Tues. May 15, 2012: Intoxicating Lilacs

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Cloudy and pleasant

Got a lot done, yesterday, which is good. Weeded the vegetable bed. Planted peas, spinach, bok choy, and radishes. Started creating a new, round bed in a rather desolate patch (someone used to have a woodpile there) where I will grow herbs. I need to get a few more stones for the edge, and then I can put loam in it and start planting. Got the morning glories and the moonflowers into the ground — the morning glories are starting to bloom, and they’re lovely. The lilacs are absolutely intoxicating this year, and I often just stop whatever I’m doing and inhale.

Revised six chapters of HEART SNATCHER, wrote about 840 words on HEART BINDER, and then went back and tightened things some more in the revisions. I worked on my article, caught up with my students, etc.

Finalized some dates — I’ll be teaching locally for Three Fish & a Ram Community Art Center in June and July — a tarot workshop, a writer/performer workshop, and a writing workshop. The first two are detailed up on the Workshop page here on the blog (I’ll have to update my website later today). And I’ve got some more Fast & Fun topics coming up.

I went to meditation this morning, but no one was there. I hope everything’s okay. So I stopped at Nirvana, got my usual Tuesday morning treat, and came home to enjoy the morning on the deck. I’ve got a lot of work to do today, plus things like grocery shopping, finish my article, and finish the write ups for Confidential Job #1.

I have a meeting tonight about another possible teaching gig in Falmouth — looking forward to it.

Hop on over to Lori Widmer’s Words on the Page for Writers Worth Week — today’s article is by Susan Johnston about the per word rate.




  1. SO JEALOUS of your lilacs!! Enjoy your day!

  2. It is a good year for lilacs. We have two, and the one by the driveway can be smelled the whole way on the other side of the front porch. What a decadent treat!

    My nurseryman grandfather would be proud — every transplant and every seed I put in the ground this year is up and thriving. I had seeds that were ten years old, and I had no illusions. I figured I’d simply buy annuals to fill in. No need! I thank God for Miracle Grow dirt! That’s the second year I’ve used it and have seen amazing results.

    And my daughter bought me some lovely herb markers – antique spoons and forks repurposed and marked with the names of my favorite herbs. Really nice!

    Now if I could just dig up and relocate these huge Russian sage, I’d be one happy gardener. 🙂

  3. Your lilacs are gorgeous. I was wondering, do you prefer teaching your workshops in person or online?
    Hope your planting goes well. Blessings!

    • Teaching each way is so different. I like both. Online is less pressure in the moment — if something happens, I can go online at a different time, although I still have to respect deadlines. In person, you get the live give-and-take, which I also love, and I have to be able to think on my feet. I always prepare a lot for my classes, but in person, I have several variations ready, depending on what the emotional temperature in the room is, and then I go with that.

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