Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and humid

The temperatures are supposed to fall a good 30 degrees today. We’re getting an early autumn. Cats’ fur and falling leaves are always right.

The trip over the last few days kicked my ass. It’s not like the content was complicated, but the driving was difficult. Driving through Rhode Island on Tuesday morning, the fog was so thick, it was like driving through quilt batting. And yet, some morons still don’t use their lights. WTF? Driving back yesterday was a lot of traffic.

Internet was wonky down there — I sort of got in, but the signal was weak, so it was three or four minutes in, five or six hours off. I’d warned my students, so no one felt abandoned.

It gave me some quality time to work on the Harpy book, which was good. Once I developed the antagonists, the pieces of the plot that I couldn’t figure out fell into place. Well-developed characters lead to interesting situations. I’m really starting to get excited about this book.

I did some research, pulling out mythology books and re-reading some of the myths and legends I want to feed into the book, seeing where I want to pull and where I need to change things to suit the story, but do so that’s logical.

The cats were happy to see me. They are still working things out. Iris hasn’t accepted Tessa. Violet tolerates her. Tessa wants to be friends. So there’s still work to be done.

It’s amazing how much planting a few pots of mums outside makes the house glow. Really lovely. Pretty soon, I’ll have to start taking in the pots that need to overwinter inside. We may get our first frost this weekend.

I’m spending the bulk of the day with my Dialogue Workshop students today — I have a lot of material on which to catch up. I’d hoped to mow the terraced back, but it’s supposed to rain, so that’s out. I have to run out and get some cat food — the cupboard’s looking a little bare. And I’d like to start on my big fall cleaning, so that it’s all done by the Equinox.

Lots to do! Better get going!

Devon

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Waning Moon
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Jupiter Retrograde
Scheduled to post

I’m on the road early this morning, so I scheduled this to post last night.

Hop on over to A BIBLIO PARADISE to read the interview with Jane Toombs, who has had a long and varied career! Her process is also very interesting.

Spent time with my students. Hopefully put out fire while it’s still a spark and not a big problem. I’m giving the person the benefit of the doubt — again. We’ll see. There’s only so much slack one can cut before it becomes unfair to the rest of the class.

Went to the dump, handled the recycling, ran errands, paid bills, finally mowed the gosh-darned front of the lawn. Baked another apple spice bread and a coffee cake. Did my banking, paid my quarterly taxes.

Most of the day was spent dealing with student work. Which is great. I’m pleased with the quality.

I have a long drive today, and probably no internet access at the other end, but I’ll be back home — HOME! I love home! — by mid-day Wednesday, so it’s all good.

The garden will need a lot of attention in the next few weeks — time to start putting it to bed!

And time to gear up for the new book.

Devon

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011
Full Moon
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Jupiter Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

The last two days of yoga on the beach kicked my ass. In the best possible way, of course, but man, am I sore!

My friends cancelled out this weekend; unfortunate, but it happens sometimes. Instead of entertaining, I spent Saturday outside, working in the front yard. I tidied up the beds in front of the house, and we went to Hyannis Country Gardens for pots of mums. I’ve got yellow and that lovely burnt orange color in front of the house, yellow and red in the urn, and a pinkish red in one of the pots flanking the driveway.

I still haven’t mowed! 😉

Caught up on my students’ work Saturday night. Went to bed early.

Up early Sunday, after dreams about My Very First Boyfriend — odd ones, and why would I think of him after all these years? And not him as he was, but as he is (at least, in the dream. I have no idea how he really is).

On the drive to yoga, I swerved to avoid hitting every confused squirrel on Cape Cod. They were all running in circles on Rt. 28. Seriously, I counted thirteen. Just barely made it to yoga on time. Class was challenging, keeping us focused on heart opening and compassion, while moving along at a challenging pace so we couldn’t wallow in the 9/11 sadness. There was also music — several participants sang at specific points in the poses. It was lovely. And it was sad to say goodbye for the season. Our teacher gave us a beautiful gift this summer. May we all continue it off the mat and in our lives.

Picked up the papers and doughnuts on the way home. Read the papers, played with the cats, did my own remembrances. Felt guilty that, by the end of the day, I felt more relief than anything else at getting through another 9/11 anniversary. Spent time with my students, and developing the two book ideas that compete for my attention.

Also did four loads of laundry.

Tired, but it’s more emotional exhaustion than physical exhaustion.

Up early this morning. It looks and smells like it wants to rain. Hopefully, it won’t. I really do need to mow today! And get a lot done, since I’m tied up with another assignment Tuesday and Wednesday.

Had an epiphany about a plot point in one of the urban fantasy books I’m developing. Always a good thing!

Devon

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday September 10, 2011
Waxing moon
Pluto Retrograde
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Jupiter Retrograde
It’s still dark out — hoping it’s nice today

Yesterday was busy. Ran errands, spent time with students, got stuff done around the house. I meant to just do a little deadheading of the plants and wound up doing a lot — mostly because one of the kalachoe inside had gotten some weird brown sticky disease. I had to get rid of it, cut back the other kalachoe that caught some of it, wash that plant and another one, remove the contaminated soil and bag it separately, sterilize the pot and the trellis, etc., sterilize the pruning shears, scrub myself down, etc.

There’s a lot to do, garden-wise, and I need to get going this weekend, if it’s dry enough.

Violet was Very Bossy yesterday, Iris is confused, and Tessa’s just doing what she does in her job as a kitten, which is running around getting into everything.

I was pleased with the quality of work in the Advanced Dialogue, and things are going well in the Year-Long, too. I managed to get through all the posts yesterday — it wasn’t quite 30 posts, so it wasn’t the 22.5K all in one day, thank goodness. Some of them, again, didn’t fulfill all the exercise requirements and the stuff had to be sent back, but it was more of getting caught up in their storylines than not respecting the guidelines set out.

Company is supposed to be here this weekend. I left a message asking if they’re coming today and tomorrow. No answer. If they show up today, they’re getting what they’re getting — I need advance notice. I’ve got stuff in to prepare food for them, but i need a little lead time! I’d like to vacuum and tidy up before they get there, but I want to do it just before they come. I started tidying, but still . . . I’m assuming they’re coming tomorrow — which gives me time to work on the yard a bit today and start the fall tidying process. I also want to get some mums in and plant them in the front and in the urn, now that the petunias are fading.

Believe it or not, a few of the little pansies are still soldiering on!

It was nice to spend even a little bit of time on the deck yesterday.

And yes, gotta mow!

I’m waiting for word whether yoga on the beach is on or not. I’m hoping it is, for these last two scheduled classes. I really need it! Fingers crossed.

The almost full moon was gorgeous shining into the bedroom last night.

When I woke up this morning (with the alarm), I was jolted out of a dream where I was mailing boxes of books somewhere. I’d weighed and paid for six so far when the alarm went off . . .

Devon

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
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Cloudy and cold

It’s definitely autumn, which is fine with me, because it’s my favorite season, but wow, short growing season, early fall, early harsh winter.

No yoga on the beach yesterday. Spent a lot of time with students. Have had to send some exercises back because they aren’t following exercise requirements. There are always a few who seem to think I pull these exercises out of my ass for no reason. Every exercise is constructed to teach them something, to have them look at their work in way, and to teach them something they can use beyond class. They’re not here to free write and do whatever they want. They are here to learn something specific.

That whole “you can lead a horse to water, but can’t make him drink”. Horses usually have a good reason. Some students disregard the purpose of their classes and then wonder why no one will publish them.

Some of them will overcome their resistance (whether it’s in my class or elsewhere) and learn something. Some will chose to just sit and spin.

The majority, though, are great, and they make it all worthwhile. I’ve got some students with whom I’ve now worked for several years, and they’ve made some beautiful growth. I also heard from a former student who just landed a book contract with a book she worked on in several of my classes. I’m delighted for her! I WANT them all to do well and fulfill their dreams.

Baked apple spice bread for the Post-Mermaid Ball meeting. It was lots of fun to see everyone again, celebrate the success of the ball — and start planning next year’s ball! It was one of the best committee experiences I’ve had doing one of these events (and I’ve been doing them since 1999), so that says a lot.

Came home, had dinner, got some work done, wore out the kitten, went to bed early.

This morning, took my mom to the doctor, who is pleased with her progress. I’m spending some time with students, then have some errands to run. The Dialogue class has a deadline today, which means I have approximately 22,500 words to read and comment on today. It if dries up, I’ll mow the front later on. I have company coming in this weekend from NY — first time they see the house. I want the yard to be at least somewhat tidy, and I’m still trying to clean up post-Irene.

The place I used to live in NY flooded AGAIN yesterday morning, so any progress residents made since Irene was destroyed. Again. The elected officials just ignore the problems as long as the developers keep paying them off, and nothing will change until people die. Not acceptable, and glad to be out of there.

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is on Sunday. NY is on high alert, due to “credible threats”. There’s a lot of coverage, most of which I can’t watch. It doesn’t feel like ten years. I think it’s important to keep reminding people of the depth and scope of it (which continues to increase as first responders continue to fall ill). I also think there’s a fine line between remembrance and exploitation, and that each individual who was affected needs to be able to mourn in his/her own way. Within the shared experience, there are also the individual experiences, and those must be honored, too. It’s on a Sunday, and it’s on the day before the full moon, so emotions will be even higher than usual.

I plan a quiet day of remembrance. A lot of people I knew died that day, and they deserve my time and thoughts.

Devon

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
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Rainy and cool

I’ll be over at the Writers Vineyard later today, talking about energy vampires.

Got a lot done on site yesterday morning, both online and wrapping up what needed to be done there, packing the car, etc. Due to torrential rains, I had to cancel acupuncture — the roads I needed in order to get there were flooded.

So, instead of heading south first, I headed straight north, once I left. Traffic was heavy, and then it started to rain heavily again, so it was a long journey home, punctuated with a nice stop in Mystic for a few minutes to pick up a few things. I got home in time for a late dinner, unpacked some stuff, and went to bed early.

Woke up around 4:30 this morning to thunder and lightening; cats and I tucked under the covers and went back to sleep. So, no yoga on the beach for me today, and a slow start.

Need to spend time with my students and do some work on my own books and sort stuff out from while I was away. I need to clean off my desk, and also start the fall cleaning. I’d like to be done with it by the Equinox. And I’ve got a meeting tonight in Buzzards Bay, post Ball.

I’m percolating on my books, which is why I’m not writing about them. I have to form them a bit more in my head before I can talk about them.

Devon

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
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Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Out the door before 6:30 in the morning yesterday and off to Stamford, to get the car serviced. Nothing like having a happy car!

Read Stefanie Pintoff’s crime novel THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM, set in 1905 New York. I did figure out who did it pretty early on, but it was constructed well enough so I was okay with the characters catching up. I’m interested in the next one, which takes place in the theatre of the time!

Ran some errands, drove by my old place, which looks really sad. I can’t imagine how people can go back and live there again.

It bucketed down rain all day. It was nice to be inside, watching and reading. Didn’t feel very well, so took it easy in the afternoon. I think the stress of the past weeks has caught up with me.

Started the Advanced Dialogue class, and spent time with my Year Long Students. Tried to do some work on my own books, but wasn’t feeling well enough to be too coherent. Mostly playing with ideas. Try a few, see if they work, toss the ones that don’t, try again. That sort of thing.

I’m working this morning, then off to acupuncture and heading home later this afternoon. I’m sure it will be late by the time I get through my own door, but it will be good to be HOME.

Devon

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Waxing Moon
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Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Scheduled to post

I’m out the door by 6:30 in the morning to get my car serviced, so I’m scheduling this to post.

While I’m gone, hop on over to the launch of the new season of interviews, etc. on A BIBLIO PARADISE. My Champagne Books colleague, poet and novelist Ute Carbone, answers questions about her newest book, A BLUEBERRY TRUTH.

Yesterday was one of my best workdays in a long time. Lots of time with my students in the Year Long, polished the Advanced dialogue stuff (that class launches today), wrote a press release, got my write-up to Confidential Job #1, etc., etc. Long day on the computer, but well worth it.

Still playing with both the Harpy book and the Steampunk Gothic. It’s nice to be getting back into the process again, even though it’s not my “usual” process. More organization will help a lot.

Car servicing and errands, then back this afternoon to be with my students and get some more work done. It feels good!

Devon

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
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Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Labor Day
Cloudy and warm

The drive to CT went pretty well on Saturday morning. I kept getting caught in utility crews being re-deployed to get the power back on everywhere. Other than that, not much traffic, and I was on site by 10 AM. Amazing how much damage there is down here. Heartbreaking.

In spite of driving 200+ miles, I got more work done on Saturday than the entire previous two and a half weeks at the other site. Shows how environment/vibe has a major influence.

I spent time with my Year-Long Students and also worked on the two books between which I’m trying to decide for class. The urban fantasy is pulling ahead now. The gothic steampunk needs more percolation time, I think. I’m doing the exercises for both in order to see if that balance changes.

I completed my assignment for Confidential Job #1. This morning, I will have to do the write-up and send it to my editor. I have to finish a press release, I have to do a tarot reading for a contest winner, I have to upload September’s interviews on A BIBLIO PARADISE (which kicks off again tomorrow), I want to go over the exercises one more time for the Advanced Dialogue workshops and fine tune them, and I need to spend time with my year-long students.

The fallout from resigning the other job should start today (actually, I expected it to start last night). Let’s hope it only takes days, not weeks. I’m sure it will be ugly.

Read Ruth Rendell’s END IN TEARS. Learned some interesting structural lessons that I hope to apply moving forward.

Devon


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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011
Waxing Moon
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Jupiter Retrograde
Scheduled to post

I’m on the road to CT at way-too–early this morning, so I’m scheduling this to post

I was relieved earlier than I expected yesterday, which was great. Gave me a couple of extra hours to unpack and repack and get in supplies and all that other stuff one needs when going from job to job.

It was great to be HOME, even briefly. Tessa is growing so fast! Iris and Violet are their typical Diva selves. October issue of YOGA JOURNAL seemed like every article was written to help me deal with what will be nasty fallout from leaving this job. I’m hoping the unpleasantness will only cover days, not weeks. I dread the coming confrontation, especially since I’m dealing with someone who changes reality to suit her view in the present moment.

The Year Long Intensive is going well. The students are interacting with each other, so we’re building a sense of “we’re all in this together”, which I think is very important for the long haul.

Lots of work to do this weekend, once I hit the site, so I better get to it. Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!

Devon

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011
Waxing Moon
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Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Yesterday was just a Murphy’s Law Day on the site job — typical, last day, everything goes wrong. Plus, turns out the client’s been giving my cell number out without my permission and people are calling, acting like I’m her personal assistant. No. Plus my relief tried to wiggle out of showing up today. No. Especially since I have to leave for a job in CT at 5:30 tomorrow morning.

On the upside, my Year-Long Intensive class started, and I spent most of the day hanging out with my students online. They’re a handpicked group, so they’ve been picked for both talent and commitment, and I think it will be a good year.

I also got some writing done, which was a huge relief.

The urban fantasy with three protagonists and the gothic steampunk are the two pieces that are pulling at me the most strongly as projects to use in the year-long workshop.

I forgot to mention that, a few days ago, a publisher to which I’d sent a partial asked for a full. Fingers crossed.

I’m getting everything ready to leave here. I should be relieved around noon, and then I have to run around like a crazy person getting the supplies I need for the next job, unpacking, repacking, etc. I wrote my letter of resignation here. The fallout next week will be ugly, but it is what it is. I tried to be as diplomatic as possible, because being blunt doesn’t work with this client. In addition to an overall lack of respect, there’s a lack of listening skills. If it’s not what she’s already decided, she doesn’t hear it. So there will be ugliness next week, and, I know in this economy one isn’t supposed to burn bridges or turn down jobs, but this just isn’t working.

Devon


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011
Waxing Moon
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Sunny and pleasant

The first day of September. Woo-hoo!

And I get to go home tomorrow. Double woo-hoo! Okay, so it’s only for a few hours, and I head off to my favorite site job Saturday morning, but I’ll take any few minutes of “home” I can get.

My year-long intensive starts today. I’m looking forward to it. The Advanced Dialogue Workshop starts on Tuesday. That should be good, too.

I did a lot of work polishing both classes yesterday, including setting up everything I think we’ll need for September in the year-long. Also did some brainstorming work on a couple of other projects. I got yet another idea for a project that COULD be my yearlong — cross between gothic and steampunk. I did a lot of notes on it, but I’m not sure if I can sustain it for a year.

Things on site were okay yesterday, except for the dipshits with lawnmowers and leaf blowers getting on my last nerve. If they actually WORKED and there were RESULTS, it would be one thing. In my neighborhood, as much as the leaf blower noise gets my goat, at least it’s for a finite period of time, and when they’re done, there’s a pile of leaves they take to the dump for composting. Here, the “crew” just wanders back and forth waving the noisy machine at nothing and nothing gets done except create pollution.

Gotta go welcome my students, and then get down to work!

Devon


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