Fri. June 26, 2015: Tango’d and Tired

Friday, June 26, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Up and down day yesterday, sometimes quite stressful.

Came home, ate a quick bite, went to tango, which was really fun. I feel like I’m finally making positive progress.

Home, exhausted. Sat outside for awhile – -the fireflies are finally here! They’re late this year.

To bed. The cats got me up at 4, so I already put in a full day before leaving for work. Tessa and I went out on the deck for awhile – she didn’t even have to be in her enclosure. She sat between the tomatoes and the borage and watched the world go by.

Not a good writing morning; hopefully it will be better over the weekend.

Very tired and a little blue today. But, that’s the way it goes sometimes. Not every day is sunshine and roses.

Have a great weekend!

Devon

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Thurs. June 25, 2015: Early Errands, Not Much Writing

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Yesterday sucked, and just let’s leave it at that.

At least I wrote a little over 1500 words before I left.

On the positive side, a co-worker gave me a bag of fresh quahogs. I like them, but I’d never eaten them before. She even gave me a recipe, so it was stuffed quahogs for dinner! A late dinner, but they were worth the wait! The shells are so pretty; I’ll be using them for lots of things.

Tried to read a bit when I got home, but I was too tired, so I went to bed early.

Up even earlier than usual this morning. Only got a little bit done on BALTHAZAAR, which was discouraging, and then had to run an errand at 7 AM.

Will be another long day at work, but at least there’s tango tonight.

And the weather is beautiful!

Devon

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Wed. June 24, 2015: Blasting Through the Solstice

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Busy few days. By Friday afternoon, I was cooked. We moved books over to Liberty Hall for the book sale. We were short handed, so in between, I had to handle the desk myself in the afternoon. By the time I locked up on Friday afternoon, I was wiped out.

Tried to relax on the deck, but it was hard. Got some reading done — I’ve read a few books of a fairly well done cozy series, except the female protagonist of the pair makes really stupid mistakes. It’s one thing for an intelligent character to make a mistake based on mis-information or mis-interpretation of information. It’s quite different to make a mistake when you know better — and keep making that type of mistake, more than once per book and in multiple books. It shows a character who doesn’t learn, and that’s not someone with whom I choose to spend time. Even though a lot of the writing is lively, that is such a huge character flaw and shows a lack of growth that I can’t accept in characters I spend time with.

Next!

Cats loved having house guests. They got even more spoiled than before.

Prepped for the wedding Friday night and some of Saturday morning. Also got some research done on Saturday morning, and spent time with houseguests.

The day was gorgeous and the wedding was wonderful. It was at a church in Cotuit –the place was packed. The wedding was full of joy and laughter and beauty — the best of what one of those public rituals should be.

The party was fun, although I only stayed a couple of hours. I was worn out.

Tried to sleep in a bit on Sunday, fed the guests, got them on their way. The weather was dreadful — storms, thunder, lightening, pelting rain. Caught rainwater to use for plants. Spent most of the day doing research.

I’ve got two plays to work on, and I don’t want to lose momentum for BALTHAZAAR. There’s another idea percolating — I’m working with characters and situations, but I don’t quite have it yet. It would be contemporary.

And there’s another idea that’s taking shape, form, character, that would start in 1938. If it works, it has the potential to go all the way to present day. The backdrop is, of course, theatre, and it combines some of the other ideas and research I’ve done over several years, trying to find the right format.

Believe it or not, Agnes DeMille’s biography of Martha Graham provided the missing piece of inspiration to pull those years of playing with ideas together, and I did ten pages of notes for the overview and, specifically, for the first story.

Something else that is interesting about DeMille’s biography of Graham is that it is as much about DeMille as Graham! It shouldn’t be titled MARTHA GRAHAM, it should be MARTHA GRAHAM FROM AGNES DEMILLE’S PERSPECTIVE.

Read SPINSTER: MAKING A LIFE OF ONE’S OWN by Kate Bolick. The writing is good, and while there is a lot I like about it, I disagree that she’s “making a life of one’s own.” Yes, she remains unmarried. But she’s a serial dater, always involved in a relationship, always dating frenetically, as though she has to prove that, although she remains unmarried, she is still attractive and desired. She has no idea what it means to be alone — especially since she’s always running to her therapist. She’s unmarried, yes, but solitude is something she avoids. Being home alone one night to read a book and enjoying it is not “being alone”. It’s having a night off.

Read MUSE by Jonathan Galassi. Liked a lot of it, loved a lot of the writing and phrasing. However, stylistically, it was too narrative for my taste. It was like reading a book-long profile in THE NEW YORKER. I don’t want to hear ABOUT all these interesting people — I want to learn about them through active scenes. So, while I enjoyed the book and the writing a lot, I didn’t love it.

Lovely Summer Solstice celebration that will hopefully ground me well for the next cycle. I can’t believe the days are starting to get shorter! In a week or so, we’ll really notice.

Monday was an excellent writing day: 16 pages (just over one chapter ) of the mystery set on Cape Cod in 1938. The reading I’d done over the weekend fed the story and characters. While this mystery follows formula in some ways, it unfolds a little differently and a little more slowly than the current fashion. The title tells you the type of character who will meet a bad end, but, for the first couple of chapters, there are several possibilities. Also, setting the book in this time period, while Europe is in turmoil and America tried to stay out of it, sets up interesting conflicts between the more insular world the characters inhabit and how world events affect it — and how they try to fight it. It’s also a good way to explore various prejudices. I’d originally planned to start the book in the Midwest (my protagonist is from a small town outside Chicago) and have her receive a letter that is the catalyst to moving to New York. However, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to start building the relationships during a summer stock season on Cape Cod to set the stage (so to speak) for her break with her hometown and childhood sweetheart in active scenes. In other words, this first book will be here, on Cape Cod, before she makes the move to New York. She’ll move to New York in Book Two. I’m also taking some time to develop the first murder victim. I want the reader to know the individual and feel genuine sorrow at the death. It fits more the formula of some of the books written in the actual era, instead of starting in the midst of everything or giving us background we don’t need. Every scene has relevance to the plot, even the ones that won’t seem to until the murderer is revealed.

When I’d written myself out, I got gas for the car and the mower (prices have gone up AGAIN — I’m tired of the way gas prices are manipulated). I mowed the side yard and part of the front, although a big new crop of dandelions sprang up almost immediately.

The cats missed the house guests.

Read Barbara Delinsky’s LAKE NEWS last night. I enjoy her writing.

Up early Tuesday. I have more mowing and repotting to do today, hopefully before the next storm hits, but I also want to get some work done on both BALTHAZAAR and the 1938 mystery.

I’ve also been doing background reading for the one hour pilot. The research reinforces the more jaded view that people basically suck.

However, it was an excellent writing day on BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, a total of 22 pages, finishing up one chapter and writing another completely. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it was worth it. I have the research books spread out all around me, and I keep referring back and forth. The constant fact-checking slowed me down, and I still have some more to do when I do the next draft, but I was able to at least make this first one work.

Bad storms came through, with both tornado watches and warnings. The cats were upset and all sat in my lap. We were lucky here, though: thunder, lightening, heavy rain (which we needed). But no tornadoes.

Tried to read a mystery on the Kindle with an interesting premise, but the author or copyeditor didn’t know the difference between a regular plural and a possessive plural, so, after four pages’ worth of mistakes, I gave up. That’s third grade level English, and there’s no excuse for those types of errors in a published book. Read another book on Kindle that was pleasant, but no great shakes. Needed brain candy, but, ultimately, that one left me unsatisfied, too.

Upped the yoga practice to more intensity. I want to try adding another yoga session at night. I used to do that, when I first moved here, and yoga twice a day was great — in the morning, it focuses me and gets me ready for the day; at night, it unwinds me.

Today will be a very long day at the library. We’re short-handed today, and there’s something that needs my full attention that HAS to get done (I started it, but the rest of the information won’t have arrived until today). That means I’ll be putting in extra hours, after the building is closed. I’m working tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday, and then I have Sunday and Monday for intense writing. Tuesday, next week, I have appointments.

Worked on BALTHAZAAR again this morning, before I left for the library, but after the intensity of the past few days, it didn’t feel like enough. It was a solid 1500 words, though, so I shouldn’t kick myself about it. There are so many great stories-within-the-story in BALTHAZAAR that I’m tempted to do some chapters set back in pirate days. However, as a reader, I don’t like that convention — having the reader get far ahead of the protagonists — and it doesn’t fit with the way I’ve set up the structure of chapters in the series. Maybe a tie-in novel set there in the future? Or would it be too much like CUTTHROAT CHARLOTTE? I don’t think so, but one never knows. We’ll see what happens. Maybe I’ll do a book with Balthazaar, Sybilla, and Charity as the focus, rather than the catalyst, at some point in the future.

The weather, however, is gorgeous, and a wonderful reminder of why I live here.

I have a bad headache which I hope won’t develop into a migraine.

Have a great week!

Devon

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Fri. June 19, 2015: Dancing and Houseguests

Friday, June 19, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Yesterday was busy, but good busy.

I also felt better because of the work on BALTHAZAAR.

Came home, read a bit, changed, put the blueberries on the lemon pudding servings, packed everything up, went to tango milonga. The weekend intensive made a difference. It was fun.

Home, exhausted, got my houseguests settled. The cats are making out like bandits. Tessa is charging a “petting toll” – if you want to go up or down the stairs, you have to stop and pet her. Three times on the head. Not twice, not four times. THREE times. The twins are conning extra treats out of everyone, with their “I’m so small, sad, and hungry” routine and the “aren’t I adorable? Feed me!” routine.

In other words, they like having houseguests.

Discovered it takes longer to get seven people sorted and out of the house on time in the morning than two! But all in good fun, and bacon and eggs always makes everything better.

It will be a busy day at work, setting up for the booksale, then zipping out to deal with wedding stuff, the wedding tomorrow, and Sunday – I was supposed to go to Newport, but the weather’s supposed to be vile, so I might just have a lazy morning with the houseguests and then write.

I’m trying to get up early enough to get my writing in before the guests wake up. The cats aren’t helpful, with their already early –and loud – rising.

Have a great weekend – and Happy Solstice!

Devon

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Thurs. June 18, 2015: Inspiration from Archer Mayor

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Busy day yesterday, and quite stressful. In addition to the summer busy-ness, there are also situations going on in another group with whom I’m involved. I won’t be involved with that group much longer, but if I can help come up with some solutions in the interim, I will.

Archer Mayor presented at the library. He was wonderful. So articulate, so intelligent, so engaging. I’ve been a fan of the Joe Gunther series since Book 3 (SCENT OF EVIL), and then went back through books 1 & 2. SCENT OF EVIL came out in 1992, so I’ve been reading the books for a long time!

So much of what he said resonated, and I’ll be thinking about it for a long time, and, hopefully, applying it!

Home, exhausted. To bed early – couldn’t face any more cooking when I got home.

Up at 5:30 this morning to make the lemon pudding for milonga night. It will set while I’m at work.

Managed to get some work done on BALTHAZAAR this morning, too, before work. It’s not going as quickly as I’d like, and I have to fact check some things, but it’s going. The tensions are building, in ways that I think will surprise the reader (hopefully, in a good way).

Long day at work today, and then home for a quick bite, and milonga. Don’t know how long I’ll last – I’m exhausted.

Devon

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Wed. June 17, 2015: Dance and Mystery!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Busy few days, but good ones.

So, DARK MATTER started on SYFY. Anthony Lemke’s in it, and I like his work, so that was my draw. He plays a character very different from the other work of his I’ve seen (which is always fun). It would have been easy to make the character a real unlikeable jerk. The fun part, when you follow a particular actor’s work, like I do with Lemke, is that I trust him, as an actor, to take me on an interesting journey and show me layers, and it doesn’t have to all happen in the first hour. So, I’m completely confident there’s more going on with the character than I’m seeing, and I look forward to the journey. I did get ahead of the plot a few times, but that’s okay. It will be interesting to see where it goes.

Saturday was very busy at the library, but we got out on time. Headed home for a quick snack, changed, and headed to Wellfleet for Tango.

It was so much fun! We had a great group, and learned a lot. Drive home was smooth, and I was on the deck, with my feet soaking in Epsom salts, and a cocktail within 45 minutes of leaving.

Sunday, I was only a little sore. Went to a garden wholesaler and got some cool stuff, including sea holly. Headed back to Wellfleet for another great tango session, and drove the instructor back to Barnstable to catch the bus to Boston.

Yeah, by Sunday night, I was sore.

Monday was a rainy, icky day full of errands – had to take my mom to the doctor, get cat food, go grocery shopping, pay bills. Wiped out by the end of it.

Watched DANIEL DERONDA (homework for Masterpiece). It was well done, but I found all the leads annoying (not the actors, the characters). I didn’t believe for a minute that Daniel was actually in love with Mira – to me, it seemed he was in love with the IDEA of her, with what she represented. She was still a better choice than Gwendolyn.

Also, Monday, prepared the food for Tuesday.

Tuesday, I baked the cupcakes for today, and packed the food for the strategic planning session for NMLC, which happened in Wareham. We had a good session, and then some of us went out for Mexican food.

Didn’t have the weird progressive dream that I had Sunday and Monday.

Busy at work today, and then the wonderful Archer Mayor does a program for us tonight! Can’t wait!

I took a few days off from the book to research – got some interesting stuff to weave in.

This is probably one of the busier weeks of the summer, but it seems every week gets busier than the previous one.

Devon

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Sat. June 13, 2015: Weekend!

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

So we just get rid of the damn Mercury Retrograde and are saddled with a Neptune retrograde! I don’t like having all the retrogrades overlap. Too much chaos, and I need to simplify things.

Yesterday was busy and exhausting in oh, so many ways. But I got some stuff done, and it was “only” an eight-hour day. Went home, got to sit on the deck with a glass of wine and try to relax a bit.

Read the first book in Nicole Peeler’s new series, JINN AND JUICE, which I really liked. I like her writing a lot (I’m a big fan of the Jane True series). So that was a nice distraction.

Did some research, trying to get the timeline in place for the material in the next section of the chapter in BALTHAZAAR. I have to make the people and episodes happen within the historical timeline, and still serve my plot.

The short story nudges me, wanting to be written. The catalyst is either an omen for something coming up, or I’m just blowing off steam! I hope it’s the latter, but I often find that I “write my own reality”, by setting stories and situations and then certain aspects of my life follow. Which can be good or a little frustrating, depending on the situation!

My Saturday “on” and then it’s off to Wellfleet.

I woke up at three, woken by an incoming storm. The wind was powerful enough to slam all the doors in the house and upset the cats. Then, of course, I had trouble getting back to sleep, which I knew would cause problems, because I’m driving to Wellfleet later today, and probably won’t be home until about 10 tonight.

More tango in Wellfleet tomorrow, a busy writing-and-errands-and-cooking day on Monday, and then strategic planning Tuesday, and, on a VERY positive note, Archer Mayor will be at the library on Wednesday! Can’t wait!

Hope you’re having a great weekend. I can’t believe next weekend is the Solstice!

Devon

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Fri. June 12, 2015: Planning A Writing, Dancing Weekend

Friday, June 12, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and humid

The meeting yesterday morning went well. Issues were dealt with and progress made, always a good thing.

Stopped at home to pick up the food for the author event, went in to work. Got very little done, other than setting up for the book launch (and setting up tango, next door).

The book launch went well. It was a pleasant evening.

I was tired by the end of it. Finished Donald Hall’s memoir when I got home.

Had weird dreams in the night about the person who was the inspiration for Justin Yates in the Gwen Finnegan mysteries. Makes sense, since I’m writing BALTHAZAAR.

Contract issues seem to be worked out for the extension for HEX BREAKER — fingers crossed. And Mercury is direct, so off it goes.

Looking forward to a straight eight hours at work, and then home. Hopefully, it will be nice enough to sit on the deck with a glass of wine.

Work tomorrow, then tango in Wellfleet. I hope to get some writing done in the morning. I’ll write most of the day on Sunday, and then go to Wellfleet for another tango session. Monday, my mom has a doctor’s appointment and I have errands, plus I need to do the cooking for the strategic planning session on Tuesday, and finish up my “homework”. Tuesday, I’ll be in strategic planning all afternoon, but I’ll write in the morning.

Next Wednesday, we are honored to have the fabulous Archer Mayor do a program at the library. I can’t wait! I love his series, and I’ve been eager to meet him for a long time.

I can’t believe we’re half way through June already, and that the solstice is next weekend! Too fast.

Need to mow the second part of the meadow this weekend — and soon the front will need attention again! Getting gas for the mower needs to be added to the list of errands.

Have a great weekend.

Devon

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Thurs. June 11, 2015: Working Away

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury DIRECT (as of this evening)
Sunny and warm

Rough day yesterday, on many fronts, none of which can be discussed publicly.

Managed to get about 1K done on BALTHAZAAR — after the wonderful, long writing days previously, getting so much more done, it felt like a shortfall, although there’s nothing wrong with keeping the steady, 1K pace. There’s a lot to be said for it.

Watched the last part of NOSTROMO with the Masterpiece Book and Film Club. One of the members wondered if there would be a happy ending, and I reminded her that this was Joseph Conrad — he didn’t do happy endings! 😉

Losing patience with a young woman fluttering around who claims she wants to act on Broadway. At her age, I had a job as a crew person on rock and roll shows. She claims to be willing to do the work — so why isn’t she doing an internship with a summer theatre? Why is she talking about college courses in a major that’s not theatre? Because, of course, she likes the IDEA of being on Broadway, but can’t be bothered to do the work. She doesn’t have the dedication, or the passion. She wants result, without work. Not only that, it’s far more important to her to put herself forward as an expert on every topic brought up, instead of listening to those around her, having actual interactive conversations, and maybe learning something. I was certainly obnoxious in many ways when I earned my way to Broadway, but I also tried to learn as much as possible from those around me who have more experience than I do (I still try to do that). Not worth my time.

Doing my homework for strategic planning next week for the Marine Life Center.

Tired of feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck when I get back from work.

Reading Donald Hall’s memoir, UNPACKING THE BOXES.

Up early this morning, frosted the cupcakes, made the eggplant caviar for tonight’s author event. The next story about Viola, the protagonist from my story “Literal Revenge” (that went out at the end of April) is starting to spin in my head. I’d like to finish the one about Rae, the ex-con who works in a bakery on the overnight shift, though, first.

Trying to figure out the next sequence in BALTHAZAAR, so I can write it.

I have a meeting this morning, then headed to the library, where we’re short-staffed this afternoon, and then the author event. Tomorrow should be a reasonably straightforward day at work (famous last words), and then Saturday is my weekend “on”, before heading to Wellfleet for the tango intensive.

A young wild turkey tried to take a bath in the birdbath. Unfortunately, it’s not stone, it’s lightweight, and it all fell over. Poor thing. He wasn’t hurt, just embarrassed, and I had to get it upright and refill it this morning. Tessa watched, fascinated, from the upstairs window.

The tomatoes, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, red cabbage, borage, and other herbs are all doing well. I love using fresh herbs in my cooking.

Next week will be very busy, too, although the friend who was supposed to come and visit has postponed his trip.

Onward.

Devon

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Wed. June 10, 2015: Finding a Writing Groove

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I will be very glad when Mercury goes direct tomorrow. The last few days were tough.

On the positive, delightful side, though, horse racing has a new Triple Crown winner, American Pharoh. What a terrific horse! Not only is it great that there’s a winner, it’s great that it’s this particular horse, because he’s friendly and mellow, as well as being talented, and he makes a great ambassador for the sport. It was a beautiful race. My other pick, Frosted, who I hoped would come in second, did.

Got some gardening done over the weekend, but not enough. Felt exhausted and burned out. Read a lot. After reading a spate of disappointing novels, I was delighted to read some good ones, my favorite being THE HAWLEY BOOK OF THE DEAD by Chryslar Szarlan, which is a wonderful work of magical realism. I also really liked THE GONE DEAD TRAIN by Lisa Turner and THE DRESS SHOP OF DREAMS by Menna Van Park. Read some memoirs and essays, too — mixed bag, those. I got frustrated with the ones justifying bad choices and hurting others.

I’m also reading an amazing non-fiction book, Tina Packer’s THE WOMEN OF WILL, about Shakespeare’s female characters. It makes me realize how much I miss working on Shakespeare.

I let the executive board of the Writers Center know that I will be rotating off the board at the end of my term in October.

I read over what I’ve got on BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, INITIATE, TRUE HOME, and even HEART SNATCHER. Did a bit of work on the third draft of HEART SNATCHER. This revision is more complex than the last, because I’m breaking things apart and rearranging them.

I also broke through the difficulties I’ve had on BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, and I’ve gotten it back on track again, writing twenty seven new pages on Monday and yesterday.

Monday is usually my day off, but I went in to work for a meeting for an event we’re doing at the end of August, came home for a few hours, and then went in to help out with Milbilly Idol. I was drafted to be the third judge, and I’d arranged for the other two judges and hired in another friend to do lights and sound. We had fewer kids than the previous year, but they were cute and it was a good event. My friend and I had a beer at Saga Fusion before heading home.

Yesterday, I wrote all morning, working on BALTHAZAAR, and then headed to the Marine Life Center for a meeting on Canalfest. It went better than I expected. Saw the seals, including the new seal pups (they are so darn cute, it just about breaks your heart). It was too late to make the Spectacle of Trees meeting (which I’m doing with TWO organizations this year), so I waited until the NMLC rep got back to get filled in on that for that tree, and then went home.

Up at 5 today, baked for tomorrow’s author event. Then wrote for awhile. It will be a long day at work today — in fact, I have a long days all week, with tomorrow’s author event and this being my Saturday “on”, and then going to a tango intensive in Wellfleet all weekend.

And, of course, keeping up the pace of the writing. So it’s good, but I have to marshall my energy, and not allow selfish people to drain me.

Having Saturn, Pluto, and Mercury retrograde and dealing with a full moon in Sagittarius wore me out.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Devon

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Fri. June 5, 2015: Planning a Busy Weekend

Friday, June 5, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde

Tired. Mentally even more than physically.

Busy day at work yesterday, which is not a bad thing, just busy. Some cataloging, a lot of PR.

Tango was fun – nice teacher and learned some basics in a real step-by-step way (no pun intended), along with stuff to work on between this week and next week.

It was light enough after Tango to go to the beach and see the last of the light fade into twilight. Beautiful. Hard to imagine that in two weeks, it will be the Solstice and then the days get shorter again.

Home, exhausted, to bed reasonably early. Overslept this morning. Couldn’t get any work done on the play, which was frustrating. I know, in my head, where I want the scene to go, but won’t know if I’ll get there until it’s on paper.

I’m absolutely tied in knots about the Belmont Stakes tomorrow. I want American Pharoh to win the Triple Crown. The horse is not only talented, he’s a delightful ambassador for the sport. I’m also worried he won’t.

I need to get a lot of writing and a lot of yard work done this weekend. While I normally have Monday and Tuesday away from work, I’ll be in on Monday morning for a meeting and Monday afternoon for a program. Tuesday, I have to be in two places at once, something I’m not quite sure how I’ll manage. Next week will be exhausting, with programs and the Saturday “on”.

But I just need to look at one thing at a time.

The circus piece is started to form in my head.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Devon

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Thurs. June 4, 2015: Working on the Play

Thursday, June 04, 2015
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Yesterday was a pretty decent day. Masterpiece Book and Film watched the second part of NOSTROMO – the filmmaking reminded me, stylistically, of the 1960s, not the 1990s. But it’s interesting, and I look forward to seeing the final part next week.

I got some periodicals processed and some PR out.

I have to ask some questions on a contract – ran it past both agent and lawyer, and they agree with me. Of course, Mercury Retrograde is the worst time to negotiate contracts.

Got some work done on the historical play this morning. It’s humming along nicely. It feels good.

Today will be a long day, and then tango tonight. Tomorrow will be another long day.

Saturday is the Belmont Stakes. I want American Pharoh to take the Triple Crown. Frosted, to me, looks like his biggest threat. Fingers crossed. Will probably do an American Pharoh-Frosted exacta.

Onward.

Devon

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Wed. June 3, 2015: June Blooms

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Busy few days.

Friday was busy at work. Picked up dinner from Osterville Fish Market and relaxed.

There was a contractual glitch with one publisher, but we seem to have worked it out. I’m glad I asked questions, instead of assuming the worst and getting angry.

The play submission got out and was acknowledged. I’ll hear by August on that. Either it’s what they want, and we move forward, or it’s not, and it goes somewhere else. I’m still going to work on the play in the interim.

Saturday was all about the garden. Bought dirt, bought flats of marigolds, pots of basil, various and sundry other plants, and NINE flats of petunias. Put together the hanging baskets for the deck. Still have to do the ones for the front of the house. Replanted the small trees in the front of the house and pruned them. Replanted one of the bush cherries in the ground, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with the other one. Replanted all 28 tomato plants. Ran out of basil, but had enough marigolds for them. Also replanted some of the Brussel Sprouts, which are getting big. Planted the rosemary, oregano, thyme, and dill.

Sunday, I mowed the front (which needed it again). I kept thinking it would rain, it kept threatening to rain, but it didn’t. I was supposed to go to the Berkshires, but that trip got cancelled.

Then, I was going to go to Boston on Monday and Tuesday, but the weather was so miserable, I postponed it.

Monday rained just about all day. We needed it. It was good. I wasn’t feeling well, and gave myself the day off. I read a lot and tried to get better.

Yesterday, I ran errands and attended a birthday party in the early afternoon, then came home and tried to get my act together.

Did some more poker research, which was depressing. It’s not a game I ever enjoyed or felt affection for, although I admire people who play professionally.

Did some research on circuses and their history. Not sure where I’ll go with it, but an idea is percolating just under the surface.

Doing research on Matta, one of my favorite painters.

Writing wise, I did some work on one of the mysteries, and figured out the opening of the historical play. That was difficult. I didn’t want to start too early and do a lot of exposition, but I still have to make clear the sting operation. But I think I figured it out.

Someone I never heard of or met sent me a manuscript and announced I would edit it. That’s not the way it works, bubbelah. I’m constantly astonished by the arrogance of the unpublished. I don’t sit around waiting for someone to deign to send me a manuscript so I can edit for free and fun. First of all, it’s my business, and you ASK about terms and whether we are a good fit and whether I have time and, secondly, my own work ALWAYS comes first.

There’s enough information out there on how to work with editors and publishers that there is NO excuse for “not knowing”, even when you start out. We’re in the information age. Bother to look up some information.

Today will be a long day at work, with a long list of stuff I need to get done, and, no doubt, hundreds of interruptions.

American Pharoh goes for the Triple Crown this Saturday at Belmont Park, which is almost sold out already. I hope he wins. I’m afraid to count on it, but he looks so good and so happy, and he’s had so much FUN during the races so far that it gives me hope.

Trying to sort out travel glitches on a friend’s upcoming trip, and also prepare for overseas guest who will be staying a good, long time.

Have to change the batteries in one of the carbon monoxide detectors again, in spite of having done so on the Equinox.

Irritated that the gas and electric companies were allowed to raise their rates, respectively, 39% and 27%. If the few people who get raises only get a 2.5% cost of living increase, which has to cover EVERYTHING in life, then the utilities should be only allowed to raise their prices one quarter of one percent. Period. If they “can’t afford it”, they should cut executive salaries and they should be non-profit anyway, with profits going back into improving the grid instead of going to stockholders.

Hop on over to the GDR site for the latest.

Devon

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