Friday, April 1, 2011

Looking forward to better weather so I can walk in Ashumet Holly Sanctuary again

Friday, April 1, 2011
Day before dark moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
April Fool’s Day

I worked so concentratedly yesterday morning, when we got back from the dump and grocery shopping, that when I stopped for lunch, I thought it was dinner time! Oops!

Went to the dump early, got rid of the garbage and recycling that stacked up. Felt good to get all those bins empty. We really only go about every 6-8 weeks, and usually only have one bag of garbage — the rest of the car is stuffed with recycling.

Went grocery shopping, worked on updating the Annabel Aidan web page, popping the cover art in wherever I could, and I’m almost finished with the media kit. Now, at some point before the book launches, I better join RWA!

Caught up on student work, dealt with piles of correspondence, tidied things up post-webinar, backed up some files. I need to do a Time Machine back-up today.

I need to decide what kind of swag to do for the book — something appropriate to the content, but also fun. I’m going to do the postcards at home, because I’ve got the set-up, but I’ll job out the bookmarks — there are, supposedly, some really good printers in the area. Time to get to know them!

Did my quarterly taxes, easy peasey, will write the checks in a few days. Still have the mountains of tax returns to sort out (amazing how many schedules you have to attach when you freelance, get royalties, and move), and figure out how much I overpaid in quarterlies last year, compared to what went out on all the other stuff! My first quarter earnings this year are way above last year’s, so I can already see how much better the move has been for my work.

I’m outlining THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY — I want to take it in a slightly different direction than originally planned. I also want to take what I’ve learned from ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT — and the other books I’ve written in the interim — and apply it to SPIRIT REPOSITORY.

Someone asked me if the knowledge that locals and students are reading my blog is going to make me self-censor. No. I’m not saying here anything I wouldn’t say to their faces, and, in fact, if they read something here, we’ve probably already discussed it, so I don’t see this is a source of Big Drama.

UPS, Fed Ex, and the mailman all arrived together — plant delivery, next assignment from Confidential Job #1, and the mail. Guess they wanted to get everything done before the storm, which hit several hours earlier than predicted.

I’m not a fan of April Fool’s Day, because so many of the “pranks” are mean-spirited, so I’m glad I don’t have to go and deal with anyone today.

We were lucky — we’re getting a lot of rain, but no snow. The rest of the state looks pretty slammed.

My back is still sore, but I’m slowly making progress. Mixing the slippery elm with echinecea and honey seems to be doing more than anything else.

The March wrap-up and April To -do list are up over on the GDR site .

Back to the page for awhile, and then some queries based on discussions we had in The Confident Freelancer.



  1. Watching the snow fall outside my window….

    Self-censor? Over college students? Why on earth? Having had a number of college students in my life recently (one newly minted former student asleep upstairs right now), I can say they are more worldly than many adults I know.

    Maybe reiki for the back? Hope it feels better soon. With all this lovely snow falling, I myself am going to take Nature’s hint and slow down today. 🙂

    • My students aren’t necessarily college-age. I have every age from college-age to well past retirement, and from all over the world. That’s one of the beauties of the online aspect of teaching– a great mix. And, because the Cape is such a small community and everyone knows everyone, this friend was concerned about the way I often speak my mind. But, as I wrote, I’m not saying anything behind anyone’s back, so I’m not worried.

      Reiki! What a great idea! Now, to find someone . . .

      There are so many holistic practitioners on the Cape, but I’ve yet to find a central directory.

  2. Have a lovely writing weekend!

    I don’t like April Fool’s jokes, either. Because I’ve been on the receiving end of some MEAN ones…kind of spoils the fun.

  3. Your cover is georgeous! Congrats!

  4. I’d even enjoy walking in the rain, complete with big brolly and wellington boots.

    I’ll probably look at the Confident Freelancer at the weekend and start thinking overseas angles.

  5. Glad you are still feeling well and are improving. I hope you’re having a nice weekend.

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