Tues. July 23, 2013: Interviews & Plans

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Last Day of Full Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Humid and cloudy

Everyone’s all in a tizzy about the new royal baby born in the UK. I bet the mother is glad to be out of labor! All the fussing, for goodness’ sake!

Worked yesterday, with students and on pitches and with one of my editors and on admin stuff. We had a power outage for a stretch of afternoon, which threw a monkey wrench into the works. I did, however, get my final week’s coursework done for Archaeology and did well on the quiz. That class truly lit a flame of inspiration in me (not to mention how it gave me much needed information for the revisions of BLOOD AND BONE and the next Gwen/Justin books). A great deal of that is because the professor, Sue Alcock, is so inspiring. She loves what she does, she’s funny, smart, and knows how to communicate ideas in a way that makes you want to go out and discover more on your own. Truly a gifted teacher.

I was getting ready to settle back in for some work when I got a message from a local reporter, and spent the next hour being interviewed. It was fun; I liked the individual. It had to do with my work at the National Marine Life Center, so, hopefully, there’s more focus on Townsend than on me! Because it’s about the work, not about me.

I’m re-reading Helene Hanff’s UNDERFOOT IN SHOW BUSINESS, about how she tried to make it in theatre just after the depression. It’s given me an idea — I’ve got some of the characters and the situation and the time frame. I have to choose the form — do I see this as a script? As prose? I’m not sure yet.

I’m waiting to hear back on some script proposals, and I don’t want to take on anything else until I know if they’re accepted and will move forward, or if it’s a pass, and I go on to other things.

I’ve got work to do today for the upcoming conference, the ball, and tonight’s Beautification meeting. Big projects for all three organizations happen the first weeks of August. It’s a little overwhelming, and I have to make sure I don’t put myself in this situation again next year.

I need to polish some script coverage samples today and get them out, too. I want to do more of that type of work — I enjoy it. One of my editors sent off the materials for my next assignment yesterday — it should arrive tomorrow, and I can get going on it.

Back to work!