Mon. March 26, 2012: Home to Trees and Updates and Facebook

Monday, March 26, 2012
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I am home!

So glad!

First of all, I updated my Workshop page, so it actually has relevant information on upcoming workshops. I’d like you to pay special attention to a one-day online seminar I’m doing, called “Dialogue Dilemmas and Solutions”. If you’re just stepping your toe into dialogue, or you want some fresh perspectives, I hope you’ll join us — it’s a bargain at $20 AND you get an ebook of the lectures after. There’s more information here.

For all the complaining I’ve done about 1and1 over the years, I actually landed a couple of techs this time that gave me the help I needed to sort out kinks. It was much appreciated.

The Hex Breaker site has also been updated — check it out when you get a chance. I’ve put the books on a separate page from the short stories, and I think it’s cleaner.

I even (take a deep breath) put up a Facebook page for Annabel Aidan.

Still not sure how it works — I’m having trouble responding to people’s comments and going back to their pages and finding the “like” button or any button that lets me interact and thank them for stopping by. Obviously, I’ve got some learning to do. I will probably put up a page for the Jain Lazarus Adventures, too, at some point.

Worked on HEX BREAKER press stuff, worked on the short story that needs to be ready to go with the relaunch, dealt with student work, did some reading, did the work I was actually paid to do on the site, worked on the novel(s), worked on the new business plan — it was quite the weekend.

Today, I have to interview someone for an article, talk to an editor about another article, get out three proposals, finish a critique for a private student — oh, and 11 trees and 6 bushes showed up while I was away, so girl’s got some plantin’ to do! 😉

My eyes are really bothering me from all the computer work, but, oh well. This is the last week of Sensory Perceptions, and then I have a week before One Story, Many Voices starts, which is good, because the first week of April is where we set up the revision systems for the year-long intensive, and that’s going to be a damn intense week over there. I also start (as a student) a steampunk workshop on the 2nd.

Billy Root’s blog starts on April 1 — which should be a ton of fun, but also some work. I do love writing in his voice, though, so I think that will be a fun way to spread the work about HEX BREAKER.

I’ve also got a handful of short stories to polish and get out the door this week. Busy, busy!

But it’s a good busy.

I’m so happy to be home. I enjoyed my time in CT, but I missed the house, the cats, the yard. The magenta azalea is in bloom, the witch hazel is almost done (and therefore ready to repot), the lilacs are starting to get leaves and buds. The heather is just gorgeous, and soon it will be pansy time!

Meanwhile, I have 11 trees and 6 bushes that need some dirt . . .


Thurs. March 1: Sunny Disposition on a Rainy Day

The beach down the road (on a better day)

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cold

Did you say “Rabbit, rabbit”? Did you run around your property, banging a pot with a wooden spoon to wake up the earth?

Neither did I! 🙂

Yesterday, I had to keep computer work to a minimum to rest my eyes. I did longhand work instead, and something that started out as a “wouldn’t it be fun if we owned a motel decorated like the wheel of the year with a beautiful garden?” wound up being the outline for a mystery series. And so it goes.

The shifts I feel in the career are taking hold. A friend opened a door, and the person on the other side is interested, so we’re trying to see if we’re a good match. If we are, it will benefit both of us, in both an artistic and a business sense. But it’s early in the dance. All I can do is be absolutely myself, not a projection of what I think is expected. Otherwise, it won’t work.

I have a lot of work to do today, including finishing up some proposals and putting together the information accumulated over the last few weeks for tonight’s meeting. The weather is dreadful, but I’m feeling pretty sunny today (finally).

And the witch hazel bloomed! It’s gorgeous.

Off to yoga.


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Tuesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde

It’s sunny, it’s rainy, it’s sunny, it’s rainy . . .you get the picture.

Yesterday was busy. Worked with the students, got some of my own work done (but not enough, never enough). Drove to Sandwich to pick up the book they had on hold, but it wasn’t the one I actually needed; however, I found a bunch of other ones. Found a Cornish hen for Friday’s celebration. An evening meeting was cancelled, which meant I could relax. Spent some extra time on the yoga mat, instead.

And, of course, I have to spend a certain number of hours in the day trying to convince Iris and Violet to accept Tessa. My little diva brats are being kind of a pain. But, it’s been only about a month, and it usually takes about four months, so I just keep working. Everyone gets lots of individual attention, and I also try to get them in the same space being quiet together, rather than them chasing her or her growling at them. There’s plenty of room for everyone, both physically and emotionally, and I want them all to get along. Tessa’s a lovely little cat — sweet, friendly, smart. I don’t want her to always be afraid they’ll attack her. We’ve made progress, but not as quickly as I would have liked. This is when we really miss Elsa and Felicia, who would have gotten it all sorted out pretty quickly. Felicia was all, “I’m in charge, as as long as you acknowledge that, we’re good. Now, let me teach you all the things you’re not supposed to know.” Elsa was all, “Aren’t you cute? Let me give you a bath.” Considering how quickly the twins were accepted into the household when they were kittens, one would think they could pay it forward. I’d get another kitten to be friends with Tessa, but the lease only allows for three cats.

We’ve figured out the workroom situation, though. Violet sits in my lap when I’m at the computer. That’s her spot. Has been for years. Tessa now hides behind the screen of the laptop, with occasionally an eye or an ear coming into view, which Violet pretends she didn’t see. ‘Cause if she doesn’t see her, she doesn’t have to do anything about it. Iris sits on a nearby worktable. Sometimes Tessa pops over the top of the computer and watches, upside-down, as the words are formed on the screen, which is pretty darned cute. So at least we’re getting to work-room detente.

Last night we worked on all sitting on the living room couch, watching TV together without hissing, spitting, or growling. We managed fifteen minutes, which is the longest we’ve gone yet without chaos.

Tessa, that little monkey, slipped out when I was watering yesterday. She didn’t try to run away; she just wanted to play in the mums. I finally caught her around the side of the house under the rosebushes. Glad she’s micro-chipped, but still — too dangerous for her to be out. I haven’t been able to get her into the harness yet; if I can, I’ll take her on the deck with me, harnessed and leashed.. I took Iris out a few weeks ago — she wasn’t sure she liked it. She was a bit scared, and howled, but she was also interested. Tessa really likes to be out (she was a stray once), but it’s too dangerous here.

Getting some decent work done on THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, which is a relief, although it’s slower than I’d like. Percolating on the Harpy book. Some day it will have a title, and I’ll be so pleased!

Not happy with the latest assignment from Confidential Job #1. It’s over 600 pages, and the first 23 were flat, telling-not-showing narration. But, it’s the job, so it will get done.

I hope to get my hair cut; it’s kind of driving me nuts. And then, I’ve got another long day at the computer.

Thanks for the suggestions re: the eyes. I think 12-14 hours a day staring at the screen, dealing with student work is most of it. There are days when I have to turn around 24K just in one class, and then switch over to the other class and keep going. I may have to up the fruit/vegetable intake to adjust. I’m pretty careful about my sugar intake, but I may be ingesting too much starch, which breaks down to sugar, so I’ll do some adjustments. And maybe do some chamomile compresses a couple of times a day. Or eyebright.

Hair salon, and then back to the page.


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