Fri. Nov. 8: Reassurance and Need For a Weekend

Friday, November 8, 2013
Waxing Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cold

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Frustrating day yesterday. I finally had to go to the lawyer and a union rep, as well as seeking advice from trusted colleagues in the field, because the soon-to-be-ex client crossed a line. I was assured that I am in the right, well within the terms of the contract, and advised to cut ties as soon as possible. I’d prefer to be paid first for the work done, but I don’t know if that will happen.

The whole thing just threw of the day’s rhythm and got me off my game. It shouldn’t, but it did. I worked on the big editing project, worked with students, got out a press release, and got some other stuff done, but it wasn’t enough. I have to finish up two other articles today and get them out, and I’d like to get out the big editing project (a week early).

Not much work done on my own stuff, but got some research done. And, I’m reading novelist Eloisa James’s memoir PARIS IN LOVE, which is delightful. I’m laughing out loud a lot, and I certainly need to laugh this week.

I’m having trouble staying connected to the internet today, which is yet another headache.

I’m looking forward to the weekend!

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Thurs. Nov. 7, 2013: The Good Will Outstrip the Ugly

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Waxing Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and cold

In an absolute fury with the soon-to-be-ex-client’s latest round of berating and belittlement. It is simply not acceptable. I want to be paid for the work I’ve done — especially since it pays for less than two hours’ worth of my time and has taken more than six weeks. I’m tempted to cut ties immediately, but know that then I won’t be paid, and hell, I should be getting combat pay for this one. I guarantee the article will be so gutted that I won’t even be able to use it as a clip.

Worked yesterday, on editing project, with students, did some pitches. Some guy tried the con on me “Oh, I want you to edit my book, but will you edit test pages before I commit?” No, because Im wise to that one — distributing test pages to multiple editors, telling us we didn’t get the job, and then getting your project edited for free. Not that stupid.

On a happier note, I am teaching an afternoon, organizational seminar on Saturday, December 7 on how to organize your writing life for 2014. It only costs $10, and the details are here. Hope to see a lot of you there.

Please note that payment is ONLY via Paypal. Don’t email me asking for other payment methods. Paypal only means just that.

Writers Center Board Meeting last night. Well-run, lots of work accomplished, and I was elected Secretary. So now I’m on two Boards of Directors, both organizations about which I am passionate.

Back to work today, trying to calm down and take the high road, which, at this point, is nearly impossible. One good thing about nightmare clients: they make you appreciate the good ones much more, and I’m lucky in my good ones. In fact, I’m going to send out a round of notes of appreciation.

Devon

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Wed. Nov. 6: Juggling Writing and Reading

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Waxing Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Just realized I didn’t blog yesterday. I went to vote instead. It was local election time, town council and the like. It was amazing how long the lines were. People take their voting very seriously here.

Got out some pitches, worked with students, continued with an editing project, negotiated for a big editing project that should start in two weeks (I won’t count on it until the deposit arrives), worked on adapting a prose piece for television, and continued working on typing up and fleshing out material from the development notebook.

Getting some work done on the novella this morning before tackling some articles and getting back on the other stuff.

I’ve got a lot of reading to do in the next few days, some for reviews, some for research, and some because I’m deconstructing a series of books by one particular author to learn why she’s so popular.

Have a meeting tonight of the Writers Center Board. Which means I have to be very, very focused today!

Devon

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Mon. Nov. 4, 2013: Writing, THOR, & ROCKY HORROR

Monday, November 4, 2013
Waxing Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Busy weekend. Working on the project that I’m developing. Trying to type up the material for the first three chapters I did in the development notebook, but layering in the details so it makes sense. Amazing how much detail I need to HAVE in order to pick the right details.

Bad storms and high winds on Friday made it difficult to get things done in a timely manner, with power wonkiness and all, but I got out a project, eventually, and then had to school the so-called “editor” who questioned the correct punctuation usage. Honey, if you are actually an editor, you should either know it or have a shelf full of style guides to look it up. If you can’t do either one, you don’t belong in an editor’s chair. So glad to be done with that client. Lowest paying client, biggest pain in the ass, insults me on a regular basis — um, no. If you were paying me six figures, I might put up with some of your shit, but for these rates . . .no.

Lots of reading — I’m reading a best selling author’s interconnected novels to deconstruct them — and I watched, finally THOR. My response was, “that’s it?” Seriously, with all the hype, I expected so much more. Chris Hemsworth does his Chris Hemsworth thing (which he does very well), Tom Hiddleston is terrific, Jeremy Renner has a sequence-stealing cameo, but for the most part, I was disappointed. The first 45 minutes could have bee handled in 17, and given us more of the growing relationship between Thor and Jane. It happened too fast and there wasn’t enough there. Thor has his big realization too quickly without enough to back it up. I would have liked more character interactions and less fighting. The character interactions that were there were good (Kenneth Brannagh directed, of course they were), but the film, as a whole, was out of balance. There was a lack of development in too many of the supporting characters that made them far too interchangeable. I should know why someone is there by what they say and do, not have only the costume as the scorecard.

Saturday, I got some work done in the morning, and then, in the evening, met friends at Lindsey’s in Wareham for drinks, and on to see the husband of one friend in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. The friend’s husband was very good, and there was a lot of good stuff in the piece, but it was also rather uneven, and the tech needed work. Scene changes too long and awkward, sound mix weak. The band, however, was great I’m glad I went, it was a fun night out.

Sunday, I stayed offline all day, which was wonderful. Did exactly what I wanted. And did home-and-hearth stuff like taking the garbage to the dump, taking the leaves to the dump, grocery shopping, taking down the Samhain decorations, and doing laundry.

Today, it’s back to work, on a variety of projects. Some errands, over to Osterville Library to do a drop off/pick up. It will be a busy week.

Devon

Fri. Nov. 1, 2013: Busy Docket & Why Nano No Longer Serves My Vision

November 1, 2013
Waning Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Dia de Muertos
Windy and raw

It was nice to have a day away from the daily work routine. There was plenty to do (like grocery shopping and library), and I had to get online a few times to deal with things I needed for today’s work.

Spent most of the time doing the work I do for Samhain, which was good, and I’m ready for the wheel to turn. This last one was rough, and I want it to improve for the next cycle.

We didn’t have a lot of trick or treaters last night, which was a disappointment, in a way, but the ones that showed up at the door were awfully creative! We have a lot of leftover candy (uh, oh).

Trying to sort out the projects that need attention and prioritize them, along with juggling the contracted work coming in.

I’m not doing Nano. I’m glad I did it for the four years that I did it, and I got some good work out of it. However, I already write more than 50K in a month (or I couldn’t pay the bills), so it no longer serves a purpose.

I’m also sick and tired of the huge lack of commitment and the attitude so many have that “Nano” means doing anything they want. If you “do” Nano, you START a new project today and write at least 50K during the month. If you bring in something you’re already working on or do revisions, you are not following the parameters of Nano — you are writing WITH Nano, and siphoning off everyone else’s creative energy (like a vampire), but you are NOT “doing” Nano. You are “writing with” Nano, but you’re not within its guidelines.

And for those who drop out — if you can’t commit to your creative life for a month, you won’t be able to commit for a lifetime.

I think the premise of Nano is wonderful, but too much self-serving, poor-work-habit-enabling crap has grown up around it in the last years, and it no longer serves my vision for my career. So I don’t do it.

I wish everyone who does it well, though — PROVIDED THEY DON’T QUIT. If you quit. for whatever reason, I have no time or patience for you.

I’m going to the theatre this weekend — looking forward to hanging out with friends.

Got a lot on today’s docket, so I better get going. And the next few nights are taken up with ceremonies for the Dead, so it’ll be a slew of late nights for me.

Devon

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