Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Cold, rainy day yesterday.

Worked on the adaptation. In this section, I can stay close to the original screenplay; however, I have to add quite a bit later on for it all to make sense and really hold together as a novel. There are quick explanations that one can get away with in a screenplay that simply won’t hold up in the novel. For it to have the emotional impact I want, I have to deepen it, layer it, work out some of the kinks. I’m also deepening the relationship between Zenda and Sam earlier. While, if this was visual and I had three-dimensional actors working the material, a great deal could be left unsaid. Their bodies would do the “speaking” instead of the words. In the novelization, a great deal remains unspoken between them, but it still needs to be on the page. Even if it’s done through action and gesture and behavior rather than narration, it still needs to be there.

Worked on Yuri’s Tale. Actually, I stopped working to make some continuity notes and do some world-building. The problem with that is that I wind up staring at the page. Unlike Earth Bride, where I could do dozens of pages of world-building as I created the outline and THEN write, the participants in Yuri’s Tale want to reveal it to me as it goes along. So I’m doing more note-taking than world-building and letting the characters reveal the world to be in this draft. A little frustrating, but. . .that’s the way it is. Also, I realized I need to start the book with Esmé, not Yuri (yet another reason the title needs to change). At first I thought it could be a prologue, but the more I mull it over, the more I realize no, it needs to be a chapter focused on Esmé before they arrive in Solmer and Yuri’s taven. I’ll set part of it on the ship The Sea Trotter, and part of it . . .well, you’ll just have to read it to find out!

This is the kind of situation where a writer who insists on total control over everything from the get-go would just stop. But, if you trust your characters (i.e., your subconscious) to get you through even the disjointed bits, you’ll push through and have something better at the end than if you tried to control it all so tightly before you set a word on paper. Rewrites are good places to impose structure and logic. First drafts are to trust your characters and your imagination.

Did an extra yoga session yesterday afternoon and it made a big difference.

Commute sucked both ways, and too many SFT’s in the city. Brandy and Melissa, you wouldn’t behave like an SFT, because you naturally think about others. It’s your nature. I don’t mind the tourists who come here and are amazed by all the wonderful things in New York; I mind the ones who are rude, thoughtless (it’s not New Yorkers who are rude, it’s the tourists), and treat those of us who live here as though we’re their personal maids.

Show was fine. I had to tell one of my Dear Hearts this was our last week working together on this show; he’s off to do another show (he’ll be wonderful in it) and I’m covering the Preakness during his last weekend on this show. So we are going to savor every performance together this week! Seriously, working with these actors is always good for me – they’re loving and joyful as well as being talented, and working with them opens my heart a little every time. Which is good, considering how closed and ready for battle I always have to be in my own home.

I have to go and pitch a fit at the credit union this morning. It seems anyone can walk up to any ATM and wipe out my checking and savings, as they did in January, but I can’t get to my own money, and I’m sick of it.

Taped a show last night on which I thought an acquaintance was guest-starring (because he told me so). He’d teased me that he’d call at midnight to see how I liked it (I got home at 11). So I watch the whole darned thing – and he’s not on it! He called, I mentioned it, and he said, “Yeah, that kind of sucks, doesn’t it?” I’m not sure if the episodes got shuffled around or he’s in an upcoming one or what. And it’s not a show I’d watch if he hadn’t told me he had a guest spot! He so owes me! 😉

Very short writing day today; I have two shows and I have to take a train shortly after 10:30. I want to get more writing done before that, so this is a short post.


Adaptation: 23,460 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
23 / 90

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Sunday, Febraury 3, 2008

Sunday, February 3, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Well, it STARTED as a good day . . .

Yesterday was fairly productive. The errands were hit and miss, but that’s life. I got some good work done on Wyatt. I finished the work for Confidential Job #2, and just have to type it up. I completed an author interview (someone interviewed me this time) – I’ll post the link and the date when it’s set.

And then I found out my credit union account was hacked. They didn’t wipe it out completely – they left a few dollars so the account wouldn’t be flagged. But I’m rather furious, especially since it’s happened to numerous colleagues with the same credit union over the past few months.

And, of course, there’s no 24/7 number to call, so I have to wait until Monday.

I have a few things to say to them. And then I will file the appropriate paperwork with the appropriate agencies.

I didn’t have all that much money in the accounts – I’d dawdled about transfers – and now I’m glad I procrastinated. This is an example that procrastination can sometimes be a good thing!

I’m also annoyed, because it’s marked as an ATM transaction – done when my card was in my purse, excuse me? And it’s in an amount that NO ATM gives out. NO ONE has access to my card or my PIN. And this card isn’t even a debit card; it’s a straight out ATM card. Not only that, I was in Philly when the withdrawal happened in Queens – and the only time I’d used the ATM card prior was in the credit union office several weeks earlier to reset my PIN. I hadn’t used it in ANY ATM since the re-set.

I’ll be better once all the paperwork is filed.

I WAS going to close the other account, the one that charges me every time I breathe, but at least they have stringent fraud alerts.

As far as I can tell, it’s not identity theft; it’s simply these two particular accounts have been hacked into. But I’m talking to all my various card companies, etc., to make sure any strange activity is flagged.

I’m fortunate – because of when the hack happened, I lost less money than anyone I’ve spoken with thus far – but the pattern over a long period of time of account hacking in this institution is very disturbing.

So the rest of the creative work I planned to do went right out the window.

My local police precinct told me I had to file at Midtown North, but Midtown North wants me to file at the precinct where I live, so I’m heading back to my local cop shop to sit down with someone and do the paper work. Just what the cop wants to do on Super Bowl Sunday, I’m sure!!!

And then, I have to come home and get back to work on Tracking Medusa.

This weekend has been a creative wash-out, unfortunately.


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