Thurs. Sept. 28, 2017: Manuscript Prep/Release Prep

Playing The Angles Cover Sm

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and humid

We’re getting the very light fringes of Hurricane Maria today. Again, I’m grateful it’s not as bad as it hit elsewhere.

Busy morning sending out short stories and pitches. Fixed a few logistical lapses and smoothed out a conversation in SAVASANA that started, but didn’t really go anywhere.

Reading REAL ARTISTS DON’T STARVE by Jeff Goins. A lot of it is common sense cheerleading, but he also reminded me of some things I’ve let fall by the wayside. He also has two quotes I’d like to use in an upcoming article, so I have to contact him and see if he’ll grant permission.

Sent off additional requested information to one potential client, who responded quickly and positively, so we’ll see where we go from here; heard back from another potential client asking for more info, which will go out today.

I’m frustrated with many of the publications for writers because they only cater to beginners or hobbyists, rather than to steadily working writers. I’d discussed this with one of the publication’s editors several years ago, and we’d talked about working together on that topic, but then she left the publication. So much for that. But I’m considering putting together a survey to ask working writers what they miss in various publications that are supposed to motivate and inspire writers. I’m not sure if I’ll use results in an article or a proposal or what; at this point, I want to see what the frustration level is from working writers.

The tax reform plan put forth by the GOP is another atrocity. Tax cuts for the rich; removing deductions from people who actually work for a living, instead of the parasites who keep their workers in poverty. Under this plan, most people who work for a living will pay twice on their earnings, instead of being able to deduct the state taxes from their federal returns. It is designed to push this country further into a state of feudalism and is the GOP wet dream.

We do need tax reform; I sent a proposal to my representatives. It’s far more balanced across the boards, saves people money AND pays for those savings by more equitable distribution by using actual, relevant math and ratios.

Plenty to do today and limited time to get it done. I better get going then, hadn’t I?

 

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Thurs. Sept. 21, 2017: Jose Hangs Out, Draft Gets Finished

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy & blustery from Hurricane Jose

Busy time. Jose scratched us yesterday and is hanging out with winds and some rain, but not as bad as feared. I am grateful.

Most of the past couple of days has been about SAVASANA AT SEA. I found a major logic lapse, and have been working to fix it. That meant going back to my research and expanding on it, and then picking and choosing what best suits the story. It’s starting to feel like it’s meeting my overall vision again.

I worked hard these past two days, and finished the whole draft yesterday, just before 5 PM. This draft feels really good. I’ve gotten the energy and the spirit of the piece back. I chose where to stay within the cozy mystery formula and where I wanted to break it.

I need to write the first chapter of the second book and do the rest of the back matter, then put it all together and off it goes to the editor.

That was all I did yesterday — work on the book. It felt good.

I didn’t go out, because of the storm, although it didn’t hit as badly as they said, and it didn’t even get truly nasty until last night. We’d been told Tuesday into Wednesday would be the worst, but, as usual, they were wrong, and it’s Wednesday into today. Only I can’t put off today what needs to be done away from home. So I have to go out in this mess.

I also managed to get about 1000 words done on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN in the evening. I don’t want to lose that book’s rhythm, either.

Today will be busy, but busy is good. Hopefully, we won’t lose power, etc., but who knows?

Worried about those hit with Hurricane Maria. Worried about those who suffered in Mexico’s earthquake. Worried that the corrupt GOP is determined to take away healthcare and sign the death warrant for millions of people (which would include me and my family). Which is, of course, what they want: cull the herd of those who can’t afford to buy them off. Perform economic genocide.

I’m doing my bit with my elected officials and hoping for the best.

Onward.

 

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