Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny, hot, humid

Spend some Christmas in July time with me (as Annabel Aidan) here! You can comment and win a 10 page critique from me. Even if you don’t want the critique, stop by and say hi after the interview. Susanne always asks interesting questions.

Busy, busy, busy, especially since I don’t feel great. Late getting this up today, because I was dealing with the class that starts today.

The weekend was pretty warm, but good. I was a little under the weather, do didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, and am worried about my mom.

I wrote quite a bit, which was a good thing, and worked on the Mermaid Ball, but still feel behind. I always feel behind. I spent some time with the students on the class that started a couple of weeks ago, and, this morning, started the revision class. I pitched some more classes, and I also did some more work on the applications for the intensive. Some people dropped out, some want to be on the wait list.

Ran around and did errands. Couldn’t find some stuff I needed. Hauled up the newly painted bureau to my bedroom and rearranged some things, but haven’t had a chance to fill it yet. Unpacked books. DId laundry.

Read three books by an author I’ve read in anthologies. Liked her work, picked up these three books, which are part of a series. I feel like the first book is missing, but the first book I read is, supposedly, the first book in the series, and I feel like a lot of loose ends dangled, but the last book I read is the last book — so far. I liked the premise and the characters, but felt the execution was shady.

Made myself join the meditation walk on Sunday morning, not allowing the “I don’t have time” excuses. I needed it, it was good for me.

I’m feeling burned out and overwhelmed right now, and not sure how to shift things. There is a list of things that have to get done, period, end of story, within a finite amount of time. I need to finish them, figure out why I’m having so much resistance, and resolve it moving forward, but it must get done whether I’m resisting or not. I need to break some patterns, but in a graceful way that still keeps promises without making similar promises down the line that I don’t want to/can’t keep.

A bad night between storms (internal and external) and an alarm going off at 5:30 this morning, probably because of a failing battery, didn’t help.

Watched Rufus Sewell in the ZEN series, where he plays Aurelio Zen. I really like the tone of it — unique and interesting. Got frustrated with FALLING SKIES because I was ahead of the story in the promo and didn’t like the way the characters are or are not catching up. I liked the scene where Maggie teaches Annie to shoot, though. That was a little gem in kind of a mess of an episode.

Back to work, and hope to get everything sorted in a timely manner.


Friday, July 1, 2011

roses on the side of the house

Friday, July 1, 2011
New Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and gorgeous

Can you believe it’s July? I’ve got my July To-Do list up here, and the Mid-Year Evaluation here, over on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions Site. Join in the conversation this month!

I’m also participating in Christmas in July. My day is July 18 — and you can win a critique as part of the festivities. There are great prizes, etc., all month — join in the fun.

I was on the Yoga Bliss high all day long from the Yoga on the Beach. Not a particularly productive day, but I was happy to Just Be.

Yeah, that means I didn’t mow the lawn! 😉

Next week, I will get up earlier and do my first 1K of the day well BEFORE I leave for class! Even if it means getting up at 5! 😉

This morning, I learned more of the value of yesterday’s class, as I applied it to my morning practice. Yes, my thighs and core are sore, but in the right way — but I could also connect the breath and adjust/correct some of the postures, and therefore get more out of them.

In general, a class is useless past the moment unless you apply what you do in it moving forward. I’m fortunate that I was able to do so.

After yoga, meditation, and watering the garden, I did a brisk, three mile walk, down the street, with a circuit through a nearby cemetery, and picking up the paper on the way back. I’m not quite up to running again (either physically or mentally), but the walk was great, especially in this beautiful weather.

I hope to have a decent day of writing and mowing ahead of me, which will be a good start to the holiday weekend.

Have a great one, everyone!


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Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and cool

I answered the interview questions for the Christmas In July promotion first thing yesterday morning. My day is July 18 – -don’t worry, I’ll remind you! I also set up a meeting next week about teaching in person here on the Cape this fall, and discussed the possibility of another promotion via an “Author Roast” in October. So things are busy!

I felt like I was setting a bad example for my students because it was all before writing my first 1K of the day, but it had to be done as soon as it came in! And then, when I finally wrote my daily quota, it all sucked and I’m going to have to throw it out. We all have those days.

So the RADIO spot is actually a TELEVISION spot, which I almost had to refuse because of the whole no-photographs thing. But I got special permission because it’s community TV and students learning how to shoot, etc., etc. Of course, this means I better do my own make-up and hair . . .

I got a bunch of work done for the Mermaid Ball and for the Centerville Beautification projects. I fiddled with the sidebar and got the ball into it, and the press release is here.

Went to the Centerville Library to return books and get more out; went over to the HUGE library in Mashpee and found some interesting stuff. We got stuck in traffic coming back because of yet another accident (three major ones in the past three days), so I took a back way and didn’t get lost.

Tried to get some more work done. Had a simple dinner, and then got back to work. Didn’t do much commenting because I swear, by late afternoon, someone had scooped out my brains and replaced them with mashed potatoes!

Finished SACRED GROUND by Mercedes Lackey. Excellent. I don’t know if she has any other Jennifer Talldeer books out, but I’d love to see more with that character. There’s a novella in TRIO OF SORCERY, along with the Diana Tregarde novella, where I first was introduced to the character.

Costume Imp and I sorted out what I’ll wear to the Mermaid Ball (a navy velvet evening gown rather than a costume) and on camera on Friday. — which also means I have to come home after the breakfast, change, and do hair and make-up. But at least that’s all figured out.

Today, I settled into the writing immediately. I’ve got to do more work on just about damn everything, knock out an article, and make the deviled eggs for tonight’s meeting. Imp leaves this afternoon (Waaaah). And I have student exercises on which to comment.

I also got an invitation to join a really cool collaborative group. I need to think about it. It’s headed by someone whose work I really like and respect, but, as I reminded him, I’m probably older than his mother. I don’t want to spread myself too thin, and, honestly, I was so tired at the time he shot me the invite that I felt about as creative as wilted lettuce. I’d love to be part of something like this, but don’t know if it’s the right time. At the same time, I don’t want to miss out on a really unique and wonderful experience. So, I’ve got some thinking to do!

I’m going to fix Imp a nice eggs benedict brunch for Imp before he heads back to the city, and then try to knock out as much of my work as possible before tonight’s meeting.

I hope we have good weather next week — there’s a beach yoga class I want to check out!

Back to the page.


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Annabel Aidan webpage here.