Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and humid

First, and most important, I want to wish Gerard Canonico — actor, musician, songwriter, and friend — an enormous HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are awesome, and I hope today ushers in the best year yet for you, and many more to come.

Got the Trader Joe’s errand done yesterday morning — I just love their ice cream! The cats are happy that the food cupboard is restocked. Got another load of boxes to storage.

Spent the afternoon researching at the Greenwich Library. Some of it was frustrating, since the information is so contradictory, and I’ll have to sort things out. But at least I have a starting point for the article. Since I was there, I also did research on a couple of other projects, took lots of notes which I’ll have to organize and then implement. The library was busy, but the desks are scattered well enough so that it’s easy to find a quiet corner where one can work undisturbed. It was a great and productive afternoon.

Came home, dealt with some correspondence. Had a lovely email exchange with a couple of potential new editors that allows me to return to one of my WIPs with renewed vigor. What a relief!

Decent writing session this morning — not brilliant, not terrible.

Somehow, I’ve managed to wrench my wrist. Doing things like turning the key in the ignition or lifting the coffee pot are excruciating. Unfortunately, I still have to haul boxes to storage, so I’ll wrap it and hope for the best. Just when the insect bite was healing well, too. I’d treated it earlier in the week, when it was red and irritated. I put one of my herbal concoctions on it — it actually bubbled and icky stuff drained out. Then I washed it and put neosporin on it, and it’s healed well. I don’t even think there’ll be a scar. But there was definitely venom in it. And it hurt like crazy when the concoction did its work. But it got rid of both the venom and the infection, so it’s all good.

Off to get stuff to storage, pick up a few things I forgot at the store earlier this week, and then client projects. I want to get the newest one turned around right away, because I plan to do a writing retreat this weekend starting tomorrow, and want to get everything cleared away before then.

An acquaintance of an acquaintance is offended because I won’t do a freebie. Too bad. I’d actually considered doing it as a favor until said person claimed to be getting an “error” message on the email, when it was an auto-responder, because the person (who was supposed to contact me four months ago and “never got around to it”) contacted me while I was away and is mad because I didn’t respond within a couple of hours. Sorry, buddy. Being a jerk costs extra.


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January 14, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

The new issue of The Scruffy Dog Review is up. I’ve got two pieces in it. One is an interview with one of my favorite people in the world, Gerard Canonico – great performer and awesome human being. You can read that here.

And then, of course, there’s my regular column, “The Literary Athlete.” This segment talks about what you should do while your book is in production, here.

I hope you’ll read them both.

I managed to get to my friend’s place yesterday morning, in spite of the ice, and did five loads of laundry. Like I said, it was getting scary. I didn’t get anything done while the laundry was in, although I’d brought plenty of work with me; we just hung out and talked by the fire, with classical music on, while the laundry went through. It was a good break.

Lots to do today; business correspondence to get out, pitches to pitch, polishes on the synopsis and outline to complete. I’m trying to keep my mind off the fact that my show opens on Friday.

I got about 1000 words done on The Lucy Gothic this morning. I still have some figuring to do on the Billy Root piece before I can get back to it, and I need to focus on the rewrite of THE MATILDA MURDERS this weekend. Also, got an idea for a new play; I have to figure out which of the two places most interested in my work right now should get first shot at it.

A scene came to me yesterday for Shakespeare’s Bacon, the prequel to Tracking Medusa that focuses on Gwen and Karl. I scribbled it down and gave it a file – it’ll be awhile before I write that one, but it’s a really funny scene between Gwen and Karl and gives a lot of information about the characters in what they aren’t saying.

To answer Colin’s question, I think you mean the character of Irina. I don’t think Edward, Irina, and Bartholomew will feature heavily in The Balthazaar Treasure, although Edward might make an appearance, and I might bring Irina in for a scene or two, although I’d rather leave it for Book 3. They all feature heavily in Book 3, Sandoval’s Secret, especially Irina. So, Colin, you’ve got something to look forward to!

I might not blog tomorrow. I’m on standby for a site job that would start early, and I won’t know until about 9 PM tonight whether or not I’m going. If I go, I’m not blogging; if they cancel, I’ll be here as usual.

Back to the page.


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