Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and warm

The final section of my interview is up at Gottawrite Girl. Come, stop by, leave a comment!

David Foster Wallace’s suicide saddens me. It doesn’t particularly surprise me – in the current climate of repression and conformity and the encouragement (via reality TV) t o be one’s worst self instead of one’s best, true originals wear out and lose the fight. I am sorry he was one of the casualties.

It took me a long time to get back into the writing sync yesterday. I did a lot of administrative stuff – things had come up that needed to be dealt with on that level – and it was late afternoon by the time I got back to ANGEL HUNT.

I went back and made some fixes. “Zig” is now “Zeke”, which is short for a name that has specific meaning within the context of ANGEL HUNT. The conflict between Zeke and Lianna is stronger, and their internal conflicts in regard to each other are also stronger – it’s a layer that’s working. well in the book. And the complexities of her relationships with Lachlan and Gaston also help. I’m about two chapters away from where I have to create entirely new material (although I’ve made some notes), and I’ve restructured and reworked the first twenty-three chapters so that everything drives to what will be the ending and point of the book (instead of the ending of an arc, as it would have been in the serial).

I need to plot the next PR push for HEX BREAKER, so that will be this week’s additional task. I’m hoping some more reviews come out in the next week or so, and I’m hoping that they’re good. I’m debating about whether or not to do a MySpace page for the book/series. Ideas? Suggestions? Since I have the subdomain on my website, do I need the site on MySpace? Does it make sense, or is it spreading myself too thin?

I’m also building a site for “The Merry’s Dalliance”. I still haven’t heard back from the editor about the broken link to the story. It’s been nearly two weeks since I asked about it. I was paid, so I guess I shouldn’t complain, but I would like everyone to read the piece, since I’m proud of it.

I actually watched television last night, for a change. I thought the season finale of THE CLOSER was excellent; excellence seems to be the norm for that show, which is such a relief. Two actors with whom I worked off-Broadway are in it, so in addition to liking it because I like it, I get to see two people who I like and respect both as people and as actors perform their art and their craft. I also watched RAISING THE BAR – some good work, one of the guest stars was excellent – he played Will, the schizophrenic – he looks familiar, I know his work from somewhere, although I don’t think I worked with him in any more than passing, and I couldn’t find out his name yet. Another actor with whom I worked on a series shot in NY a few years ago is one of the main characters, and I was pleased that he’s working again! In addition to being a good actor, he’s a lot of fun on the set. He’s one of those people who make everything better just with his presence. The lead lawyer guy, the three-named actor who plays Jerry, is good, but that hair is getting on my last nerve. Fine, you’re making a character statement with the hair, but the current style makes every shot about the hair instead of about the guy’s acting, and it’s distracting. A style can be found that makes the same statement, but also lets the guy ACT instead of the hair acting, which happens far too often here. It’s Bochco, so there’s a lot of good stuff in it, and I can learn a lot from watching it about both structure and style, but it’s not really grabbing me emotionally.

Today’s agenda consists of finishing up some business correspondence, getting some pitches out (the job boards have been abysmal lately), getting some BookMooch stuff to the post office, working on ANGEL HUNT, and, hopefully, on the ghost story. I’m also starting to transcribe the band interview I did last weekend. I want to be able to take the transcript with me to Philadelphia when I go back down there in a few weeks, and work on it in peace and quiet.

Chad, I’m excited about the voice recorder. Chances are, it will be primarily used for interviews – I can’t talk stories or story ideas – I have to pull over in the car and write them down!

I don’t have to be at the show tonight, so I hope I can get a lot done.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008
Full Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Shows were fine yesterday. The producers were kind enough to provide us with dinner in between shows – a great barbecue buffet from Virgil’s. It was terrific.

Finished THE PRIVILEGE OF THE SWORD, which I liked – the author has enough knowledge of the historical elements (although it’s set in a mythical location and time) to make it real, and yet manages to turn the genre inside out.

Re-read most of May Sarton’s JOURNAL OF A SOLITUDE. Those of you who’ve known me for years know that, although I respect what she achieved as a poet and enjoy reading her published journals, her justifications for her flaws, temper tantrums, and poor treatment of those around her annoy me after awhile. She is the perfect image of someone who repeats negative patterns in her life instead of learning from them and moving in a new direction. In a single journal, it’s understandable. Over the span of years that the journals encompass, it becomes frustrating.

Perhaps people who read the journals can find the kernels of themselves in it (there is much that is universal, especially for those who are committed to living in the arts, not doing art “on the side”). But maybe reading the journals can help the reader recognize negative patterns in one’s own life and change them.

I’m emotionally tired from the show, more so than physically tired. It will be nice to have a few days away from it.

There’s a great deal of writing that needs to be done in the next few days.

Susan of Gottawrite Girl tagged me, so here are the answers:

1. What do you do before bedtime?
Depends who’s around! 😉 When I come home from a show, remember, it’s after midnight; I usually have a glass of wine, check email, play with the cats. I can’t go on the computer right before bed, or I can’t sleep. Sometimes I’ll do some yoga, sometimes I’ll read. It depends on what the show was like and what I need to release from the night. If I’m not working a show, it’s quieting down from whatever I did when I went out, or, if I’ve been writing until I can’t see straight, I still need a half hour to 45 minutes without computer or anything techno to quiet down. No computers or television allowed in the bedroom! If I’m not the most interesting thing in the room, I’m with the wrong person!

2. What is your favorite sound?
Waves on a beach.

3. What were your childhood fears?
Abandonment. Getting lost. Losing someone I love.

4. What place have you visited that you can’t forget and want to go back?
The places of my heart are Cape Cod (where I hope to relocate), Scotland (which I try to visit regularly), New Orleans (where I hope to go once I’ve moved and do some work with Habitat for Humanity), Montreal (where I hope to buy a second home someday), and Iceland. I’ve only been to Iceland once but I love it.

5. What has made you unhappy lately?
The way the Bush administration has destroyed and raped the country for eight years (and I do not use the word “rape” lightly) and the way the McCain administration will continue so to do if they get into power. The Bush Regime’s destruction affects my daily life. On a more close-to-home basis, I see far too many acts of petty personal cruelty practiced on each other by people (which, I believe, are a direct result of the poison injected into our society by the Bush Regime) and the fact that Metro North can’t be bothered to run properly.

6. What websites do you visit daily?
I visit my blogroll almost daily. Websites? Depends on what I’m working; there aren’t many that are daily “musts”. I’d rather be writing.

7. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Susan. Warm, talented, funny, hungry for knowledge and art.

8. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head?
There are three of them stuck in there right now. Two of them are by the band Taking Chances: “LCD” and “Taking Chances”. The other is The B-52’s “Planet Claire.”

9. What’s your favorite item of clothing?
My navy blue Nike yoga pants. I bought several pairs because I know I’ll wear them out.

10. What is your dream for the future?
To find, buy, and move into my dream house in Massachusetts so I can fully live the writing life into which I’m transitioning.

Tag: Anyone who wants to do this.

Back to the page!

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Hey, there’s more of the interview with me on Gottawrite Girl. Check it out, leave a comment!

Personal front: Someone I trusted betrayed me, sold me out, etc. Total destruction of a quality I want most in someone I call “friend” – loyalty.

I should be devastated. Instead, I’m relieved. I suspected it for a few weeks; got the hard evidence yesterday. Now, I can cut that person out of my life without guilt.

Theatre front: Show was fine. Day work was fine. I ironed some shirts, I folded some laundry, I polished some shoes, all good.

Writing front: Not much writing done yesterday, because I had to leave early. On the train, I realized I have to cut a bunch of characters and at least 80 pages of ANGEL HUNT – there’s a section, and one character in particular I love – but, with the new trajectory of the story, it’s slowing things down and creating an unnecessary tangent. So it’s going to go, and I’ll use it as the set-up for a novella. I can’t lose Donal – he’s too interesting a character. But there really isn’t room for him in ANGEL HUNT – even in the Big Finale, he was only going to speak a single line. Save him for his own book.

But boy, it means some massive restructuring on pages already edited.

And I figured out how to work the antagonist – whose role keeps growing and morphing and getting more complex – into the first chapter.

I’m tired, I’ve worked very hard not to become emotionally enmeshed into various backstage intrigues this week (because, frankly, I can use that energy to write). But only three more days and I have a break from the show. I’m sad, because, even when necessary, it hurts to cut someone out of your life.

But overall, I’m okay, and headed to a good place, a more stable place, and that’s helpful.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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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