Mon. June 12, 2017: Rev Up for a Creative Week

Monday, June 12, 2017
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and warm

It took me awhile on Friday, to recover from the disappointment of the meeting. I spent the weekend composing my letter withdrawing from consideration. The more I worked on it, the angrier I got. I haven’t worked my way into a strong union, as a labor negotiator, and an advocate for fair pay for work to be told I wouldn’t be paid for hours worked, but only on the whim of the people with whom I dealt. That’s not a job; it’s a scam. I don’t care how they try to wrap it in legitimacy. It was my understanding, as of last December, it was also illegal.

On the upside, the finished, polished article I submitted, was accepted and paid within two hours.

I read a thriller which was, unfortunately, not thrilling. I was 20 chapters ahead of the protagonists by Chapter three.

Saturday was a combination of house-keeping: changing the beds, mowing the meadow, doing laundry, et al — and writing.

I wrote 20 more script pages, and a short story which will go out either today or tomorrow, depending on how much polishing it needs. I also did some outlining on a new script idea — I have a great group of characters, but I haven’t settled on a solid plot/story for them yet.

Tapwrit won the Belmont Stakes, with Irish War Cry second. They were a boxed exacta for me, so good for me. Too bad I didn’t get a chance to bet on the race. I didn’t realize until I moved here how important OTB was to my life — and my income.

Sunday, I gave myself off from writing. I worked on the next book I have to review, and I read some research books that will cover several projects.

I also obtained an exercise bicycle, off of Craigslist. It’s wonderful, and MCA Sport, with a timer and everything. It’s my mom’s favorite form of exercise, but we’re both going to do a session every morning and every night. I’ve lost some weight the last few weeks, but I’m still out of shape, even with a daily yoga practice. I hope adding in the cycling will help.

It was nice enough to eat lunch on the deck all weekend, and also take some of my work out there and work outside, in the nice weather.

Congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the Stanley Cup! Second year in a row. Good for them!

And the Tony Awards were last night. Always a great night for the theatre. The producers and the network regard is as one big commercial to draw in ticket sales, but to the rest of us in the business, it’s far more than that.

Upped my meditation practice, too, adding in a night meditation session. I can already feel the difference, after just a few days. So, I will continue.

This morning, I’m drafting some pitches to go out later in the day, paying some bills, working on a couple more articles. I already mowed the lawn.

I hope I can get the “have-tos” done in a reasonable amount of time and switch back to the more creative “want-tos.”

Hope your week’s off to a great start!

Thurs. June 16, 2016: Opportunity Knocked. I Said Yes

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and humid

Long, difficult day yesterday. There are decisions being made beyond the control of those who should be making them that affect us negatively.

But we survived.

Two pieces of disappointing news yesterday, which discouraged me. One could easily be shrugged off; the other, not so much. The second had to do with nepotism and favoritism, not talent, but there are also consequences, especially since my motto this cycle is “reciprocity.” Once I reminded myself of that, I cheered up.

I have my tickets for next weekend, for the flower show in Newport. That should be fun.

I’m also judging another Indie book contest, invited by one of my former book review editors. Just got my first manuscript, and will turn it around over the weekend.

A terrific opportunity landed on my desk yesterday, for a pair of short radio plays. The genre is WAAY out of my comfort zone – horror. I write dark sometimes, but I don’t write horror. I don’t get the cathartic jolt out of horror that so many do, and I often avoid it – in reading, on screen. I mean, we’re living our own horror show with Donald Trump right now, what could be worse than that? No, I’m not kidding. I don’t have anything I can use – it would have to be new. At first, I thought I was out of my mind to even contemplate adding anything else to the roster, considering the deadline pressure I’m under with CHARISMA KILLINGS, “Just a Drop”, and INITIATE. But this opportunity is delicious.

At first, I thought, “no, can’t add any more in.” Then, an actor acquaintance I met over social media starting encouraging me. I’d think he was being selfish, but he’s far more well known than I am and certainly doesn’t need to be in one of my pieces (although I’d love it if he was).

Suddenly, I got an idea for a pair of companion pieces, each short, each so far out there it made me queasy even to outline them. But then, thinking about how I could make them work technically – well, let’s just say that I’ve gotten both of them roughed out in my head, and it shouldn’t take too long to put them on paper.

I would be a fool to blow this chance.  When a genuine opportunity comes along in one’s field, you don’t make excuses not to do it.  You step up and deliver.

Tired last night, and went to bed far, far too early. Nearly overslept. But I managed to pay some bills and do a run to Trader Joe’s.

We have a program this morning, a meeting this afternoon, and I’m attending an awards dinner for a friend.

Meanwhile, the plays live and grow in my head. . .The actors are going to have a ball with them.

Devon

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Friday, September 4, 2009

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Maine — don’t I wish I was there this weekend!

Friday, September 4, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and beautiful

Well, yesterday was kind of a bust, and I don’t even have any photos to show for it!

We’d heard about a great British grocery store up in the wilds of CT, so we went in search of it. The rise up 684 wasn’t bad, but I-84 was hateful — full of trucks who kept trying to crawl up my tailpipe, even though I was driving above the speed limit. And one of them was transporting a BARN — shouldn’t you be driving more cautiously instead of less cautiously when you’re carrying something that big?

The directions were awful, the store wasn’t well-marked, and when we got there it was a disappointment — small selection and stuff you could get anywhere — even in some of the grocery stores around here — but at three times the price.

We did find a lovely restaurant on the way back for an enormous lunch. A few things were just slightly off in design and presentation — stuff like Italian painting and tiling, but Asian-style chairs. But the food was outstanding. I don’t think I’d go back that way, but it was a nice respite.

Did the recon/information gathering for my friend. It was definitely a challenge, but it got done; report out; he’s pleased. I wish I could go into detail, but I can’t. Suffice to say, it was an adventure.

I’m off to get my hair cut, pick up my currency, and try a few more Staples to see if I can get my stuff.

The latest Apple problem seems to be that the power cord isn’t actually getting any power to the computer. I’ve only used it plugged in for the past two days, yet the light is red instead of green. I can’t go into a long prep weekend and not have any power. I’ll try a different plug, but this better not be “here we go again.”

Have a great holiday weekend!

Devon

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