Wed. March 27, 2019: Gearing Up for the Right Kind of Busy

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Waning Moon
Mercury Retrograde

No post today on Ink-Dipped Advice.

I had the worst headache on Monday. Meditation helped, but it kept threatening on Tuesday.

I heard from the production in Florida that the night went well and the audience loved the play. They said there was “one big acting gaffe” that they’d fix in post-production before they uploaded the audio file. I’m not sure what that means, but I have to trust them to do their thing.

Production-wise, my attention is now focused on the piece that runs in Boston the first two weekends in April.

Worked on books for review Monday night and Tuesday. Did a little writing Tuesday morning and some editing.

A potential client wanted to have a phone conversation yesterday or today, but the only available times where when I was onsite, and I felt that was inappropriate, so I requested to set it, at their convenience, Thursday or Friday. She was happy to do so. I’m looking forward to it, tomorrow morning, but it means tomorrow’s post will go up late!

Got the proofs from my editor from the almanac articles. She’s asked for a couple of tweaks. No problem. I’ll work on them in the next few days, and turn them around.

Client work onsite yesterday, and then other writing and review work, to try to keep on top of deadlines.

Tired. Client work today. Then, if the weather still holds, maybe some yard work. It might get as high as 70 degrees this weekend, which means definite yard work.

But for now, it’s back to the page. And waiting to hear what’s going on between the WGA-ATA conflict.


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Waning Moon
Cloudy and warm

Got up at 5:30 and ran. Wednesday mornings are always the most crowded, for some reason. Did my double circuit, wish I was progressing more quickly, but I guess I just have to be patient.

Most of yesterday was caught up in receipts and dealing with tax prep. I kept all my receipts faithfully, but didn’t organize them once a week, like I usually do, so it’s a bit of a muddle. I’ve been better about it this year, that’s for sure. It’s complicated, because last year was a transition year between dual careers on Broadway and writing, and writing full-time, so it’s a little complicated. And this is the first year I’m doing the quarterly SE taxes, so it’s a great big mess. I spent about seven hours working on it yesterday. I’m helping my mom with her taxes today, and then I’ll probably spend most of the weekend working on mine again. Not only can I not afford paying someone to do it, the last time I had an “expert” do my taxes, it was all wrong and it took nearly 10 years to sort things out with the IRS.

I lit candles in memory and in hope for those miners in both China and West Virginia.

There’s something awfully satisfying about having my first 1000 words of the day done by 7:30 in the morning. The first writing session was on the urban fantasy, and I finished chapter one. I’m trying to decide whether to keep going, or switch projects to the novella, which needs some attention.

Opening night for FEMME FATALE went well, from what I hear. Totally sold out, and the audience didn’t figure out the murderer! That’s the way I like it. I look forward to seeing it after they settle into the roles a bit. (Yes, this is the company that doesn’t comp me).

Later this morning, I head off to Long Island for acupuncture. I need it!

If you haven’t made it over to A BIBLIO PARADISE for Gen Bailey’s release, go today and drop a comment, okay?

Back to the page. I also need to get some more pitches out this week. I didn’t get enough out while I was teaching.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Waning Moon
Rainy and warm

First of all, hop over and leave a comment on my sister site, A BIBLIO PARADISE, where we’re celebrating Gen Bailey’s release of her new Native American Historical Romance, SENECA SURRENDER. Her work is quite unique.

A teaching colleague said that, when the money doesn’t match the work, she only puts in the amount of work she feels is proportionate to the amount she’s paid, and not one minute more. Yes, that’s smart from a business perspective, but the workshops I’ve developed are very specific and intense. Giving less than 100% doesn’t do anyone any good. And, like I said, I had no intention of punishing the students because I jumped in at the last minute without doing my due diligence.

Wound up the workshop yesterday. Got out the assignment for Confidential Job #1, got the BIBLIO PARADISE spot finalized, and even managed to fit in a walk on the boardwalk in the sun. A pair of swans has settled in that area of the beach — I’m worried about their safety once the beach opens to the public.

FEMME FATALE, my play, opens today. Fingers crossed that it goes well, and the run is successful.

Had two good writing sessions so far this morning on the urban fantasy. The rough outline notes I scrawled are helpful, but it’s already taking its own shape, which is a good thing. I hope to get in one more writing session on it today, and a session on the novella, in and around working on my taxes. I usually prefer to write in long stretches. Several writers I know set a timer for ten minutes or thirty minutes or whatever. That doesn’t work for me. It makes me angry and resentful. Although, if those were the only minutes in the day I had to write, I’d make it work. But I like writing in long stretches. However, I find that 1500-2000 words at a stretch is usually solid, and then I need to take a break for a bit and come back with fresh eyes. Otherwise, the writing gets tired.

Technically, this is a day off. I wanted to go out and play — we were promised sunshine and 80 degree weather — but it looks like it’s going to rain at any moment, so we’ll see.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and cold

If you haven’t read about last week’s trip, there’s a nice, long post about it below.

I can’t believe it’s another Monday. Last week just flew past. We had frost last night, but, because it’s after May 15, the scumbag landlords didn’t give us heat. A hot water bottle is a beautiful thing.

Yesterday was busy, but it feels like I didn’t get much done. I polished and sent the Preakness Wrap-up article to my editor. I went over the final corrections on DIXIE DUST — the book should release any minute. In fact, at least one person’s bought a copy, which shouldn’t be available yet — and has a copy with errors. I expressed my concern to my publisher.

I spent a couple of hours converting/pulling old floppies/documents from the PC to flashdrives. I realized it makes more sense to convert them before I save them,and only put the latest Word version on the flashdrive. I still have multiple drafts on the flashdrive, in some cases, but not the old files that I can’t open. I found some stuff I didn’t know I had — some of it will be retired; some of it will be rewritten and sent out into the world.

I want to take what I learned from DIXIE DUST and apply it to the next horse racing YA, tentatively titled DEAD MAN’S STALL, which I plan to set in Saratoga, and also to the partially-written YA with an ice hockey player as its protagonist. I still haven’t heard anything about OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK’s new release date, and it’s affecting how I work on CRAVE THE HUNT, which it shouldn’t. I need to reshuffle this summer’s projects and re-prioritize, and not get derailed by other people’s issues.

I have a new assignment for Confidential Job #1, some client projects due this week, follow-up on previous pitches, and I have to figure out which in-process writing needs the most attention. I also have a manuscript to finish critiquing for a friend this week, and several books to read so I can host the authors on A BIBLIO PARADISE.

And some business correspondence. There’s a lot to get done before Memorial Day weekend rolls around at the end of this week.

Took a final look at FEMME FATALE this morning, and sent it to my producer. I don’t want to hold it until BLOOD SOUP is done. That puts too much pressure on BLOOD SOUP. THE MATILDA MURDERS is set to open in September, so that’s great, and there’s been a request for an additional performance of TILL DEATH DO THEY PART in August. All good.

I’m doing the follow-up on the February pitches. I sent a few polite follow-up requests to places from which I haven’t heard back, and withdrew a column pitch from one publication and several article ideas from another, because they have not responded to either the pitches of the follow-ups. I can’t have things hanging around in limbo indefinitely — everything needs to be earning money. And since everything I write eventually finds a home somewhere, I don’t need to sit and wait until someone “gets around to” a response. I am more than generous in granting response time, and if you can’t be bothered, well, there are those who can, and they’ll get my work. One publication was a disappointment, because I’ve written several articles for them in the past. But they are too erratic with their communication, and I can’t put in the work and then have pieces tied up indefinitely. It’s not good business on my end. So, I’m working my way down the list. The lack of courtesy irks me more than a rejection would. It’s fine to tell me the piece doesn’t fit. It’s not fine not to respond to the initial query or to the follow-up.

Have to get the press mailing out for DIXIE DUST as soon as I’ve got the okay and the direct purchase link. If you want to read a couple of excepts, hop on over to the Jenny Storm webpage. I’ve also got a full media kit I can send out, and the press release for the book is here.

Better get back to work.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Full Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and warm

It’s raining. again.

Come play with me at 4 PM EST on my Blog Workshop, over on International Promo Day. It will be fun. There are promos going on all day long.

And, I have a guest post up at Procrastinating Writers about Staying on Track for Non-Deadlined Projects.

Wrote a lot yesterday, worked on proofs Got in a good rewrite of FEMME FATALE. It’s almost ready to go the producer. I want to send it with BLOOD SOUP, so I have to finish BLOOD SOUP and rewrite it, and get both of them out the door by Tuesday.

Got a stack of stuff for my Mom. Gave some of it to her today, and am saving some of it for tomorrow.

Have a couple of ideas percolating around and am making notes. One, I think, will make a good YA for about 12-16 year olds, hard sci-fi.

Iris and Violet got into a big fight this morning, wrestling, rolling on the ground, screaming at each other. Iris, of course, started it. She always does. Sisters!

Will be on and off line most of the day doing Promo Day. Had a good writing session this morning.

Back to the page. Percolation mode is always hard because it’s bubbling, I can feel the story in my body, but it’s not ready to go down on the page yet. It’s kind of like Restless Brain Syndrome or growing pains.