Fri. May 18, 2012: Class Preparation, Writing, Reading

Friday, May 18, 2012
Day before Dark Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I pitched for a job before leaving for yoga yesterday morning, and wasn’t even late! If we like each other, I think it could be a very good fit — I hope they’re interested in what I pitched to them.

Yoga was good; came back home, got some work done, went out and mowed the front lawn — all of it in one go — both the mower and I were up for it. Then, I trimmed the edges with my hand clippers, and weeded all the front beds — they look much better. I still have to mulch, but that’s going to have to wait a week or two. It looks really nice. Some of the grass seed sprouted — it’s a blue fescue, so it looks really lush and pretty.

I have to mow the terraced area later this morning. The meadow’s going to be good for another week or two.

Dealt with my students during the day, which meant I had the evening to get some writing and reading done. I’m struggling with this next section of revisions.

I sent my editor two reviews for the last two books sent (both of which I enjoyed), and told my editor to send me something good for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend! He promised to get something out to me today.

For Writers Worth Week, today, there’s an article by Sharon Hurley Hall on “What are You Worth? You Decide!”

I’ve got to finish up the preparations for tomorrow’s class, and then get the press materials over to Falmouth for the fall. I’m going to an art opening tonight at the Cultural Center in Yarmouth, and I have a lot to get done before then. This morning, we tried to walk on Sandy Neck Beach, but it was closed, so we went to the Boardwalk at Sandwich, then came home for breakfast, Tessa and I read the paper on the deck, and headed back to Sandy Neck, and got in our walk. It was gorgeous — not even windy, for once.

I finished setting the stone edging for the new bed when we got back; now I have to decide what I’m going to put in there! The lettuce and greens are growing so fast we’re eating salad every day — not necessarily a bad thing!

Better get going — lots to do, and I have to be at the school by 8:30 AM tomorrow!


Don’t forget the Setting Up Your Submission System one-day online seminar on June 2. It walks you through all the bits you need and how to organize them so that putting together a pitch, a query, or a submission package is a snap! Registration and more information here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Worked steadily all day and still couldn’t get it all done. That, and a series of setbacks which normally wouldn’t have been a big deal, but together were very discouraging, just shattered the morale. But it goes like that sometimes. We all have days were we feel like talentless failures, and yesterday was mine. You get through it, see what you can do better and differently moving forward, and then move forward. Staying mired in misery doesn’t solve anything. I allowed myself a fifteen minute pity party, and then it was time to get back to work.

The weather didn’t help, either. The downpours over the past days have pretty much guaranteed whatever’s trying to grow in the garden is rotting.

On the bright side, I baked two batches of banana-walnut-chocolate chunk cookies. And, I got to go to my colleague’s art opening in Hyannis. It was packed, people were having a great time, several of the studios were open, and it was a lovely night, in spite of the weather. It’s a good launch for him, and I’m pleased.

I’ve packed projects and most of my suitcase. I’m hoping we have yoga on the beach this morning, even with the wet and the chill — it’ll be my last chance to go for several weeks (adds to my general discouragement).

Have some last minute grocery shopping to do when I get back, a polish on a couple of articles that need to get out the door, and then I’m headed to the Marine Life Center to work on the Mermaid Ball and take some photos for my article. Then, I’ll be working tonight until it’s all done, and headed to a job tomorrow morning.


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Friday, July 10, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
This weather is still disgusting

Um, where exactly is this break in the weather we were promised? It’s still awful. And the poor air quality is making it difficult to function, even in air conditioning.

Pottery class was good yesterday, but hard. It was my first time on the wheel, and I’m really bad at it. Supposedly, it takes years to get a feel for it, but I’m still really bad at it. And how come everyone else gets out of class still looking all preppy and put together, and I’ve got clay in my hair and on my face, etc.? I look more like I was ON the wheel instead of USING the wheel.

Stayed for some open studio time. It was good to do some sensory experiments with the wheel — if I do this, it feels like that, and the result is such — but I squished everything at the end and recycled the clay into my bag. There was nothing salvageable. I also tried to do another pressed mold bowl, but, although the texture was nice, I couldn’t get the overall shape even, so I squished that, too.

In class, we finished our pressed mold bottle vases, which are pretty big. Mine has a lot of seashore texture — looks like shell patterns and sand patterns. The neck is four pressed medallions fastened together, for a somewhat scalloped look. I’m getting praise for it, but to me, it still looks like everything else I do, which is like it was done by a drunken eight-year-old, and I’m using texture to cover mistakes because I lack technique. That’ll get me only so far. I’ve got to develop some technique. And the center’s asked me to put something in the show in spring. Maybe they want to point out that you don’t have to be good at it to still have fun.

Still, there’s something liberating in being bad, kind of like working on a first draft. You don’t have to keep it, but you learn from having done it.

Came home, checked on the cat next door, did some research, showered, changed, picked up my friend and headed back to the center for Jonathan McMillan’s Convergence. If you’d like to see photos from the exhibit, they are here. He does both sculptural and functional pieces, and they are completely unique and beautiful. He was my first teacher at the center, and, in addition to being a fascinating artist, is also a wonderful teacher. He’s moving to South Carolina for an adjunct professor position, and they are lucky to get him.

The opening was fun and well-attended, lots of nice people, a good spread, Jon talked a little about his work.

After, my friend and I went down the street to EurAsian, a restaurant we both really like, for sushi and to catch up on our lives. She used to live in the building; now we live only a few blocks apart, but it’s still tough to get together. It was a lot of fun, and I didn’t get back too late.

Elsa’s making baby steps of progress, but I’m still waiting for the vet to get back to me. Considering how much they charge for everything, it shouldn’t take well over a week or more to get a response. It’s very frustrating.

I have a client appointment at 10 AM this morning in CT; I’d hoped to get in some studio time, but I doubt it will happen. I’ve got other business stuff to take care of, and my wrists are killing me from working on the wheel. I don’t have the strength built up in them yet. I hope to get in a few hours of solid writing, too, on several projects.

Hope everyone is gearing up for a great weekend.


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