal routine.

Will try to get some writing done this morning, and then — glazing.

It’s much cooler today, thank goodness. Really lovely.

Devon

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4 Comments

  1. It IS nicer today, isn’t it? Beautiful here. I woke to 65 degrees. Amen!

    So glad to see you. Sorry the trip home was such a beast.

  2. I wish it were cooler here. I’m glad you arrived home safely, though with much aggravation. I hope today is a good day for you.

  3. Hi there!

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    We do think that you too might have a marvelous story to tell, one that is your own! So if you can compose it in not more than few words, we would want to hear from you. Also, you stand a chance to get your story published on our site and win cash prize of USD 100.

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  4. When I was commuting between Glasgow and Edinburgh I use to get so many story ideas, character ideas and moments of inspiration. I don’t get that so much now on the 10 minute bus ride into town. I guess what I’m saying is, public transport is good for writers.


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