Fri. Aug. 17, 2018: Tucking In to a Weekend of Inspiration & Writing

Friday, August 17, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny, hot, humid

Here’s hoping I can hang on until Mercury goes direct!

Yesterday, not enough writing done. But I got some LOIs out, updated the websites. I’m trying out the new Fearless Ink logo, and I changed the background color on the site. As my work evolves, so must the site. The concept for the site wasn’t meshing enough with the practicality.

Did some updates on the Devon Ellington site, too. Tweaked the information; added a couple of necessary things. I really like the slideshow of book covers on the Welcome page; I’d like to add additional slideshows to the top of the Delectable Digital Delights Page and the Anthologies Page. Eventually, the Topic Workbooks will have one, too.

We’re working on a new look for the Topic Workbooks. So far, the consensus is that the old covers work better! So I guess we’ll keep working.

Saw a couple of roughs for the cover of what will be the new book in the first of what used to be the Power of Words series. I really like it. It’s very different from anything I’ve seen out there. It gives information on the cover without over-extending titles and gives an idea of what the series is about. We’re going to start building the website offline, so it can go live when we’re done.

About twenty research books arrived at the library — some I’d ordered quite awhile ago. Most of them already go back today.

Did some good work on something I had to research for RELICS. I think feeling insecure about some of the research is what’s tripping me up and making me second guess. Also, the massive overdose in New Haven, CT is supporting what I’m dealing with in the book.

A new character walked into DAVY JONES DHARMA and is going to give Sophie a hard time — in more than one book, it looks like!

Writing this morning. Then, I have to do a few things at the library, and then it’s off to the Cahoon Museum to see their exhibits.

Tessa and Lucy are doing really well. They’re adjusting to each other. Tessa’s mood has improved enormously since Lucy joined the household. Lucy came from a difficult situation, so she’s cautious, but she’s starting to feel safer and more confident.

I plan to dig in this weekend. It’s all about writing and working on the house.

Back to the page, and then off to get some inspiration!

Have a great weekend!

 

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Thurs. Aug. 16, 2018: Trying to Get My Creative Will Back

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny, hot, humid

Tired. Can’t seem to get my energy back.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Ink-Dipped Advice yesterday, about charging for multiple skills, hop on over to it here.

Yesterday was up and down at the client’s. Conflicting agendas and some inflexibility. Deciding something SHOULD be a certain way and not working with what IS does not serve to do anything but add unnecessary stress. Change what you can; make a decision about the rest.

I’m second-guessing myself on RELICS & REQUIEM, and the way I’ve set up the two interconnecting plots. I have to decide how far and how much destruction I want to cause with one of them; for the drama of it, it needs to be intense. I just have to make sure it also makes sense on a logical level.

I’m getting back into the groove with DAVY JONES DHARMA. I love Sophie’s voice, and am having fun with it.

BALTHAZAAR TREASURE is reshaping nicely. It’s nice to have the cover designs for them, too. I think we might have to do one more tweak on DHARMA.

My newsletter subscribers will get a sneak peak at all three covers in the September newsletter. If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up here.

We’re designing new covers for The Topic Workbooks, which will be good. And I’ve been working on a new Fearless Ink logo, which I think I like. I may do some tweaking on the site. As my work evolves, so must the sites that represent me!

Tessa and Lucy are doing very well. They haven’t been together even a week. Instead of sitting across the room and staring at each other until they fall asleep, now they do it about two or three feet from each other. They adjust to each other, are aware of each other, but are not aggressive. It’s pretty cute.

Yoga today, and then writing and working on things around the house. I need to fix a few things, clean a few things, get back to the purge.

I plan to have a strong writing weekend, and also cleaning weekend.

Tomorrow, I hope to get to make a museum trip.

Back to the page.

Wed. Aug. 15, 2018: Getting My Creative Feet Back Under Me

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde

They told us showers Monday night. We had a monsoon. The yard needed it, but still. Glad I didn’t have to be out in it.

Client work yesterday and today. Getting back into the rhythm so that I can buckle down and really push on RELICS. Getting back into the groove for DHARMA.

Got a stack of LOIs out. Have some more to work on this weekend. Working on articles for Ink-Dipped Advice and Biblio Paradise (the Lucy Burdette piece stays up another week at the top of the feed — I’m posting a new piece next Tuesday). Check out the new piece on Ink-Dipped Advice today, though, about being paid appropriately for multiple skills.

I need to get back into the pattern of pitching articles. That’s really fallen by the wayside this year, and it can’t. I like the work, and I want to keep doing it. Don’t get me wrong, I get plenty of requests to post articles on money-generating websites — but they don’t want to pay, so no thanks. This is my business, not my hobby. An occasional post swap with another author whose work I like and respect is one thing, and yes. The demand that I work for free while the site owner earns money off my piece? No.

Lots of positive feedback on Monday’s article about self-respect. I’m glad it helped. I’m done with non-reciprocal respect. I will almost always meet a new-to-me individual on the base foundation of respect. However, if that person proves unworthy of that respect — which includes showing me the same respect from the get-go — excommunicated from my universe. Done. I will not be a doormat or otherwise badly treated because that individual demands “civility” without behaving with it.

The mid-month check in is up on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions site. I’m behind on just about everything, and the rest of the month is about catching up.

Savasana/Sukasana/Reiki was great last night, as usual. I will be sad when the class ends.

Back to the page.

Thurs. Aug. 9, 2018: Trying to Regain Equilibrium

Thursday, August 09, 2018
Day Before Dark Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy, hot, humid

It’s been a tough week. But I’m slowly trying to regain equilibrium. Client work has been busy; I’ve managed to focus and get what needs to be done DONE, but not much beyond that.

The writing has not been going well, but I’m starting to feel like I can get back to that. I’m grateful to my editor for allowing me the room to grieve, and then guide me back on track. I’m lucky in my book editor; she gets me, doesn’t let me get away with anything, but also knows when to cut me slack so that I can do better work.

On the other hand, another editor, whose deadline isn’t immediate, has been haranguing me “is it done yet? If you have it early, I’ll take it.” Hon, if you wanted it two weeks early, THAT’s the date you should have contracted. No, you are not “following up” or “checking in.” You’re nagging, and that pisses me off. Yes, I’d planned to have it ready on Monday (well ahead of deadline). But, due to the deaths last week, it didn’t happen. I’m still on track, but you’re getting it on the agreed-upon deadline, not before.

I HATE it when editors nag. I’m going to start putting an anti-nagging clauses in my contracts.

Sukasana/savasana/reiki on Tuesday was a big help. And gave me some good ideas to apply to DAVY JONES DHARMA.

I was up most of the night with insomnia, but not enough to actually get up and DO anything. I worked out plot points for RELICS that have been bugging me (I’m so far away from the outline at this point it’s ridiculous), and worked out a few elements I hadn’t figured out for GRAVE REACH.

It’s supposed to storm badly today. I have dinner in the crockpot (hopefully the power won’t go out).

Tomorrow, I am not blogging, because I’m going off-Cape to pick up our new kitty. Fingers crossed it all works out.

I can finally say, “Back to the page.” Writing is the best way to start feeling like myself again.

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Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018: The Exhaustive Stage of Grief

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny, hot, humid

Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise to read about Lucy Burdette’s newest Key West Food Critic Mystery, Death on the Menu.

It’s been a rough few days. I keep expecting Iris to hop up on whatever I’m working on and made one of her feline demands; I keep coming across cool things to do and thinking, “Pam would enjoy this.”

None of that is possible anymore. It’s tough.

Friday was terribly hard. I was exhausted, I was sad. I tried to nap in the afternoon, and couldn’t.

On the positive side, the Heart Chakra box from Goddess Provisions arrived early – just when I needed it. It was a welcome treat.

I managed to pull myself together to attend a dinner party given by my friend and colleague, author Arlene Kay, for our mutual friend and colleague, Carole Buggé, whose sold 50,000 copies of her newest release, Edinburgh Twilight.

It was a lovely evening. I got to see people I hadn’t seen in a long time, and meet some new ones. The house was lovely, the food was spectacular, the conversation lively. It was a delightful evening.

Saturday, some friends from Connecticut stopped by on their way to Nantucket; they’ll be there for three weeks, so I might get the chance to visit with them there again.

But I was worn out and that was all I could do. It’s the stage of grief where everything is exhausting. You’re trying to function as needed, you’re working not to make it all about your grief for everyone else, and it’s exhausting. I feel like I’m plodding. All I want to do is sleep, but when I lie down, I can’t.

I read a lot, I played with Tessa (who is very upset), I tried to stay cool. I’d been in conversations to adopt another cat before Iris’s death, and it looks like we’ll get to pick her up this coming Friday. She’s only a year younger than Tessa, and supposed to be friendly, and a tortie, so I hope they will become good friends in time.

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, I’m with a client. I’m trying to put one foot in front of the other and get done what I have to. I’ve cancelled out of several things to just give myself time to grieve in peace.

My yoga and meditation practices are a big help.

I haven’t written much on RELICS the past few days, or DHARMA, with the deadlines looming. I managed to write about thirty pages of an idea I’m playing with – I needed something different to work on, without pressure. I’ll get back into the harness with RELICS later this week. It means a deadline extension, but I’m lucky that I’ve earned one.

Onward.

 

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018: Loss

Friday, August 3, 2018
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny, cloudy, hot, humid

The last 24 hours have been rough.

My lovely, vibrant, dynamic friend Pamela Wills passed away, after a battle with cancer. I met her at the Artist HobNob Group she started. I was frustrated by the lack of support for artists in the area. There’s a lot of talk about the importance of the arts, but no one wants to pay for talent, unless it’s a visiting artist in for an event. Heaven forbid you want to be a WORKING artist in this area, and get paid for your actual profession in the arts; Pam started a group determined to change the way they were valued, and, more importantly, to teach them to value themselves. Everyone who attended was welcomed and valued for WHO THEY WERE, and their dreams encouraged, along with practical advice on how to get there.

I didn’t know her as long as many others in the area who are also grieving, but she had a strong, positive impact on my life, along with many others.

I believed that she could and would beat the cancer. Out of everyone I know, she is the one I would have bet to win, and then use her experience as a survivor to improve the world even more than she already did.

Her daughter starts college in autumn; it’s a tough time for her, and for the whole family. There’s a whole community of people ready to help, to love, and support. That doesn’t lessen the loss, but hopefully it will help the healing.

I’ve been playing with an idea she inspired (which will, if it works, be dedicated to her). Although I’m setting it near Culzean Castle, in Scotland, her inspiration is the lynchpin.

The world is a dimmer place without her love, her laugh, her wisdom, her chutzpah, her inspiration.

As I digested that news, I also did whatever I could for Iris, who weakened hour by hour. She slipped away peacefully a little before two a.m. this morning. I took her remains to the 24-hour vet in Dennis for cremation. I had the radio on to keep me company — Prince on the way there. As I drove out of the parking lot, after making arrangements, “Dust in the Wind” came on, and then a bunch of old favorites from the 1980s.

Iris was one of the twins, Iris & Violet, that I adopted right before MISS SAIGON closed. They were born under a friend’s porch, and only a month old, two little gray fluffballs, when I adopted them. I hand-raised them. I was lucky enough to have Violet for 15 years and Iris for 18 years. Once Violet died, Iris never purred again. They had never been separated for even a day until Violet died.

So I was up most of the night. I’m supposed to be in and out of a conference this weekend, and at an alumni event tomorrow. I’m cutting back my time. I’m going to a dinner party tonight given by one friend for a visiting friend; I’m pretty sure I can put on the Broadway and be a good guest. It will be good to be around fellow creatives, and the evening isn’t about me, and I have no intention of making it so.

I have cancelled out of tomorrow — I couldn’t face mixing with a lot of people I don’t know, even with NYU in common. We do have friends stopping over early in the morning on their way to Nantucket; I’m putting on a spread for them.

Which means a lot of house cleaning today, which we had to do anyway – washing bedding, putting away Iris’s things. I was already in negotiation to adopt a friend for Tessa; I should be able to pick her up next week.

Tessa, my younger black cat, is very upset. She keeps looking for Iris; she follows us around; whenever one of us leaves the house, she gets anxious.

I’ve given myself the day off writing today. If I feel like I can concentrate, I will try to get some work done, but I won’t beat myself up if I don’t.

I did a nice chunk of work on RELICS & REQUIEM yesterday (not enough, but close), and even started getting back into DAVY JONES DHARMA.

I have an article to finish to post for next Tuesday, and I want to finish writing the foreword for my friend’s book and get it out earlier rather than later.

And spend a lot of time playing with Tessa.

I have candles burning for Pam and for Iris. I will give myself the room to feel sad.

But I am so grateful that both Pam and Iris were a part of my life. The joys make up for the loss. Or, rather, they will, when time allows the joyful memories to overpower the sadness.

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Tues. July 31, 2018: Busy and Behind

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde

I had a rough time of it these past few days, and I’m way behind where I need to be on a bunch of things.

The writing did not go well at all on RELICS & REQUIEM. I couldn’t get a pivotal scene right. I couldn’t put in a place holder, because what happens in that scene affects every other scene in the book. Besides, I don’t like writing piecemeal. It doesn’t work for me, except in a few unique instances. Each scene builds on the next. I’ve fought my way through it for now, and am frantically trying to get back on track; I just hope that I can.

Which means I also got behind on DHARMA. And I tried to work on POWER OF WORDS, but the amount of information I have to juggle in order to write the scenes properly — well, I got about 7 pages done, that’s all.

It was hot and uncomfortable, which didn’t help.

I managed to get a review up and out, and work on the longer article on that same topic that goes up next week. I’m behind where I want to be on the calendar articles.

At least we’re ahead on some of the book covers — now I have to make sure the books live up to their covers! 😉

Busy couple of days with a client today, since there’s a big event coming up.

One friend is still in hospice. I heard back from another friend, with whom I’d been out of touch for awhile — his wife died a couple of months ago. It’s a period of loss right now. Sunday was the 46th anniversary of my dad’s death.

Even though it’s hot and humid, it smells like autumn, especially early in the morning and late at night. Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, first harvest. An important day on my personal calendar.

So I will be back blogging on Thursday.

Hopefully, I will have undone this muddle by then.

My wrap-up is over on the GDR site, and I have a post up on A Biblio Paradise, too!

Onward.

 

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Thurs. July 26, 2018: And Mercury Goes Retrograde, Too!

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Day Before Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy, hot, humid

I’m tired of everything being perpetually warm and damp.

Mercury goes retrograde today, with all these other retrogrades, and right before a full moon with the longest lunar eclipse of the century.

Yesterday was not a productive day on RELICS, and I’ll have to make it up this weekend. I have a deadline looming (although my editor let me push it back a few days). But this new deadline still must be met. I have Amanda and Phineas’s first real love/sex scene to write, and it’s tricky. I haven’t been in the right headspace to write it, and I can’t just skip it, move on and go back, because how it plays out influences the rest of the book. I know the focus and drive of it and what happens after, but the nuances I’ll discover when actually writing the scene will make a big difference.

Review out, a few blog posts ahead on some other blogs. Worked with a client on a batch of blog posts. The new hire at that client’s place is working well, so far. We’re finding lots of mistakes from the person that left. I also got a raise at this gig, without having to be the one to say, “I’m raising my rate.” Which is nice.

Got some work done restructuring THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, so I have an idea of what I have, how much, what needs to be tweaked since I split out the material that grew into MYTH & INTERPRETATION. Behind on where I want/need to be for DAVY JONES DHARMA, which will also have to get caught up this weekend.

The consensus on the DAVY JONES DHARMA cover was that it was too cutesy. Since the Nautical Namaste mysteries intentionally break some of the cozy formula rules, the covers can’t be entirely cozy, although they are more light-hearted than the ones for the other series. My cover designer showed me two other options. My editor, publisher, and I all liked the same one best, and I admit — they were right, I was wrong. The new one fits the tone of the book and the theme of the series better. We’re still debating whether or not to have the figure seated in lotus position, as we did on SAVASANA, to keep it consistent. But it looks wrong, so we might go without.

Also saw a rough of the cover for THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, which I love, love, love!!!! Completely different direction than I expected, and much better.

And the cover for RELICS & REQUIEM is beautiful. We also have a rough of the fourth boo in the Coventina Circle series, GRAVE REACH, which is lovely. The image was originally one of those proposed for MYTH & INTERPRETATION. It wasn’t right for that book, but was compelling and fit more in the style of the Coventina Circle books.

So all of those covers are done ahead of time and are in good shape. I’ll be working with my other cover designer on the covers for the re-release of the Jain Lazarus Adventures for next spring, and the next set of covers we need to worry about are those for what used to be POWER OF WORDS, but is now going to be called something else, and get its own logo and subdomain and website and all the rest, so it’s a lot.

I have a few things to do this morning and the library, and then it’s back home to write, write, write!

 

Wed. July 25, 2018: Prepping for the Onslaught

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Mercury goes Retrograde TOMORROW

Batten down the hatches, we’re about to be in for a bumpy ride.

Click on over to Ink-Dipped Advice. I’ve got some suggestions for dealing with “tired brain.” And it’s not about sleeping.

I overslept yesterday, which put me behind as I worked on RELICS and tried to pull the radio proposal together.

I was pleased by the positive response to The Idea Vat over on Biblio Paradise. I’m so glad people found it helpful. It helps me let go of the irritation at the author who flaked out on the slot.

Worked on the review I’m writing; I’m doing some short reviews for the review sites, per instructions, and a longer piece will be up on A Biblio Paradise next Tuesday for her release day.

I don’t have much of value to say, and I want to stay relatively quiet over this difficult retrograde period. Five icky retrogrades.

Busy day with a client yesterday.

Happy with the way RELICS is going; just wish I could do more each day. It has its own rhythm, and once I’ve hit it, that’s it for the day. If I push too hard, I have to throw out the words the next day. But then, each book has its own personality. I’ll still make the deadline.

There’s some less-than-stellar response to the potential DAVY JONES DHARMA cover. I thought it was really cute in the right way; the general response seems that it’s veering too much into the cute. So, we’ll look at a few other things.

The RELICS cover will be revealed in September, just after Labor Day.

Digging into BALTHAZAAR TREASURE a bit, too, and I have to get focused on CRAVE THE HUNT again. In a couple of weeks, we’ll look at the manuscripts of HEX BREAKER and OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK to see what needs to be tweaked, and I’ll need to find the rhythm for HUNT again (not to mention my notes). Because March isn’t that far away. And we’re trying to wrangle the newly re-shaped POWER OF WORDS into possibility, so we can announce the new series title, the new book titles, and get working on the websites and covers.

Never a dull moment, which is a good thing.

 

Tues. July 24, 2018: Brace For A Challenging Week

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde

Mercury is about to go retrograde (on Thursday), and then there’s a full moon on Friday. With all these other retrogrades. I’d really like to stay home, in bed, until it’s over! Unfortunately, that’s not an option.

Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise to see the post on the Idea Vat.

Spent the weekend doing what yard work I could before the storm, writing, doing laundry and household chores, and working on purging boxes from the basement.

The writing, of course, has priority, as it always does. Steady work on RELICS & REQUIEM, although not as fast as I’d like. Slower, but also steady work on DAVY JONES DHARMA. Some organizational work for THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE.
Work on the book I’m reviewing. Work on the Foreword. Notes on a couple of other things. Work on the other radio proposal, which went out yesterday.

Yesterday was stressful at my client’s site. Last day for one of the other people there, and more to learn so I can cover on my days there until they hire someone new. Which, fortunately, they did –and she’s lovely – and she starts today.

I had an excellent session on RELICS & REQUEIM yesterday, and I hope to keep up the momentum. It’s veered far from the Writer’s Rough outline, but it’s being itself in a lovely way. It’s a much leaner book than SPIRIT REPOSITORY, and very much true to Amanda and Phineas.

A little tired, a little sad, and bracing myself for a challenging week.

Onward.

Fri. July 20, 2018: We’re All Busy

Friday, July 20, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and cool

It smells like autumn this morning.

Decent day’s work yesterday. Good client meetings and good potential client contacts. Some follow-up today and we’ll see where it goes from there. Put together a big packet of information for a request, and that went out this morning.

Not enough of my own writing done, but then, it rarely feels like it is.

I got a peek at a rough for the cover of DAVY JONES DHARMA, and it’s really cute, in the right way. We’ll have our final consult on the cover of RELICS & REQUIEM soon. I like what I’ve seen so far.

Our bunnies are having the best time in the yard. The local wildlife feels safe here, because we don’t use chemicals of threaten them.

Started weed whacking the meadow. It’s slow going. But every bit that’s done is more than was done before.

I’m re-reading EVERYBODY WAS SO YOUNG, about Gerald and Sara Murphy. I own a copy, but I don’t know where mine is, so I got it out of the library. It’s well done, although the tense shifts are annoying sometimes.

I’m writing the piece for the book I’m reviewing, so I can post it next week and put up the long version on A Biblio Paradise on August 7, her release day. Of course, this coming Tuesday’s guest flaked out on her commitment, so I have to scramble to replace her. This is NOT OKAY. I cut the rant I wrote here, because, well, not worth the energy.

This weekend must be about writing, yard work, and cleaning out the basement. A lot needs to get done.

Fortunately, I had a GREAT morning on RELICS, getting a whole chapter done, and I hope to have an equally productive morning on DHARMA.

Back to the page.

 

Thurs. July 19, 2018: And It’s Always A-Changing

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Never a dull moment, that’s for sure.

Woke up this morning to find the birdbath knocked over in the backyard. I’d heard a young coyote pup crying in the night — I bet he stood up to take a drink and it fell on him, poor thing.

Hop on over to Ink-Dipped Advice, where I list some suggestions for working while going through the grief process.

Got a nice chunk done on RELICS on Tuesday, but Wednesday seems to be my non-writing-on-deadlined fiction day. I had a couple of errands in the morning, before heading out to a client. Had another decent session on it this morning.

The person who caused the problems on site with the client lately quit for another job. So that will be interesting. I’ve been asked if, during the days I’m on site with this client, I will handle some of the duties until a replacement is hired. That’s fine. As long as it’s temporary. I’m ahead of everything that needed to be done for the next few weeks; someone will probably be hired soon — ads are already up, resumes coming in.

Figured out the basic shape of the comic radio play; hope to get some work done on it in the next couple of days, so the proposal can go out. I have to come up with a catchy title. At first, the idea was too convoluted, but I pared it down.

Plenty of client meetings stacked up today, and I hope I can fit in a yoga class. Also, have to get work done on RELICS & on DAVY JONES, write a review, and get to work on the foreword. Plus keep working on almanac articles.

Like I said, never a dull moment, which is a good thing.

I’ll post late tomorrow, close to afternoon my time, because I have errands to run in the morning, and I have to run them before the tourons clog up the roads.

Back to the page.

 

Wed. July 18, 2018: Working Situations

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Mars Retrograde


MYTH & INTERPRETATION
released yesterday, digitally. It will be out on Amazon in a few days. If you didn’t see the piece about it on A Biblio Paradise, I hope you will hop over and take a look. It’s a Gwen Finnegan between-the-books novella, and I’m happy with it. And, it’s only $1.99.

RELICS is humming along, although not as quickly as I’d like. But steady progress beats no progress. I’m behind where I want/need to be on it, which means I’m even further behind where I want/need to be on DAVY JONES DHARMA.

I talk about grief and work over on Ink-Dipped Advice today. Click over and take a peek. Add anything you feel I missed.

I found a way to explore this particular type of grief that I feel about my friend’s terminal illness in the book I’m outlining that’s set at Culzean Castle. Originally, the protagonist was trying to recover from the death of her long time partner, but a new character, also recently deceased, came into the mix — a long time friend. This way, I can contrast how the different losses impact the character. The way the book is taking on a life of its own is kind of beautiful.

Finished reading an advance copy of a colleague’s book and loved it. Will write about it soon.

Client work on-site was fine on Monday, and a little more difficult on Tuesday. The person who caused an issue between my client and me last week caused a problem between the client and another employee. And then, of course, pretends innocence. Okay, I get it now. THAT’s who and what she is. Done. I have no doubt it will be even more stressful today. Had another client appointment on Monday afternoon, but got home at a reasonable hour. It was too hot to do yard work or much of anything else, so I finished the book I have to review instead. That way, I didn’t have to feel guilty about not getting any work done!

The Quisling Narcisstic Sociopath’s behavior in Helsinki on Monday was appalling. Any doubt that he’s a traitor and fully owned by Russia is gone. The fact that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan enable him — and therefore are equally treasonous — is even more appalling. Russia has succeeded in dismantling our democracy. Ryan and McConnell must be held accountable for their responsibility in this. They don’t get to walk away giggling and smirking and cashing huge checks. The GOP is no longer an American party — it is filled with agents of a foreign government hostile to the US. It is disgusting. The Democrats’ lack of fight is equally infuriating.

Thank goodness for the Tuesday night group meeting for savasana/sukasana/reiki. It helps to get calm and centered. Because only from a place of groundedness, not denying the rage, but using it, can we come up with solutions.

I have a proposal and a few sample pages to write for a radio comedy, and I’m really not in the mood. But too bad for me. The work still has to get done.

Onward.

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