Wed. Sept. 2, 2015: Trucks, Screenplays, and Tough Decisions

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and hot

Still rather feel like I got run over by a truck.

On the upside, Casino Night was a success. We had a good turnout, people had a great time. The dealers were great, the music mix was great, the Milbilly Margarita was a big hit. So, in spite of the stress going into the night, it was terrific.

I was home by about midnight; up early on Saturday. Managed to survive work, although I wasn’t at my best, and am grateful to my co-workers for picking up the slack. No, I was not hung over — I was careful Friday night!

I had to run some errands, and then went to bed early. Slept for nearly twelve hours, but wasn’t much good on Sunday. The entire month caught up with me. I managed to work on some revisions, but that was about it.

Sunday night, we went to dinner at the home of some friends. Came home and fell into bed. Monday, I got the rented glasses back to Party Cape Cod, went home and was done for the day. Managed a bit of editing, but that was all.

Up early Tuesday. Got some decent writing done in the morning. The furnace guy came to do routine maintenance, and after that, I headed to Buzzards Bay for a strategic planning meeting. It was long, but, hopefully, we got somewhere. A smaller group will meet next week to take the next step.

I’ve been watching ENDEAVOR for the past few days. There’s a lot I like about it — the acting, the writing. Some of the direction is a little heavy-handed, but it certainly makes me want to go back and watch the seasons of MORSE.

Finally realized what the Death card indicated, coming up all last week. Difficult, painful decision, but it had to be made. It will be implemented over the next couple of months, hopefully gently, and the fact it has to be done breaks my heart. But it’s necessary, in the long run, for everyone involved. It also means I have to keep a secret for the next few months, while I wind up some commitments, in order to cause the least harm possible.

No one ever said life was easy.

It will definitely be useful in the writing down the line, but it’s not much fun living it right now.

On the upside, this morning, I did a revision of a screenplay. Made a few internal cuts, but feel good about it. Will put in the changes, do the registration paperwork with the Guild, and out it goes.

Hope your September is starting beautifully, and that it only gets better!

Devon

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Fri. Aug. 28, 2015: Casino Night is Here!

Friday, August 28, 2015
Day before Full Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Yesterday was crazy busy, finalizing stuff for tonight, processing books, arranging for glassware, etc. Party Cape Cod was able to come through for us at the last minute, so I drove over there this morning to pick up the racks of glasses.

Very tired yesterday, but tried to chill out a bit at night, work on some more preparatory stuff, and also watched the pilot of ENDEAVOR, which was interesting. Also did some more work on COLLABORATIVE BIRTH revisions.

To bed early, but didn’t sleep well. At least Violet’s made steady improvement the last few days.

Up early, not much writing done, and not happy with what I got done.

Fed up with a narcissist who tries to make everything about her and get out of doing anything she doesn’t feel like doing, consistently. And gets away with it, consistently.

Well, the Death card has come up every single day this week in the tarot, so a-change is a-coming, as one sings, and I hope it’s a good one.

Today will be a VERY long day into the night, with work going directly into Casino Night. It’s my Saturday “on” tomorrow, so even though I’ll be here late, I’ll also be here early. But that’s okay.

After much mulling of what to wear, I decided to go for funky and comfortable, in the red and black of a roulette wheel.

Monday, I drop off the glasses back at Party Cape Cod on my way over the bridge. Got some stuff to do on the mainland, and then I have to write the rest of the day. Tuesday, I have strategic planning, and then I have to write for the rest of the day, because next Wednesday, it all starts again.

I’m working on some travel negotiations for a few projects – always interesting. And getting the ducks in a row for my vacation in a couple of weeks. I desperately need it.

Have a great weekend!

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Fri. Aug. 7, 2015: Full Conference Mode

Friday, August 07, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

It smells like autumn in the mornings now. It warms up to summer during the day, but you can really feel the wheel of the year turning in the early mornings. About 3 AM – since that’s the time I’ve been waking up lately! 😉

Yesterday was busy – worked on conference stuff, casino night stuff, Mermaid Ball stuff, wine tasting evening stuff, photography contest stuff, cataloging stuff.

Left early to get down to the Conference Center and get my books into the bookstore before the 6 PM deadline. Even though I got there a little after 4:30, it was already closed and locked. So, I got my hands on the key (no, I did NOT pick the lock, that would have been rude, hush, you!) and left them with the paperwork.

Went to the cocktail reception, saw some old friends, made some new ones, introduced people to each other, welcomed newcomers to the conference, tried to get people chatting to each other and integrated. In other words, taking my job seriously as a Board member. Faculty Introductions went fine, we then repaired to the bar. To my regular table, where, when people came in looking lost and unsure, we waved them over, “Pull up a chair! Come join us!”

Because inclusion, along with inspiration, is what this conference is all about.

My friend and fellow (wonderful) author Arlene Kay made a comment that was 10% joke, 90% concern that triggered an epiphany about my unhappiness with both my writing quality and my writing productivity over the past few months.

I’ve unfortunately moved from steady, daily productive work (not that every day’s quality is good, but at least there’s something to work on) to more binge writing because of the extra hours I’m putting in between all the events that are booked for August. So I get frustrated because I’m writing less on some of the frantic days and frantic and pushing too hard to binge write on days I set aside for writing. It’s making things choppy instead of letting it flow. Even when something is one fire and I write a lot in a given day, I’m still happier and it’s better quality when I do a lower word count (1 to 2K/day), but a steady one.

Knowing I have to make changes this coming autumn on many fronts, that was an important realization. Thank you, Arlene! I can always count on her to cut through the crap!

In full conference mode for the next three days – tonight is our first keynote speaker, and then there are readings. And then, of course, the bar. Tomorrow, I’m working the desk in the morning, sitting in on one friend’s class in the afternoon, doing whatever needs to be done in the later afternoon, sitting in on a new friend’s class. The banquet is tomorrow night, but I have another commitment on another front in the evening, but will probably head back to the conference later. Sunday, I’m working the desk, sitting in on a class, and then helping load everything out.

In and around all that will be writing for said classes on which I’m sitting in, talking to people, making sure everyone feels happy and included and inspired, and listening. A lot, a lot, of LISTENING.

Have a great weekend!

Devon

Sat. Aug. 1, 2015: Lammas & Creative Energy

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Day After Full/Blue Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Lammas
Sunny and warm

Blessed Lammas to all!

Yesterday was busy at work, but good, which is always nice.

I can’t believe the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference is THIS WEEK! And the Mermaid Ball is NEXT WEEK!!! And Casino Night is on Aug. 28!!!!!!

And then August will be over. And I’ll be ready for a straitjacket! 😉

Overslept this morning and then ran errands before work – it’s my Saturday “on.”

Finished Tanya Huff’s SMOKE AND SHADOWS – set behind the scenes on a Vancouver television set. Very well done and lots of fun. Started SMOKE AND MIRRORS – equally well done, although if the wardrobe crew had behaved the way their wardrobe assistant does, she would have been fired in a heartbeat! 😉 Even on some of the more dysfunctional sets, one couldn’t get away with her behavior, and wardrobe, in general, is much more the heartbeat of the set than on this particular production. Maybe it’s different on the West Coast and/or in Vancouver than out here in the East! 😉

I’m also chomping at the bit to finish the contemporary play and get back to work on both BALTHAZAAR and the fantasy novel on which I wrote so much earlier in the week. I will have to change the title of the latter – I LOVE the title, it’s one of the better ones I came up with – but, as the book develops, it’s no longer relevant. And the title needs to be relevant.

Have a great weekend – I’m sure I will have stories, next week, from the Writers’ Conference!

Devon

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