Thurs. Dec. 6, 2012: The Roofers are Here

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold

I slogged through yesterday, but I was basically a waste of food. However, there’s a nice press release out about the shorts, the Delectable Digital Delights. Check it out!

Today is the last day to sign up for Flash 7, where you write, revise, and submit 7 Flash Fiction pieces in 10 Days. Information and registration here — it closes at 5 PM tonight, so the final admin can go out and participants can get their passwords in time to start first thing in the morning.

I updated both the Devon Ellington and Hex Breaker sites yesterday, got the press release out, pitched for a couple of articles, did a library run, and started a letter that has to go out later today. The roofers came by to scope out the place, and they’ve started this morning. When you think how much more intimate the job is here at the house compared to the way things were done back with the Scumbag Landlords in NY, this is a cakewalk. They’re not even making that much noise (so far, anyway). They do have tarps over all the windows and there’s a dumpster in the front yard. Good thing I held off on the outdoor decorations!

Finished Jasper Fforde’s THE WOMAN WHO DIED A LOT, one of his Thursday Next novels. I enjoy them.

Had a good writing session before yoga, and, a few minutes ago, had an aha! moment — this particular book needs to be in first person, not close third. Because it’s one of a series, and I wanted the room to maneuver and tell different stories from different POVs, I thought I had to use close third for all the books, but maybe I don’t. THIS book wants to be in first; we’ll see what the others want. Maybe they will all want to be in first. Cross those POV rapids when they appear — I need to do what’s best for this book, which I think I’m going to call MURDER’S INTOLERANCE. I’ve written three chapters (44 pages) longhand and will shortly type them up and start my tracking sheets for characters, consistency, etc.

Lots to do today, writing-wise, teaching-wise, and business-wise, and it’s already after 11 AM, so I better get going. Also have to get started on my History class work — last week of lectures.

Hop to it, girl!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011: Busy Dreams

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Just a quick check-in, before too much of the day gets away from me. I had more “busy dreams” last night, and woke up, feeling exhausted. This would make the good basis for a story — about a someone killing the witnesses at an execution with the same type of drug. But I’m a little tired of having these vivid, busy dreams — some of them organizing a gala, organizing a conference, preventing a break-in at the old apartment, picking people up at the airport — I wake up feeling like I’ve already put in a full day.

Also woke up with the idea for a Christmas story. Not sure if I can get it out in time, or what I’ll do with it if I do, but we’ll see what happens. I SHOULD have written it in July — but I didn’t have the idea then! 😉

We had company yesterday — glad I got my writing done early. It was a lot of fun, and she was delighted to see the house and see what a good move it was, all the way around. My neighbor (the one who was ill last week) is back up and around, and took our leaves to the dump for us in his pick-up truck, which was very sweet.

Back to the page today — a lot to do, and I’ve been re-prioritizing projects. I’m writing steadily, but I have to up the variety a bit, and catch up on the backlog. Everything that could possibly be out there earning its keep needs to go out, and anything that needs tweaking, needs to be tweaked and THEN go out and earn its keep.

I’ve got a Writers’ Association dinner tonight, which should be fun. But there’s a lot that needs to get done before then.

Finished Jasper Fforde’s ONE OF OUR THURSDAYS IS MISSING, which was very, very funny. And very relevant to the class I’m currently teaching.