Monday, October 19, 2009

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Elsa investigates the decorations

Monday, October 19, 2009
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Note to self: If you’re going to be dumb enough to pound on a steel door because you’re angry at the scumbag landlord, don’t be surprised when it REALLY hurts to knead the bread.

I’m not asking for sympathy here, I’m just sayin’! 😉

Found out some news indirectly that, once I file the legalities, I will be able to discuss here in more detail. It’s writing-related. While I’m not happy about the way it was mis-handled, at least, once all the paperwork is complete, it opens better doors for me.

We kept waiting for the horrible storm that never turned up. I baked bread and worked on conference stuff and other admin work, like the grant proposal, cleaning up the links on the blog, and shedding some projects. Seriously, there were a bunch of people who went on a marketing blitz and contacted me about swapping links. I put them all up on my links and never thought twice about it. After awhile, I noticed they weren’t actually visiting me, so I put aside some time to make sure they’d followed through on their end of the deal. “Swapping links” means both people actually POSTING the links, not just emailing about them. They didn’t, so they’re deleted. buh-bye! No loss for me — gives me room for other new and interesting blogs. Meanwhile, I’m reviving some other work that’s been on the back burner for awhile and now needs to come forward.

One of which is that I hope to post regularly on Kemmyrk again (as Cerridwen Iris Shea) on topics relevant to that blog. There’s a new post up today, if you’re interested.

Today’s to-do list includes work on “Lake Justice”, ‘Be The Monster”, ANGEL HUNT, the grant proposals, and the new Fearless Ink logo. And all the legal paperwork I wasn’t expecting to have to do, and which may reshuffle the To-Do list for the next few months a bit. I’ve also got to put some material together for what I’m dubbing “Confidential Job #3”. All I can say about it is that it deals with environmental issues and I think it’ll be a good opportunity, although my learning curve better be as fast as I think it is.

I still haven’t sewn the duvet cover — and it’s cold!

I also have to pack for the weekend — I’m doing a site job this coming weekend, and it will be COLD.

But I’ll have uninterrupted writing time for large chunks of each day.

Devon

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009
New Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and cold

I think I’m fighting the beginnings of a cold or something, which totally sucks. I’m hoping to catch it before it fully develops. I’m right on that edge. I feel better this morning, but if it floods and I have to be in and out in the muck, I doubt I can stave it off.

One of the things I’m playing with in “Be The Monster” is handling relationships/conversations that are often handled in a rather cliched fashion in the fantasy genre a little differently. Only my Trusted Readers will be able to tell me if it works. It’s fun to write, though, because I’m turning all sorts of conversations we’ve read a hundred times on their heads.

“Lake Justice” or “Justice Lake” or whatever the hell I’m calling the other story today is simply fast, scary, and funny. That’s all it needs to be. It’s also a hoot to write.

I dreamed about one of the residencies last night — I hope that’s a good omen!

I’m going to shed some projects in the coming weeks that don’t fit in with my overall vision and path over the next few years. There are a couple of projects that would be fine if I was still where i was when I started them, or because I liked the IDEA of them, but when I sit down with the scheduling and responsibilities, I realize it’s not something that works in the long term. There are other people who are better qualified and more excited — I’d rather be a worker bee for one of them than the one responsible.

I moved the car, checked the brook, waited for the Big Bad Storm, hoped I wouldn’t get a ticket. I probably wouldn’t have moved the car until late at night, since it was dry around here, but a friend called me from the town marina to tell me that all the roads around there were filling up, even though the tide was going OUT.

I figured I’d risk a $25 ticket rather than losing my car.

The brook here stayed low all night, and, when I recently checked it (along with a dozen or so of the neighborhood folks), we don’t understand why the brook is still so low, when areas that don’t often flood are under water. According to the news, the tide never went out last night, so today we’ve got tidewater coming in on top of the water that’s already there, so by noon, basically, we should be screwed.

The desecrated courtyard is just one large mud puddle.

I can’t go out to buy bread in this weather, and we ran out, so I’m baking some this morning and hoping the power holds until it’s done.

Hopefully, I can finish out my commitment at the conference today without everything going kerplooey, but I have to take it one hour at a time.

Two of my really good friends are starting new jobs tomorrow and I’m thrilled for them. Always great when friends get opportunities that make them happy! I salute you!

The cats woke me up at 4 AM, and then I overslept. If they’d just let me sleep until 5;30, I’d be willing to get up and stay up! All of our lives would be easier, but I can’t seem to make them understand that.

I better get the bread kneaded so it can rise, and then I can get it in the oven. Fingers crossed that everyone is erring on the side of caution rather than a repeat of 2007.

Devon

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