Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I moved the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions to their own blog. Stop by, work on the questions, and, in the coming months, we can post our progress, to-do lists, brainstorming ideas, etc.

PJ – yes, “The Big Project” is a code for a massive project that could be the start of a long-term, creatively fulfilling and possibly lucrative association if it all works. If it works and the contracts are properly signed, sealed, and delivered, I’ll be able to reveal more!

I did some work on ANGEL HUNT yesterday – great to be back with Lianna, Lachlan, Gaston, Zeke, et al and galloping towards the finish line of this draft. Zeke is one of the most deliciously twisted villains I’ve ever written, and quite different from any I’ve read, too. He is uniquely, remarkably himself. You can’t help but love him, even when he’s out to kill ya!

Tossed out chapter two of the western and rewrote it, so now it works (better), and managed to hack out a good chunk of chapter four. The word count isn’t raised that much, in spite of all the work, but, oh well. Printed out the first three chapters because, well, I’m paranoid. And Mercury’s retrograde.

So, building scum has decided “no one” needs hot water between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, or after midnight, the same way they decided “no one” deserved heat those same hours last winter. Yeah, it’s illegal. But since when has it stopped them?

Time to file more legal paperwork.


The live chat time has been changed – I’m lucky I happened to see a posting, because I didn’t get an email about it, and I would have been there at the wrong time. It’s at 9 PM EST – sorry to the overseas friends who’d like to participate, I certainly don’t expect you to be hanging around at 3 AM your time.

It’s 9 PM EST. Go to the FireDrakes Weyr site and enter the conference room, and we’ll talk.

The computer was persnickety last night and I was ready to smash it with an axe, not a smart solution, but it would have made me feel better in the moment. How much do I loathe Microsoft? Let me count the ways. Only none of us have that much time or patience. Bill Gates, you owe me a new computer THAT WORKS, instead of one that’s built to fail so I keep having to pour money into the black hole that is Microsoft.

Got a nice chunk of the Big Project done this morning. I want to work on the western and ANGEL HUNT a bit today, do some transcription, and also work on the ebook and the ghost story. Too much to do, too few hours in the day, but boy, do I get a lot done when I’m only on my schedule and not someone else’s!

Back to the page.


Angel Hunt — 104,028 words out of est. 125,000

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104 / 125

Western Novella – 8,988 words out of est. 30,000

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8 / 30

The Big Project – 7,848 words out of est. 75,000

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7 / 75
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Guest Blogger on Character Work!

I have a guest blog on character work up at the Firedrakes Weyr blog.

Stop by! Leave a comment!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Hazy, hot, humid

Well, THAT was an adventure! I got a call around 6 PM last night from my publisher, inviting me to be on her radio show, Dragon’s Den – in two hours! Of course I said yes. Jumped in with both feet. Hopefully I didn’t sound like too much of an idiot – at least there were three of us there. I love doing radio, so I had a good time.

You can hear the whole one hour broadcast yourself here:

It would be the broadcast with last night’s date on it. Honestly, I’m not sure if it’s up yet, or if it will be uploaded later.

They wanted to know something no one knows about me. Um, isn’t there a reason why NO ONE KNOWS IT? 😉 Seriously, though, I said that I was 35 before I gave up my dream of being an astronaut. Which is true.

And then someone made a comment about reaching the stars, and I said, “No, I dress them.”

Which, for those of you who know I work on Broadway, makes sense. For the rest, not so much.

But for any of you who found this blog thanks to last night’s radio show: Hi and welcome. And thanks for all the wonderful emails coming in about the show!

Oh, and I was told my release date for HEX BREAKER: August 1.

Again, those of you who know me well know what an important date August 1 is to me.

There will be an audio version of the book, and I may even teach some online workshops for the company.

I’ll post cover art as soon as I have it, and, as soon as I have it, I can start ordering the “stuff” that you’ll be able to win!

Had a great meeting with my producer regarding SIDEKICK. The title will be changed, and there are a few tweaks that need to happen, but we’re all set and going to contract. The play will open the theatre’s season in January 2009.

I’ve got some other play news percolating – if we go to contract on anything, I will make sure to let everyone know.

Got my contract for the date book articles. I can get started on them this week.

Thanks for all the good wishes for my grandmother’s recovery. The sad truth is that she won’t recover; she may rally for awhile, but she’s been so ill for so long, that it’s simply more of a slow fade out. And it’s heartbreaking.

I didn’t get much writing done yesterday; I was too frazzled between my grandmother’s illness, the arrangements that need to be made, and building crap. Yes, there’s more building crap.

So I need to get my head together today and get to work. Now that I have more deadlines piling up, there’s no luxury for having slow writing days. I need to get my contracted articles out of the way, I need to get to work on the next story with the crew of The Merry’s Dalliance, tentatively entitled “The Poison Gold”. Many thanks to one of my actors on the show – something he said to me the other night gave me the idea for the story, thank goodness, because I had no idea what adventure to take my characters on next! And now I do!

I need to finish OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK asap and get started on revisions, so that can go to my publisher, and get started on the story told through Billy Root’s eyes (we first meet Billy in HEX BREAKER as well). I think I’ll call Billy’s story LESSONS IN PRACTICALITY. I need to do the revisions on SIDEKICK and THE MATILDA MURDERS. I need to do a revision on “Yuri’s Tale” and get that out.

In other words, no more lazy days or excuses – there’s writing to be done!


Devon’s Bookstore:

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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