Fri. Feb. 3: Gearing Up for SuperBowl Weekend

Friday, February 3, 2012
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Snowy and cold

We had a just a dusting of snow last night, enough to make it look pretty!

Yoga was great yesterday.. Came back and spent the whole rest of the day finishing the big client project. Technically, it’s not due until Monday, but I knew I had two more big projects coming in yesterday, AND I was in the flow for the project, so I wanted to keep that deep focus on it. Also, this way, the client can let it sit for a few days and enjoy the Super Bowl before sitting down with his next step.

Managed to head over to the Mashpee Library yesterday to pick up a few things.

Today, my students in the short story workshop have their 5K story due — I hope some of them get it up sooner rather than later, so that I don’t get 32 stories at 5K for a total of 150+K to read all at once. I also have to take my mom for some medical tests, maybe pop over to the Sandwich Library on the way back.

I found a couple of interesting jobs on Media Bistro yesterday, updated my CV and my resume, and will shoot over the proposals today.

Bookmom, you’re absolutely right. I was ten when my dad died, so going through his datebooks and papers as an adult with this viewpoint, is quite an experience. The researcher in me is chomping at the bit, and the fact he was my dad brings up the emotions.

Tomorrow, there’s an open house at a yoga studio in Sandwich, and I may go check it out. I love where I’m studying now and have no intention of leaving, but, so far, only one class per week fits into my schedule. So I’ll see what it’s all about. It’ll be fun, and give me a chance to meet new people.

Hopefully, I’ll get a good chunk of writing done this weekend, too. And, of course, it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the Patriots are in it. My current home team playing my previous home’s team (that I wasn’t a fan of anyway). I’m hoping I’ll get to meditation group that afternoon and make it home before kick-off!

Have a great weekend, all!

Devon

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy and cold

Busy weekend, but first of all, hop on over to the Savvy Authors’ Blog and read my piece on “Character, not Caricature”.

I hope you sign up for the deconstruction workshop on Stephanie Plum in January, the One Story, Many Voices workshop in January, and then, from mid-April to Mid-May, the Setting as Character Workshop. The latter two have limited enrollment, because of the intensity of assignments. The Plum workshop can fit in as many as want to take it.

The weekend — Saturday was busy. The breakfast at the National Marine Life Center was a lot of fun, I met a lot of great people, and the progress they’ve made in the past real is truly wonderful! They’re doing an amazing job, and once the center is complete and fully functional, it will make a huge positive difference in marine wildlife around here. They’re up for a $250,000 Pepsi Challenge grant, so if you could vote for them as often as possible (you can only vote once a day, but you can vote every day in the calendar month), it would help them get the grant and hook up the next part of the facility.

Came back, did some unpacking in the afternoon. It seems no matter how much I unpack, there’s no change, and it gets discouraging.

Decided, on Friday night, that I didn’t like where my bed was situated, behind the door. I started to feel claustrophobic. However, my head is in the North, (northeast, actually) which is the best way for me to sleep. But I moved it to the opposite site of the room, so my head is northwest now. The cats like it better, the room feels overall better, but I didn’t sleep well on Friday night into Saturday at all.

Read the papers Sunday morning, then planned to spend a couple of hours working on my room, which turned out to be the bulk of the day. Of course, a lot of it was spent rearranging the closets, so you can’t really see much impact on the room itself. However, I couldn’t unpack boxes in my room until I took out and unpacked the boxes in my closet which didn’t belong in the closet, but were stashed in there because I was afraid they’d go astray during the moving process.

Also managed to get a few loads of laundry done.

Got dressed up, went to the neighbor’s open house across the street. The little Westie no longer lives there — had to go to another home because of separation anxiety, poor thing! The Scottie is still there, and very cute. Met a bunch of the neighbors, who are all very nice, and each has their own unique qualities. They seemed relieved when I said we planned to be here for at least two years — I wonder if other renters moved in and out quickly? Anyway, I met the two women who live in the house on the corner, with the absolutely amazing yard, and they are happy to give me advice come summer. They also recommended a vet, and there’s a no-kill shelter close by they work with, and I may get my next cat there instead of the other shelter. We’ll see — it’ll be at least mid-January, to give these two a chance to settle in more, and for me to put away the decorations. New cat + many decorations is just an accident waiting to happen.

There’s a serial arsonist on the loose in the area. He (assuming it’s male) seems to be targeting people he thinks are rich, so we should be okay. This house is really cute, sweet, and loved, but it’s hardly a McMansion or in the throes of a multi-million dollar renovation. Still, it’s disturbing — a house in Sandwich was torched, a house in Barnstable was torched, and, last night, a lovely historic inn in Yarmouth that just went under renovation. I’ll have to be vigilant and set up some extra protections.

There’s an enormous black something sitting on the shed at the far end of the yard across the street. It’s much too big to be a cat (unless it’s like, a panther, and I doubt there’s be a panther sitting on someone’s shed washing its face), so I’m assuming it’s yet another Very Large Dog. It’s too far for me to see, but whatever it is, it’s calm and feels it’s on its home turf.

No one knows who owns Imp-dog. I told them my sense is he sneaks out without his owner’s knowledge. I’m hoping I can get close enough, eventually, to read his tags.

They told me, however, who’s most likely to be tossing the beer cans on the lawn. It seems there are some renters around the corner who think, because they’re renting, it doesn’t matter what they do in the neighborhood. They give renters a bad name.

Bad storm last night, but I slept better anyway, and the basement remains dry, so that’s good. The house definitely passed the “squishy test.”

Weird dreams last night (head in the West), but they might turn into an interesting story.

I want to spend some time on the page before I go back to the Search for an Ethical Insurance Broker so I can get these plates switched out and be in compliance with the law. In addition to just being angry at Allstate for not knowing the regulations in the state and not caring to find out, I have no confidence that, if, heaven forbid, anything happened, they would make good on the policy. Yes, they have in the past, but we had an individual dealing with it, not an outsourced 800 number where the person on the other end has no reason to care. (An Allstate commercial came on last night when we were watching TV and we started yelling at it).

Had a lovely conversation with someone for whom I worked who booked me for a week in February and another week in May. That will be fun. There will be some organization necessary on the cat front here, but we’ll figure it out, and it’s one of my favorite gigs, so I’m happy they still want me.

Also got a call from the family in Maine –we’re going to nip up for the big Christmas Day dinner. We’ve never been able to spend Christmas with them, because of distance and I was usually working on either Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or both, depending upon the show schedule. We do our big celebration on Christmas Eve anyway, and then just stockings on Christmas Day morning. We’ll nip up for the meal and come back the same day.

And the neighbors are all good about keeping an eye on each other’s houses without getting into each other’s business, so we just tell each other our schedules and keep an eye out. A utility truck and a jumpsuit do not credentials make! Not in this neighborhood! 😉

Watched Carrie Fisher’s WISHFUL DRINKING on HBO last night. It’s well done, very well done, in fact, but more bitter than I expected.

Off I go. Maybe I can get some of the kitchen boxes in the garage unpacked today, so that I have everything I need for the party. And I have to finish writing cards and packing gifts. I kind of got stuck mid-N.

Devon

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Small, three-legged pinch pot made during July’s workshop. What’s odd is that the glaze is supposed to be black, but it came out like this.

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Didn’t get as much done as I would have liked yesterday. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, landlord-wise. They are trying to evict several of the tenants who have fought back. It’s been quieter directly under my windows, but I bet they’re gearing up for the next volley.

Ran errands in the morning, including going to the bookstore in Stamford to pick up a few things, and the farmer’s market right next door. Spent most of the afternoon helping out a neighbor with an issue. Landlord-related, of course.

Elsa’s not doing well, so I’m glad she’s getting a treatment today.

I had a pretty good writing session this morning, thank goodness, on the Willowspring Grove novel. After Elsa’s treatment, I hope to get some work done on SPIRIT REPOSITORY, and maybe even get out a few queries.

When my home is unstable, such as fighting with the scumbag landlords, I can’t work. If I can’t work, I can’t earn the money to leave, and it’s an endless downward spiral. I can’t leave to work somewhere else, because I have to be here to defend the premises — and the cats. It’s not a good situation.

I was offered a job on a movie in Michigan that supposedly stars A Very Well-Known Actress (who will remain nameless on this blog) starting “as soon as possible” — which means they are either very disorganized, or they couldn’t find anyone to work for that price, or their supervisor already quit because of the working conditions. I’m not sure why they called me, since I’m no longer in the union and don’t do this anymore, but I said no. Plus, the money was ridiculously low. Um, WHY would I put myself through the stress of supervising stars in another state and not get well compensated? I’m not just starting out. I don’t need the credit on my resume, and I’m certainly not star-struck. I mean, I have nothing against this particular actress, but I still expect to be well-paid to do this kind of work, if I was even still doing it. I also don’t like it when they call me and leave a message without leaving the name of the movie or the production company. That always sends off warning bells.

So, no thank you.

Hopefully, today will be a fairly productive day, in and around Elsa’s Reiki session. I’m feeling very discouraged about just about everything, though, and just want to find a way out of here.

Devon

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