Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Acorns in a pottery dish, symbolizing autumn

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
New Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Rainy, warm, humid

The “workmen” were especially hateful yesterday, so I took Elsa to the park again. She played with butterflies and sat in the sun and generally enjoyed herself for awhile, and then ate when she got home. She seemed to thrive outside, and just was frustrated when I wouldn’t let her go into the shrubbery. She wasn’t doing well last night, though, or this morning. I’m trying to keep her comfortable and happy, but the stress the noise, dust, and chaos put on her makes it difficult.

Meeting went well, things got loaded into storage, and I did a rough inventory. I’m going to need the truck that ate Cincinatti to get everything loaded. Worked on the lectures, the scripts, and some other stuff. Didn’t get everything I wanted done, but I’m keeping my head above water. Also sorted and purged a pile of stuff. Every little bit, right? I’m getting into the sorting and purging routine, and rather enjoying it!

Today, I have to go up county and I might nip over to the Farmer’s Market in Stamford if I can on the way back.

Maybe the rain will keep the” workmen” away. Here’s hoping. And here’s hoping I have a productive day on all levels, and that Elsa feels better.

Good first writing session of the morning. The murder in the book finally happened on p. 180, which is way too late in the story (in my opinion) for a traditional mystery, so good thing it’s NOT a traditional mystery, but a contemporary fiction piece with a TOUCH of mystery and murder! 😉

Devon

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I light this candle every morning when I start my first writing session of the day. I love it — I find it very soothing. It was originally a pyramid shape. I don’t remember where I got it, but I hope to find a similar one soon, because I like using this type as my writing candle. I found it in a “Misc.” box as I cleaned out storage.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Dark of the Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

It’s September, and A Biblio Paradise is gearing up again, for Tuesday posts featuring books, authors, and other writing stuff. Our first post of the new season is an interview with Michelle Miles, whose book SEX. LUST & MARTINIS recently released. Hop on over here to check it out, and leave a comment, so we’ll know you were there!

So, I was thinking yesterday — hey, you, over there. Stop laughing! Anyway, I was thinking, after yesterday’s post, why SHOULDN’T the Hundred Dollar Bill Fairy come visit and leave hundred dollar bills under my pillow?

I just have to figure out an offering! 😉

I’m waiting for the workmen to come back today, making my life hell. I just don’t get why they have to use MY fire escape when they’re working on the other side of the building with fire escapes more convenient to their “work”. Oh, yeah, because they were instructed to make things as miserable as possible for the tenants that the landlord wants to drive out.

Triumphed over the Scary Monster Closet yesterday. It wasn’t as scary as I feared, but it could have been better. But it was scrubbed, purged, organized and packed. At this point, all the closets in the apartment are ready to load. I don’t yet have a place in which to UNLOAD them, but at least I’m getting the energy moving in the right direction.

Hey, any time the Hundred Dollar Bill Fairy wants to send a few my way . . .

Worked on the lectures. I’m doing some restructuring on them, so that will take awhile. I hope you’ll join me. We’re deconstructing my favorite fantasy romance novel from September 13-19 and a steampunk film from September 20-27. You can sign up by clicking on the name of each type of deconstruction. It should be a lot of fun and very useful for both readers and writers.

Took Elsa to the park yesterday. I wanted her to get more sun, so I took her to the baseball diamond, but she felt too exposed. She always eats better when she gets back, though, and she’s eating so little at this point, that any improvement is worth it.

I have a business appointment this morning, and then I’m going to take a carload of stuff to storage and do an inventory of what’s there. I’ll do some more work on the lectures and the scripts this afternoon, and also try to go back to pulling material off the PC floppies and getting them onto flashdrives. I want to dump all the PC behemoth equipment before I leave. I also want to excavate my desk again — my paper reproduces as I sleep, and it needs to refrain from doing so for the next few months. I’ve set up files and envelopes for the important transition stuff that has to be carted back and forth, and I’m packed for the Philly gig this coming weekend. Bills are all written, and marked to be mailed on the appropriate days.

Optimum doesn’t cover the area in which I plan to relocate, which is awful, since now I’ve finally found a decent company. My choices are Comcast (who suck), RCN (who suck even worse) and Time Warner (no idea if they’re any good). There’s also FIOS, but, uh, no, not an option for me. The only thing I want to keep with Verizon is my cell phone.

Well, I don’t need to make that decision quite yet.

I had a decent, but not brilliant first writing session this morning. At least every word I manage to get down is one more than I had before. I may have slowed down, but any steady routine during the chaos is helpful. And little bits add up to big bits. I’m not on a deadline for this – although I am for SPIRIT REPOSITORY, which I hope to get back to in a few days.

Onward.

Devon

First Willowspring Grove Novel (first draft, handwritten): 43,000 words out of est. 100,000 (43%)

Friday, August 27, 2010


Small coil candleholder made in July pottery workshop. Actually, I’m using it for crystals right now instead of candles.

Friday, August 27, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Not a particularly productive day yesterday, most of it filled with anti-landlord paperwork, since they’ve launched their next attack.

Elsa’s treatment went very well. The Reiki practitioner thinks that, in spite of ups and downs, she’s responding more quickly to the treatments, which means her body’s natural healing is improving. However, she feels the environmental factors and chemical stresses caused by the landlord are compromising all of our healths. She thinks It would be a good idea for me to put Elsa in a harness and take her to a park on any nice day that it isn’t too hot or too cold so that Elsa can get about 20-30 minutes of sunshine and fresh air. That will help boost the treatments and encourage the healing to not only happen more quickly, but take hold more deeply. so that when the environmental and chemical stresses of the landlord’s attacks resume, she’s already built up a reserve, and they won’t take such a toll.

So now, here we are in the suburbs, and I’m having a problem finding a place to take Elsa. The Town Park and Beach still charge residents to use them — up until Labor Day, and then on weekends well past. Since I couldn’t afford the pass for the summer, I certainly can’t afford the daily rates, which work out higher. I have to park in that lot if I wanted to take her to the Bird Sanctuary — and let’s face it, taking a cat to a bird sanctuary isn’t a serene choice! I can’ t take her to the Nature Center, because there are deer and coyotes there.

The parks in Greenwich are for residents of that town only. As are most of the surrounding parks in the area. Imagine, you live in the suburbs to get some green and trees, and you still have to pay extra to enjoy it. I was better off living just off Times Square and going up to Central Park.

Labor Day is only a couple of weeks away, so maybe then I can start.

Worked on more paperwork to file against the landlords. Tried to figure out how to put together enough cash very quickly to get out. That means they win, but if I stay here, I just use up all my cash reserves to fight them, and then I’m in worse shape, so why not take everything and go? But that means I have NOTHING to fall back on — if I get sick or the car breaks down or Elsa gets worse — it means there is NOTHING. And that scares me.

The best possible scenario would be if someone knew someone in the area in which I want to relocate, and was willing to give me a reasonably priced, pet-friendly, two year lease so I could get the heck out of here and regroup. I put it out on Twitter — let’s see if I get any bites. Most of the listings on Craigslist sound very shady. And real estate places handle mostly vacation rentals, not year rounds.

I also found, through an organization to which I belong, some legitimate, high-paid, good jobs in the Boston area. I’m going to apply, even though I don’t live there yet, saying I’m in the process of relocating, and see if that will help land the job, and then the job can help land the apartment. It’s actually stuff I like doing, so why not throw my hat in the ring?

Also pitched for a script writing job that I can do anywhere. Short scripts, decent pay, checked out the company, they seem legit. Fingers crossed.

Anyone who has contacts in New England, especially in the South of Boston area, please put out the word that you know someone who’s looking for a place.

I’ve got to run errands today and maybe finally hit that museum exhibit I want to see over at the Bruce, since it closes next week.

I had a decent writing session this morning, but I’m nowhere near as productive as I need to be, because I’m so up in knots about the home situation.

Devon

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
No idea of the weather — hope it’s cooler!

I scheduled this to post, because I will be out the door to arrive at the site by 8 AM. I’ll be back at home at some point during the day to give Elsa her medicine and check on the cat next door.

I should have internet access where I am — guess you’ll find out tomorrow, eh, once you see whether or not there’s a post? Otherwise, I’ll be back with a word count update on Friday.

Brandy, I can’t get any names from the workmen. I have photographed them — but they refuse to give names or the name of the company employing them, which is illegal under NY State law — they are supposed to answer all questions and wear work ID displayed. Because these are not legitimate, licensed workers, they don’t, and the City agencies that are supposed to handle this refuse so to do. Besides, there are no consequences for violations. It’s no skin off their nose to pay a minor fee and just keep doing whatever they want.

The newest tactic is that they’ve set up their renovation work area right underneath my window. They have a workshop in the basement. And this “renovation area” is for an apartment in a different section of the building — the elderly lady who died recently, where they just tossed all her stuff to the curb when her family wouldn’t deal with it. Her family wouldn’t even honor her wishes to be buried up the street next to her sister. They cremated her and split her ashes — sending half to family who hated her in Ireland and half to family who couldn’t be bothered with her in Chicago. Making sure she can’t “rest in peace.” At least a friend rescued her cats and gave them a good home before the purge. Anyway, the landlords have gutted her apartment for a “luxury renovation”, and, even though it’s in a different section of the building, they’re doing the work under MY window.

Targeted much?

I filed appropriate paperwork and sent if via certified mail. Not a damn thing will happen, but at least I’ve got everything well documented.

Lousy writing day, but at least I got a lot done at storage — another 20 boxes consolidated into about 6. Washed a few loads of clothes, most of which will be donated, then purged, sorted, etc. I have one more row of boxes and all the “Misc.” boxes will have been handled. It gives me a good chunk of space that I can fill with stuff from the apartment to give myself more room here — so that there will be more room to pack when that blessed day comes!

I’m off to the site, will be back and forth a few times to give Elsa her medicine, and hopefully I can check back in tomorrow. I hope today will be a quiet, productive writing day. I need one. I need, like, 12, but one will be a good start.

Enjoy!

Devon

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