Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Valentine’s Day
Cloudy and cold

Each and every one of you are precious to me, and, as far as I’m concerned, you are all my valentines!

Busy weekend. The year-long intensive writing workshop I’m teaching, starting in September, is a go. Spent quite a bit of time going back and forth, finalizing the details. I’ll post the sign-up/application link as soon as I have it. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but we write, revise, edit, and start to submit a novel, start a second novel, and write a few short stories during the year. The students get their money’s worth, and wind up with submission-ready work. It is limited, there’s an application process, and applicants better know the difference between possessive and plural! I’m only accepting twelve students.

I was a little worried that it might be priced out of some people’s range; however, it needs to be priced high enough to pay me for my time — and the students get more than their money’s worth; it has to be priced high enough so they take it seriously; and it has to make up for the work I’ll have to turn down in the coming year. It’s still less than the herbalism master class I want to take next spring, and it definitely requires more work on my part to teach than the class I plan to take next spring requires to teach.

The red fox visited Site #2 Sunday morning, coming quite close. He is gorgeous, one of the most beautiful creatures I’ve ever seen — all red and gold with a white vest, and black face and paws. Healthy and shiny and vigorous.

Finished up at Site #2 in late morning, went back down to Site #1, and I’ll be here until mid-day on Thursday. Some snow flurries on and off all weekend, but nothing major, and we’re promised a thaw. I’m ready.

Worked on the essay and the short story, both of which are due tomorrow. I think I can get the essay out the door today — I want to tweak the story a bit more. I’m not satisfied with it.

I’m reading Susan Wittig Albert’s TOGETHER ALONE — gorgeous book. Definitely on the recommended reading list for “Setting as Character.” Stylistically, it wouldn’t work for what we’re doing in class — she’s talking TO us instead of integrating information into action, hey, it’s a memoir, that’s the point — but the use of language to evoke emotion about place works really well.

I also read and then tossed to the side one of the lamest “writing” books I’ve ever seen in my life. I’d heard a lot of good things about it, and had been looking for it for a few years. I finally hunted down a copy in Niantic. What a piece of psychobabble crap! I did not find ONE useful piece of information in the entire book. And the exercises make you a weaker writer, not a stronger one. I’ll put it up on BookMooch as soon as I get home.

Hopefully, today I can put in a lot of hours of uninterrupted, focused work time. It always takes awhile for me to settle when I move from place to place — I don’t quite have the transitioning down yet. And I miss home.

Word from home is that the cats are in a MOOD. Violet is stomping around, knocking things down, and Iris is running around yelling.

To the page.

Devon

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Late posting, because well, it has been INTERESTING, that’s for sure (although maybe just to live, not to read).

Trip down yesterday was okay. Lovely sunshine, more traffic that I wanted, but I made it down in just over 4 hours, including two stops. All good. Went grocery shopping for a few last things, etc.

Some unexpected developments took up most of the afternoon, but that’s why I’m here, to solve problems. So, all was set at Site #1, things sorted out.

Moved over to Site #2 this morning, had some more unexpected kerfuffle to sort, but it seems to be sorted. Have to run out this afternoon quickly to take care of a couple of things and then it’s back to writing. I don’t usually write much in the afternoon, I’m more creative in the morning, but here’s hoping I can get it together and focus.

A gorgeous red fox is roaming between the sites of Site #1 and Site #2 (which aren’t far from each other on the same street). Definitely the same one — so lovely. Fox is one of my totems, so I’m always happy to see one close enough to appreciate it, but far enough away to honor the fact that it’s not a house pet.

It amazes me how much more stressful everything is here than on the Cape. Everyone’s running and frantic and worried. There’s the same amount to be done in both places, but somehow it all gets done on time, more efficiently, and with less fuss on the Cape than here.

Also, because it’s a Saturn Retrograde, every time I’m put in a position where I’d usually be RE-actionary, I stop, take a breath and think, “Saturn retrograde. How can I approach this differently than I have in the past?” and then I try something new. The “new” tends to be more ACTionary and REactionary, and gets things done with less stress, and, certainly, fewer personal/personnel conflicts.

So, knowing a retrograde is in place doesn’t mean just shrugging and using it as a reason for things going wrong — it’s a chance to change patterns that haven’t worked in the past.

I’m not entirely successful yet, but at least I’m aware and making an effort.

Both job sites have wonderful bird feeders and watching the birds is just amazing. The cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, and all the other birds I can’t yet identify — I could spend hours just watching them.

Okay, I better get going and get my errands done so that I can settle in and write. Tomorrow I move back to Site #1.

Back to the page. It looks like it wants to snow again, so I better get everything done before it does.

Devon

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