Tues. Aug. 12, 2014: Meetings and Programs and Balls, oh My!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Five meetings yesterday. It was a lot. Plus trying to reschedule some Writers Center stuff.

Stopped in at the library to discuss stuff that happened at the conference in relation to booking our programs. Went over to Books By the Sea — they are carrying copies of TRACKING MEDUSA, HEX BREAKER, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, and ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT.

Home, grabbed some food, headed to Hyannis to Common Ground to meet with a student I’ll be working with in fall. I’ve accepted one in person and one on line — my private student slots for fall are FULL. Had a good meeting, we came up with a lesson plan.

Returned materials from the conference to Cotuit Library. Headed over the bridge to the Mermaid Ball meeting. The ball is next week — can’t believe it’s coming up so fast.

Home, worked on a review I have to write, fell into bed early.

Up early this morning, I have about 6 loads of laundry to get done. Wrote my first 1K of the day, and I’ll have to get some more done later on, along with pulling stuff for next week’s actor/dresser workshop and pulling materials for Mermaid Ball.

Back to the library this evening — Michael Blanding talks about his book, THE MAP THIEF!

Sad about Robin Williams. It’s always sad when a talent like that makes such a choice.

Devon

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Mon. June 30, 2014: Go Direct Already, Mercury!

Monday, June 30, 2014
Waxing Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny, warm, humid

Busy weekend.

Friday just sucked every possible way. I don’t even want to get into details, but I was furious by the time I left work, and had to reassess some of my goals and how best to get there. Hate it when Mercury and Saturn are retrograde at the same time.

Came home, and Tessa was like, “Mom, calm down. Play with the turquoise mouse. It’ll all be fine.”

Read a bit, wrote a bit, worked on the last three script episodes, finalized my PR materials for Saturday.

Friday night, we had coyotes in the yard. Woke us up at 2 AM, right up at the house. It’s a strongly bonded mated pair, and I think they’ve got little ones close by. They’re absolutely gorgeous animals — but they’re coyotes, and very close to the house. Tessa wasn’t phased at all, but the twins hid under the blankets. They were establishing territory — we heard them circle their two-mile patch for several hours. I don’t want them hurt, but I also don’t want them to hurt any person or animal in the neighborhood. If anything, I’m most worried that a neighbor will do something stupid and then officials will come in and hurt the animals. I’m hoping we can peacefully co-exist, but let’s face it — humans are stupid and arrogant, and it’s almost always the habitat that suffers.

Exhausted on Saturday, from lack of sleep. Sent off the last script episodes (will be happy when the final check arrives). Sent off some emails, took care of some business.

Headed home for lunch and to pack up the materials in the car, then over to Osterville Library’s tent for the AuthorPalooza event. There were 27 of us there, hosted by Books by the Sea. The copies of TRACKING MEDUSA didn’t arrive in time, but I had HEX BREAKER, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, and ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT in print copies, and the sell sheet for the three digital releases, and the sell sheet for the Topic Workbooks. We were a fun, lively group. I got to catch up with some people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and meet some interesting new ones, AND talk to some of authors about the possibility of doing a program at the library. My boss came from the library after work, my friend from NMLC came, and it was, all in all, a fun afternoon. We were on the grass, so every time I got tired, I could slide out of my shoes and put my bare feet on the grass and re-energize.

Stopped at the liquor store on the way home and found an affordable bottle of blue raspberry vodka. Toss in a squirt of lemon juice, and I have my blue lemonade. Yummy!

Watched AMERICAN HUSTLE on Saturday night, on DVD. I’d seen it in the theatres when it came out, and now wanted to see it again. Enjoyed it thoroughly. It reinforced my sense that Jeremy Renner’s work wasn’t given the praise it deserved (although he didn’t maintain the Jersey accent consistently, which I hadn’t noticed the first time I watched it, but noticed here). What an amazing cast. In the interviews, the director talks about inconsistencies in characters and how that interests them, but my sense was that they were true to their cores, and then layered the inconsistencies onto that core to get what they wanted and needed.

Yesterday, I was going to do many things, but decided to stay true to my commitment to Disconnected Sundays. I did, however, turn around my edits for “Elusive Prayers”, which I will send off to my editor.

I also read Lauren Owen’s debut novel, THE QUICK. It’s getting a lot of hype, and the initial printing was 100,000 copies, so her publisher is very confident. I read the whole thing yesterday. Yes, it’s a great, big, fat book, but it held my attention. I absolutely loved the first 100 pages — especially her phrasing. I liked and admired almost all of the rest, and was frustrated by the last chapter, although I saw what was supposed to be the final twist coming about 150 pages before it did. It’s a literary horror novel, and there are vampires involved. Anything more would give away too much. It’s very well done, much better than most, but I’m rather vampired out at the moment. It’s definitely a novel I would go back and re-read in a couple of years (especially if I manage to avoid most vampire novels in the interim, which I doubt I can do). It’s definitely up there, for me, with DRACULA (the original Bram Stoker one) and Elizabeth Kostova’s THE HISTORIAN (which I loved).

Read a cozy mystery where the protagonist’s best friends were so unlikeable I kept hoping one or both would be the murderer’s next victim. No such luck. Also, there was only one body drop, and the protagonist was never in any actual peril. Boooring. That author’s off my list. Not reading more of her books for myself, nor am I ordering any for the library, nor will I recommend them for the Cozy Mystery Book Group that we hope to start in the autumn.

Re-reading Elizabeth Elo’s NORTH OF BOSTON, because she’s coming to talk at the library in July. It’s kind of a modern Boston Noir (very different from other types of noir).

The coyotes did a howl-by last night as they raced through the yard, but that was it.

I’ve got to mow today, send off some materials, and then run errands. Monday is errand day, after all.

Champagne Publishing and I have parted ways, as of today. The last few copies of ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT are the last copies (it’s officially out of print), and it’s no longer available online. You can get the print copies that remain through Books by the Sea in Osterville (as of later this week — I have to drop them off when the copies of TRACKING MEDUSA arrive). Cotuit Library also has a copy in circulation. The rights have reverted back to me. I wait thirty days, then I’m commissioning a new cover, changing the title, changing a few things in the text back to my original vision, and it will be re-released, both in digital and paperback formats. I will keep you up-to-date as things happen.

I will be so happy when Mercury goes direct tomorrow.

Have a great week!

Devon

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and cold

Got a nice chunk of writing done yesterday morning. Not necessarily what I was supposed to be working on, but it feels good to get back into the rhythm of daily writing. It’s kind of an odd little comic/paranormal/mystery, so we’ll see where it goes.

Didn’t get as much done on the blog posts that are due, so have to get back to those ASAP. Didn’t manage to get out to rake the flat back before the rains started. Oops. It’ll be icky to work with those leaves later this weekend.

Went to the small, individually owned hardware store one town over to get some replacement hardware, which had been lost in the move. They were really nice, and helped a lot, although finding replacement hardware for the Christmas tree stand was a challenge. That tree’s been in a box for nearly ten years and moved three times. Somewhere in all that, the bag of hardware I kept taped to the inside of the box got lost.

Anyway, came home, tried to put the stand together, found out that the bolts were just a tad too wide,drove back to the hardware store, got the next size down (why can’t they make it a fraction of an inch smaller instead of WAY smaller? I’m starting to understand why the company that made this tree went out of business). The prices are competitive with the big box stores and the people are really nice, so why not shop there and support a local kid who came back and bought the hardware store he worked in as a teen?

Also went to a lovely independent bookstore (next to the hardware store) called Books by the Sea, introduced myself to the people who work there, and bought some great stuff. They’re happy to have another writer in the area, and eager to be supportive.

Put the stand together — it doesn’t do exactly what it’s supposed to, but the tree is steady, and that’s what counts. With the angel on top, it nearly brushes the ceiling. Yep, it’s a big damned tree. And the ceilings in this house are kind of low. But it looks really pretty and full.

Wrestled with the lights (I am such a cliche when it comes to the lights, and it is my least favorite job). Didn’t have enough, so had to go out and get more. If I didn’t like this tree so darned much, I’d chuck it all and buy a pre-lit one, but this tree is special, so I’m just going to have to shut up and deal for its life.

Haven’t found all the ornaments yet — going on a treasure hunt in the storage area to find the rest of them, because we need to spread everything out in order to figure out what to put where. This tree is double the height and width of the one we put up in the apartment, so it will be fun. How did I ever fit it into my NYC apartment? Oh, yeah, I had to move it if I wanted to get to or from the couch!

Also have to get thumb tacks and ornament hangers. I know I have both, just don’t know where. . .

In the evening, watched some TV. Finally got a chance to watch the new season of HUMAN TARGET (and get my Jackie Earle Haley fix). New show runner, major changes. Yes, now they have female series regulars; I don’t know that I’m sold on them yet. There were female guest stars last year who would have made more sense as regulars this season, and it feels like last season’s arcs have been totally tossed and ignored to go in this new direction, rather than dealt with.

Started reading Kate Carlisle’s THE LIES THAT BIND. I like the series, so I’m enjoying it.

Up early, usual yoga, meditation, first 1K of the day, feeding the cats, etc. I want to focus on the tree today, finish up some freelance work, and find my Rolodex so I can start the overseas cards this weekend.

The animal shelter down the street is having a cat adoption weekend — 100 cats need homes. I don’t even know if I can apply to adopt, since I haven’t established myself with a local vet. And it may be too early to bring in the third — Iris and Violet are starting to settle, but they’re not completely comfortable yet.

Scumbag landlords lost their next round against the tenants, so I’m wondering what their next move will be. We haven’t heard peep from them since we left, but I’m sure they’re planning something. They won’t let us go without an attempt at one final big screw, even if their lawyers tell them they can’t win.

Really enjoying the workshop. The points brought up by the students are insightful and discussions are a lot of fun.

Devon