Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

How ready am I for these retrogrades to be done? VERY!

Part Three of my interview is up at the Creative Heartbeat Collective. Check it out. We’re starting to discuss what it’s like to be backstage, and why I love it so much.

The trip to Maine was quick in terms of days, but not in terms of getting there and getting back. The weather was so bad I had to keep pulling off the road. What should have been a seven hour trip took ten hours to get up there, and eleven hours to get back. Not fun. My grandmother seems better, though, which is a good thing.

We came back to no water – again – and no notice – again – and I pitched a fit. I’m going to have to file more paperwork with the state. This is unacceptable. They can’t randomly shut off the water whenever they feel like it, and they need to start meeting the needs of the tenants who live in the building rather than their fantasy future tenants.

I though I was going to have a writing weekend, but I ended up back on the show, because people were out sick. I dressed the men on Friday and the women on Saturday. It was fun, it was a little hectic – one of my actors ripped his pants during a song and came dashing off in between scenes – we had to wrestle him out of the pants (suspenders and all) and put him into another pair, get him out for the next scene and song, and then he had to come back to be properly put together for the rest of the act. It was funny, nerve-wracking (especially for him) and a typical live-theatre-experience. Fortunately, it was one of the actors with whom I work very closely – he knows what he’s doing and he trusts us backstage. That goes a long way when something goes wrong.

I struggled yesterday to get the writing done. I have samples to write for a big job that need to go out ASAP; I have to finish OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK and get it to my publisher (it should have gone out this morning; it won’t). I have to finish the ghost story, and I’ve got other stuff on the burners. But I’m struggling, because I’m still in show mode instead of in writing mode. And I’ll be in show mode most of today, because I’m going in to do the day work. The new lead has his put-in this afternoon and goes on tonight. It would be nice if things settled down for awhile after today, but I don’t see that happening.

My presence online will be intermittent this week – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I’m doing some work onsite and out of town, so I won’t be able to be online much. But I’ll try. It doesn’t help that the computer is running really, really badly again. And disks are missing from my desk. I got some sample packets out for something else yesterday, but that was work already written, not work I’m being paid to create in hopes of landing a long-range, high-paying gig. I’m having focus problems. Now is when I need to rely on craft. And hope to layer in some art somewhere before I hit “send”.

Have a great week, everyone!

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.


Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hot and sunny

Quick post as I’m rushing for the train.

The first part of the massive interview with me is up on The Creative Heartbeat Collective. Hop on over and take a look. There will be more on Friday, and next Monday and on and on most of the month.

Yesterday, I finally had a GOOD writing day, my first really good one in about a month. What a relief!

I did a lot of work on REAL. It’s in better shape than I remembered, but still needs a lot of work. I managed to get some good work done on several chapters, though. It’s a little scary how much of it I’ve actually lived since I wrote it. I’m going to change a few things, so it won’t cut quite so close to the bone.

Did a little bit of plotting and character work on the thriller. The first ten pages of the piece are strong; I don’t want it to dip.

The understudy with whom I’ve worked closely the past weeks takes over one of the roles tonight – it’s now his for however long he’s still in the show. He’s earned it and I’m delighted for him.

Big Brown won the Haskell yesterday, but he had to work for it. Also, it seemed to me that he was fighting the jockey, that he no longer trusts him after the Belmont. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was retired, and the Haskell was his last race.

Don’t forget to listen to me tonight on The Dragon’s Den – 8 PM Eastern, via internet.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

August 1, 2008 — HEX BREAKER release!

Friday, August 1, 2008
New Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Lammas
Hot!

It’s here!

Today is HEX BREAKER’S official release date.

If you want to buy a copy, go to Firedrakes Weyr publishing. The page you land on from this link has a line near the top that says “Bookstore”. Click that, and you’ll land on the bookstore page, click on “New Releases” in the left hand column, and I’m somewhere on it. I was near the bottom yesterday, but I should be in stock today, so maybe I’ll have moved up!

I’m thrilled, excited, and nervous. I hope it’s a good, strong start to the series.

Of course, the CDs that I need for the party that were supposed to be here on Wednesday have yet to arrive. Isn’t that typical?

I should have something special for all of you pertaining to the series by early next week.

The Creative Heartbeat Collective has the review up for HEX BREAKER. You can check it out here. Phew. Wouldn’t it be awful if they spent all that time with me and then hated the book?

And Michelle Miles was kind enough to invite me for an interview on her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell. It’s a fun one. Check it out.

Now comes the stuff I’m bad at – being out there, trying to be interesting enough so people actually want to read this genre adventure. But it’s part of the gig – the audience can’t find the work if they don’t know about it, right?

Here’s an article we should all read, by Ann Patchett, in THE ATLANTIC, about the Book Tour.

I don’t have to worry about book tours until I have print books rather than digital, although I plan to do as many blog tour stops as possible, but her article hit home.

We did a test run with the dress, the hair the make-up. An acquaintance wanted to design a “look” for the party. Unfortunately, it was Mortiz hair and vampire makeup. (The former reference you’ll only get if you’re familiar with the show SPRING AWAKENING). Now, why would I want to look like I had two black eyes, deathly pale skin, and stuck my hand in a socket? This is supposed to be a celebration. Keep it simple!

Did another round of interviews, and, just when I thought I didn’t have one more word left, found some more to do an interview with Crystal Adkins for her book blog. I’ll let you know when it runs.

Carolyn Bass Burns has a question about one’s five most annoying habits. I have more than five, so I’m not sure if I should participate!

I worked on the articles that are due today; I’ve got to finish the final one, give them all a polish, and get them off by noon.

Of course, they turned the water off again this morning – but at least they warned me. Otherwise, I’ll be stopping at the theatre to shower before the party!

I still feel betwixt and between the theatre and the writing. The whole month of July was an emotional roller coaster for many reasons. I’m hoping to get my focus back on the page in August and that things will quiet down – but up the ante on work coming out!

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.