Running, running, running . . .

. . .out the door. Lots to catch up on tomorrow!

Devon

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Mon. Nov. 12, 2012: Good Writing News

Monday, November 12, 2012
Dark of the Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Busy weekend. Trying to juggle lots of things on Friday, including getting out press releases and discussing the possible play commission. One short story was rejected — have to get that back out — but another was accepted.

My 200-word flash fiction piece “Love in a Wok” was picked up by DAILY LOVE, and will run on November 26. Don’t worry — I’ll remind you!

Which is a good segueway into the flash fiction workshop, Flash 7, I’m teaching from December 7-16. Students will write, revise, and submit 7 flash fiction pieces in 10 days. Since they should all be writing 1000 words a day anyway, and no assignment is more than that, there better not be any excuses! You’re all done and submitted before the holiday madness strikes! 😉 More information here.

Here’s a press release about the Playwright Intensive. The CAPE COD TIMES was also very kind to run something about it in the Sunday paper.

Saturday, the Beautification Committee did a work day at Mother’s Park. We had a lot of fun. It was definitely a time of “many hands make light work” — got everything done and had time for coffee, cake, and a chat before heading home. At home, I kept going, cutting back and getting the beds in the front of the house done for the winter.

I’m luxuriating in the NOTEBOOKS OF HENRY JAMES in my down time. Fascinating stuff.

Sunday was all about catching up on school work. Watched all the lectures for the World HIstory class and aced all the quizzes but one. Watched all the lectures for the Mythology class — we studied the Orestia this week, which I practically know by heart. So, yeah, I did well on the quizzes, too.

Got some writing done, but not enough, so I have to buckle down some more today — have to get work done on two novels, a non-fiction project, and revise a press release — and, hopefully, hustle a few quick-pay, quick-turnaround short gigs, such as press releases.

Busy week this week, lots going on — I have the final galleys for OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK — and I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is already next week!

Devon

Fri. Nov. 9, 2012: Exciting Writing!

Friday, November 9, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

We were battered for two days by the nor’easter, but now it seems to be moving on. The Callaich Storm Hag was on a roll!

Actually, got a lot done. Revised and sent out a play that had been requested. It was good to revisit it, and it holds up better than I expected. Revised a novella, and sent that out. That was in better shape than I remembered, too, although I managed to remove 15 qualifiers I hadn’t previously caught! I also got out about a half a dozen short stories that got piled up, and pitched to two organizations for whom I’d love to work — they don’t really have the position I want there, so I pitched to create it! I’ve also got someone interested in a book that’s only partially written, so I need to focus a little more on that one for the next few weeks.

This morning, I opened my email to find out that someone wants me to write a mystery play for their winter fundraiser. Tons of fun — totally would love to do it. So I hope it works out!

Read a frustrating book by a Pulitzer-prize author — basically, not much happened except people changed partners a few times, realized they liked their original partner, and navel-gazed a lot. Big disappointment, even if it was set locally!

I’ve got two press releases to write this morning, and then it’s the errands that didn’t get done in the past two days. I ducked out to pay some bills yesterday, but that was it.

Excited by the possibilities!

Devon

Reminder:
The Application deadline for the Playwrighting Intensive has been extended to November 20. More information and application here.

NEW:
Flash 7, a flash fiction course where participants create, revise, and submit 7 pieces of flash fiction in 10 days is open for registration now. More information here.

Thurs. Nov. 8, 2012: Nor’easter Still Hammers

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and cold

We didn’t get hammered by the snow, the way they did over the bridge and in NY, but the nor’easter is still going strong. Wonky power, going in and out during the day. Nothing like having to re-set all the electronics every few hours!

Got out some quote requests for a press release I’m writing. Worked with my tarot students. Worked on a couple of proposals. Suffered from post-Election Hangover Syndrome (and I didn’t even drink on election night)!.

Read a mystery that had some engaging aspects, but lacked logic within its world on so many details that it drove me nuts. However, one of the clues planted was terrific. The rest, I’d figured out pretty early, but that one clue was very clever. Too bad the rest of the book didn’t live up to it!

Doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get out to run my errands today, other than paying bills. Couldn’t even go to yoga this morning, due to downed trees and the high winds.

So I’ll just write! 😉

Devon

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Wed. Nov. 7, 2012: Celebrations and Storms

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Nor’easter

I am so RELIEVED by the election’s outcome! I think the country sent a clear message to the GOP: Stop running lunatic extremists. This is especially true when it came to the Congressional races. People want calm, centered, intelligent, reasoned individuals, and when they’re presented with people who act as though anything they happen to make up should be taken as fact, and the big money puppet-masters pulling strings and deploying those who represent the worst and most base instincts of people out as “leaders” — it’s good to see them defeated.

I’m especially thrilled that Elizabeth Warren got in for the MA Senate. She is one of my personal heroines, especially for the help she gave us a few years ago. I think Mazie Hirono in Hawaii is going to be a wonderful Senator. I’m thrilled that Tammy Duckworth beat Joe Walsh, and that Tammy Baldwin won in Wisconsin. We got to keep Bill Keating here in MA, who’s been working his butt off for us, and Joe Kennedy won the seat from which Barney Frank is retiring (although that’s not my district, I’m still happy about it). Nita Lowey, who was my representative when I lived in NY, and with whom I loved working, was also re-elected. I know, personally, that I am comfortable working with everyone directly representing me, and I will continue to let them know my opinions and follow the votes, so that they can represent me.

Yesterday, I couldn’t concentrate. I managed to get some yard work done. I spent far too much time on Twitter. I got a few things done, but nowhere near what I needed to. I got out a few pitches and other things, but, for the most part, I was following election news. I also shot a quick email to the town office to thank the local poll workers, and the Town Clerk was appreciative.

The Twitter feeds were highly entertaining, although one particular millionaire blowhard’s childish hissy fit about the loss showed his lack of class even more than usual (I don’t follow this particular moron, but his rants were well-reported).

I didn’t get to bed until after 2, until after the President’s speech. Violet woke me at 5. I’m stumbling around.

We’re in the middle of another bad storm, and already lost power once today. I was going to run a bunch of errands, but in 60 mph+ winds — I’m not going anywhere!

Putting my head down and going back to work, especially now that there’s something to look forward to!

I also have to start thinking about Thanksgiving — and Christmas!

But, for the moment, it’s back to the page.

Devon

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Tues. Nov. 6, 2012: Elections as Mercury Goes Retrograde

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Yup, that’s right. Mercury’s gone retrograde on Election Day! We went to vote early this morning, and the machine can’t read our ballots. The lovely cop kept them in his care while the repair technician came out. I’ve run into this particular cop before — I’d trust him with my life, so I can trust him with my ballot. He’s going to be very conscientious about making sure every vote is counted.

Yesterday, we had showers, so I couldn’t go get the yard work done. That means more yard work today, in the cold weather, to get as much as possible done before the snow hits tomorrow afternoon. I also have to return some library books at both Sandwich and Sturgis, and polish the World History Paper.

I got out a couple of proposals yesterday, sent off my review, some interview questions, and have a few pitches to get out today. Hard to concentrate, with all the election stuff going on.

Working on some fiction, playing with ideas. Will spend some quality time with my tarot students today.

Better get moving.

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Mon. Nov. 5, 2012: Getting Organized

Monday, November 5, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Busy weekend. On Friday, Costume Imp made a run for home, and got there. The trip down was smooth, and he “only” had to wait an hour for a bus to get over to Brooklyn. He’s relieved to be home.

We got home in one piece, changed the beds, did loads of laundry, took down the Samhain decorations, and put everything away. For some reason, it always takes longer to put things away than get them out, doesn’t it?

I was glad to hear the NYC Marathon was cancelled this weekend, and even more heartened by the many kindnesses marathoners showed to the city, volunteering in badly-stricken areas. One-to-one humanism always works better than organizations full of red tape.

I did the schoolwork for my Greek & Roman Mythology class, and I started work on the paper for the World History class, but had nothing in the tank for it. Fortunately, the deadline’s been extended until tomorrow at 6 PM — I’ll finish it and submit it today.

I worked with tarot students, I taught the “Dissecting Submission Guidelines” class. It was very quiet. No one said peep all day. Hopefully, they still got something out of it.

Sunday, I got the last of the bulbs into the ground — hyacinth, daffodil, tulip, crocus, glory-of-the-snow. Also got most of the front lawn put to bed. I can’t complete the side yard because the damn “landscaper” who was supposed to move the forsythias (and still hasn’t) and clear away the brush LEFT any brush under 3 feet. That whole side yard is a mess. I stacked as much of the debris he couldn’t be bothered with under the forsythia bushes, so if and when he ever bothers to show up to move them, he’ll have to deal with the brush first. How much you want to bet he just tosses it on the lawn and leaves it?

Also used the stinky fish fertilizer on the front beds — phew! But it’s supposed to be great, and last year’s tulips needed re-fertilizing.

I went to a rally last night to hear Elizabeth Warren speak. She helped me several years ago in a difficult situation, helped me navigate the complexities and fight the dickheads trying to take advantage of my elderly mother (we won). I’d forgotten how funny and witty she is in person, in addition to being incredibly intelligent and committed to justice.
The space the rally was held was too small, in my opinion, and people kept coming and coming and coming — which is great — but I stayed on the fringes, not wanting to get stuck in the middle of a crowd. I got the best of both worlds — good view, could hear everything, and also not get claustrophobic.

I finished the edits on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK and got them back to my editor. I go back to work on the next book in the series, CRAVE THE HUNT, today. I need to finish a couple of short stories this week, too. Everything I sent one of my other editors last week bounced back (due to the Hurricane), so I’m waiting to hear back from him before I send my next review. However, I have to get interview questions out to someone he assigned me, or that article will be late.

I downloaded the MIT Opencourseware class on Medieval Women Writers I wanted to start today, but it makes no sense. There’s a calendar of assignments and a reading list, but no lectures. Coursera makes much more sense.

I got out a press release for the extended deadline for the application for the Playwriting Intensive. More information here. I got quite a few requests from people who meant to get it in just under the wire on the 1st, but couldn’t because of Sandy.

I had an idea for a book I can put together and pitch to the agent (once I’m sure she’s got her power back). I basically have all the material, it’s just a case of organizing it. I’ll organize it for the proposal, and then, basically, it will be done. I also have another idea that’s been swirling around. I took some notes on it, but it has to wait its turn. There are too many deadlined projects stacked up in front of it.

I need to do some yard work later today — the terraced back area, and part of the meadow. I need to hack back the dead hostas, too. Tomorrow will be busy — I’m out of the house doing research all day, after I vote — so Wednesday morning, I’ll have to finish the yard work, ahead of the expected snow.

Snow! Christmas! Not ready to deal with any of it.

Devon

Friday, Nov. 3, 2012: To Travel or to Stay?

Friday, November 2, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Yesterday, I went to yoga in the morning and spent the rest of the day at the desk. I’m polishing tomorrow’s class (in which I’m going into more detail than expected, so it’s taking me longer). I spent quality time with my tarot students, catching up on work.

I did some of my own writing, and went tracking down invoices. Not only did one client send me a rubber check, another one who swore over a week ago that she had mailed the check — hadn’t. I told her I want it on my desk by Monday.

Stories coming out of NY are bad. I understand that it takes time to fix a transformer, but having the NY Marathon this weekend, all those extra people flowing into the city at a time like this, is ridiculous. And the gas shortages? Why aren’t the oil companies stepping up? They have the ability to deploy trucks to these areas that can fill people’s tanks directly from the tanker. They’re not doing so, because they want to encourage the shortage to raise prices again. They need to be held accountable. With the billions of dollars in profits they make every quarter, they can give back during a crisis like this.
They need to step up!

Costume Imp is going to try to get back today, and I’m worried. The roads to NY are clear, the bus is running, but once he gets into the city, he has to get to Brooklyn. We’re discussing the possibility of him staying longer. If he wants to give it a go, we’re leaving soon; if not, I guess it’s vacuuming and yard work today! 😉

Costume Imp and I spent most of the past two days reading Yasmine Galenorn’s latest release, SHADOW RISING. It was very quiet around the house, except for cats playing and pages turning.

So much to do, whether Imp stays or goes. Time to get moving.

Of course, I woke up early this a.m., convinced it was after seven, going about my morning routine– only to look at the clock and see it was 3:45. Ick!

Off we go.

Devon

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