Tues. May 23, 2017: Personal Scale, Grand Scale

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde

Yesterday was a day. The stress is getting to me. I’m getting tired of the platitudes people offer. This isn’t about attitude, this is about situation, trying to change the situation, and setting fresh boundaries. I realize people mouth platitudes because it makes THEM feel better (and has little to do with the person to whom it’s being offered), but, really, if you can’t offer useful action, just back off, please.

There have been times, over the last few weeks, where I’ve felt as though I was on the brink of collapse. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of that type of indulgence, so I have to carry on, no matter when I’m feeling.

Frustrated with the pages for the play proposal. They’re not doing what I want/need them to do. I’m running out of time, so I have to figure out how to make them work.

Played with some other ideas. One mixes two genres, fantasy and mystery. We’ll see. The other is a contemporary piece, set in, of all places, Washington DC. The focus of it won’t be political, although one can’t set something in DC without politics affecting it.

Read an early novel of a writer whose work I’ve read quite a bit of. I see the seeds of how far she’s come, but boy, that book needed an editor. Copy editing mistakes up the ying yang, inconsistencies, and so many exclamation points the characters all sound breathless. But the characters, dialogue, and plotting are all solid, and I can see how that one-off book set the foundation for her other books. It’s also wonderful to see how much she’s grown.

The attack in Manchester is awful. Words fail. I have to say, I’m not impressed with the reaction so far from Ariana Grande’s camp. Yes, it’s a shock, and yes, it’s devastating. But for the reports to merely say she’s “inconsolable” and she’s cancelled concerts because she “can’t perform” — honey, this isn’t about YOU. This is about the people who died or were injured, and their families. Of course upcoming concerts had to be cancelled, out of respect. On top of that, come out swinging. A strongly-worded statement against this type of attack, and providing actual HELP to the injured and families of the dead. Not platitudes. Not acting like this is about you. Not hiding in one’s room crying and being “inconsolable”. It’s time to show public strength and class, and be devastated in private. As an artist whose venue/work was chosen as the site of the attack, it’s necessary to be a warrior in response, not pose as another victim.

Errands to do today. I wish I could get the damn mower fixed so that the yard wouldn’t look like a vacant lot. Hopefully, by tomorrow. I’d like to get the yard handled over the upcoming holiday weekend.

Finally heard from the editor who supposedly hired me several weeks ago. Looks like I’ll be getting my first assignment in the next few days. I’m ready to dig in.

Doing research and getting price quotes on several fronts in order to implement the writing plan worked on last week. I have to keep reminding myself to break things down into manageable steps. Having some interesting discussions with distributors, and also with swag providers.

In the next few months, I’d like to do some general swag for Ink in My Coffee, the Devon Ellington site, and the Fearless Ink site. There’s also some generalized swag I can do for the Topic Workbooks. Then, I can do book-specific swags for releases.

I’m also in the process of doing a general Devon Ellington media kit, along with the media kits that are project-specific. I should probably do one for the Topic Workbooks as well.

It’s hard to keep everything balanced, since the marketing uses different parts of the brain than the writing or editing.

All I’m craving lately are fruits and vegetables. I can’t seem to get enough cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, peppers, and the like. Well, if I’m going to stress eat, better a cucumber than a doughnut, right? 😉

Getting some pages done on several projects in the exploratory stage, so that I can see which will catch fire and should be pursued. Researching the next part of the FIX IT GIRL, so I can get the changes into the next chapters on the revision. Working on the short story I’d like to get out the door sooner rather than later.

Feel like I need to sleep for about a week, but not an option.


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Wed. Feb. 12, 2014: Unwarrented Snark & Snowboarding Physics

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Waxing Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

New post over on Gratitude and Growth about how I’m trying to save my citrus plants.

Frustrating day yesterday. I felt like I was going around in circles, not getting much done. Did work with a delightful client back and forth on a project, which was fun, but the rest of it. Days like yesterday are frustrating, and I’m fighting the sense that today will be similar.

I have two books to recommend: BRISTOL HOUSE by Beverley Swerling and THE RIVER OF NO RETURN by Bee Ridgway. Both of them are excellent novels. Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed them. I hope the latter is the first of a series, because I want more with these characters.

I hurt for Shaun White yesterday. He had a rough day, and the snarkiness of both the media and some of his colleagues was disheartening. This is a guy who got the sport in the spotlight. Snowboarding takes strength AND intelligence — there’s a lot of physics involved, which most people don’t understand. You have to be able to calculate distance, velocity, wind speed, ground conditions, air conditions, and make split second decisions while you’re moving. Maybe some of these guys couldn’t write out the equations on a blackboard, but they feel it in their bodies. A lot of people think snowboarders aren’t smart because they speak unconventionally and dress unconventionally and work off by themselves doing stuff most people don’t understand and don’t buy into a lot of crap you’re “supposed” to buy into. The good ones have to be exceptionally smart, or they’d wind up dead. Shaun White’s done more good just by being himself, focused on his talent and creativity, connected to his core integrity, than most people do at double his age. He had a rough day in bad conditions, but it doesn’t negate all the wonderful stuff he’s done, both on and off snowboarding and skateboarding turfs, as a whole.

Now, I need to get back to my own core integrity, dig down, and get some good work done today!