Tues. June 24, 2014: Offline to ReFuel

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Waning Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I’ve been offline for a few days, for a much-needed creative restoration.

Friday was busy — I had a full, but good day at the library, put in some book orders, etc. Came home and got some work done, but was tired.

Saturday, I was up early, wrote, and ran an errand on my way to the library — got some candles for the Solstice ceremony, and the woman who checked me out at RiteAid is a Reiki professional. Never know who you’re gonna meet, right?

Good day at the library — busy, but a nice, steady pace. I also sent off the final new episode on the Big Script Project, which means I’m buried in revisions all this week.

Came home, rested up a bit, prepared for the Solstice Ceremony. It was wonderful –first time I used oil lamps instead of quarter candles, and they worked very well. It was beautiful and powerful and wonderful.

Also re-read Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — I’d love to do a live reading at the library next year for the Solstice, although I wonder if it would turn out to be a Magilla to organize.

Sunday, I stayed true to my Disconnect Policy — no internet, phone, etc. The only music was the music outside. I binge-read Ilona Andrews books, some of both the Kate Daniels novels and the Edge novels. FATE’S EDGE was my favorite. I outlined several pieces where the characters are gnawing at me. Hopefully, figuring stuff out will quiet them down until it’s their turn.

Monday, I really needed to be disconnected, too, so that’s what I did. As far as I knew, I had no commitments to meet that day, so I remained disconnected and worked. It’s hard to explain the work, because so much of it was internal. It was the quiet time, the figuring out time for writing. Some notes, but not actual scenes. It was internal, not external work, but so necessary in order to create. I went deep, deep down into the worlds of several projects and let the characters talk. If I had had any interruptions during that time, I would have lost the work — permanently.

I also got part of the meadow mowed and some plants repotted. Good to work the mind and the hands together.

When I resurfaced, in the evening, I found that a Mermaid Ball meeting had been scheduled. That was the first I’d heard about it — after the last one, which happened while I was so sick, no one ever let me know when the next one was. Even a year ago, I would have felt horribly guilty. I don’t. I needed to protect the work and work. If they needed me at the meeting, they should have let me know, right after the last one, when the next one was scheduled. If they want me there, it’s up to THEM to tell ME the schedule, not me to run around begging for information. If only the people at any given meeting are given the information, then that’s their choice, and it takes the pressure off of me. I’m already working three jobs under very tight deadlines. We sorted it out this morning, so no harm, no foul. Glad I didn’t waste my time in guilt!

The writing comes first. ALWAYS. Right now, I’m not only under tight deadlines for contracted work, with releases coming up and all the work that goes with that, but, after a period of creative fallowness, the creativity it kicking up again. And I will protect it and honor it at all costs. Because that is what writers do. It’s not about doing the work when it’s convenient — it’s about doing the work when it needs to get done.

And if those with whom I VOLUNTEER get annoyed that “my cute lil hobby” (because so few of them respect writing as WORK) inconveniences them, tough shit. This is my career, my work, my passion, and everything else works around the writing, not the other way around.

Speaking of the work — in addition to the outlining and working stuff out on upcoming work, the galleys for “Severance” are done, and I’m getting started on “Elusive Prayer” edits. I’ve got three revised episodes to send off this morning on the Big Script Project, will have two tomorrow, and have to have five by Thursday morning, then, with only the last five on Friday and Saturday. It’s a lot of work, but it needs to be done, and it will be good to get it done.

I’ve got a lot of other writing to get done in the coming weeks.

I checked out a Kindle from the library, and I’m getting familiar with it. I’m kind of liking it. I still love holding a book in my hands, and my eyes tire on the screen, but there are definite uses for Kindles. A place for all kinds of books and stories, right?

I’m still not 100% from the stomach virus, which is all kinds of annoying. At least I’ve confirmed it’s NOT a new allergy to crabmeat — had some over the weekend, and was fine. So I don’t know what triggered it, just wish I’d get back to 100% sooner rather than later. I’m in the third week of it now.

Hope everyone has a great week. I’ve got a busy one coming up, but let’s hope it’s another busy in the right way.

Oh, and I read a terrific book last night: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS by Ian Doescher. If you like Shakespeare or STAR WARS, you’ll enjoy it; if you like both, you’ll LOVE it.

Stepped out on the deck this morning, and it smells like autumn. Considering that we just passed Midsummer, that concerns me.

Devon

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Wed. June 4, 2014: Collaboration Via Skype

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Worked flat out yesterday and this morning. Got Episode #105 revised and back out; got the new Episode #109 polished and out, and then got some work done on Episode #110.

Made some notes for POWER OF WORDS series, whose title will shortly change, and got some work done on BALTHAZAAR TREASURE.

Turned around the edits for “Severance.”

Worked on a resource list for today’s workshop, and also on the Tip Sheet — which runs 8 pages!

Baked lemon bars, tollhouse cookies, and banana-chocolate chip — oatmeal–walnut cookies for the workshop, along with making black bean hummus.

Did some work on the Contest I’m helping with.

In one of those weird synchronicity things, an actor I’ve never met (except via social media), but whose work I know and like and who likes my work introduced an actor HE knows — whose movie I just happened to see the other night — to my work, and THAT actor contacted me to ask me to help him create an audition monologue that combines his musical abilities and fight combat skills. He’s got a terrific, highly unusual look, and he’s been a part of some big pieces, but is still at the point where he has to audition for serious work (although he gets called for plenty of B and below-type scripts). He needs something to merge the looks with intelligence and depth of character in a well-crafted character that plays to his strengths both as an actor and that particular character, so people will look beyond the pretty. The challenge intrigues me. The first actor (who found my work via an actor I’d actually worked with several years ago) had also contacted me and asked me to hear this other guy out “even though he’s a model; trust me, he’s got talent, too”, knowing how little patience I have with models. So we had a couple of exchanges, and the project intrigues me. This morning, we did some brainstorming/improv via Skype (since the actor is in the UK and I’m in the US). I like and respect this guy a lot more than I thought I would — he knows how to turn it on for the camera, but he’s also smart, kind of goofy, and has absolutely no filters. Since I don’t suffer fools gladly, we can be blunt with each other without being cruel, and actually, even in a short Skype session, started to forge a working language. So it’s interesting, and I’ll try it.

I’m about twice this guy’s age, so there are times in conversation where I think, “God, he’s so YOUNG”, but he’s aware he doesn’t know everything, is hungry to learn anything he can, and once we’re actually into the creative work of creating character and backstory and merging words and action, age doesn’t factor into it at all. In spite of us being thousands of miles apart and working through video, it was quite similar to being in the rehearsal room together because we could interact in real time. I liked working with him because there was no bullshit. With some actors, they’re so into themselves and their “moment” that it’s like talking to wallpaper. With this guy, I can start to say something, he’ll get it immediately, take it further, toss it back and I’ll build on it, and so forth and so on. We’re developing a good creative language together, which is so important for the process to work and the piece to resonate with writer, actor, and, eventually, audience.

I’m surprisingly enjoying the experience, and I think we’ll both get a good little piece of work out of it.

So, yeah, I was up at 4 AM so we could Skype a rehearsal at 5 (about 11 AM his time), but it was worth it.

Today, I’m at the library all day, which includes teaching a mystery workshop from 2-4 PM. Then I have to come home and polish Episode #110, so it can go out tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be a long day — at the library, at a library workshop in Chatham, and then at an Environmental Summit back here.

Onward!

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Tues. June 3, 2014: Projects, Interviews, Writing

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I have an interview live over on A Biblio Paradise about how TRACKING MEDUSA evolved. Jump over and read it here.

Busy day yesterday. I lost most of the morning and a good part of the afternoon helping a colleague work on a project that was dumped on us at the last minute.

Then, I revised Episode #105 and most of #106 for the Big Script Project, while working on #109 (which has to be delivered today) and #110 (which is due on Thursday).

I tweaked a few things in BALTHAZAAR TREASURE and finished Chapter 3 — it was nearly 10 PM by the time all that happened. And I realized this morning I have to do an “insert” to tweak something, or it will contradict (in the wrong way) information from TRACKING MEDUSA.

Dropped off my new boss’s birthday gifts at the library — she deserves to know she’s appreciated.

I started putting together the pieces of the Tip Sheet for tomorrow, but that has to be finished.

I have a lot of baking to do today, in preparation for tomorrow’s workshop, script work, and other stuff that all needs to get done TODAY.

I have to remember to do my own writing first, and not try to get work done for other people in the morning (my most creative time), because then I run out of words and creative energy later in the day. There’s a reason I start with MY OWN first thousand words of the day.

But I’m happy to be back on track with BALTHAZAAR TREASURE. Even though It’s a draft and will need work, it feels right again.

Devon

Tues. May 27, 2014: Deadlines and Migraines

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Dark Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

TRACKING MEDUSA has released! It’s available from Amber Quill Press here.

I also set up a website for the Gwen Finnegan mysteries — I still have to upload the media kit and the photographs from the locations, but the bulk of the site is here. I hope you’ll stop by.

I’m excited by this book and this release — I hope you’ll support me by buying the book. I’ve believed in this story for a long time, and glad I found the right home for it.

Busy, busy, busy weekend. Friday was a busy day at the library, and a little chaotic, but everything got done. I was at the library Saturday, too, and got a LOT done, and feel like I’m where I need to be going into this week, as far as everything from the library is concerned.

Over the rest of the weekend, I read, I worked on the Big Script Project, and I got some work done on both the Sparkle & Tarnish series and what used to be POWER OF WORDS series and will now be something else. I dealt with paperwork, got down the winter curtains and put up the summer curtains, did lots of laundry (still have more to do), and got the deck furniture out.

Have to finish and send out Episode 107 today, work on the revisions of 105 & 106, and finish 108 to send out on Thursday.

Also have errands to do in Falmouth, and it would be nice to get some yard work done. Unfortunately, I have a migraine, so I don’t know how much I can actually get done.

Also frustrated because I’m stalled because people are late getting me information I need to complete a few projects. People need to stop whining about “not enough time” and start manning up to not knowing how to manage their time — and then learning how to do it.

Devon

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Thurs. May 22, 2014: The Good Busy

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Yesterday was busy, but in the right way. Up early, the usual yoga/meditation/writing.
Even managed to do a little yard work, at way too early in the morning.

Managed to get a review out to my editor.

Off to the library, to get things set up, like the paging list, etc. A huge stack of boxes on my desk — incoming orders! Love that!

Dashed out after a half hour to drive to Hyannis to the CLAMS central office for a Reference Committee meeting. Got to meet a bunch of colleagues at other libraries, and we had an impromptu training session on the new Interlibrary loan system that goes into effect in a couple of weeks. I’m not the person who handles that at our library, so I took copious notes and will type it up and go over it with her.

Meeting ran until lunch time — ran back, bolted down my lunch, covered the desk for a bit, got some work done until the staff meeting. Staff meeting was fun — lots of laughter, which is as it should be.

Dashed out a little after five and drove BACK to Hyannis, to Uno’s, for the Cape Cod Writers Center Writers’ Night Out, where I was one of the speakers. Poet Charles Coe was also with us — in addition to his own creative work, he also works with Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was there to talk with us about the Council, and get a sense of what we do. Dinner was good, and I got to catch up with some colleagues on their exciting projects. Then, four of us were on the panel to discuss Writer’s Block. None of us are particularly sympathetic. It was a fun, lively panel.

Home, unwound, worked on the Big Script Project. My beaded tunic, purchased from the Rainforest Site, arrived. It’s even prettier than the photo! So happy.

Up early, the usual routine. Was upset to see that my lilacs are infested with some weird bug. I’m going to have to spray them. The smaller bushes I did, leaf-by-leaf by hand (pretty disgusting), but I can’t do the big bush, and I don’t want to lose it.

I was invited to a networking breakfast this morning, but I would have meant getting up at 4:30 instead of 5:30 to get everything done before I left, and I just couldn’t. I finished the polish on the script and sent it off.

I have to get a lot done at the library today, including getting out a mailing and working on press releases, calendars, stuff for the newsletter, etc. Somehow, it will all get done.

Tonight — more writing!

Devon

Wed. May 21, 2014: Iambe, Writings, Meetings, and Writers Night Out

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool
Celebration of Iambe

Today is the celebration of Iambe, the goddess of communication for whom Iambic pentameter was named.

Polished the revision on Episode 104 of the Big Script Project and sent it off, along with Episode 105. Episode 106 (due tomorrow) is in good shape, and I’ll give it a polish tonight and send it off tomorrow morning.

I also finished and printed out the Tip Sheets for tonight’s Writers Night Out, which is about Writer’s Block, and gathered some other useful materials. Went to the grocery store, got gas in the car, mowed the terraced back portion of the lawn (it looks really good now).

Finished a book I read to review. Need to do the review for my editor and get it out. It took me longer than usual. I struggled with it. I see what the author was trying to do, and I don’t think it worked.

The past few days, I’ve been looking at what was originally called POWER OF WORDS, but what I think I will rename CREATIVE UTOPIA. I really like it, and still believe in it. I wonder if my current publisher would take it on. It’s a weird project — I always assumed I’d have to get it out independently.

Fighting both a migraine and back spasms. They’re both winning right now, unfortunately.

I have a long day ahead of me — library, Reference Committee meeting, library, staff meeting, Writers Night Out, polish on the script.

The daily yoga/meditation/first cup of coffee on the deck really help me mentally focus for days like this.

It’s good busy, a feast of great things. I just can’t seem to get over the exhaustion.

Devon

Tues. May 20, 2014: Writing, writing, and more writing

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Lost most of the morning dealing with stupid corporate fucks. But it had to be done. The reason they drag their feet and pretend they don’t understand is so you’ll give up your rights. Don’t. Pound them into the ground with the laws and regulations, and hold those responsible for enforcing them accountable.

Once that was out of the way, I could focus on the Big Script Project. Revised the fourth episode, wrote and polished the fifth (due today), started the sixth. Unfortunately, the revisions on the fourth affect the revisions on the first three (again), so I have to go back to them.

In the evening, headed over to Buzzards Bay to meet a friend, and we drove to North Attleboro to attend the wake of another friend’s mother. Sad, and tough for her, but we wanted to make sure she knew she had our support.

Stopped at Mezza Luna on the way back for a quick snack. Headed home and fell into bed.

Up early this morning, and back on the Big Script Project, and then on to run some errands and get to work on PR for TRACKING MEDUSA.

Devon

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Mon. May 19, 2014: The Work Trudge

Monday, May 19, 2014
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Busy, busy. Busy day at the library on Friday. Home, glass of wine on the deck, cooked dinner, got to work on my final galleys for TRACKING MEDUSA. I have a lot of promo to catch up on for that, too, including web pages and FB pages, and all the rest.

Worked on revisions for the Big Script Project and on the next two episodes, one of which is due tomorrow and one on Thursday.

Comcast is still trying to be a bully and break the law, but what else is new?

Saturday morning, I was out the door early to run errands in Falmouth, and then over the bridge to Sagamore, where I met up with fellow Mermaid Ball Committee members and we headed up to Waverly Oaks in Plymouth, the site for this year’s event. It’s lovely — a really terrific space. It’s actually convenient to Rt. 3 — it’ll be more a case of breaching psychological distance and getting people on the road on a Friday night in the summer.

Came back, went back to work on everything. Started to read a mystery that was so disappointing that I put it down. Picked up another — ARSENIC AND OLD PAINT — that was wonderful fun.

Felt a little run down and under the weather, so went to bed early.

Up early Sunday, thanks to the cats. Managed to get most of the front lawn mowed (that was an adventure). But at least the front no longer looks like a vacant lot — although the back sure does. Also got the hoses hooked up, although I have yet to turn on the water.

The bulk of the day was spent finishing the TRACKING MEDUSA proofs. It makes me want to jump right back into BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, but first I have to get these script episodes done.

My friends Kate and Matt had their second child yesterday. Congrats to them!!!!

Devon

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Tues. May 13, 2014: Edits and New Episodes

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Day before Full Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Busy day. The renter inspection (which the town does every year to make sure the landlords aren’t slumlords and the tenants aren’t letting too many friends and relatives live in unsafe conditions and all the smoke detectors/CO detectors are working) was supposed to happen yesterday, and the inspector never showed up and it was a frustrating morning. We got it sorted, and now he’s supposed to be here today. Once he actually shows up, it’s usually straightforward — we have a great landlord, and we’re doing what we should be). But it interrupts the day.

I still managed to get some work done on the Big Script Project and turn around my next round of edits on TRACKING MEDUSA, which was fun, although Track Changes was giving me fits, and it took longer than it should have. Also, I got about a third of the Series Bible done. I need that fully in place before I can go back to BALTHAZAAR. And then I have to finish the media kit and update a web page for this series and load in all the fun additions I have that go with the book.

Also managed to bake and frost a cake for the meeting.

Headed to NMLC for Mermaid Ball meeting, and then went over to a friend’s to chat and catch up. It was 11 PM by the time I got back, but driving under a full moon is always easier.

Up early this morning, out with Tessa for the first cup of coffee and meditation on the deck.

Today will be all about the Big Script Project, and finishing up some correspondence that needs to be dealt with. I also have to run out and get a copy of today’s CAPE COD TIMES — there’s supposed to be an article on Belmont, our baby seal in rehab!

Off we go.

Devon

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Mon. May 12, 2014: Reading, Writing, Contest Entries

Monday, May 12, 2014
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Busy weekend. Friday was a good day at the library, albeit a busy one. Got a bunch of reports done, some new books on the shelves, prepped for today’s board meeting, dealt with all the little issues that come up to help patrons.

After the day was over, I headed to a different library, where a colleague and I culled entries for the third contest I’m working on — making sure the payments and entries matched, and then making sure that they followed the submission guidelines. Not able to follow directions? Gone! This is the real world, people. If you’re so arrogant you think you’re too good for “guidelines”, guess what? You’re wrong.

Came home, cooked dinner, went back to work on contest entries for the second contest.

Up early Saturday morning. Did some work on the TRACKING MEDUSA edits and the next two Big Script Episodes. Two trips to the dump with recycling and yard waste.

By 10 AM, I was headed to Osterville LIbrary to hear Patry Francis speak about her new book THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT (which I ordered for our library –and it’s on the shelf). We’ve been communicating on social media since THE LIAR’S DIARY came out, but this is the first chance we got to meet, and it was fun. My boss was also there, and we had a nice chat.

Came back, worked all day, mostly on contest entries.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, so we had a nice day, doing whatever Mom wanted. I also finished the contest entries, finished the write-ups, and sent them off.

Did a lot of work sitting outside on the deck — it was so lovely out.

I did some reading for myself, too: Donna Leon’s latest release, BY ITS COVER (which is set against a library, which makes me happy). She’s trying something very post-modern with her last few books, and, much as I hate to say it, it’s not working for me. She’s stopping just before the climax. We KNOW who did it, and what happens next, but it actually happens offstage and there’s no breath of resolution or how that particular case changed Brunetti. I’m struggling with it. I respect her choices, I understand closing the blind on a life still in progress, but I’m getting frustrated with these abrupt endings.

Also reading Ann Patchett’s book of essays, THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE. Love it. She spent some time at P-town’s Fine Arts Work Center. She talks about people who say they want to write and don’t, and says, “I believe, more than anything, that this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers.” (p.30). She’s very generous, and, based, on my own experience, I heartily disagree. What I have seen, in workshop after workshop after workshop over the years, is that people don’t write out of a combination of laziness and lack of commitment. They like the idea of being a “writer”, but they don’t actually want to sit down, put in the work, or learn the craft, and I have no patience for that.

Patchett also talks about people who come up and tell you they have a great story that YOU (the writer) must write, and how she struggles to be polite to them. I’m done with being polite to these insulting asshats. If I’m feeling generous, my response is, “Here’s my agent’s number. If there’s a first contract offer and a check for ten thousand dollars on her desk by 10 AM tomorrow morning, we can START negotiations. Anything less than that, forget it.” When I’m not feeling generous, I say, “No, I don’t HAVE to write YOUR story. I’m busy working on my own.”

I’m done with these people who think writing is easy and they’d do it “if they had time”. It’s about more than time. It’s about work ethic and talent and commitment and craft. It is a specialized skill, in the way that brain surgery and plumbing are highly specialized skills, and the better we are at it, the easier it looks.

Disagreeing with her in these particular essays doesn’t make me love the book any less, and I certainly appreciate her generosity of spirit.

Today’s focus is all on the TRACKING MEDUSA edits, the next two episodes of the script, and revising the first two.

The inspector is coming for his yearly making-sure-we-renters-are-following the rules. Put in fresh batteries for the smoke detectors, even though I changed them all on the Equinox.

I have some new story ideas spinning, on which I jotted some notes, and there’s a Mermaid Ball meeting this evening in Buzzards Bay.

Back to work!

Devon

Thurs. May 8, 2014: And The Show Wraps Up . . .

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
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Sunny and cool

Temperatures are low this morning, but they’re supposed to soar. And it’s sunny. My grass is growing so high it’s starting to look like a savannah, but I’ll get gas for the mower and Saturday is the earliest I can deal with it.

Worked nearly a full day at the library — busy day, but lots of fun. Working on putting new books and magazines into circulation, utilizing shelf space to the best of all our abilities, programming and outreach ideas, and reports for next week’s BOT meeting.

Scooted out at 4, raced over to the Marine Life Center. The traffic was awful, backed up in both directions at the Bourne Bridge (but would have been even worse on the Sagamore). Got there, got things set up, and discovered that the lights had somehow blown a fuse. I knew what the problem was, but not where to fix it. Fortunately, the light/sound designer was on his way. He dealt with that while I had the actors do a line-through.

The show went well. The understudy stepped up, and the regular cast members were right there to support her. We had a full house, which was great, a mix of all ages, which is exactly what the play was geared to.

There were definitely frustrations and worries. The lights flickered a few times, and it felt like the sheer willpower of the designer and I focusing on keeping them on kept us from plunging into the dark. One idiot audience member wandered in and out from the theatre area to the refreshment area like she was in her living room. After the show, some stranger I’ve never met and have no intention of dealing with again gave me “notes”. You’re not part of the production, you didn’t pay for the production or pay me — you don’t get to give notes. I’ve never met you, I don’t know — or care — who you are, and you are not connected to the production. I take notes from the experts who are kind enough to read and correct the scientific content, and from producers or investors. Not some random person with nothing invested in the project who wants to feel important. There’s also a positive way to make suggestions and giving feedback to which I would have been totally open — but marching up to me while I’m trying to take care of post-show business, interrupting what’s going on, and telling me what I “have” to change isn’t one of them. Especially when you have zero credentials and I have the credentials I have. There’s a standard of basic courtesy and professional/personal respect that anyone with common sense would follow — since this person didn’t, AND is not a financier of this or any other theatrical project — no reason to pay attention.

But it’s done, all I have to do is get final numbers and file reports with the Arts Council, and then prep the script for publication.

I helped the lighting/sound designer pull most of the equipment and load it up. We’ll come back and take down the grid some other day.

Came home and collapsed.

Got revision notes on Episode 1 of the Big Script Project and working on Episode 2 polish to submit today. Also got back the next round of my edits for TRACKING MEDUSA.

This is my first “normal” day at the library. I’ll be working on the Big Script Project, the TRACKING MEDUSA edits, and the rest of the contest entries when I get home tonight, but at least I won’t be working by moonlight.

I could sleep for a month.

But there’s no open month for that to happen!

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Monday, April 28: “Lake Justice” releases!

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Monday, April 28, 2014
Dark Moon
Mars Retrograde
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Sunny and cool

“Lake Justice” released! It’s available in digital format here. I’m excited about it, and about being part of the Amber Quill Press family! I hope you’ll buy it, read it, enjoy it!

Busy, busy, busy weekend. Worked at the library on Friday until 2; headed straight for the show. We had a small, but enthusiastic house, and the show went well. Came home, started cooking for Sunday.

Saturday morning, up early. Had to finalize a contract and get it into priority mail — of course, the printer ran out of the ink, and the business services place down the street is now closed on Saturdays, so I wound up making photocopies at Tedesechi, the local convenience store. But it’s signed, out, and should land on the producer’s desk today.

I go back into development for the Big Script Project today, and start delivering episodes next week.

Worked at the library for four hours, then headed to the grocery store to get the rest of the food for Sunday. Got some cooking done, headed for the show. Another small, but enthusiastic house on Saturday night. Surprising — we thought that would be a big house.

Sunday morning, up at 5, cooking. The edits for TRACKING MEDUSA landed in my in-box, so those get started today. Finished everything up to feed the company, loaded it into coolers, headed for the matinee. Matinee was fun –enthusiastic house. We had a nice dinner together, as a company, between shows, and my actors gave me a lovely gift from Flying Pig Pottery, one of my favorite local artists. Evening show was lively and our best yet. Nice way to end our ticketed run. Met a woman who runs an organization who’d like to commission me to write something specific to her organization’s mission. Looking forward to talking to her.

I was very lucky with this company of actors. They were a delight. There were definitely challenges around the production, but it was nice to know that I could trust my actors to show up, commit, and do the work, both in rehearsal and performance. And the production would not have happened without the above-and-beyond support of Kathy, Ann Marie, and Jim Zagzebski. Huge thanks to them!

There’s one more performance, on May 7 — I’m working with the understudy early this week, and then she has a put-in next Monday for Wednesday’s show.

Came home, exhausted. Unloaded the car, did the dishes, packed away the leftover food, packed the props the way I need them for this week’s rehearsals, put aside what has to be washed for next week’s performance. Dropping stuff into bins for the conference later this week. After spending so much time on the road, I thought I’d never want to see another hotel room again, and yet, at this point, I’m looking forward to it!

This week is busy — need to finish client projects, turn around the edits on TRACKING MEDUSA, develop the Big Script Project so I can start delivering episodes next week, print off the rest of the materials for the conference, guest lecture at the college, work at the library, bake for Welcome Spring!, help out on Welcome Spring!, work on the next set of contest entries, and teach at NECRWA.

Onward!

Devon

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