Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
A Dark and Stormy Morning
Bastille Day

Yoga on the Beach cancelled this morning, due to the weather. I focused on home practice instead. I usually don’t go out there on Fridays because of traffic, but I’ll see tomorrow. It rained and stormed since about dinner time last night, so I don’t have to worry about watering for awhile.

Hop on over to The Writers Vineyard and read my piece on “Why Are We Here?”, meaning with characters, not in the deep, esoteric sense. I replaced the original piece I had posted for today, because it felt out of tone and a little too strident with the overall voice of the blog.

Bastille Day has great personal significance because, in the mid-80’s, I chose that as the day to leave a toxic job situation. So I consider it my personal liberation day!

Iris is fine. She screamed her head off in the car coming and going; never said peep in the office. The vets are pleased that, although they are chronologically eleven years old this year, both cats are more like healthy three or four year olds. This also means that the Third Kitty Adoption Project can move forward. So many shelters, so many cats that need homes. It will be a hard decision, but I trust I’ll know when it’s the “right” one to fit into the family.

Confidential Job #1 sent me a project that’s a Very Big Deal. I’m quite excited about it and already started it, I’m also honored that they think I’m the person to handle it.

Worked on Confidential Job #1 yesterday afternoon, and got a nice chunk of work done on POWER OF WORDS in the evening. I’m restructuring the audition section. Unlike a lot of other books, where I prefer to work in full drafts, each section sets up so much for the following sections that the section has to be in good shape in order to move forward. I’m stuck in the section where they’re filming in Prague because of weaknesses n the audition and rehearsal sections. I may have to re-envision some of the Cape Cod filming section, too. When you have a large ensemble of characters and many of them are playing characters inside the piece, it’s going to be a challenge to keep it all straight. I’m juggling the story lines of the characters in the book along with the storylines of the characters played by the characters within the series.

Not to mention the fact that, in its current shape, it’s unpublishable, and not just because it’s an early draft. The project is so unwieldy, when I get it into solid shape as a good story, I’ll have to figure out how to break it down and package each section. But that is WAAAAY down the line.

This morning, however, will focus on THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, and then I have a whole lot of work to do for the Mermaid Ball!

Devon


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and hot

I actually figured out what day it was yesterday, finally! Sorry for the glitch.

Yoga was on yesterday. Lovely and misty and windy when we started; windy and sunny by the time we stopped. I felt like crap when I got in the car to drive there, and so much better on the way home, in spite of the fact that my shoe broke and I had to drive with only one shoe! No stopping for coffee on the way home for me! 😉

Grocery shopping and errands, then research and other work for the various galas on which I’m working in the afternoon. Some story ideas are spinning, but I’m not sure where any of them lead.

Wrote my post for tomorrow’s Writers’ Vineyard installment and edited it this morning. Trying to work my way through a tricky section of SPIRIT REPOSITORY. Spent time with my students.

Finally caught up with the premiere of TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY last night. Mixed feelings. I only saw the first two seasons, and not the season directly preceding this one, so I’m a little behind on the overall arc. I just kind of feel as though the show’s lost some of its dark, twisted humor, which was always one of its strengths. It’s more straight-forward speculative now.

I love John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness — he’s one of those performers who lights up whatever he’s in, and even when perfectly still, he has more presence than most other actors. We share a birthday — although he’s younger! 😉 And he’s taken a character who could be either a stereotypical anti-hero or so needlessly complex as to be confusing, and made him fun and fascinating — along with smart and resourceful and all those other things we want in our protagonists. He takes what’s on the page and makes it better. Good writing can make a mediocre actor look good. Weak writing can be saved, to some extent, by a charismatic actor. But meld a good actor with strong writing, and you have something worth watching. Eve Myles is great as Gwen, and the way they play off each other is wonderful. It’s nice to see Bill Pullman get to sink his teeth into an antagonist with such glee. But I felt they spent so much time in set-up, they weren’t really getting on with the story, until about the last ten minutes, when Jack showed up in Wales. I kept wanting to say, “Yeah, I got the idea the first time you hit me over the head with that plot device.” The writing’s good, but the pace felt a little off to me, and I felt the first episode should have been two hours, not one, if they were going to unfold in that particular fashion. I’m interested to see where it goes from here, mostly to watch Barrowman and Myles.

I’ve got to catch Iris and stuff her in the carrier now — off we go to the vet. Her turn. Let’s see what Big Drama she comes up with.

Devon

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Stormy and humid

It’s thundering, so I assume yoga on the beach will be cancelled. There’s nothing on the site yet, but I’ll check again just before I’d have to leave.

Violet’s vet appointment went very well yesterday. She’s healthy, if a little underweight, and got all her shots. I take Iris in tomorrow morning. Violet was fine when I brought her home — ate her breakfast, went about her day. It was Iris making Big Drama all the time, carrying on and having a fit. And yesterday wasn’t even about her! What will she be like tomorrow?

I got some work done, but felt awful and took it easy for most of yesterday. I still feel kind of under the weather today, but I’m hoping I’m more productive.

EUREKA and WAREHOUSE 13 are back, so that’s fun.

I’ve got to get my post done for The Writers Vineyard, but, other than that, if I still feel this lousy, I will take it easy.,

Devon

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Monday, July 11, 2011


Heritage Museum and Gardens

Monday, July 11, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Busy weekend. Saturday, I got some work done, did three loads of laundry, and unpacked about six boxes of books in the basement, slowly, figuring out where they will actually go.

Violet was sick, and I was very worried about her. I managed to reach a nearby vet and set up an appointment for this morning. Of course, once I made the appointment, she had no symptoms for the rest of the weekend! Which is a good thing, but now we have to go to the vet today! I needed to find a new vet and get their shots updated, so it’s not a bad thing. But the negative vet memories connected to Elsa’s illness are still very raw.

Sunday, I was up early, got the papers and read them, and went to over to Armstrong-Kelley Park in Osterville for a meditation walk through the garden. It was lovely. The group was small, but everyone was very welcoming and friendly. The Park itself is gorgeous, and much bigger than I expected.

When I came home, I unpacked some more stuff from the garage, which wound up being three more loads of laundry, some great finds, some things that will be ironed and go to the consignment shop, and some stuff for the donation box.

Put a coat of black gloss paint on the bureau. Dealt with the laundry. Unpacked and put away three more boxes of books downstairs. Spent time with my students.

This morning, Violet and I are off to the vet (think good thoughts for us), and then I have a lot of work to do both on the Mermaid Ball and the book. Also have to get my post written and scheduled for The Writers Vineyard. Both cats are irritated with me right now because there’s no breakfast until after the appointment.

I’m playing with ideas to offer a short story tie-in to go with ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT — something to please those who have read the book and intrigue those who haven’t yet. I’m not sure if I should set it before or after the events in the book, or deal with some of the ghost stories told in the book. Mulling over the possibilities, while other characters from other pieces squawk at me.

Devon


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Carousel Horse, Heritage Museum and Gardens

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Yesterday wound up being a quiet, rainy, reading day. I got my materials out to Confidential Job #1, I did some work for the Mermaid Ball and for the Centerville Beautification Gala, worked with my students, and then took the day off to read. I actually enjoy lying on my bed or on the sofa, listening to the rain.

I read one book which was perfectly pleasant and undemanding. I started a second, a mystery with elements that should fascinate me, but the structure (talking to “you” meaning another character in the book and also the reader) was frustrating, and then the author butchered a pet cat for no good reason and without any realistic emotional resonance for the protagonist or justice to the perpetrator — something which is non-negotiable for me. The book is now in the BookMooch pile, and I will not read anything else by this author. I stared a third novel, where the writing is rather twee and self-congratulatory at times, but the content is interesting enough that I’m willing to go with it.

I got an idea for a couple more stories. Characters yapping at me and all that. I will make some notes today, and then they can take a number.

The neighbor’s green beans were delightfully good. I’m going to write him a thank you note today.

I’ve got to head to a couple of libraries today to return books and take out some more, and spend some time writing. If it dries up enough, I’ll mow the back terraced area and start painting the bureau.

Have a lovely weekend.

Devon


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Annabel Aidan webpage here.

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Friday, July 8, 2011


Heritage Museum and Gardens

Friday, July 8, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Yoga on the Beach yesterday in Chatham was great. It was all misty and mysterious at first, and then brightened up as we worked. I love the class because there’s a sense of space and freedom there. Part of that is, of course, because we’re on a beach and not in a studio, but even within that section of beach, there’s never a sense of “you’re in my spot” that one gets in some of the studios. The teacher is very good and sets a terrific atmosphere. I can feel improvements in my alignments and flexibility from class to class, and it’s helping me adjust the alignments in my home practice, so I’m getting more out of that, too.

Traffic was heavy but moving coming back. I had to take care of some business, do some stuff for the Mermaid Ball, deal with my class, and work on the material for Confidential Job #1.

I prepared some snacks for the meeting (prosciutto w/melon and smoked salmon on black bread) and drove back to Buzzards Bay for last night’s meeting. Fortunately, this time it only took thirty-five minutes, the way it should! The meeting was great — the Ball is just going to be such a fun night out, and the funds will go a long way to help build the marine life hospital. Come the first frost, we’re in “stranding season”, and there just aren’t the facilities to handle the animals. This hospital will save a lot of individual animal lives and also broaden the understanding of the variety of reasons and diseases afflicting marine life, the effect the same reasons and diseases could eventually have on humans, and help pave the way for positive solutions. For more information on the center, go here.

Home, finished up the materials for Confidential Job #1. Will do the write up this morning and get it out.

Our neighbor brought freshly-picked green beans from his garden, which is very sweet!

More work on the book today, and more work on the Mermaid Ball!

Onward,

Devon

ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


The lake at Heritage Museum and Gardens

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Got some work done yesterday before I had to take my mother to the doctor, only to find her appointment had been cancelled. They said they called and left a message; of course, they hadn’t. Typical.

Headed over to the National Marine Life Center to send out invitations. A thirty-five minute drive took TWO HOURS. Traffic here is worse than New York! It took me an hour to go one exit. So I hopped off 6, took 6A to the Sagamore Bridge, where there was a backup, and then there was another accident at the rotary. Meanwhile, I’m running out of gas, because my favorite gas station (20 cents cheaper a gallon than most places on the Cape, 50 cents a gallon cheaper than the station at the bottom of the road) is on the way. I chugged in there just in time. Usually, I never fall below half a tank, but I figured, since I was going to Buzzards Bay, I’d be fine.

A little stressful, but we made it!

The chairman of the Ball and I got out all the invitations, and had a good time doing it. I’d baked brownies, so we had some sustenance, too!

Fortunately, the drive back was smooth. I had some more ideas for potential sponsors, so I got to work on that once I got home.

Because I’d been up early, I went to bed early. And I’m up early today to get to yoga. Then, it will be, hopefully, a good day at the page, with work on THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY and some stuff for the Ball, before heading back over for a meeting early this evening — let’s hope the traffic’s a little smoother. I also have to complete the materials for Confidential Job #1, which is due tomorrow.

The class is off to a good start. I think I’ve got a small group this time, but they are enthusiastic and lively. We’re having some good discussions.

Now — off to yoga!

Devon


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon
Kindle.

Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Fountain in the herb garden at Heritage Museum and Gardens

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

My deepest condolences to my friend Michelle for the loss of her beloved cat. I know how hard it is.

Got some work done for the Mermaid Ball and on the class when I returned from yoga yesterday. Ran the errands, got the cat food in, worked in the afternoon. Had my meeting with a potential new client. It seems this will be a regular gig, as much as 10 days per month, she’s going to set up office space for me those days on site, so it won’t interfere with the online workshops and my other writing, and she’s even talking about flying me to Florida for two to three weeks in February for an assignment. I’m not a big fan of flying or Florida, but it’s so out there, I just might do it! 😉

Baked two batches of brownies last night — one for today’s meeting, one for us! 😉

Iris woke me at four a.m., hurling a fur ball. I finally got back to sleep (after I cleaned it up), and then Violet decided, a little after 5 AM, it was Tummy-Rubbing Time. Violet hardly ever allows her tummy to be rubbed, so when she says it’s Tummy-Rubbing Time, everything has to stop for that to happen!

Walked nearly two miles this morning, towards the lake. Didn’t make it as far as the lake, but that’s the ultimate goal. Watered and tended the garden. After my meeting this afternoon, I’m going to have to come back and mow the terraced back portion. Ick! 😉

Some work at the page this morning, and then taking my mom to a doctor’s appointment and heading to Buzzards Bay to do some work for the Mermaid Ball.

Once I push through these next two chapters on SPIRIT REPOSITORY, it should get easier, but these two are tricky and it’s like swimming in molasses.

Devon


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Fountain, Heritage Museum and Gardens

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and hot

I got a good writing day in yesterday, and cleaned up my computer a bit. I’ve been having trouble with Safari, and now Firefox is giving me headaches, so I’ve downloaded Google Chrome just in case. And yeah, I’ll be giving Apple Care a yelp soon!

Worked on THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY. Once I can get through these two mucky chapters, I think I can hurtle to the end pretty well. Did some good planning work on the new book, and got an idea for a steampunk. Ideas tend to come in batches.

Am being encouraged in the direction of a non-fiction book. I may try an outline and the first three chapters to see if it’s worth pursuing. If I like it, I’ll make a list and start submitting.

I recently read a wonderful anthology called A SENSE OF PLACE, which was written by Cape Cod women writers. Definitely want to use it in any further Setting as Character workshops. Sent a quick note to the publisher, who responded and suggested I write for the site, so I’ll put together some article ideas and see if they fly.

Finished the biography of Joseph Campbell, which makes me want to go back and re-read him with a new sense of context. When I read him originally, years ago, the fact that he was revered as a demi-god made me deeply suspicious and interfered with my ability to read the actual material. I’m glad to know he was a scholar who did actual research instead of someone who made stuff up to boost his theories.

Watched the NY fireworks, then the Boston — nice to see how different they are. Some idiots in the neighborhood set off fireworks they weren’t able to handle and nearly set some roofs on fire. Not mine — they just curved away from the property! 😉

Up early this morning. Meant to work on SPIRIT REPOSITORY, but wound up started my Reading and Reviewing for Craft class instead.

Yoga on the Beach was great, in spite of the sand flies. We absolutely slathered each other in bug repellent or we couldn’t have survived. Today’s class was quite challenging, which was good. Next year, I’ll budget so I can take it 3-4 times/a week, both on a financial level and a time level — it’s a 4 hour commitment in the morning, my prime writing time, since it’s an hour and a half in each direction and an hour fifteen class, and then all the incidental traffic, et al things one doesn’t count on.

Stopped to grab an ice coffee on the way home, and thought I was being very smart by taking 137 up to 6 (6 is the Mid-Cape Highway). 6 was backed up from P-Town to the bridges, so I slid off the next exit and took 124 north to 6A and headed back along the bay side. Yes, it’s through the towns, but there wasn’t much traffic and it actually moved, so it was faster.

Watered, vacuumed out the car (I brought half the beach with me), ate a bowl of berries. Now, I’m settling in for a few hours of work before I go out and do things like buy cat food! I have a meeting in the late afternoon for a potential job in August. Yeah, I know, I wasn’t supposed to work in August, but this sounds too good to pass up.

Back to the page!

Devon

Monday, July 4, 2011


A cork tree, Heritage Museum and Gardens

Monday, July 4, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and humid
American Independence Day

As you can see, I’ve tweaked the sidebar. The small writing booklets are gone — Payloadz is more trouble than its worth; in addition to poor or no customer service, they wound up keeping 80% or more of each booklet. Not an acceptable arrangement. I’m combining the booklets into a new book and adding some additional material. I plan to have it ready for purchase, probably via Amazon Kindle, in the fall, and am researching the cost of spiral-bound copies to bring to conferences and classes. I’ll keep you posted.

I cleaned up some of the blog links — got rid of ones where people have stopped posting, stopped by and said hello on a bunch I hadn’t visited in awhile. Nice to catch up. I added The Writers Vineyard, where I now post monthly, and I hope that will be one of your regular stops.

I’ve also taken down the Nina Bell story. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do with the Nina Bell stories — she’s got a lot to say, but how best to get the stories out there? And do I want to write FINDING JAKE, setting it fifteen or twenty years after TAPESTRY? I have to think about it.

I wound up not going to the Powwow, unfortunately– I’ll put it on my “must do” list for next year. 30,000 other people managed to get there, so I doubt they missed me! I ran some errands on Saturday, including getting another cubic foot of potting soil and picking up a pie. Got more gas for the mower, and mowed the front. Costume Imp’s right — it runs much easier without the death grip on it, but it’s still difficult to maneuver on the uneven ground. I did a lot of deadheading and weeding, all around the house, and cut back stuff that’s popped and faded. Planted zinnias and, because I think Bessie’s brood ate the flowers on the pumpkins and zucchini, planted some more pumpkins — this time in a pot. Put the teeny, tiny tomato plants in the big pots outside with the basil and the marigolds. We’ll see what happens.

I did a bunch of research and worked on the lectures for the upcoming classes. I finished the July newsletter and got that out on Sunday morning.

The line at Dunkin’ Donuts on Sunday was right out the door. Yeah, it’s summer on the Cape.

There are all kinds of fireworks going off, some legit, some morons who don’t know their asses from their elbows and may lose both if they’re not careful. Having trained in pyrotechnics during my time in theatre, I have only contempt for people who act like setting off a firecracker is the same as lighting a candle. If you don’t have the knowledge, and, more important, the RESPECT for the piece, it will take no prisoners.

Violet is absolutely turning herself inside out with terror from the noise and the vibrations. Iris just puts her paws over her ears and goes back to sleep. The Hounds of the Baskervilles are very upset — it hurts their sensitive ears.

We got to eat the first strawberries from our hanging baskets — the Seascape variety, no less! They are delicious, so full of flavor. I don’t think we’ll get 25-50 quarts this summer, but we will enjoy whatever ones we have!

Got out a couple of short stories on submission, and got some other work done. Got some decent work done on SPIRIT REPOSITORY, and simply don’t understand why the progress is so slow. It’s not a bad book, the pace is decent, and I’m struggling to sit down every morning and get my minimum done on it. But it needs to get out the door, so butt goes in seat, until it gets done.

Did some work on the outline of the new book, and then realized that I have to rename the character, because she doesn’t like her first name, and her last name is the same as a character in a book that will go out on submission in fall. Since the books are both set on the Cape, unless I plan to have them related to each other, this isn’t going to work. I want this book to have a rather wry, light tone, with a hint of brittle humor without breaking, but it seems to want to go in another direction. I hope I can set up character and situation so humor emerges organically; if I try to “write funny”, it will be leaden and awful. I planned out how I want the bitchy manger to meet her untimely end, and why, and tied it to a murder at the same location in the 1950’s, in the earlier history of the same complex, so we’ve got the whole generational thing going on. I’ll have to work with some timeline stuff, but it gives me the chance to play with summer stock on the Cape in the 1950’s. Originally, I’d wanted to do a series about a summer stock theatre, starting it in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, bringing it forward to contemporary times. But this way, I get to put that and the contemporary times side-by-side. I think the contrasts and compliments will be interesting, instead of breaking each thing into its own book. Bitchy Manager actually gets a nicer end than what I originally envisioned, but it serves the book better and hey, she’s still dead! 😉 I think I’ll actually title the chapters with when they take place, so that I can write scenes set in the 1950’s as well as in contemporary times. I know I’ve got books about the straw hat circuit that I haven’t unpacked yet, and I have two whole shelves in the storage room just waiting for them . . .

Yes, I’m writing about theatre again. What can I say? Backstage is ripe for stories, and writing them is easier than going back and keeping those hours! 😉

Had a breakthrough on the adaptation of GLAMOROUS HEARTS, which is back on the schedule. I think it can do very well as darkly comic novel. I’ll need to do research, but I’ve got most of the research on the 1920’s New York part, and I’m close enough to Newport, with enough resources, to be able to fill that in. WHEN that will get done, I’m not quite sure — maybe allow myself to do a scene at a time as a reward whenever I get a good, solid chunk done of THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY.

Today, I have quite a bit to do, writing-wise, and I want to make sure I complete the material for Confidential Job #1. I get to go back to yoga tomorrow morning — I’m absolutely hungry for it.

But today, holiday or not, I have to put my head down and get some work done.

Devon


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Heritage Museum and Gardens

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn went direct a few weeks ago — missed it
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune went retrograde a few weeks ago — missed it, but it explains a lot.

So yesterday’s email brought a mixed bag. On the positive side, I heard from a friend and former colleague who will be on the Cape later in the summer, and we’ll have the chance to hang out together. On the negative side, I got a rude, dismissive, and inappropriate email from someone who is supposedly in a people-managing position. Not only was the email rude, dismissive, and inappropriate, but it is in direct conflict with what the organization claims is its mission.

I was shocked, floored, and angry. Especially since I’ve been valued by organizations that are much bigger fishes in much huger ponds than this one.

But, better to know up front than get in an unhealthy situation. And, by the end of the day, I’d figured out how to kill of a character inspired by this so-called “manager” in a new book! 😉 It’s all material, and when you piss off a writer (at least this writer), a character inspired by you will meet a nasty and untimely end, and I will make lemonade out of your damn lemons!


Windmill at Heritage Museum and Gardens

To get the lousy taste out of my mouth, we decided to take advantage of the Free, Fun Fridays series. We started at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich — 100 acres of gorgeous grounds. Considering I’d already walked three miles in the morning, by the end of it, I was hurting, but in a good way!

They have a wonderful working carousel, and a display. I didn’t take photos of the carousel, because it’s kind of skeezy to take photos of kids you don’t know, but I did photograph some of the exhibited pieces.

They had a labyrinth done in brick and white gravel, which was nice, but I found I prefer more definition — when I own property, I want to put in a labyrinth, because I enjoy walking them so much. I didn’t walk it, because of the small children running around it — glad they’re having fun, but it wasn’t conducive to contemplation! They also had a maze, but instead of being a traditional hedge maze, it was a full-out garden maze, using a variety of climbing plants, and placing benches in the deadends, so they became small, contemplative arbors. I’d never seen that before, and thought it was an interesting choice.

From the Gardens, we went over to Yarmouth, to the Edward Gorey House. If you’ve ever watched Mystery! on PBS, you’re familiar with his drawings. He wrote and illustrated books, as well as designing plays and ballets. And he loved cats, one of which still holds court in the gift shop. The house he lived in, overlooking the common in Yarmouth, is now a museum, filled with his whimsical drawings and objects. It’s quite wonderful, an oddly laid out house with a wonderful kitchen, plenty of fireplaces, and quirky in the most wonderful ways. You can tell many hours of delighted creativity took place there, because the atmosphere is still so joyful.


Edward Gorey House

Came back, had lunch, took a nap. Not taking the time I needed to take directly after the move, and after four years of fighting with scumbag landlords is coming back to bite me in the butt now, so, on the rare days when I can take care of myself, I try to do so.

I wanted to go to the Wampanoag Powwow today, but I can find so little information on it (like directions and whether there’s an admission fee), I may have to skip it this year. Traffic was backed up over the bridges 5-7 miles most of the afternoon — great for small businesses, but I may run a few errands close to home and focus on the garden.

I’d like to get some quality writing in, too. I managed to outline the beginning of a book yesterday, but I’ve got to finish the one that’s actually due first! 😉

Devon

ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Friday, July 1, 2011


roses on the side of the house

Friday, July 1, 2011
New Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and gorgeous

Can you believe it’s July? I’ve got my July To-Do list up here, and the Mid-Year Evaluation here, over on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions Site. Join in the conversation this month!

I’m also participating in Christmas in July. My day is July 18 — and you can win a critique as part of the festivities. There are great prizes, etc., all month — join in the fun.

I was on the Yoga Bliss high all day long from the Yoga on the Beach. Not a particularly productive day, but I was happy to Just Be.

Yeah, that means I didn’t mow the lawn! 😉

Next week, I will get up earlier and do my first 1K of the day well BEFORE I leave for class! Even if it means getting up at 5! 😉

This morning, I learned more of the value of yesterday’s class, as I applied it to my morning practice. Yes, my thighs and core are sore, but in the right way — but I could also connect the breath and adjust/correct some of the postures, and therefore get more out of them.

In general, a class is useless past the moment unless you apply what you do in it moving forward. I’m fortunate that I was able to do so.

After yoga, meditation, and watering the garden, I did a brisk, three mile walk, down the street, with a circuit through a nearby cemetery, and picking up the paper on the way back. I’m not quite up to running again (either physically or mentally), but the walk was great, especially in this beautiful weather.

I hope to have a decent day of writing and mowing ahead of me, which will be a good start to the holiday weekend.

Have a great one, everyone!

Devon


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