Friday, Nov. 3, 2012: To Travel or to Stay?

Friday, November 2, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Yesterday, I went to yoga in the morning and spent the rest of the day at the desk. I’m polishing tomorrow’s class (in which I’m going into more detail than expected, so it’s taking me longer). I spent quality time with my tarot students, catching up on work.

I did some of my own writing, and went tracking down invoices. Not only did one client send me a rubber check, another one who swore over a week ago that she had mailed the check — hadn’t. I told her I want it on my desk by Monday.

Stories coming out of NY are bad. I understand that it takes time to fix a transformer, but having the NY Marathon this weekend, all those extra people flowing into the city at a time like this, is ridiculous. And the gas shortages? Why aren’t the oil companies stepping up? They have the ability to deploy trucks to these areas that can fill people’s tanks directly from the tanker. They’re not doing so, because they want to encourage the shortage to raise prices again. They need to be held accountable. With the billions of dollars in profits they make every quarter, they can give back during a crisis like this.
They need to step up!

Costume Imp is going to try to get back today, and I’m worried. The roads to NY are clear, the bus is running, but once he gets into the city, he has to get to Brooklyn. We’re discussing the possibility of him staying longer. If he wants to give it a go, we’re leaving soon; if not, I guess it’s vacuuming and yard work today! 😉

Costume Imp and I spent most of the past two days reading Yasmine Galenorn’s latest release, SHADOW RISING. It was very quiet around the house, except for cats playing and pages turning.

So much to do, whether Imp stays or goes. Time to get moving.

Of course, I woke up early this a.m., convinced it was after seven, going about my morning routine– only to look at the clock and see it was 3:45. Ick!

Off we go.


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Wed. Sept. 19, 2012: New Article Up & Television Musings

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and warm

In spite of the migraine, I had a very good day of edits on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I’m starting to feel good about the book and how it sets up the rest of the series, as well as standing on its own.

Also did some notes to shut up a character who’s been yapping at me the past few days, in a built world. I’ll be writing from a male POV, I think, this time,which will be fun.

Got work done on the opening of the marine life mystery.

Re-sent some invoices — I want to wind up completely with one client and be done, buh-bye, and the other wants more work from me, but the payments have to be on time, or it simply won’t happen.

My article on “The Renaissance Writer” is up on WOW-Women on Writing here. It was a lot of fun to write, and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Didn’t get enough housecleaning done yesterday, so I’ll have to make up for it today.

Planning on staying in today, writing, writing, writing.

Forgot to mention that I watched the pilot of REVOLUTION on Monday. I hadn’t particularly liked the promos –to me, they came across as jumping on THE HUNGER GAMES bandwagon. But Billy Burke has one of the leads, and I like his work (although I had no idea he was involved in the TWILIGHT franchise, because I haven’t bothered with the movies). I also wanted to see Giancarlo Esposito’s work — I liked him a lot in both BREAKING BAD and ONCE UPON A TIME.

I was pleasantly surprised. I LOVE the production design — sets, costumes, et al. The attention to detail is great. Again, though, I’m glad not to be doing wardrobe on it, because they’re outside a lot! Continuity with dirt is not easy! It uses archetypes from the Hero’s Journey nicely, although I hope they deal with the fact that one of the lead characters is a young woman. The heroine’s journey is, by nature, different. The writing was much better than I expected, and I thought the actors committed fully in a really wonderful way. One of the reasons I like Billy Burke’s work so much is that he is such an active listener. He is unafraid of stillness, and he listens completely and responds to what is actually said and done in the moment. He does that in interviews, too — there’s never a sense that he’s skipping ahead, thinking about what HE will say next. He’s very much a partner in whatever scene he’s in, not trying to take all the focus with the underlying, “Look at ME!” that so many actors (especially in leading TV roles) insist on. I’m interested in seeing how the show evolves.
However, if it starts messing with the audience just to mess with them, the way I felt LOST often did — I’m outta there.

Going back to the active listening and partnership in a scene, I’m already struggling to continue watching a different show that an acquaintance of mine is on. I like HIS work a lot, and he’s good at the give-and-take, but he’s a second lead and the two lead actors are very much in the “I’m the show’s star” mode in a way I feel hurts the overall show. Sometimes it’s the number of close-ups; sometimes it’s screen time; sometimes it’s not letting one of the other actors have a moment that makes more logical and organic sense. I continue to watch because my acquaintance and I dissect every episode after, in terms of writing and character development, and I’m loyal to him; but I’m finding it more and more difficult to watch.

Okay, I need to get back to the page and get a bunch of other things done today, too. We had a bad storm last night — we didn’t have too much damage, other than overwhelmed plants.

Back to work!