Monday, December 22, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold

Time for the 2008 Wrap ups for Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions. Drop by the site and, in the comments, leave your own musings looking back on 2008.

And then come over to A Biblio Paradise and check out Karina Fabian’s wonderful new story.

The shows yesterday were a lot of fun. It was great to be with everyone again.

Back home late, and the cats were wild, doing their Wildebeests thundering across the Savannah routine – at midnight. Thanks goodness we are well-carpeted.

Slow start this morning, and fighting with U-Haul Chelsea, who employs the rudest, most incompetent people on the face of the planet. I really want to get enough money to move the rest of my stuff out of the remaining storage unit. I am tired of their incompetence, false accusations, and harassment. Of course, the head office could not care less and can’t even be bothered to respond to complaints.

There are enough competent people out of work that companies can and should fire the incompetent and hire people who are actually grateful to have a job and able to do the job.

I have so much to do today, and I’m so upset from the U-Haul encounter – I need to calm down and get focused. I also have a blasting headache.

Not a good start to the week.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

NYC was awful yesterday. Too many Stupid Fucking Tourists, too hot, too humid, too smelly. I was in a MOOD by the time I reached the theatre. Fortunately, I was on my own for the first few hours and had time to get over myself.

An article was greenlighted (greenlit?) that I really want to do – I get to interview a friend, colleague, and one of my favorite people for the Winter Issue of THE SCRUFFY DOG REVIEW. He’s excited, I’m excited, my editor’s excited, so it’s all good. Now I have to come up with some good questions!

Confidential Job #1 sent me my next assignment – finally! First they cut the rate by 40%, then they send less work. I’m getting a little fed up with them, but the loyalty to my editor keeps me in place. Oh, and this time, they forgot to give me a due date, so I’ll have to ask about it.

Confidential Job #2 was kind enough to invite me to see the finished product of something I worked on several months ago – unfortunately, it’s in LA, and I can’t fly out for the day! But it was sweet of them to include me.

The job boards totally suck lately. Hopefully, they’ll pick up after Labor Day.

Have to undo some admin tangles – these companies need to hire people who actually post payments sent – I have to untangle two messes on payments I made over a month ago. Both companies were quick to cash the check, but never posted payment and are now harassing me. Fortunately, I have proof. And I’m invoicing them for the inconvenience.

Have to buy cat food.

And, of course, the building management shut off the water AGAIN. I don’t even care if they tell us ahead of time. I want it to STOP.

Tried to work on OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK last night, but it was mush. Too tainted by the day. I had to throw everything out that I wrote. So I had to get up extra early this morning to make up for it. Most of Chapter 19 is done. I have to figure out a couple of things in this, and then I’m going to end on another cliffhanger. I thought Chapter 20 would be the final chapter of the book, but now I think it’s more likely to be Chapter 21.

Off to deal with the incompetents, and then it’s back to the page.


Devon’s Bookstore:

Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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