Thurs. Dec. 19, 2019: Almost Ready for the Holidays

Thursday, December 19, 2019
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Up and out of the house to my client’s early, to get a few things done before the holiday lunch. As is typical, she wanted to go in a completely different direction. But, we got it done.

Lunch was absolutely lovely, at The Old Yarmouth Inn. I’d never been there before, and it’s absolutely delightful. The Christmas village was adorable. I had a burger, the first time I’ve had red meat in months.

After the lunch, headed over to Target to pick up a few things, and then back home to pack up the last of the packages we had to ship, and then I made a post office run. Everything’s out, and should get there by Christmas Eve, which is perfect. I still have just a handful of cards to write and get out today, and then I’m done.

Of course, a client got in touch last night for a rush project that has to be turned around today. It will happen, and I will charge for it. Because that’s the way it works.

Finished my holiday shopping this morning. Just have to wrap.

I baked another batch of stained glass cupcakes this morning, first thing. The cats had me up at 4:20. I did some errands in the morning, have some work to do at the library, turn around the project for my client, and then more deliveries this afternoon.

We had just a smidge of snow last night, but it’s very, very cold. I wish my landlord would get the new furnace in, because it’s getting harder and harder to keep the upstairs warm enough. I think we’ll have to revert to hot water bottles.

A decent first writing session this morning, and hopefully another this afternoon, especially on THE QUALITY OF LIGHT. I have the first two months’ worth of posts planned out for both the GDR site and Ink-Dipped Advice for 2020, so I’m going to try to get ahead on those in the next few days.

I’m almost done answering the 2020 GDRS, and look forward to making the site, in general, more useful all year, not just about lists and accountability.

Working on the next Medium post, but not sure it will get up this week. It might go up as late as Monday. Oh, well.

One minute I feel completely stressed out and a wreck, and the next I feel on top of things. I really am in better shape, on all levels, this year than I was last year.

It was such a relief last night, when, finally, the House of Representatives took the votes, and the Narcissistic Sociopath was impeached. Mitch McConnell and his pals are totally corrupt and need to be removed as much as the Sociopath. I’m tired of these old white men who know they won’t live to see the consequences of their greed and corruption, and don’t care. They ALL need to go — with consequences.

Meanwhile, I need to get back to the page.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Busy day yesterday. Cyber-Mondayed. I have almost all my shopping done now, between Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday. I have a handful of small things to pick up and we’re good to go. Just wrapping, mailing, cards, and baking left.

And putting the house back together.

Good meeting yesterday. I pulled materials I need to make up the press kit for this client, and will turn my attention to that a little later this week. I’ve got the bones of it done, but need to scan in press clippings and arrange them to show the growth of the organization.

Lunch with a friend at a Thai restaurant — always fun.

Interesting discussion with a top notch agent. Can’t be my top-notch agent, because she doesn’t handle genre fiction, but we had a good chat about the changing business model of the market, and how she’s dumping the writers who don’t sit down and write every day and turn out books regularly — unless they’ve already earned the right not to with a solid track record of glowing reviews and high sales. She said slow writers, or writers who only write “when they have time” or “when the mood strikes them” are, nine times out of ten, no longer a viable option for either an agent or a publisher. The days of “your process” or “doing what works for you” are done. If you want to a career, any career, you learn what’s necessary in that field and you do it. Fiction is the same as anything else. Just because you can do it at odd hours doesn’t mean you don’t have to learn the protocols of both craft and business. She pointed out that if you expect to publish in the fiction market, using the excuse of not showing up at that particular page because you’ve got other paid work going on and this isn’t yet contracted is simply a cop-out and indicates you’re not serious about your fiction. The fiction must always come first. Writing — especially fiction writing — is not a nine-to-five endeavor, and if you treat it like a corporate job, you cut yourself off at the knees –and the publisher. Nothing wrong with only having only one book in you, but it better be a good one. And if you take years to write it, there really will only be one. She’s a big believer in writing a minimum of 1000 words a day, and says that’s what makes the difference between “a writing career and a cute lil hobby no one’s gonna take seriously.” Interesting perspective. She’s a tough one — makes me look like a sweet little cupcake! 😉

Especially interesting timing on this conversation, because yet another student dropped out of the year-long because she feels 1000 words a day is too much.

Afternoon busy with commenting on the short story exercises coming in. I’m pleased by the high quality of the work and how clever the plots and stories are.

Worked on the assignment for Confidential Job #1, but got my dates mixed up — kept thinking yesterday was the 27th instead of the 28th. Must get that sorted out right now.

Good morning writing session on HEART-SNATCHER (the first Harpy book in the trilogy).

I’ve got some freelance work to take care of, some errands, and then back to commenting on student work.

Devon

Today’s word count: 2446
Total word count: 94,806

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Waning Moon
Sleet and cold

My guest today on A Biblio Paradise is Adrianne Brennan. She writes a series, but also has shorter stories and novellas that feed into the series, featuring various characters. Hop on over and check her out.

Can you say Murphy’s Law? Because that’s what yesterday was, a true Murphy’s Law day, all around.

First of all, I had a lot of work spread over the kitchen table. Iris lived up to her nickname of Princess Hellion by jumping up on the table (which she knows is forbidden) and knocking over a full cup of coffee. Not only did I have to scramble to save all the paperwork, the table was decorated for the holidays, so the decorations had to be rescued, and both tablecloths were soaked with coffee. Normally, I use dark cloths, but, for the holidays, the top cloth is cream, gold, and green, and the under cloth is a white tablecloth from my great-grandmother that is at least one hundred years old.

That was my main concern. I can’t use bleach on fabric that old, so I soaked and soaked and soaked it in gentle detergent and hot, hot, hot water, and I think it’s all come out. I’ll iron it today and put it back on. The coffee actually came out of that cloth better than the over cloth. Gotta love those antique linens!

I got the first batch of cards and letters out to the post office (I had to drive over to the next town because our post office keeps odd hours and has lines out the door). On the way back, I stopped and picked up some of the stuff I need for Christmas – including scoring an eighteen pound turkey for only $12 – from an honorable local store! THAT was a bright spot in the day, let me tell you.

I came home, got everything put away, worked on the handmade gifts for a few hours. I had trouble with the bobbin for awhile on the sewing machine – turns out that particular bobbin was faulty, so I had to use a different one. Whoever thought that plastic bobbins were a good idea should be smacked. They suck. I love all the things my current machine does, but I wish it was built to use metal bobbins, like my very first machine. They’re much better than the plastic. And, let’s face it, the plastic bobbins were created and machines forced to use them because the companies made more profit – it has nothing to do with serving the customer.

Anyway, after some trial and error, I got the first batch of gifts done. I wrapped the overseas packages, filled out the customs forms, headed back to Purchase to the post office, and got those out.

Had to stop at the store again to pick up a few things I forgot for the baking.

Confidential Job #2 already paid me for my work – gotta love it. THAT’s the way I like to work.

Tossed out my column – it sucked, and I’m going to do a better topic and rewrite it today. I’ve also got an article to get out this week.

Didn’t get as much done as I wanted on the revisions, so I have to work on that today. I’ve also got to finish S-Z on the US cards and get them out, pack up the rest of the packages and send them out, and send out the prizes from Stacy’s Christmas Blogfest.

AND, I’m doing the test run on the cake baking. I think I’ll do the dough for the sugar cookies and let it sit, then roll them out and actually bake them tomorrow. A bunch of people in the area are getting small, decorated spice cakes flanked with sugar cookies.

So that’s the plan for the day. I should pitch some jobs – still have bills that need to be paid before the holidays – but I don’t know if that’ll happen today. I’ve also been asked to do some political work, and I have to read through the details and the time frame. I’m interested in the opportunity, but don’t know if I can take it on right now. If I can do it the first or second week of January, I’ll say yes; if they need it done before the end of the year, I have to pass.

Slow going on the writing this morning, but I hope it’ll pick back up later in the day. I need to get some more work done on the Aunt Doris/Cassio piece. I’ve restructured it a few times and still don’t have it quite right. I think I’m going to set it in Paris rather than Bermuda, though. Doesn’t Christmas in Paris sound like fun?

Devon

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Iris, AKA “Princess Hellion” is unconcerned that she caused so much chaos.