Saturday, September 4, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Basically, Hurricane Earl burped in our direction and waddled off. Not even a single raindrop. After all the floods I’ve survived in this place, I’m grateful, but it meant a full day of the annoying “workmen”.

Won a small victory over the landlord, something they brought on by not being careful in language and I caught a language loophole. They are going to freak out when it’s brought to their attention by the appropriate agencies next week. They will hit back hard and nasty, but I’m going to savor this minor victory for a few days.

Unfortunately, Elsa took a turn for the worse yesterday, and it was frightening. I tried a chamomile treatment, and she rallied last night, and has shown real improvement this morning. I want her to be able to enjoy our new home!

Not a good writing morning, although, after I post, I will try again. My mind is all over the place. I managed to keep it still for morning meditation, but now it’s making up for it.

I met my deadline yesterday — at 3:30 PM, but it was still within the workday. This weekend is busy — we’re going to sort, purge, and pack the three remaining closets (yes, I’ll send a postcard from the back of my closet), I have to finish polishing my lecture notes, and write a few short (6-10 page) scripts for another gig. I’d like to polish some skits, but I’m not sure if that will happen. I’d also like to clean off my desk — how did it wind up with piles all over it again?

The workmen should be gone for the next three days, which means it should be relatively quiet, and maybe, just maybe, I can catch up. The chaos here sucks the life out of me. I keep thinking I should push hard at night, but I”m so exhausted that I collapse about an hour or two after the workmen leave. So three days without them will be a gift. They better not turn up on Labor Day!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Devon

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Hot, humid, rainy, here comes Hurricane Earl!

I’m rather nonchalant about the hurricane. Instead of racing around boiling water and filling the tub, I’ve just checked supplies. If it looks like the brook’s rising, I’ll boil then (no reason to heat up the apartment more than necessary) and move the car. We’ve got food and batteries, and I’m running out to get a cheesecake in about a half hour because we decided we couldn’t get through the weekend without one.

I fire my next volley (return fire) at the landlords today. So next week should be even uglier than this one!


Yesterday was mostly about planning and about working on Confidential Job #1, which turned out to be more complicated than I expected, and the only person I have to blame for this last-minute scramble is ME. I should have pulled an all-nighter, but I fell asleep at 10 PM, thoroughly exhausted from what’s been going on and with nothing left in the tank. So I’ll push hard today, with the focus just on that job, and get it in on time, because that’s the deal.

You’d think with a hurricane coming that the workmen would be more concerned with securing things than harassing people but that would mean they were actually legitimate workmen.

In spite of everything, I’m feeling more optimistic than I have lately. Even though I know the next few months will be hell on wheels and there will be times when I have to keep going for 24 hours and more straight to get it all handled, it WILL be handled, and once it’s done, it will make a huge difference. And it better be my quota of turmoil for the damn century! 😉

I’m kind of in a holding pattern for the moment, because I’m waiting for some maturation dates before I can take the next steps. So it’s purging and sorting and packing (eek, I’m almost out of boxes) and doing an inventory and getting as prepped as possible.

Decent morning’s work on the Willowspring Grove novel. Even doing just a few pages a day in the midst of all this insanity helps. It’s not anywhere near as much writing as I need to get done, but I keep reminding myself that something is better than nothing, and the little bits eventually add up to big bits.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Devon

First Willowspring Grove Novel (first draft handwritten) : 39,500 words out of est. 100,000 (39.5%)

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Hot, humid, smells like a hurricane

Busy day yesterday, but not exactly as planned. Didn’t get any work done on Confidential Job #1, which is a must today. Got some admin work done, but not enough.

The Lead A-holes from building management were sniffing around. They actually had the balls to stand under my window dressing down the supposed supervisor of these “workmen” — who only ever shows up once every 10 days and then barks into his bluetooth instead of supervising, telling him to “be more careful. We can’t get what we want if they’re calling the cops.” Oh, THAT’s dealing with the situation in a positive way. Not. And they’ve blocked off a passageway to one of the streets for more “work” until the end of the week. Posting the notice the day it’s blocked does not constitute “advance notice.” There are other ways to get around, it’s just an annoyance factor.

I went to the Bruce Museum, because I wanted to see the exhibit, “The Art of Dressmaking” before it closes at the end of the week. It was amazing. The Bruce is a lovely small museum anyway, and this exhibit was spectacular. The detail on the clothes and the lovely curation was wonderful.

Additionally, they have a permanent exhibit on minerals and gemstones and on the natural elements/wildlife that used to be prevalent here before the greedy developers destroyed everything. It’s beautiful and fascinating.

There’s been so much fuss about Hurricane Earl and I kind of didn’t take it all that seriously for this area until I woke up this morning, and it smells like hurricane. That sounds weird, but the air smells and feels different when a hurricane is on the way than when it’s some other kind of storm. So I’m going to check supplies, boil water, make sure there are enough batteries, etc. I feel bad for the people who have plans this weekend.

I sorted and purged and packed a bunch of stuff stacked in front of my closet. You’re probably way too organized, but I have a tendency to dump bags of stuff in front of the closet to sort “later” and later takes forever to arrive. So I handled all of that yesterday. Packed, sorted, marked. Another bag of clothes for donation. I have to actually open the closet and tackle the inside, which is scary. First of all, it leads to Narnia. It’s a small closet, yet I’ve put stuff in and shut the door for years now, and I keep managing to fit more in there. It’s bottomless. I may tackle it this weekend. If you don’t hear from me by mid-week next week, send out the search dogs. 😉

Have to do some feng shui work in the apartment, have to do some unpleasant landlord-related paperwork. It’s so toxic in here that some of our plants are dying (the ones that are supposed to be protective). However, the avocado and tomato that I planted from pits/seeds from food I bought at the farmer’s market are thriving. Now I just have to get them out of here before the toxins kill us all. It’s hot and humid, so I’ll be in the bedroom with the air on most of the day, I’m sure. And I HAVE to deal with the assignment for Confidential Job #1 today.

But all I want to do is pack.

Devon

First Willowspring Grove novel (handwritten first draft): 37,500 words out of est. 100,000 (37.5%)

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