Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Small pressed mold bowl made in July’s workshop

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Hot, humid, cloudy

This weather totally sucks. No thunderstorms as promised for days, just oppressive, cloudy heat and humidity. The cats are trying to learn how to turn on the air conditioner by themselves.

Got some paperwork done yesterday, not enough, but it’s never enough, is it? Got the stuff sorted out for teaching — the admin hadn’t put the materials into the folder when I sent them A MONTH AGO and it was at the bottom of her inbox. Really, not my problem. I was organized and got it in on time, and it bugs the hell out of me when I’m falsely accused of missing deadlines, which seems to be the leitmotif with this particular organization. If it doesn’t change, I won’t stick around. I am way too busy to have this argument over and over and over again, especially when I’m the one on time.

Skipped the museum — will have to make time next week or I’ll miss the exhibit.

Delivered some of the food I cooked to my mom, then went over to a friend’s for the afternoon and an early dinner. I love cooking in that kitchen.

Read Sharon Shinn’s novella “Flight”, which is excellent.

Got some research done in the evening at home, with the air on. Elsa seemed very confused last night — I think the heat is affecting her brain. She woke me up at 5:30 this morning; I say “No way”, rolled over and wound up oversleeping, so I’m having a tough time getting going.

Good first writing session this morning, though. The interesting thing about the Willowspring Grove novel is that I’ve outlined the character arcs for the major characters for the course of the series, but I’m blank-paging this individual book. I know the emotional points I have to hit, but I’m letting the story lead me to them. It’s a different way of working, and one that wouldn’t work with a lot of what I do, but it works here.

I have to go to storage this morning and work through some of the “Misc.” boxes, purging and organizing, then see if more of my pottery is ready. I paid my firing fees yesterday — which were three times more than expected, ouch — so I guess that means most of it survived the kilns.

Also have to get cat food. The never-ending void of the cat food cupboard. Can’t wait until I have the room to buy it by the case!

I’m off to cool down the bedroom for the cats before I leave, so they’ll have sanctuary in the heat.


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  1. I agree – the weather DOES suck. We need rain so badly.

    You’re right – if they’re more interested in blaming you instead of fixing their own mistakes, there’s no reason to stick around. Plenty of other places would love your class.

  2. This heat is rather oppressive, isn’t it? It makes everything feel sluggish. Hope you stay cool!

  3. I love your pottery pieces.

    I wish we would cool down some. I feel cooped up like I do in the winter.

  4. Your molded bowl is lovely. The heat and humidity here are awful as well.
    Wishing you a good day!

  5. It’s hot here in Kansas, too. In my day job, I’m a hospice social worker, so I spend all day going from cool buildings to a hot car to another cool building. It’s no wonder I’m coming down with a cold.

    On the plus side, my freelance business is exploding, and not just the content mills anymore, either. I’ve gotten more aggressive about marketing myself and have picked up some really interesting projects at fair rates. Yea. On the downside, I’m working about 50 hours per week at my day job, and then putting in an additional thirty or forty hours freelancing.

    I haven’t slept more than four hours in so long I’ve forgotten what the inside of my eyelids look like.

    Keep writing, I always enjoy taking a break in my day to read your posts.


    • Debra, you’re proof of what we’ve been saying – if you market, the work is there to be had. Congratulations. You’ve just increased your earnings potential! 🙂

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