Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and cool
Kentucky Derby Day

My picks for the full race card are in the post below this one, so scroll down if you’re interested.

With the poor weather, it gives my top pick, Friesan Fire, a better shot at the win. Friesan Fire and Pioneer of the Nile are still my top picks. And Dunkirk’s moved up from a “maybe” to a “definite.” He’s gorgeous, tons of personality, and, if his mental focus is there tonight, I think he can do it. I’m betting all three across the board and boxing a trifecta. One of my longshots will be Chocolate Candy, for a show spot, and I’ll probably toss in another, perhaps Flying Private or Hold Me Back.

My publisher already paid me for “The Retriever”. Pretty psyched. Will post the link to the story as soon as I’ve got it. I’m thrilled they took the piece, and I hope to work more with them in the coming months.

An interview with me is going up on Tuesday over at Long and Short Reviews. I’ll schedule the link, since I’ll be out of town — I hope you stop by.

Got to visit the chat room where I’m giving the workshop next week. We’ve got a test run today. I can only stop in for a minute, due to the Derby, but it’ll be worth it.

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time handicapping today’s race card and running errands. Took some time off in the afternoon to read a cosy, getting me back in the headspace to go back to work on the Helena Francis mystery. The book was okay. There were some lapses of logic that bothered me. But the characters are fun and the writing’s fine. I just didn’t find it all that memorable.

Got to dash out for an errand and then get back and get ready for Derby coverage. This will be the first year I can use my own laptop to write my wrap up article as the races are happening instead of scribbling notes and then trying to decipher them later. I probably can’t Tweet as it’s happening, but, oh well. Besides, I need to be WATCHING the races.

The Red Wings vs. Anaheim hockey game was really good last night. Red Wings won, 3-2, as I hoped they would. They are one of the best-run teams in the league.

Off to a busy day.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

So, I bet you all want to know about the Freelancers’ Luncheon, don’t you?

I was the only one who showed up.

Yep. Not one of the other people who RSVP’d in the positive was there. Nor was there a representative from the Freelancers’ Union to talk to us about insurance. Nor did the restaurant have any idea we were meeting there.

Before you ask, yes, I checked all the details before I left, and I checked to see if there was a message canceling it. There was not – just a reminder as to time and place.

I lost 3 hours of my writing day, 2 of it driving, for a non-existent event.

It won’t happen again.

And, when I got home to see if I’d somehow missed the cancellation message – the head office had sent me a message asking me how it went.

I had a few choice words. They all had more than four letters, don’t worry.

And I withdrew from the group, letting the regional head know in no uncertain terms why. I’m sorry, for the rest of the group (albeit a small one) to suddenly have emergencies so close to the lunch that they can’t send out word they’ve cancelled? I don’t buy it. To me it speaks of the following: disorganization, disrespect, lack of time management skills.

As a freelancer, first impressions are important. My first impressions of these people is so low, I wouldn’t do business with them, and, should one wish to become a client I’d charge 100% up front, because I don’t trust them to ever pay otherwise!

You better believe I stayed and had a delicious lunch. I wasn’t about to turn around and drive back another hour on an empty stomach! The food was great, the restaurant very gracious. No, the rest of the group wasn’t elsewhere in the restaurant – I was the very first customer to arrive in the entire building, and the manager asked every person who entered if they were there for the luncheon. The only other group booked was a group of seventy-year-old women who played tennis all their lives. They’d met as young marrieds in their thirties, playing together regularly for years, and now, scattered throughout the counties as they are, they meet every few months for lunch. I also met an aristocratic woman who’d been released from jury duty in White Plains early and drove up to Yorktown Heights to treat herself to lunch!

The foliage along the river drive is beautiful, so I enjoyed that. I got a good lunch and a bit of a break, so it wasn’t a total loss, but I won’t be dealing with these people again. I don’t care what the excuses are. The bottom line is that they’re unreliable, discourteous, and not worth my time.

You KNOW how I am about wasted time! Especially when I’ve spent it in heels!

I figured out some more plot stuff for the Cozy Which Must Be Renamed. And yes, I got out my late assignment before I left for lunch, with apologies to my editor, who was very understanding.

Iris and Violet, my two Russian Blues, are more demanding than usual, now that a Russian Blue was named Best in Show at Madison Square Garden last weekend. They watch the news – they keep up!

Shout out to PJ Hoover! Her book THE EMERALD TABLET released yesterday. I look forward to reading it!

I’m participating in the event over on Wild on Books next week – stay tuned.

And, hopefully, in a few more days, I’ll have another fun announcement!

Took the rest of yesterday off, once I returned from the non-lunch. Figured some stuff out, did a little research, did a little reading – all good. I’m glad I’m not the only one who hit the wall this week. Part of it is definitely exhaustion from the conference.

Had a great morning’s work on The Big Project and baked apple muffins for breakfast.

Now, it’s on to a hopefully productive writing day.


The Big Project – 19,069 words out of est. 75,000

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19 / 75

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