Thurs. Jan. 21, 2021: Die For Your Employer Day 246/Fresh Hope Day 1 — Relief and Resolve

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Waxing Moon

Cloudy and cold

We did it. The inauguration happened, without violence. I am glad I was wrong. I thought the Sociopath was going to try to pull or incite more violence.

The ceremony was well-organized, and moved, and people didn’t drone on forever. It was thrilling to watch Kamala Harris sworn in, and Biden. Biden’s speech hit a good balance between promise, unity, and refusal to ignore what’s happened.

The women looked great – there’s been a lot of talk about their coats. There was a lot of pressure on them. There always is – women are always under more pressure as to how they look. But this time around, it was especially fierce after four years of the trashy Wife Creature. The women looked fabulous – a wonderful combination of strength, beauty, and dignity.

Pence and Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett were there, included, people were polite, but couldn’t be bothered pandering to them. I hope Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett felt a sense of reverence and connection to history and dignity of the ceremony; however, I doubt they are capable of experiencing anything beyond the self.

I loved Bernie Sanders’s mittens.

The singers were great, but the true performance power was Amanda Gorman’s poem. She’s an old soul, and may she continue to grow and create, and may we continue to learn from her.

It was also thrilling to have an administration sworn in that understands and appreciates the power of art.

I was also pleased that they got directly to work – executive orders, proclamations, fired one corrupt enabler, put another on administrative leave. The Senate got to work and confirmed the new DNI leader – a woman with both intelligence and ethics. Let’s hope Schumer doesn’t let McConnell obstruct. I’m sure McConnell is plotting.  One could see him smirking behind his mask at the ceremony.

In my lifetime, Democrats have a pattern of whining they “don’t have the votes” when they’re the minority, but then blowing it when they are the majority by capitulating to Republicans and allowing them to obstruct. It can’t happen this time around. They need to hunt down and punish seditionist and enablers and crush the agenda of cruelty. WHILE getting the virus under control and passing genuine relief measures to get the economy back on track.

It was wonderful to have a press briefing given by someone with a brain and a heart who actually shared information.

I am fighting an ear infection, so I didn’t get much done at all yesterday, but that’s okay.

What I need is a real break, a genuine vacation. But the move needs to happen first.

I’m hoping we will have rebuilt enough so, in 2022, I can actually finally visit Venice.

At least I managed to get a pitch out early yesterday morning. Today, I have to finish my article and get it off. I have meditation, which should be an especially joyous group. I have some LOIs to get out, and other plans to make, before Knowledge Unicorns tonight.

I was actually able to eat my dinner and not worry something awful happened while I was eating. I slept through the night and woke up without an existential feeling of dread.

There’s a great deal of work still to do. We have to continue to defeat the right’s agenda, as well as hunt down and remove the extremists. WHILE fighting the virus, and working toward genuine equity, not comfort for some so they can ignore what’s happening to others.

I’ve got a post over on Gratitude and Growth about the garden. I’m getting ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to work.

Enjoy the day, friends. We can breathe with less of the Sociopath’s stench, although until he’s in prison, we can’t completely relax.

Tues. Jan. 22, 2013: Shoveling Out from the White Stuff!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Waxing Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Snowy and cold

My guest today on A Biblio Paradise is author Cynthia Woolf. Come join us, and drop a comment, entering to win a copy of her book!

We got about mid-range of the predicted snow overnight, about 4”. Not looking forward to shoveling later! I’m going to try using the “electric snow shovel” — something that’s halfway between a snowblower and a shovel, and usually just tosses it all into my face. Glad the morning’s meeting was canceled. The snow’s really pretty, though.

Didn’t get as much done as I would have liked yesterday. Not happy with the play — have to rip it apart and do some restructuring. Worked with students.

Most of the day was caught up in the Inauguration. I thought things ran smoothly, although it must have been a tough day for the Secret Service. The President’s speech was the one I wanted for the first term — so let’s see how much we can get done this term.

I need to disengage from someone who’s trying to be a creative energy vampire. I can’t have my creative energy siphoned off via frustration to fuel someone else’s work. Not acceptable.

Read the material for Confidential Job #1 yesterday — loved it. Will write it up and send it to my editor today. Most of my meetings were canceled, but I have one later tonight, and I have to prepare for that.

Only four more days left to book a reduced-rate editing slot — first 30 pages (Standard Manuscript Format ONLY) edited for $75. Go here for more information — offer ends on the 25th of January.

Don’t forget The Graveyard of Abandoned Projects Workshop from Feb. 4-6 and the Journal into Fiction Workshop from Feb. 11-14. Information on both here.

Happy Snow Day!

Devon

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Well, yesterday was both exciting and exhausting, wasn’t it? Loved the inauguration speech, and I think most people will take it to heart, roll up their sleeves and get to work. The majority of citizens will take on the responsibility and the work to repair the problems in this country, but we need leadership in order to do so effectively. Now we have it, so let’s get to work. Wall Street, of course, ran scared because now they have to be accountable and can’t just scamper off stealing people’s money, begging Congress for a bail out and then spending it on themselves. And those dodgy last-minute resolutions The Great Pretender tried to push through have been put on hold for review.

Heck, I was exhausted from just watching it all yesterday! But if our new President can get out of bed and attack his workday with enthusiasm after such a long day, I guess I can get some work done, too, right? 😉

So, we’re in the middle of waiting for the parade and someone pounds on the door, scaring the heck out of all of us. It was the exterminator. We’ve been trying to get the Scumbags to bring in the exterminator for nearly two years now and he shows up without an appointment or anything on INAUGURATION DAY? Not exactly what you want prowling around in the middle of a lunch party, but I was so grateful to see the guy that we coped.

I got about a page and a half done on The Lucy Gothic, but that was it. I had the television on most of the day, whether people were here or not, and that’s something I NEVER do. I can’t stand having it on in the background as noise. And one cannot write effectively in front of the television. Trust me, you do it, and you won’t get published, because everything you write picks up the flavor of what’s running in the background. And, after what seemed like umpteen hours, I just couldn’t stand having it on anymore, so I shut it off and read.

I’m re-reading A BOOK OF ONE’S OWN by Thomas Mallon, which is about people and their diaries. If you’re interested in people at all, whether or not you’re interested in writing, this is a book you should read. I first bought it in 1986, and I re-read it at least once a year.

I’m back to tackling THE MATILDA MURDERS, which I need to complete and send to my producer before I leave for my weekend site job on Friday.

So I better get to work.

Devon

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