Tues. May 31, 2022: Finally, A Good Writing Day

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Waxing Moon

Pluto and Mercury Retrograde

Hazy and hot

We were out of the house before 9 AM on Friday, headed down to Pittsfield. Got some great book deals at their lobby sale, and had a closer look around the Atheneum itself. Again, lots of great reading and working spaces. They even have musical instruments to check out.

A quick stop at Home Goods on the way back to replace the glass that broke this morning. Got a couple of glasses off the clearance shelf that are pretty, and close to the broken one. Swung by Staples to drop off the toner cartridges and get the credit on my account. Did a quick stop into the (reasonably priced) grocery store there to pick up a few final things for the weekend.

We were home before noon, as the traffic started to get heavier. I mean, compared to the Cape in-season, it’s still light, but it’s heavier than it usually is around here.

In the afternoon, we watched the video on the early history of the Spruces. It was interesting, but I had already found all that information in my research.

Read Kellye Garrett’s HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, which was good.

I’d written and submitted my book review early in the morning, before we left, and was assigned my next book.

Lunch was light: an assortment of cheeses, salami, the trout spread, and a fig/orange spread with crackers.  The two cheeses bought at the overpriced market were mediocre, and the salami, also bought there, was greasy. Fortunately, the trout and the fig/orange were delicious.

Yeah, not shopping at that market again.

Dinner was salmon with sweet Thai chili sauce, rice, and peas. Delicious. I’m so lucky we have a good fish monger here. It’s ironic that I can get Cape-caught fish at a better price than I could on Cape.

I realized, on Friday, that it was exactly a year ago that day when we put down the deposit on this place. Definitely the right move. Although my body is going into sense-memory stress again, and I’m constantly trying to soothe and reset. The next few weeks may be rough, as I teach my body it doesn’t have to go into survival mode all the time, the way it did last year during this stretch.

The Narcissistic Sociopath read the list of names of the children murdered in Uvalde and then DANCED on the stage. The SOB was dancing with glee at the death. He really is sickening, and anyone who supports him is just as bad as he is.

I am so sick and tired of these corrupt, monstrous, disgusting individuals continuing to get away with everything, because Democrats are too weak to get down in the trenches and fight in a way that wins. You cannot take the high road with people determined to kill you. You eliminate them. You destroy them. Or you are exterminated.

The fact that Congress went ahead and took vacation instead of staying in town and getting the work done is further proof that the Dems are weak. We need actual progressive leaders. Or we will all wind up dead, be it from pandemics or gun violence, or every right being removed.

And one of the first things that needs to happen is to take action against those financing the fascists.

Went to bed way too early on Friday, exhausted and broken hearted. Woke up around 2:30 AM, from a dream of being in the NYC subway and seeing a couple of guys carrying guns, so I left. It even smelled like the subway. I realized, when I woke up, that someone was outside, in between the houses, smoking, and the cigarette had that stale nicotine quality that is in the subway.

Dozed off again, and the cats rousted me out of bed a little before five.

Saturday morning was about turning over the closet from winter to summer. That took a long time. I had to rearrange quite a bit, and decide how to pack up a lot of the winter stuff. My closet here is much smaller than the one in the Cape house. I had a walk-in closet there, which meant I didn’t really have to turn over the closet seasonally.

Found a bunch of stuff, got distracted with finding cool stuff. Washed a few things. Have a pile to mend, and a pile to iron.

Sunday was cool enough to cook. So I baked biscuits in the morning, made potato salad, made egg salad, made another batch of vegetable stock, threw pork chops into the slow cooker with honey teriyaki sauce.

Read a lot, and rested as much as I could. I was emotionally exhausted, as much as physically.

Started a new blank book for the handwritten journal on Monday morning. The third of this year. Also wrote 1000 words (before 7 AM, no less) on the piece inspired by the ghost stories/auto accidents.

We had planned to go out on a fun day trip on Monday, but then I checked the event calendars around us, and all the towns were having parades for Memorial Day. We’d have gotten stuck several times on the way down, and not been able to enjoy ourselves. So we’ve rescheduled.

I started putting my Monthology story on paper (well, computer screen). Word dumped the first half page I wrote (because one can’t autosave until one manually autosaves to the cloud, and I DON’T WANT TO SAVE ON THE CLOUD). I couldn’t find it in the recovery file or anywhere else. I’m so sick of Windows11 being awful.

I nearly gave up for the day, but I wanted to get the opening that’s been crowding my head down properly, so I started over, and wrote about 600 words (the opening scene). I had to stop and ask some questions to other contributors so that I can integrate their monsters properly, but I have the next couple of scenes almost ready to write. And I know how it ends, so there’s just a bit to get to the climactic sequence that I have to work out.

Wrote a little over 1000 words on The Big Project. I have a feeling I’ll have to layer multiple edits onto the next draft, so it can go out by deadline.

Took a look at the radio play, “Owe Me” and am completely baffled as to how I get from where I am to where I need to be at the end. That still has to percolate.

Finished the revision of “Personal Revolution.” It needs a proofread, but it should be ready to re-release at the end of June, as planned. Now to get back to new editions of the Topic Workbooks.

Grabbed a script and turned it around. It was a good one, so it was a pleasure. But I am way, way under what I usually make with this company. If this continues, I may have to look elsewhere for coverage work, and add another couple of freelance writing clients to the mix.

Made turkey burgers for dinner, which were good. Read the next book for review, which was also good. I will write up the review later today, and send it off tomorrow, asking for the next one. Built in some time to work with the Druid Plant Oracle cards.

Up early this morning, after some strange dreams.  Hitting the page first, and then the plans we had yesterday and moved due to parade routes are back in play today. So today is my “holiday” while yesterday was a workday, and a productive one! May I have a string of them. I wrote 1K in longhand, writing my way still into a project, so that was a decent start.

Four more days until Mercury goes direct. The last week usually heaps additional challenges on. The day after Mercury goes direct, Saturn, the planet of life lessons, goes retrograde. Ick.

I did not post on Ko-fi last week, because it felt disrespectful, in light of the shootings. Of course, over Memorial Day weekend, there were 14 more mass shootings in this country. I loathe our politicians.

Hope you had a good weekend, and have a good week.

Wed. August 19, 2020: Die For Tourist Dollars Day 91 — Survival Takes Energy

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

If you haven’t checked out the Grief To Art site, please do. Please share the information.

Yesterday was pretty darn productive: work on the novel, client work, 9 LOIs out, work on the article, work on BARD’S LAMENT. I got some reading/research done. Worked with the cats. Worked on promo for the Grief to Art launch. The first press release is live here. I have press releases going out to various media outlets. I’d like to get a few remembrances up on the walls before I send out more, though. I sort of want it to start growing organically, and then do some more press.

But I have to trust in the process and remember that everyone’s grief is different and at a different pace.

The allergies slowed me down, and I had to stop and lie down for a bit in the afternoon (but then, I get up before 5 AM and am working by 5. Why am I so hard on myself}?

Tried to sit out on the deck, but there was so much repetitive machine noise, it was nearly impossible. I’m keeping a log of the leaf blowers and heavy machinery and chain saws – basically every house on the street is using this equipment every single day. It’s not necessary.

This morning was the second morning that I was jolted awake at 3:30 in the morning because a dufus in the neighborhood ran a leaf blower. There is NO reason to run a leaf blower at 3:30 in the morning in the dark. Actually, I don’t care if there is – it’s still unacceptable.

Got a good 3 pages done on the developing novel. I’m in the second chapter of it. By the fourth chapter, I should know if it’s viable, or not going to work and needs to be put in stasis.

Have to go onsite for a client for a couple of hours, which I dread. Then, it’s a few errands, dash back for Remote Chat, and take my mom to the doctor this afternoon. I also have to work on BARD, my article, the book for review, and do some yard work, because the landlord is coming over tomorrow (properly masked).

I ordered two more playpens from Chewy, so each cat has her own playpen. It’s too exhausting to switch them out of the same one. Lends itself to too much kitty drama.

In general, I’m tired of being tired.

But at least the weather is nice – not too hot. We had some rain. Not too humid. But I’m tired of my life being in chaos and upset because other people are stupid and selfish, and their stupidity and selfishness interferes with my life. And could, in a literal sense, cause my death.

It takes so much energy, energy I need for creative work and other life stuff that needs to happen. Yet survival is taking up the bulk of my energy.

I think the schools are out of their minds to re-open for in-person learning. The school administrations should be held liable for all the suffering and deaths this will cause.

Seriously, I should be a professional recluse. That is the best solution.

In the meantime, I’m stumbling along as best I can.

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Thurs. Oct. 31, 2019: Samhain!

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and vile

Mercury Retrograde hit with a bang. The past few days have sucked so badly, I’m terrified of the next three weeks. Then, I started this morning by spilling hot coffee all over myself.

Got the cats settled, did some more housework. Last night, I baked orange rye bread (and rolls), chocolate skull cakes, and gingerbread.

Deep cleaned the downstairs bathroom. Straightened my room, did some laundry. This morning, we changed the beds. Willa and Charlotte “helped.”

Had a decent editing session this morning, so at least not everything’s fallen by the wayside.

Ran errands. It was awful out. Plus, people were acting like rude psychopaths.

Company is supposed to get here in the late afternoon. I hope I have enough candy for the Trick or Treaters. I’m not putting up the lights, because we’re having gale force winds over night.

Company tomorrow, and then the weekend is about taking down decorations and, weather-permitting, cleaning the yard.

In a few minutes, a series of posts about Tending the Dead will go live on Kemmyrk.

So will the post on Gratitude and Growth.

Have a good one!

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Mon. Oct. 21, 2019: Pets For Health #UpbeatAuthors


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Monday, October 21, 2019
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde

This is not a photo of one of my cats, but to me, this represents good health.

My cats have done more to improve my health than anything else. Their love and affection; the way they live in the moment. The ability to relax. The ability to focus.

The way one of the rescue cats blossom when they settle in to the house.

It’s wonderful.

Losing them is always a heartbreak; but I wouldn’t trade a minute with any of them.

My cats have a positive impact on all aspects of my life, including reminding me to laugh.

How do pets improve your life?

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Tues. June 18, 2019: Weekend Writing Groove

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Last Day of Full Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde

The #ReaderExpansionChallenge post will be late, but I’ll post as soon as I can. Crazy couple of days.

Weekend was pretty good, writing wise. Saturday was terrific. Worked on both the first (longhand) and second (typed) drafts of ELLA BY THE BAY; worked on GRAVE REACH, and finding some cool new stuff in it; worked on the newest draft of GAMBIT COLONY, where I’m breaking the big manuscript down into manageable books. All in all, a little over 11K.

Also finished the book for review. It was quite good.

Windy and stormy on Saturday night. Gloomy start on Sunday morning.

Worked on ELLA, took a break, went back to the page. Worked on GRAVE REACH. Took a break. Went back to the page. Did revisions on GAMBIT. Wound up for the day. Again, a really good word count day. I was also happy with the quality, not just the quantity. I have to keep up both.

Wrote my review, polished it. Sent it off yesterday morning, and hope to be assigned my next book soon.

Good first writing session of the morning yesterday.

Worked onsite with a client yesterday. We have a big event today, so I won’t be around much.

If I can keep the momentum going, and pick up the pace just a little bit on GRAVE REACH, I’ll be in a good groove.


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Tues. Jan. 22, 2019: Happiness is a World Book

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold!

If you haven’t joined the Reader Expansion Challenge over on A Biblio Paradise, I hope you’ll consider it.

I was pretty useless over the weekend. Still sick.

I was terribly disappointed at not being able to go to the Women’s March in Boston, but I was too sick. The photos from Boston, New York, and DC looked great.

The storm started earlier than expected on Saturday. They said after midnight, but it started around 3. I was doing research on the Algonquin Round Table and a few other things.

I got some writing done over the weekend, but not enough.

Sunday, I cleared everything out of my office and put down the rug my landlord brought over. It’s a pale gold, and makes the room much lighter and brighter. I set up a large table as a workspace (my dad made the tabletop years ago).

I’m not putting everything back into the office — I’m sorting and purging and packing stuff. So it’s a viable workspace once again. It had gotten too cluttered and messy. It nearly killed my back, too, which wasn’t fun.

My printer still isn’t working, which worries me.

I was sickened by the behavior of the Covington Catholic High School boys toward a Native American Elder. The longer version of the video doesn’t nullify or change what they did, contrary to all the back pedalers. The written statement by the smirking kid (actually by the right-wing PR firm his family hired) only shows he’s trying to Brett Kavanaugh his way out of it. Let’s not forget that the reason they were there in the first place was to advocate for men controlling women’s bodies, instead of women’s bodily autonomy. No 15-year-old boy, his parents, his school, or his religion has the right to decide what I do with my body. Their initial purpose — to deny women’s rights — was then expanded to include their racism.

Mitch McConnell’s state. Gee, what a surprise. The PR company part of McConnell’s PAC. Even less of a surprise.

I had to go into work with a client yesterday, in spite of the holiday, and then head out to Chatham to pick up a set of World Book Encyclopedia I got on craigslist. Encyclopediae make me happy. It’s from 1989, a good one to have in print, since it will refresh my memory on pieces I write that happen anytime before then.

We hit a snow squall driving back, but it wasn’t bad. Then, I settled in one of my reading chairs and started leafing through it. It’s pretty wonderful. Although it doesn’t mention Canaletto, which was disappointing.

I have always wanted specifically a set of World Book, since I was in third grade. I have an Encyclopedia Brittanica Jr. that I still use. We got a volume for $1.99 every time we spent $20 at the grocery store. I also have a set of Audubon’s Nature Encyclopedia, which I also still use.

I prefer doing this type of research in print.

Of course, I do my initial research, and then work forward for any new information since it was published. But it’s a great starting point, and I think putting these entries only online is a disservice. It’s not like one can trust Wikipedia.

Just trying to stay on schedule with the different projects, market properly, and make sure I have plenty of other work coming in.

Had decent first writing sessions yesterday and today. Trying to build my momentum back up.

Exhausting, but necessary.

And I wish I could shake this illness.



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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Went outside to look at the lunar eclipse last night. It was fascinating. The cats were freaking out, being moon creatures. And I was pretty restless myself. I do not like being cut off from the moon!

The 1and1 server is down. Again. I can’t access my mail. I can’t update my websites. Every month, I lose approximately 2 weeks’ worth of service, scattered in and around the different days. This is NOT acceptable.

I need to back everything up on Fearless Ink and move that site first, then back up everything on the other sites and move them, too. BEFORE the next frigging invoice comes from 1and1. They are quick to take my money; but they don’t provide either service OR customer assistance.

I found a way to pull mail through another server, but why should I have to when I’m paying 1and1?

Quiet day yesterday. Some writing, lots of reading. I read two of the books for the essay and took lots of notes. I didn’t get too far on the desk, so I have to tackle that again today.

I was supposed to work onsite today, but that got moved to next week, so I’m working from home today, which is great. Tomorrow’s supposed to be quite a snow and ice storm, so I’m going to run my errands today, and hopefully, tomorrow, have a quiet day at home.

I’ve got some work friends sent me to read today, then back to my own writing, and the reading for the essay. If I can read a book a day, I can get through everything in about two weeks, and then start putting together the essay. This one is a challenge, because my personal views are so different from both the view the author presents and the topic about which I’m writing. I can’t brainstorm publicly, because it will come back to bite me in the butt, but there will be a lot of filtering and approaching material from different angles in order to make this one work. It’s a good exercise – writing a piece developing an argument with backup on a point of view that is not necessarily my personal one. Definitely not as straightforward as the last one – although that one had its challenges, too!

Linda, I’m not sure about the follow-up capacity on WordPress. I couldn’t find one yesterday, but maybe I just don’t know how to do it. Maybe it’s called something else. When I get a minute, I’ll see about asking Support.

Not much to say today. I’m staying quiet and just trying to get a lot done.

And that’s the way it should be.


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Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007
Full Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I got the Newsletter out on Wednesday. If you didn’t get yours, or you aren’t signed up, send an email here with “subscribe” in the title. Otherwise, you’ll end up in the spam box.

So, I have a feeling it will be the second week of November before the next one goes out! 😉

Looooong day in court yesterday. And the lunch place I chose was LOUSY – won’t go back there again. Nearly bought boots and a suit, just because I was cranky, but I refrained. However, I did go to the bookstore once we were released and treated myself to both a book and a new deck of tarot cards (yeah, I know, like I don’t have nearly 50 decks, but this one hadn’t been sent to me for review, and it looked really cool).

Too wiped out to do much in the evening. Focusing that intently for that many hours in the courtroom pretty much finishes me for the day.

Putting things together for Samhain next Wednesday (which I’ll be doing AFTER a full day in court – sigh).

Today I need to finish and edit another e-book, insert some design elements in the first e-book, and then download the conversion program, see if I can figure out how to do it, and upload it to the site, so my testers can try it before I post the link.

No court today – we’re back on Monday.

Had horrible cramps in the arches of both feet last night – never had anything like it – as though there were Charley horses in the arch. Awful. I was wearing comfortable shoes that I usually wear. So it doesn’t make sense. Well, acupuncture is in two weeks, and I’ll mention it. A combination of Advil and Valerian root finally brought me some relief.

Got a little bit of work done on Tracking Medusa, but I’m not sure how I’m going to get it together to finish it before Nano starts.

Racing Ink, handicapping tomorrow’s Breeders’ Cup card, should be up before noon, right here, so come on back later today and check it out!


Tracking Medusa – 51,824 words out of est. 90,000

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51 / 90
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007
Waning Moon
Sunny and cool

I got my hair cut yesterday and feel much better. My hair person asked if I was eating organic – she says my hair gets thicker and healthier every time she cuts it. Good to know it’s working somewhere!

We’re in Building Hell again with the new owners. It’s ugly and will only get worse. I suspect these are the same shysters as were behind it before, so it’s not like they’ll obey any of the laws or deal honestly with anyone.

I worked like crazy to get out my revised article; also worked on the material for Confidential Job #1. Didn’t get it done, so must get it done today. Also have three more articles to get out today, and three more tomorrow.

Finished Revenge Tangents this morning. It’s a first draft, needs lots of work, but I’m happy with it. And it means I can start Prince Paisley’s Chintz, the next adventure for these characters, tomorrow.

Not much to say. Trying to stay strong and not fall into a paralyzing depression with all of this. I’m so sick of it – why can’t people just deal honorably with each other under the law? Why do they take such joy in being evil?


Revenge Tangents – 24,625 words out of est. 24,625 words

Zokutou word meter
24 / 24
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Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007
Waxing Moon
Sunny and warm

I cooked Cornish Hen for the Equinox celebration, stuffed with carrots and parsnips, drizzled with olive oil, rosemary, sage, and paprika. I served it with mashed potatoes, mashed yams seasoned with orange juice, and a mixture of corn, green beans, and broccoli. It was very good, if I do say so myself.

Had a story idea while I was doing the dishes – isn’t that always the way?

Worked on notes for a new project which may or may not become the Nano. I’ve tossed this idea around for several years, and now I’m ready to start asking the questions about the characters and their arcs that will allow me to plot the books – because I suspect that, if it works out, this will be series. It has potential for a variety of plot and storylines as the characters grow and change. But, we’ll see. First, I have to know who they are. Then, I have to know what they’re doing. And I have to figure out why they’re doing it.

Got some work done on Revenge Tangents – it’s taking some interesting twists and turns. And, because I’m not writing it to someone else’s guidelines, I have a freedom to play, which I enjoy. I know where it’s being marketing and how, so I can relax.

Finally got off a couple of critiques that it took me way too long to do.

Told DHL how disappointed I am in them – during the flood in March, the guy waded through thigh-high water to get me my material; now, six months later, when there haven’t been any problems, the new guy can’t be bothered to stop the truck – he just says “the premises are closed” – I left a note for him LAST WEEK that hasn’t been touched – which means he’s lying to his bosses. Not acceptable. I’m going to start invoicing DHL for every day my work is not delivered.

I’m trying to put together my materials for next week. I want to work on Revenge Tangents and Tracking Medusa. I’m trying to figure out if I should try to type material for Good Names or just do research in the archives. Hopefully, the material from Confidential Job #1 will have arrived, and I can take that. And, of course, there are things like, well, clothes, especially since I’m attending a PEN event.

I have several articles to hammer out this week, so I better get to it. The back is better; Downstairs Neighbor had his television on more quietly than he has (but I still woke up every time he changed the channel). So, all in all, not a good night’s sleep, which has left me a bit out of sorts this morning, but nothing like the dull, blue sensations of Saturday.

I’m actually looking forward to getting some work done today!


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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Waxing Moon
Sunny and cool

The heat kicked on yesterday morning. Which meant moving all the plants that usually live in the window with the air conditioner, but live on a plank on top of the heater in the summer when the air conditioner takes up the window. I don’t mind the “heat smell”, but I dabbed pine oil on the pipe in the bathroom and on the radiator in the living room, so now it smells like I live in a forest, which is just fine with me.

Went to acupuncture. Didn’t realize how bad I felt until I started to feel better. But my ability to move is still limited (I’m taped to the max to keep from moving anything out of place) and EVERY movement hurts. I’m not sure how I’m going to get through the show.

Oh, yeah, I’m going to take the easy choice I shouldn’t take and use the pain pills. And pay the consequences the rest of the week. Unfortunately, calling out of the show today is not an option, for many reasons.

Needless to say, there was no weight training for me last night! I probably need to bag the weights for a week or two. I felt better when I woke up this morning, and although I had to modify some of the morning yoga routine, I could flow through the poses I did, and it felt better.

Went to a friend’s for dinner and had the chance to immobilize myself on a lounge chair in the sun reading a book for an hour or so, which helped.

Came home and finished my column (finally got the last bit of info, which meant I had to pull the piece apart to incorporate it properly) and sent that off.

Took some Valerian both to relax the back and to knock me out thoroughly enough so I could sleep through Crazy Downstairs Neighbor’s latest antics.

Oh, and I found out some information I wasn’t supposed to know yet about the new owners – basically, we’re majorly fucked. Pardon the language, but its use is deliberate in this case, because it is the correct description of the situation. However, finding out now gives me time to put Plan B into effect for myself and my family – they don’t get to have it all their way and on their schedule. Since I’m not representing a group this time, but just my family unit – I’m playing hardball, baby. And I’m a lot meaner than I was two years ago, when this all started.

Didn’t have the chance to do the medical research for Untitled Literary Fiction, so I’m in a holding pattern. Have a cadre of characters clamoring for attention – they need to shut up and take a number. Especially since most of them are in different projects.

Hold a good thought for me – is it Bayer who used to have those commercials, “Freedom of movement without pain”? I could use some of that right now. We’ll start with movement, work up to freedom, and then get rid of the pain.

No wordbar updates today – I’m feeling about as creative as wilted lettuce (make that lettuce trampled by an elephant stampede), so I’m giving myself the morning off from fiction and revising some articles that need to go out instead.


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Monday, September 17, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007
Waxing Moon
Sunny and cool

My back was so painful yesterday that I took a couple of pain pills before I left for the theatre. Didn’t feel a thing all day (not necessarily a good thing), but got through the show. Today, I am having trouble switching positions – going from sitting to standing or vice versa. Once I’m there, I totter along, but the transition . . .

Yoga was less about flow this morning than about lurching.

Thank goodness I’m heading to acupuncture in a few hours.

I figured out the psychological reason it’s manifesting in my lower back, near the root chakra – the unstable living situation relates to an unstable foundation – hence, it’s all resting in that lower back. Along with whatever physical wrenching I did in the theatre a couple of weeks ago that started it all. And I’ll do some kundalini work later today –time to wake the serpent!

The cats have been impossible last night and this morning – as far as they’re concerned, I should ONLY work from home, in order to be at their beck and call! Good thing they’re so cute – I’d never tolerate this type of behavior from anyone on two legs! 😉

Show was fine yesterday, although I noticed that not doing shows for weeks means I’m not as dexterous with the fastenings as when I do them regularly. You’d think, because of typing, it would be there, but I guess it’s using the hands in a different way. Everyone got on stage and was fine, but I felt as though I was really fumble-fingered.

It was good to see people and catch up. It will be hard to leave the security of this nest, but it’s time to go.

After the show, Costume Imp, B., and I planned to go to the wine bar Madison and Vine in the Library Hotel. I’d checked online to make sure they were open, and, according to the information available, they were. Of course, we got there, and it was closed. We went in to the lobby – which is beautiful, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled with books. The desk greeted us, I mentioned the disappointment the bar was closed in spite of the internet info – and got attitude. Snarky desk folk guarantee that I will not go back there and not stay there once I’m out of NY and come in for various projects or write an article about them!

We walked west across 41st Street and found a place called “Book Off”. I’m not sure if it’s Japanese or Korean (I don’t know Asian characters well enough, please forgive me) – but they also had shelves of books in English for $1! Each of us found something we wanted.

We headed further west to Bryant Park Grill – which was closed for a private party! So we went to the bar at the Bryant Park Café, grabbed a table, and had some drinks and snacks, and caught up. The bartender was very sweet to us. Now there’s a place worth visiting again! It was also nice to watch dusk blanket the park.

Caught the 9:40 train back, ate dinner at nearly 11 ( way too late) and fell into bed.

Got up around 7 this morning, and by the time the yoga was done – leaf blowers, chain saws, construction noise. Basically, if I want to get writing done during a quiet time, I have to wait until Crazy Downstairs Neighbor passes out, but before the leaf blowers start. So, basically, I have between 4:30 and 8 in the morning.

Not acceptable.

Got only a page done of Untitled Literary Fiction. I’ve hit a point where I need to do some medical research – can’t fake any of it in the first draft.

To answer Lara’s question – this is a good time to house hunt right now. The last few months were bad with Mercury and Jupiter Retrograde – but now that they’re straightened out, the chance of finding something that will work in the long-term is much better.

The conference head sent me the list of those who’ve signed up for my workshop so far – if you’ve signed up for the conference, but not the workshop, make sure you do that soon. I’m going to look over my handouts and send them this week, so they’re prepared. I also have to read through the information and sign up for the workshops in which I want to participate.

I’m going to polish the four gardening articles and finish another article this morning, so I can send them all off tonight when I get back from acupuncture.

Tomorrow, I have day work AND the show, so I need to be extra productive today.


Untitled Literary Fiction – 4,000 words out of est. 100,000

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4 / 100
Published in: on September 17, 2007 at 8:16 am  Comments (6)  

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007
Waxing Moon
Sunny and cool

It was 39 degrees when I woke up this morning! And we’re supposed to have frost tonight.

Needless to say, the cats climbed under the blankets. They’re no fools!

I researched and wrote four articles yesterday. I’m going to give them a read and a polish today, and one final polish tomorrow morning, and off they go. And then I start the ones due for November and December, that are deadlined at the end of this month.

I visited blogs, caught up on message boards, did work on my Dialogue Workshop for the Muse Online Conference – hey, October’s getting pretty close. I cleaned out some more email. I ran some updates. I played with the cats (most important part of THEIR day, that’s for sure).

50 people have signed up for my workshop so far, which is pretty sweet!

I updated the Cerridwen’s Cottage website, and decided to join the 21st century and start a MySpace page for that name, too, with the relevant information. I still have some more updates to do, but at least I’m attempting to stay on top of the networking thing.

I did some additional research on someone I’m going to try and interview – mostly because I think he’s funny as hell and want to learn how his mind works. I need to call some LA contacts and find out which of the myriad addresses I have for him is correct – if any. I want to do it through his agent, but there seems to be some murkiness there, and I want to make sure I have the right information.

Okay morning’s work on Untitled Literary Fiction; not enough done on Revenge Tangents to update the word bar.

I’m glad I’m getting acupuncture tomorrow – the lower back and my neck and head are now in constant pain. The yoga helps, but I need to find the source and handle it there.

Part of it, I’m sure, is the frustration and depression because the house hunt is not going as quickly as I want it to go.

Off to the train – I’ve got a matinee to work, and then I’m going out with friends.


Untitled Literary Fiction -3,750 words out of est. 100,000

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3 / 100
Published in: on September 16, 2007 at 8:01 am  Comments (2)