Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot and sunny

Quick post as I’m rushing for the train.

The first part of the massive interview with me is up on The Creative Heartbeat Collective. Hop on over and take a look. There will be more on Friday, and next Monday and on and on most of the month.

Yesterday, I finally had a GOOD writing day, my first really good one in about a month. What a relief!

I did a lot of work on REAL. It’s in better shape than I remembered, but still needs a lot of work. I managed to get some good work done on several chapters, though. It’s a little scary how much of it I’ve actually lived since I wrote it. I’m going to change a few things, so it won’t cut quite so close to the bone.

Did a little bit of plotting and character work on the thriller. The first ten pages of the piece are strong; I don’t want it to dip.

The understudy with whom I’ve worked closely the past weeks takes over one of the roles tonight – it’s now his for however long he’s still in the show. He’s earned it and I’m delighted for him.

Big Brown won the Haskell yesterday, but he had to work for it. Also, it seemed to me that he was fighting the jockey, that he no longer trusts him after the Belmont. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was retired, and the Haskell was his last race.

Don’t forget to listen to me tonight on The Dragon’s Den – 8 PM Eastern, via internet.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I gave myself the day off yesterday. Can you imagine? There were plenty of things I “should” have been doing – but I didn’t feel like it, so I gave myself a day off.

It was also the final performance for two more actors on the show, one of whom I’ve worked with closely in the past months. I wasn’t there in person, but I made sure he knew I was there in spirit, and, from what I’ve heard, it was an even more amazing performance than usual.

I read another one of the books by Barb & JC Hendee, the dark fantasy dhampir novels featuring Magiere and the half-elf Leesil. I enjoy the series overall and I’m curious as to where it will lead, because it’s going in an entirely different direction than I anticipated.

Not being at the theatre every night, I actually got to watch some TV last week – EUREKA, MY BOYS, BURN NOTICE, and part of an episode of STARGATE ATLANTIS. I like all those shows, and rarely get to watch any of them. EUREKA made me chuckle, as usual, although I’ve lost respect for the character of Ally. MY BOYS – well, I didn’t realize their new season started and next week is the finale and I’ll be traveling. Oops. I really like that cast, though. BURN NOTICE just gets better and better – Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar are two of my favorite actors to watch (haven’t worked with them – yet), and they just get better and better together, and the scripts are clever and fun. S.A.’s new season looks intriguing, but I’ve missed the first few episodes of the season and felt a little lost in the overall storyline, although what I saw of the individual episode was interesting. Again, great cast and witty writing.

I got some writing of my own done, on a script, a new idea, which was kind of fun. It’s unfolding in an interesting way. It’s a contemporary thriller – new territory for me.

Of course, I should have been working on the ghost story tied in to HEX BREAKER, but hey, today’s another day.

I’m going to take it easy again today; for some reason, I’ve got a massive headache. But I plan to get some writing done, get back on the marketing train, etc.

I have to leave early for the city tomorrow – I’m in early to do the day work early and then watch the run-through of the tour – and then race back here, because I’m doing The Dragons’s Den radio show at 8 PM EST. Come listen!

Oh, and I was wrong yesterday — the Haskell is TODAY at Monmouth, and Big Brown runs. I’m not going down there, but I’ll be watching. Indian Blessing won a wonderful sprint up in Saratoga yesterday by a nice margin — so proud of her!

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot

I survived yesterday, which was exciting and scary and all that good stuff.

I finished and sent off the articles just before I had to jump into the shower to get to the party.

The CDs arrived as I was going out the door.

I couldn’t get a cab when I arrived at Grand Central, so I had to schlep the bag full of stuff across town. I wore flats, with the stilettos in the bag – and the flats ripped up the side of my foot. By Sixth Avenue, I changed into the stilettos, which were much more comfortable!

Stopped by the theatre to pick up some Topstick for the dress, some Band-aids, and my check. One of the producers didn’t recognize me. I mean, come on, I didn’t look THAT different! Typical producer.

Got to the restaurant; Costume Imp arrived seconds later to help me set up, and he and another friend taped me into the dress within an inch of my life. Because otherwise, I would have been, shall we say, “overexposed.”

The party was great fun – a good mix of people from various walks of my life, theatre, writing, blogging, and some even from all the way back to my off-Broadway days, which was nice. It was small enough so everyone could really talk to each other and have real conversations, but enough people so there was a good mix. I couldn’t have imagined a nicer launch. It was at Sosa Borella, a lovely Argentinean restaurant in the theatre district. They’re getting a thank you card for taking such good care of us!

After, we had a quick meal. I stopped by the theatre again to say a quick hi/bye to my actors who were about to go onstage (yes, I broke the “no visitors after half hour rule”, so sue me), chatted in the wardrobe room for a bit, then treated myself to a cab back to Grand Central (I got one this time) and got home.

The book’s got a good start, and it seems to appeal to a wider audience than I expected, which is great. I made a joke in an interview earlier today about it being my recommendation for a good summer electronic beach read, and that’s been picked up by a few sites, which is a good thing.

Colin, Lara, and Lori were all kind enough to give me nice mentions on their blogs – thank you so much!

It was a good day, and a relief after all the stress and worry leading up to it. Now it’s up to me to keep the momentum going. And the best way to do that is to get back to the page.

Yes, I actually have some real writing time coming up – in addition to the revisions for REAL!

And, I came home to find my friend’s CD arrived – I’m looking forward to sitting down and really LISTENING to it today. Because you KNOW I’m going to have an opinion! 😉

By the way, the much-advertised Borghese nail color – not worth the price. It chipped on the way from the apartment to the train station, and that’s only across the street, and I hadn’t done anything to make it chip. Very disappointing.

Horse Racing fans: Big Brown races today in the Haskell, in Monmouth, NJ. I suppose I should be there, but the thought of traveling down to NJ to stand out in the heat for hours after the past few weeks of hard work just doesn’t do it for me. I’ll cover the race remotely.

Back to the page.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Quick post, because I’m on my way out the door.

Big Brown’s race in the Belmont was a disappointment to many; I’m sure there will be lots of second-guessing, but the bottom line is that no one who’s not with the horse every day will really know what’s going on, and the second-guessing causes unnecessary pain and suffering to those close to the horse. I just hope the horse is okay and they find whatever caused him not to fire. Da’Tara had moved up, after Casino Drive’s scratch, as my place pick, but I sure never expected him to wire the race. What a beautiful job.

The yapping’s already started that 3 races in 5 weeks is “too hard” — it’s supposed to be hard, you idiots. If it was easy and we had a Triple Crown Winner every year, it would lose all meanings.

Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I worried about the horse? Yes. Am I surprised? Not particularly.

Sad to hear of Jim McKay’s death — I grew up watching his broadcasts.

I’ve hit the ground running for another busy day. The heat and humidity are ridiculous. I’m drinking so much water I slosh when I walk.

Devon

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008
Full Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I had such a hard time getting going on Friday. The weather was miserable, and I dreaded Preakness weekend. This is unusual, because Preakness weekend is usually the wackiest and most fun of the three Triple Crown weekends. I guess part of me was filled with the dread that more horses could break down.

I putzed around, I had trouble getting things off on time, I was hours and hours and hours late getting out of the apartment, the weather was awful, the roads were terrible, and I just kind of holed up all Friday night.

The good part is that I read the ARC of Yasmine Galenorn’s upcoming novel DRAGON WYTCH. I enjoyed it, and it has some interesting surprises in it. I’ll review it on A Biblio Paradise on Friday, June 13.

And I got a lot of writing done. I got some solid work done on the adaptation-which-will-someday-have-a-name, a short story that came out of nowhere, the anthology short, and THE MATILDA MURDERS. I’m getting into some very interesting territory in the adaptation, where some of our protagonists discover that, just because they’re on different sides from the antagonists, it doesn’t mean the rank and file of “the other side” are all evil. And THE MATILDA MURDERS is coming along well. The characters are surprising me in a good way. Hope the producer feels the same! The story that came out of nowhere is kind of a departure for me, and I’m having an interesting (in a good way) time of it; the anthology story will make some people uncomfortable, but . . .too bad. Saturday morning was sunny, and I dragged my feet about starting race coverage to write outside in the sunshine on other projects for a few hours, which was great.

The race day was better than I expected, although I hadn’t been particularly impressed with the card. A friend of mine trained a horse who had a big win in the tenth race, and I was thrilled for him. And I got to catch up with some other friends, and talk to other people and see some horses that are under the big radar but still worth watching.

Big Brown just blew everyone away in the Preakness. One of the things that struck me about the horse, especially that day, was how smart he is. And how playful. He’s got a great sense of humor. And yet, when it’s time to race, he’s all business. I’m impressed with his learning curve from race to race. Some horses need multiple races to understand what’s expected. He really processes what he’s done and what happens around him and applies it to the next race in a very logical fashion that I think is pretty rare in a horse. He listens, he trusts the humans around him, and he puts it all together. Once he made his move on Saturday, that was just it.

If Casino Drive runs in the Belmont, I think that will be his toughest competition. He’s going to have to run the race of the century so far, because Casino Drive is tough as well as talented. And he shares a mother with Rags to Riches and Jazil, previous Belmont winners. The mare Better Than Honor’s giving us a better line of horses than most of the highly-regarded sires.

I was also really pleased by my long shot pick, Ichabad Crane. I thought he’d make the show spot, and that’s exactly what he did. He was pretty much ignored, and he just did his thing and kind of ignored everything going on around him.

I wrote and sent off two articles Sunday morning: the owed Preakness wrap-up (just over 2K)and my ideas on some of the implementations to create better safety for horses and jockeys (about 1200 words). Those should go up later this week. Some of the issues that feed into the bigger overall safety issue are being ignored as the industry tries to soothe the upset that Eight Belles’s death caused. Don’t try to placate . . .DO something. I should probably be less cynical about the NTRA than I am, but until I see definitive action, I will continue my skepticism.

The weather was vile yesterday, too. Ick.

I managed to stop at my friend’s place on the way home and do four loads of laundry (much needed and no, I didn’t haul it around in my car all weekend, I stopped home to get it). The cats were cranky, poor things, and I just pushed to do as much writing as possible.

I decided that J-WAT (the July writing marathon) is a good time to get started on THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, the second Gwen/Justin book. I should have the research completed by then.

I’m getting my ducks in a row for my next foray into Massachusetts, and I’m trying to get ahead of deadlines so that nothing hangs over me when I have to go out of town, or when I have a show day. My dear writer pal Lori prefers to have deadlines waiting when she returns – I need to have it clear before I leave, or I fret the entire time I’m gone. Because if you assume there’s time to do it when you get back, the Universe will make sure to bite you in the butt! Or is it just me?

I need to get out of my own way on one project in particular. I’m being silly about it – I’m perfectly capable of doing good work, but, for some reason, seem to have lost my confidence for it.

Today, I’m out for most of the day. I’m at the Museum of Natural History all day for research, meeting a friend for cocktails, and then attending the PEN Literary Awards at Lincoln Center. Something a little different – I’m thoroughly looking forward to it.

Hope your week has a terrific start!

Devon

Adaptation: 37,802 words out of est. 90,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
37 / 90
(41.1%)

Devon’s Bookstore:


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Racing Ink May 16-17,2008

Note: The post on “Writer’s Worth Day” is below this one; scroll down. Regular “Ink in My Coffee” posts resume either Sunday, May 18 or Monday, May 19.

I was surprised by the race card for Preakness Day. Usually, there are many more familiar horses entered.

On Friday’s card, I’m going to bet only in the Black-Eyed Susan. I’m going to bet all four of my choices across the board: Bsharpsonata, Highest Class, Pious Ashley, and Sweet Vendetta.

Saturday’s Card:

Race 1:
I’m sitting this one out and watching to see how the track plays.

Race 2:
I’ve liked Cryptogram before and will look at him here.

Race 3:
Celtic Innis, Suave Jazz, Forest Park (if he runs here).

Race 4:
Alphabet Storm, probably to place.

Race 5: Skipat Skates
I’m going to look at Drama Lady and Ursula’s Passion, but I may sit this one out.

Race 6: Gallorette Handicap:
Valbenny across the board and Saint Pegasus to show.

Race 7: Barbaro Stakes
Roman Emperor and Wesley; not sure how yet, but those are my two top choices.

Race 8: Old Mutual Turf Sprint:

The only horse I know in this race is Forest Park. If he runs here instead of in Race 3, I’ll start with him and build; otherwise, it’s all a paddock decision.

Race 9: Hirsch Jacob Stakes

I’m going to look at Silver Edition, Force Freeze, and Commandeered, but I’m not yet sure how I’ll bet them.

Race 10: Dixie Stakes
Distorted Reality and Shakis

Race 11: Allaire DuPont Distaff:
Peace Flambe across the board with probably Cash’s Girl and Silver Knockers in there somewhere.

Race 12: Preakness
Big Brown, across the board, of course, just in case he is the freak for whom we’ve been waiting.
Another Derby horse, Gayego, was also entered here; jockey Mike Smith knows this track well, the horse is excellent, and I’ll also bet him across the board.
I’ll take Behindatthebar for place and show, and longshot Ichabod Crane to show.
I want to look at Racecar Rhapsody, Giant Moon, and Riley Tucker for possible additional bets, and I might try an exacta or two with Big Brown and . . .somebody, depending upon who looks perky.

Race 13:
Loveme Lovemenot and Diamond Flyer.

The Preakness Wrap-up will be on FemmeFan nextweek, and don’t forget to check out Kay’s comments on Seriocity!

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