Thurs. Nov. 5, 2020: Die For Your Employer Day 169 — Pleasant Weather

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Waning Moon

Neptune, Uranus, Mars Retrograde

Sunny and pleasant

We’ve been promised a stretch of days with unseasonably warm and sunny weather. I intend to spend as much time as I can in the garden, and here’s a post on Gratitude and Growth with a little more about it.

Yesterday was, basically, a lost day. I had a stomach bug, and worked at home for a client, got out a bunch of LOIs to interesting companies, and spent too much time watching election results. We’ll know when all the votes are counted. I want all the votes counted, even if the results make me unhappy. I’m already unhappy because this country has so many millions of racist, misogynistic, selfish morons.

I felt awful all day. By evening, I managed to keep a little food down.

I didn’t even read much. I had trouble concentrating. Although I’m enjoying a book by a new-to-me author set in Seattle. I was miserable the year I lived in Seattle, but I enjoy authors who love the city and integrate that love of it in their books. Obviously, the city has changed a lot since I loved there in 1986, and, from what I read in various outlets, for the better.

Wrote in my head a bit while I was lying down in between bouts of illness. Hopefully, I’ve retained enough of that writing In my head to actually get on a page somewhere.

My plan for the next four days is, yes, to get some work done, but mostly to focus on healing. The stress from the pandemic and the politics and everything else have, literally, made me sick. I need to heal myself from it, and rebuild the coping resources that are so badly depleted.

Some of that will be achieved through writing, because I find writing more healing and useful than anything else.

Some of it will be working in the garden. Since it’s warm and lovely, I plan to savor these last days on the deck. I won’t live here to enjoy it next summer and fall, and I want to enjoy the time remaining. For all the frustration as this area has deteriorated due to greed and selfishness and stupidity, I do love the house and the yard. My little patch has been a joy, and I am grateful for the time I’ve had here.

I’m not counting on anything until all the votes are counted. I know there will be chaos after, no matter what, but I refuse to get my hopes up.

I’m also sickened by the millions of dollars spent on elections. That should be spent on infrastructure, education, health care, and other things. NOT marketing, which is really all a political campaign is – a giant marketing campaign.

Morning meditation with the group at Concord Public Library (via Zoom) was wonderful. I’m so happy I found this group and that I can participate. When they go back to in-person only, I will miss them.

Trying for a more productive day today, but also a healing one.

Peace, friends.

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Wed. Nov. 7, 2018: Post-Election

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
New Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and mild

Hop on over to Ink-Dipped Advice to read about the poorly-organized event I worked with one of my clients last week.

Yesterday was a long damn day. I worked with my client, then worked on getting the 30 Tips for 30 Days book uploaded and out — only the channels aren’t accepting it, even though it’s free. I might just convert it to PDF and keep it perpetually on my own sites. There’s all this demand for free content, and now that I have something I’m willing to offer for free, I’m getting pushback.

It also doesn’t bode well for switching over the Topic Workbooks from their current platform to the new one.

I have some good news — a Boston-based radio company is going to produce my radio drama about Kate Warne in the spring! It seems they’d tried to contact me a few weeks ago, only all the emails showed up in a lump yesterday. I sent them the full script, and we’ll go from there. As soon as I have all the details and am allowed to share them, I will. That was a bright spot yesterday.

Didn’t get much work done on either PREVENTATIVE MEASURES or DAVY JONES DHARMA. Although I did some plotting on PREVENTATIVE MEASURES. There are a few characters who will complicate my two protagonists’ journey to each other.

Most of the day and night was spent worrying about the election. I am disappointed in the results. I think there are some great new faces in the House — and even in the Senate. But how anyone could pick Ted Cruz over Beto O’Rourke shows the level of racism and stupidity there, and, as usual Florida is an embarrassment. And what happened in Georgia is criminal. But NONE of the races, in an enlightened society, should have even been close. It should have been a clean sweep throughout Congress. “Voter suppression” — which needs to be dealt with and prosecuted — isn’t enough of an excuse. The racism is far too ingrained in this country, and that has to change.

It’s about time we had some Native Americans in Congress, and I’m glad they’re women. I’m proud of New York; I’m mostly proud of MA. But it wasn’t enough.

Now that the Dems have the House back, they better take decisive action, instead of continuing to let the Repubs do whatever they want. We will not make progress being civil.

And the Repubs can still cause a lot of damage between now and January.

Frankly, I think the Dems should be quiet until they’re sworn in. Don’t signal the plans. Just state that they plan to take action. Get sworn in, and then move.

The Boston radio station, WBZ, which is supposed to be a CBS affiliate, was so right-wing partisan biased that I turned it off by nine in the morning and didn’t listen again. They’ve been more and more biased since we moved here; at this point, they don’t even pretend to have objective coverage. CBS should cut ties with them.

I’d suggest boycotting the advertisers, but the advertisers are so sleazy to begin with, there’s no one with whom I’d do business.

Didn’t sleep well; am tired and cranky this morning. Have to work with a client, then drop some stuff off at the library. Tomorrow, I will post late, because I have an early morning coffee meeting.

I need to turn my attention to my own work for the rest of the week, take a break from politics, and then get back into the fray.

But it makes the projects I’m developing in Women Write Change more relevant than ever.

So I return to the page.

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Tues. Nov. 6, 2018: A Vital Election Day

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Dark Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Rainy and mild
Election Day

This is the most important election of my lifetime. I’m worried. Worried, worried, worried.

Hop on over to the GDR site. I have the October wrap-up, November To-Do List, and the questions for 2019 up. The approach to the 2019 questions is different, hoping to create a different perspective on it, rather than running the same treadmill every year.

It was a busy weekend.

Had a lot of fun meeting a new colleague for coffee on Friday at Washashore Bakery in Mashpee. It was great to have a real, far-ranging conversation, and I hope we get to do it again.

The weekend’s work on DAVY JONES DHARMA was frustrating. I’m struggling, and I don’t have time to struggle, because I’m on deadline.

I worked on the revision of HEART SNATCHER, as part of the Women Write Change project. I restored the prologue. Fine, plenty of people don’t like prologues. In this case, the prologue works for the book. So I put it back in. Fixed it, but put it back in. Revised the first four chapters. The draft is tightening, which is a good thing. I’d cut a little too much before, and had to put some back, but I fixed and tightened it.

Did some work on the Gambit Colony website materials. As soon as BALTHAZAAR goes into galleys, I have to get the final drafts of those books ready to go to the editor.

The cover ideas we talked through for the Justice by Harpy trilogy are really cool. I’m excited to see the drafts.

Managed to get the outdoor decorations in before the bad weather, but it was Saturday before I got the indoor decorations down, everything packed away, and switched out the curtains. No more spiderweb curtains. We have the heavy winter drapes up in the living room. But, in my office, we hung the vintage 1940 green striped curtains that used to hang in the bedroom in Rye. They look good.

Damn neighbors spent most of the weekend leaf blowing. It was ridiculous on Saturday — it was raining and we had high winds. But heaven forbid the one dumbass at the top of the street not leafblow for at least an hour EVERY DAY. Granted, she does it so she can wander up and down the street spying on everyone.

And Sunday morning, the machines started before 9 AM. They should be banned on Sundays. Completely. And people should only be allowed to leaf blow for 20 minutes once a week.

The Goddess Provisions box arrived, and it’s lovely. It’s such a great treat every month.

Drafting PREVENTATIVE MEASURES, the new novel dealing with gun violence and the opiod crisis, is going well. By Sunday lunchtime, I had 27 pages in longhand.

Read the book for review, and worked on the review, which went out yesterday.

The shooting at the yoga center in Tallahassee was upsetting. Both because it was a yoga studio, and because I lived in Tallahassee my first year of college. I need to somehow weave my response into PREVENTATIVE MEASURES.

Yesterday, worked with a client, did some grocery shopping, and then went to a meditation for peace at my yoga studio, which was their response to the shooting.

Voted early this morning. It’s always a good experience in this neck of the woods. The polling place was packed. I drove several people, and will drive some more from the neighborhood later this afternoon.

I’m invited to a party tonight to watch results. I’ll have to see if I feel like I can bear being around other people, or if I just want to hunker down at home.

Turned down a freelance gig because the way the client wants to work is so counter to the way I work that I’m not the right fit for her business. I can’t be productive or creative within her parameters; there are plenty who will.

Digging into DHARMA for a big push this week. I love the story, so it doesn’t make sense that I’m struggling. By next week, I have to start pushing again on BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, too.

At the same time, I don’t want to lose momentum on HEART SNATCHER or PREVENTATIVE MEASURES.

I just have to dig deeper and get it all done.

But worry about tonight’s results makes everything else pale.

Onward.

Wed. Nov. 7, 2012: Celebrations and Storms

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Nor’easter

I am so RELIEVED by the election’s outcome! I think the country sent a clear message to the GOP: Stop running lunatic extremists. This is especially true when it came to the Congressional races. People want calm, centered, intelligent, reasoned individuals, and when they’re presented with people who act as though anything they happen to make up should be taken as fact, and the big money puppet-masters pulling strings and deploying those who represent the worst and most base instincts of people out as “leaders” — it’s good to see them defeated.

I’m especially thrilled that Elizabeth Warren got in for the MA Senate. She is one of my personal heroines, especially for the help she gave us a few years ago. I think Mazie Hirono in Hawaii is going to be a wonderful Senator. I’m thrilled that Tammy Duckworth beat Joe Walsh, and that Tammy Baldwin won in Wisconsin. We got to keep Bill Keating here in MA, who’s been working his butt off for us, and Joe Kennedy won the seat from which Barney Frank is retiring (although that’s not my district, I’m still happy about it). Nita Lowey, who was my representative when I lived in NY, and with whom I loved working, was also re-elected. I know, personally, that I am comfortable working with everyone directly representing me, and I will continue to let them know my opinions and follow the votes, so that they can represent me.

Yesterday, I couldn’t concentrate. I managed to get some yard work done. I spent far too much time on Twitter. I got a few things done, but nowhere near what I needed to. I got out a few pitches and other things, but, for the most part, I was following election news. I also shot a quick email to the town office to thank the local poll workers, and the Town Clerk was appreciative.

The Twitter feeds were highly entertaining, although one particular millionaire blowhard’s childish hissy fit about the loss showed his lack of class even more than usual (I don’t follow this particular moron, but his rants were well-reported).

I didn’t get to bed until after 2, until after the President’s speech. Violet woke me at 5. I’m stumbling around.

We’re in the middle of another bad storm, and already lost power once today. I was going to run a bunch of errands, but in 60 mph+ winds — I’m not going anywhere!

Putting my head down and going back to work, especially now that there’s something to look forward to!

I also have to start thinking about Thanksgiving — and Christmas!

But, for the moment, it’s back to the page.

Devon

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011


View towards Race Point

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Foggy and mild

Flashing red lights woke me just before 5 AM. An ambulance was in the neighbor’s driveway. I yanked on some sweats and a coat and went over to discover that my elderly neighbor (the amazing gardener) was being taken to the hospital. I changed (good thing quick changes used to be my profession) and drove his wife to the hospital. The fog was so dense, I could barely see the hood of the car, but we got there. She’s going to call me to pick her up when he’s settled (which means I’m actually keeping my phone on today). I hope he gets well soon!

Yesterday was busy, between writing and students and taking leaves to the dump and grocery shopping. I managed to get the front lawn mowed before the lawn mower crapped out on me AGAIN. I have one slender strip between my house and my other neighbor’s house. If I have to, I can get it with the grass shears. Hopefully, the mower will get over itself by today so I can start the back. I have to file with the BBB and the Attorney General’s office. I’ve had nothing but trouble with this piece of crap since I bought it, it’s under warranty, and the company won’t honor the warranty. Not acceptable.

Voted in the local election. Everyone was very nice. Since it’s my first time voting here, there were all kinds of hoops to jump through to “activate” my voting registration, but it was all taken care of, I voted, and there we go. My district didn’t have to vote for any Town Councillors, but I was happy to learn an acquaintance of mine who’s a great guy with a lot of integrity was elected in his district.

Busy day today, too, so I better get to it. Going back to the page first, and then taking it from there.

The lack of participation in the deconstruction class is frustrating, but hey, it’s the last one I’m doing for the organization, so, at this point, it’s about keeping up my end of the deal until the course ends this week, and then moving on. The time and energy can and should be spent on writing, not wasted on people who aren’t willing to hold up their end of the equation. I think I’ve pretty much found the group within that organization who are serious about their work. When you have an opportunity to learn and grow and apply things that are often presented as theories, if you are serious about your work, you do it. If you sit there and go, “Oh, I’m going to look at the information when i get around to it” — no. First of all, you’re not going to “get around to it”; there will always be an excuse. Second, I’m not available past the class completion date, so you don’t get the interaction. Emailing me and expecting me to give you private tutoring outside of the class situation when you’re not willing to pay for it because you couldn’t be bothered to participate during the designated time frame for the class doesn’t wash. I have other things to do. Miss the opportunity and that’s what it is — missed. Since I don’t repeat classes on any given schedule, and even when I teach a class on the same topic as I did before, it’s always slightly different — do it or lose it. To think that signing up for a limited time class means you get free private tutoring indefinitely whenever the whim strikes you is just crap.

I have private students, but we have boundaries that work for both of us.

Anyway, rather than spiraling into frustration, I need to get back to the mat and back to the page. Long day ahead.

Devon

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