Saturday, November 7, 2009


Saturday, November 7, 2009
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Today is the Breeders’ Cup and I haven’t handicapped it. Oops.

I have my November To-Do list up on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions site. I’m working on next year’s questions.

I am deeply saddened by the tragedy at Ft. Hood. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the dead and injured.

Yesterday, my nerves were shot be midmorning, between the lack of heat and the noise outside. I was happy to pack up and head out in the afternoon. I didn’t get any work done, but I managed to have some relaxation time, and I also got 4 loads of laundry done!

Lazy night. I watched part of SANCTUARY and part of WHITE COLLAR, which meant I didn’t really follow either story too closely. I love Tim DeKay’s work on WHITE COLLAR — his extensive experience working in theatre serves him well here — he’s got a lot of nuances. In SANCTUARY, there was some sort of post-apocalyptic storyline and they put Robin Dunne in a mullet and a tank top for the Rambo reference. It was kind of funny — and I’m not entirely sure it was meant to be funny — but I kind of wish the design for his look had been a little more unique.

Some dates are changing in my site work the next couple of months. On a time/work level, it takes some of the pressure off, but on a financial level, it means less money.

Brandy, yesterday’s picture was taken up in Maine — I like it, too. I’m going to pass on the party in Lenox today because it’s driving 2 1/2 hours in each direction for a party based around wine-tasting — since I can’t stay overnight up there, and if I was going to have to get on the road, I couldn’t really enjoy the wine — I’m going to skip a 5 hour round trip.

Hitting the page early. I need to get a lot done on “Digging”, the short story today. It’s in the high 20’s outside — hopefully they’ll keep the heat on at least for a little while. I may do some errands later, or I may just stay in and keep writing, if it’s going well.


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Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008
Dark Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Weary. Two shows yesterday. An actress got sick during the first act of the second show, so I had to take care of her and get the understudy on in intermission. That was a bit of a scramble. Other than that, it was pretty smooth.

Had trouble with a drunk at Grand Central. God forbid the conductors bother to open the train at a reasonable time. They just leave us standing on the platform with the rats running around us. So this drunk starts hassling me, and I wasn’t having it. I was even angrier because THREE conductors for the train on the other side of the platform just stood around and watched. They did NOTHING. Finally, a cop walking past intervened, managed to chase off the guy before someone (well, the guy) got hurt, and then reamed the three conductors for not doing anything. I was so angry I wanted to smack the conductors even more than the drunk. Metro North has the worst staff of any trains I’ve ridden anywhere in the world.

But I got home, in one piece, so ended up being fine.

I have so much to do this week to clear the decks for Nano. I’ve accepted more N3s than I meant to, but there were so many who wanted to participate, and I picked those I felt were most in alignment with my working methods and the most serious about seeing this through to the end. I’m excited to work with them, and I think I’ve set it up so none of us burn out.

I have to finish the Breeders’ Cup article this morning and get it to my editor. I completed the reading for Confidential Job #1 over the weekend, and will write it up today. Then, it’s back to everything else that’s on my plate.

Thanks for the header tips. I will try them and see what I can make work.

Back to the page.


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Short post today, because I have to finish my Breeders’ Cup article and get it out before I leave for the theatre at 10 AM – and I won’t be back until 11:30 tonight.

BC Day was great yesterday. Exhausting, but great. For me, one of the biggest joys was that, on the synthetic surface NOT ONE horse was injured and had to be euthanized during the course of the race day. That’s the first time since I started covering the BC that this has happened. Right there, the synthetic track’s got my support. It’s safer, even though this generation of horses has quite a few that don’t like the surface yet.

At the last minute, I fell in love with a filly named Goldikova, who ran against the boys in the BC Mile. She strutted into the paddock full of attitude – and she was the smallest horse in the race. She wiped the track with all of them. It was amazing. And her trainer is the jockey who won on another filly, Miesque, several years ago, back to back in the same race two years in a row.

I’ve got some work to do on the Cozy outline. Some ideas have been swirling, and I need to get them down on paper before they’re gone. I don’t have enough yet on my scene list to feel comfortable jumping in to Nano. I’ve only got enough down to cover the first few days’ worth. And, with everything I’m juggling, I don’t have the time to stop to figure things out.

I hope to finish the edits on “The Possession of Nattie Filmore” today during my dinner break, so I can merge the edited text with the page and cover design, convert it, and upload it.

Anyone know how I get rid of a header on a first page? I’m having a problem with that. I want it on all the other pages, but I can’t get it off the first page. And if I put it in manually on the second page, it goes back on the first page. The “help” function on Microsoft is, of course, useless.

I was about to make a manuscript submission, and I have second thoughts about the publisher. My gut’s telling me not to submit it there; I’ve got to go with my gut, so it’s back to the market list to figure out other possibilities.

This week, the western has to be the primary focus, or I’m never going to get it done, edited, and out in time for its deadline. I have a feeling I’m going to rewrite Chapter Two for the umpteenth time, because I want to introduce the antagonist there, too. I’m not sure if it works if we don’t meet him until Chapter Five. Maybe it does. We see the results of his handiwork in the opening. I have to play with it some more.

Back to the page.


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Racing Ink — Breeders’ Cup Day 2

Picks subject to change at the paddock!

Regular Ink in My Coffee Post below.

Race 1:
Sixties Icon across the board
Zappa and Big Booster to place
Cedar Mountain to show
Booyah – longshot bet to show.

Race 2: Turf Sprint:
Diabolical across the board
Get Funky and Idiot Proof to place
Storm Treasure to show

Race 3: Dirt Mile
Well Armed and Pyro (in spite of his longshot status) across the board
Albertus Maximus to place
Well Armed to place and show
Mast Track to show
Longshot bets on show on Slew’s Tizzy and Slew’s Tiznow because I always bet on Tiznow’s offspring.

Race 4: BC Mile
Precious Kitten and Kip Deville across the board
Whatsthescript to Place
Show bets on Shakis, War Monger, Thorn Song

Race5: BC Juvenile
With any sense, I’d sit this one out. But who said I had sense?
I like Silent Valor, in spite of long odds.
I’ll bet Silent Valor, Midshipman, Street Hero, and Munnings across the board. I want to take a look at Bushranger, but not sure I’ll bet him.

Race 6: Juvenile Turf
I don’t think I’ll bet this one. I want to take a look at Westphalia, Donativum, and Coronet of a Baron, but don’t think I want to put money on any of them.

Race 7: Sprint
Sitting it out, with an eye on Street Boss and Midnight Lute.

Race 8: Turf
I’m betting Better Talk Now across the board because I always bet Better Talk Now, and the few times I haven’t, I’ve regretted it.
Conduit and Soldier of Fortune are strong possibilities, but I need to see them in the paddock before making a decision.
I might throw some longshot show money at Red Rock Canyon.

Race 9: Classic
Curlin across the board. I’ve never been a particular fan of this horse, but I appreciate his work ethic, and he deserves a spot in equine history for his grit.
Tiago across the board. I love this horse.
I want to take a look at Raven’s Pass.
I will probably bet Colonel John to show, although I think, on this track, he can do a lot better than that. If he looks as good as usual, I may bet him across the board.

Race 10: Damascus Stakes
Gayego across the board. Again, I really like this horse.
I’ll take a look at Georgie Boy and Kool Comic.
Blue Chagall will probably be my longshot show bet, with maybe another one on Leonides.

Race 11: Oak Tree Derby
Madeo across the board.
Nownownow across the board.
Blue Exit and Dixie Chatter to show.
Longshot show bets on Moral Compass and Woodland Flood.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and cold

Yesterday was not as productive as I wanted or needed. I had a raging headache, borderline migraine, all day.

I managed to get out the two articles due. One is weak, in my opinion, but the other’s pretty darned good, if I say so myself.

Worked on the N3 email yesterday, finished it this morning, and out it went.

None of the job posts excited me enough to pitch.

Couldn’t focus on either the Big Project or the western, and I’m waaaay behind on the western.

Got up Racing Ink for yesterday’s race day, and am about to handicap today’s card. I wish I’d done more homework for yesterday, because the majority of filly and mare races were on Friday, and they’re my favorite. But I just ran out of time, and had to make my picks with the minimum of preparation.

Show was fine. It seemed to race by quickly. I got to work with one of my favorite actors these past two days, so that was fun. We’re really in sync, completely understand each other, and can be completely up front with each other about anything. I’m fond of everyone on the show, and it will be hard to let it go in January. But it opens up new creative opportunities for everyone.

I have to do some errands this morning, handicap the race card, get some writing done, and cover the Breeders’ Cup later today and write the article tonight. Tomorrow is another 14-hour day at the theatre.

One week from today, we will be Nano-ing.


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