Fri. Oct. 20, 2017: Glad A Tough Week Comes to a Close

Playing The Angles Cover Sm

Playing the Angles

Friday, October 20, 2017
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Yesterday morning was stressful; dealing with the Best Buy fiasco, trying to get back on track with the work.

I desperately needed the noon yoga class. It was great — the teacher is wonderful. A fellow Hob-Nobber was there, and I had a great conversation with another woman who also absolutely loved the class. I hope I can go to the teacher’s crystal sound meditation session in November.

Came home and worked on the next book for review. Mixed feelings about it.

A new editor and I are going through an adjustment process. We’ll see if we can make it work. I may depart in the next few months.

Dragging in the reading of a book I wanted to read for pleasure. Only, sadly, it’s not a pleasure. I don’t respect a protagonist who doesn’t pass on information or take action because she’s “tired” or “hungry”, and then someone dies, or evidence is destroyed. That means the protag is directly responsible for the death (not that those protags ever have a prick of conscience). In my universe, I’d want her karma to even it out by her being the next victim, because she’s too much of a fucking moron for me to respect her as a protagonist. I see more and more of this lamentable excuse to create inorganic plot complications in a way that makes me loathe the protagonist.

I might just skip to the end to see if I’m right about the murderer (I usually am), and then call it a day with this author.

I picked the book because I was interested in the location. That part is rendered pretty well; too bad the rest of the book is so annoying.

I contacted the “staffing service” that I felt pulled a bait-and-switch on me a few weeks ago, getting me in under false pretext, making me fill out all that paperwork, talking about the job in financial terms that were nearly 1K/week less than the listing, and promising to set up a meeting for said job — and I never heard from them again. I decided to behave the way I believe is professional, which was to contact them and tell them that, since I had never heard about the actual meeting set up or anything else, I assumed I was no longer in the running for that “job”, and that my situation had changed. My availability has changed, and I’m only available for freelance or short-term clients that required little on-site time, and it is a X rate. I received a somewhat polite response, thanking me and telling me that, in 25 years of doing HR, this was the only client she ever had looking for a writer! Hmm, and how does she think all those materials are created that those businesses she deals with use? I was right; they are a bait-and-switch, typical Cape Cod scam. Try to get in qualified people, then convince them to work shit jobs at even worse shit rates. Next!

Need to get back on track, writing-wise this weekend. I’m way too far behind on several projects.

Hopefully, I can also nail down the new design for A Biblio Paradise. I’m sure I’m making far too big a deal out of it. Just make a decision and do it, for goodness sake!

It’s supposed to be a nice weekend, so I can put up the outdoor decorations, and also do some more yard work. I swear there are a pair of squirrels sitting in one particular tree practicing their throws by aiming acorns at my head!

Gathering some material for an upcoming meeting with one client (a week from Monday, but I want to send the material ahead of time), and next week, I start with another new client, who will be a regular several-days-a-week writing and marketing gig for the next few months.

Working on replacing the gig I’ve been so unhappy with the past few months with something that works better for both of us, so I can ease out of that one.

Getting out some pitches for a few more one-offs to fill in here and there and round out the roster.

While doing all this, I have to keep promoting PLAYING THE ANGLES, keep the release of SAVASANA on track, finish the edits for TRACKING MEDUSA and get that to my editor, and get the digital shorts back on track. I’ve got “Miss Winston Apologizes” coming up, and I have to get the release of “Labor Intensive” done.

Heap on top of that finishing the last few chapters of THE FIX-IT GIRL and getting it out on submission, writing the Lavinia Fontana play, and getting the manuscripts that were derailed back on track.

Not to mention finish THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, so that can go to the editor after the holidays.

Deadline pressure much?

Somehow, it will all get done.

The focus of both my physical and emotional energy next week will be my mother’s surgery. I posted on Facebook yesterday how I couldn’t believe how many so-called “well-meaning” people said things like “well, she’s old, you can’t expect her to survive the surgery.” Excuse me? Not helpful. Not comforting. It’s not being “honest”, it’s being cruel.

May YOUR weekend be filled with kindness.

Advertisements

Thurs. Aug. 10, 2017: Female Geeks are the Best Guides for Technology Upgrades

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Yesterday, the Coventina Circle website went live. You can visit here. I’m happy with it. I’ve still got more material to upload in the coming weeks, but I think it has interesting information to keep readers and potential readers engaged in the content of the books.

PLAYING THE ANGLES went off to the publisher yesterday; I’ll have final galleys coming soon, and then, we’re off!

I also built my author page on the publisher’s website. It needs some more work, but there’s a good start.

I tried to get a new assignment from the publication I want to leave, since I’d like some overlap, but there weren’t any available. Not only that, but I haven’t had any response from the past three I’ve requested. AND, when I look in the payroll status, one assignment is in the queue for payment and the other two are listed as “Maybe”. Maybe? No. I did the work; therefore I will be paid. This waiting two months or more to “decide” to pay me isn’t working.

On the upside, the material for the new publication I’m “auditioning” for — with a paid assignment — arrived. I’m eager to dig in and turn it around quickly for editor feedback, so I can learn the publication’s quirks. I also like that they pay on the 5th of the month for every assignment completed the previous months. That’s the kind of place for which I like to work. So fingers crossed I do well on the audition and land the gig long-term!

I had to get a new phone. It’s a better make and model, with more storage, and the capacity to expand storage. I had to go to the local mall to get it, not my favorite thing to do. I went to the big Best Buy in the mall. It’s staffed by young guys who descended like locusts to “help”. Sadly, they didn’t listen to a thing I said about what I wanted and needed, and kept pushing phones on me that I had no intention of buying.

Honey, I do my research BEFORE I arrive. Also, when you don’t even let me finish a sentence, and run right over top of what I’m saying with what YOU want — doesn’t work for me. I am the customer. I am not the most tech-savvy person on the planet, but I have a good idea of what I want, what I need, and my budget. I do my homework. I expect you to LISTEN to what I have to say and RESPOND to the information I just shared, not ignore it.

So I walked out, without buying anything.

I went to the smaller store in the mall, also a Best Buy, but a Best Buy mobile. One of the female crew members came to help me. She listened. We had a discussion. She explained a couple of things to me and gave me information I did not have before (and appreciated). She helped me pick out the phone, got ALL my information transferred (last time I switched phones, the guy just shrugged and moved the SIM card; the rest was up to me, and I wound up losing all my contacts and all my photos on the other phone). When I said, “This is the way I need X, Y, Z set up,” she showed me how to do it, instead of what the guys do, which is shrug and say, “can’t do it” because they don’t feel like it.

It took awhile, but everything got done, and it looks like I have a piece of equipment that will actually meet my needs, which is the whole point of buying it. I don’t need toys; I need technology that works for me.

Changing technology is always stressful for me, and, as relieved as I was to have it done, I also came down with a migraine. We have company coming in, so I’m also doing a big houseclean (I’m thinking of it as a headstart on my fall cleaning).

I wrote in my head quite a bit, so hopefully, today, I can get it on the page.

I ordered toner for the laser printer, too, so that should arrive today.

Already did two major dump runs, one for household garbage, one for recycling. Chop wood, carry water. Makes the writing more relevant and visceral.

Published in: on August 10, 2017 at 9:20 am  Comments Off on Thurs. Aug. 10, 2017: Female Geeks are the Best Guides for Technology Upgrades  
Tags: , , , ,

Wed. Sept. 9, 2015: Writing’s Organic Pace, PhoneFail, and Lack of Energy

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Cloudy and hot

Tough few days. Friday was very difficult. I barely held it together (and sometimes didn’t). But I survived the day, and got home.

Went to bed early. Saturday, I’d do one thing, go back to bed. It was a gorgeous day, and I wish I could have enjoyed it more.

I managed to do some writing, and to get started on a solid fall cleaning, including the living room rug.

I’m playing with a few ideas that take me into a different direction, along with trying to keep up with my regular deadlines. The difference in each piece’s organic internal pace is very interesting, and sometimes the scenes that need the tightest, fastest pacing are the slowest to write.

In the middle of Saturday afternoon, my phone died. Not particularly surprising, considering it’s an Alcatel. It was too late and I was too exhausted to do anything about it on Saturday afternoon.

So, I went to Best Buy on Sunday. They were perfectly pleasant, but, as usual, unhelpful. They sent me over to T Mobile, my carrier. T Mobile was also unhelpful — and, had I bought a new phone from them, they would not have honored the fact that I just paid for the month’s plan, and made me buy it again. The phone, of course, was two months out of warranty — in other words, built to fail.

T Mobile sent me back to Best Buy, where I bought an inexpensive BLU phone that I can use with multiple carriers. I’d planned to dump T Mobile at the beginning of October anyway, and with this phone, I can keep this month’s paid-for plan, and then switch over next month.

Of course, all the photos I took in the past year are lost, as are all my contacts. So much for “tech assistance”. There was an issue with reading the SIM card at first — and I figured it out, not the so-called technicians. In any scenario where I am the most tech-savvy person in the room, we are in big trouble.

Not happy with Alcatel, not happy with T Mobile, not as happy as I could be with Best Buy, although they helped me put a Band-Aid on the situation.

Also, lost a half a day that was supposed to be for writing, which REALLY makes me unhappy.

I resent having to have a phone in the first place — I LOATHE the phone — and I hate the fact that the whole mobile phone industry is, basically, a giant scam.

I do like the new phone, though. It’s much crisper than the other phone, and, so far, runs much, much better. So, we’ll see.

I mowed the terraced back on Saturday, and got the front mowed yesterday. It was too hot Sunday and Monday to really do much. I also started cutting back what needs to be cut back in preparation for autumn, and yanked out some stuff that planted itself where I didn’t want it. Basically, tidying things up. The grass is brown and crisp, since I don’t have a sprinkler system, nor do I use chemicals or rolls of sod. I’ll put down some fertilizer soon, and then some grass seed.

Got some writing and reading done on Monday; a bit of cleaning. Tried to rest up, but I’m just not getting back my energy.

Unhappy that I’m being thrown under the bus on one project when someone else fucked up, but that’s life. Concerned about the direction of another project.

Violet still isn’t healthy. She was better over the weekend, and then worse again yesterday — because she got into Tessa’s food. I’m worried about her.

This will be a very long week, and I simply don’t feel I have the resources for it.

Devon

Published in: on September 9, 2015 at 11:39 am  Comments Off on Wed. Sept. 9, 2015: Writing’s Organic Pace, PhoneFail, and Lack of Energy  
Tags: , , , , , , ,