Tues. Aug. 1: Cover Reveal, Death, Bullying, and Lammas

Playing the Angles Cover Choice 3

 Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and humid
Lammas

Cover reveal for PLAYING THE ANGLES, the first Coventina Circle Paranormal Romantic Suspense mystery! Yes, it was planned to do the reveal on Lammas! 😉

Witchcraft, politics, and theatre collide as Morag D’Anneville and Secret Service agent Simon Keane fight to protect the Vice President of the United States — or is it Morag who needs Simon’s protection more than the VP?

Digital Release date: October 1, 2017
Print release date: TBA

Visit the Coventina Circle webpage on the Devon Ellington website, and the Coventina Circle Romantic Suspense Facebook page for further updates!

The media kit is up. As usual, 1&1.com, which is the WORST webhost on the planet, has failed me as far as being able to post either the cover or the excerpt. I’m going to move hosts as soon as I can get it sorted out.  I can do most of the basics, but there’s some information I don’t know how to retrieve, and I’ll hire someone more websavvy than I am to grab it before the move. If you’re looking for a webhost, AVOID 1&1.com.

Back to the rest of life:

Didn’t get much work done at the library yesterday. There’s an old white man who comes in, wearing a MAGA hat (of course), who sits and live chats with hookers and watches porn. Which, of course, is illegal on a public computer. But he’s of the Narcissistic Sociopath’s caliber — after all, he is a supporter — and believes the rules don’t apply. It’s not my business when he’s at some other computer; it IS when he’s being revolting while sitting next to me.

However, I got my review out and requested my next assignment; hopefully, I’ll get it today or tomorrow. I sent out a couple of pitches.

Had a bit of a set-to with someone on social media. It was another bullying post “I bet 95% of you won’t repost” — that type. No, I won’t. Only this time, I posted WHY I wouldn’t repost — because it is a bullying post masquerading as something “doing good”. It doesn’t change the bullying factor, and I will not repost or endorse posts that bully, shame, guilt, or try to manipulate people, while pretending to “do good”. I don’t care what the cause is — how you ask affects the response you get. If you’d posted the same information and said, “It would mean a lot to me if my friends would repost this” — hey, no problem. But by trying to bully and shame people, with the phrasing “I bet 95% of you won’t” or “I bet I know who will and who won’t” — damn right I’ll be one of the ones who won’t.

I’m not even going to comment on the chaos in DC. I want to go back to the days when I could focus on my work, and on conversations about art on social media, and cat videos. Unfortunately, our lives depend on being politically engaged on a daily basis.

The news of Sam Shepard’s death hit me hard. We both worked in San Francisco in the mid 1980s, although at different theatres. But our paths crossed, as it does in the theatre community. I liked and respected him a great deal. We didn’t agree on many things, and we approached life from very different perspectives. But we could always have a lively discussion. And laugh.

His death and John Heard’s death both hit me hard. On a logical level, it doesn’t make sense — I hadn’t talked to either of them for years. But they were kind to me early in my career. We were colleagues. Respected colleagues. They are part of the weave that made me the artist I am today. Their loss affects me, and I grieve.

I came home and finished a polish on a short story that goes out today, and did some work on another story that has a deadline today — still have a polish to do on it before it can go out. Finished the media kit for PLAYING THE ANGLES. Planning the posts leading up to the release. I’m going to plan them out and then upload them as is appropriate, rather than scrambling at the last minute. Some will be theatre-oriented, some will have to do with the paranormal and circle aspects of the novel.

I now have two essays to re-slant and one essay to write from scratch, all of which I hope to get done this week. Essays are a stretch for me, a bit out of my comfort zone, which is why I’m stretching in that direction right now.

First Lammas ceremony this morning, including baking the cornbread. The big ritual will be tonight. Looking forward to it.

Meanwhile, back to the essays that need attention, back to writing “Labor Intensive” (which drops at the end of this month), and finishing off the back matter for PLAYING THE ANGLES, so it can go out to my editor and copy editor.

Once all that is done, which I expect will take the rest of this week, I turn my attention back to SAVASANA AT SEA. We’ve got a good cover design for it, so I’m getting excited, although re-constructing it fast enough to meet the deadline, and writing the first chapter for next year’s book, will be a challenge.

I’m chasing down payments — the two large payments. The big one, that was supposed to cover all of the summer’s bills, is now TWO MONTHS LATE. The other one is only a week late, but still, since the other payment is so overdue, this one needs to show up NOW. That’s the frustrating side of freelancing — deadbeat clients who don’t think the work should be paid, or at least, paid on time.

The upside is being able to live many lives and write about a world that is brilliant and interesting, even when it’s infuriating.

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Mon. July 24, 2017: Time in Fictional Dimensions

Monday, July 24, 2017
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Intense weekend. Still dealing with personal issues.

Worked on the article; it should be ready to go out tomorrow. Roughed out two more articles and two flash fiction pieces I hope to get done this week.

Most of the weekend was spent working on the Coventina Circle series. I’ve got the edits done on PLAYING THE ANGLES. I have a bit more backmatter to add in over the next few days, and then it goes to my editor and copy editor.

Worked on the information for what will be the Coventina Circle Series Bible. I have most of the character information in there; now I need to do the place information.

We’ve roughed out the cover for THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, the second book in the series, too. The central protagonists are Bonnie and Rufus, and it deals with both contemporary times and with New York City’s history as New Amsterdam. The first chapter of SPIRIT REPOSITORY will be included in the back of PLAYING THE ANGLES.

I re-read what I have on the book. I thought I was nearly finished with it, but it’s really only about a third. I have to get cracking, since we now have a May 2018 release date for it. But I got a good sense of it, and have to sit down and work out some plot complications. It will take a few days to finish outlining it and then I can get back to work on it. That book has to go into the regular, daily writing schedule.

I also spent time doing Writers Rough Outlines on other books in the series. I have basic notes on the Lesley/Sam book and the Diana/Greg book. I spent most of my time focusing on Book 3 in the series, which has the tentative title of RELICS & REQUIEM. That book focuses on Amanda and Phineas.

Because the lives of these characters are so entwined, and I’ve set up some strong relationships in ANGLES, I find I need to work on the outlines in tandem. Things that happen further down the line need seeds planted in the earlier books. Each book stands alone, and has a different central pair of protagonists, as paranormal romantic suspense does, but they feed on each other.

It’s an interesting process, and I understand so much more about structure than I did when I first wrote ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT. Growth in a writer is a good thing.

Started reading WORDS ON THE AIR, which is the collected letters of poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. It’s gotten me thinking about writing an epistolary novel. Supposedly, that’s out of fashion, but it’s a style I enjoy. Made some notes. I think I want it to cover several decades of history. The characters are talking to me, telling me about their lives and how they want it to work. It will take quite a bit of research, I think.

Getting back into writing THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY means re-visiting some of New York City’s earliest history. I ordered some books from the library, then looked up and realized I owned one of them. When I first percolated the novel, I used Washington Irving’s diaries. I also bought a good biography of him, but didn’t read it. It’s sitting on the shelf next to his diaries. Time to read it.

One of the late payments arrived; the smallest one (of course), and only part of it. But better than nothing. The other payment better arrive in the next few days. This is ridiculous. “Processing” means the check will be written and mailed, not that you’re deciding to maybe someday pay or not pay. Use the right language.

The actor John Heard died. I was sorry to hear it. We worked together off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club on an Arthur Miller play quite a few year ago. He had a meticulous process approaching his work. He had the reputation for being difficult, but we got along well.

Watched PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES again this weekend. I liked it better this time around. My favorite scene is still the Bennett girls getting ready for the ball, hiding their weapons in their gowns. My 94 year-old mother, who doesn’t like paranormal movies, loved it. She’s re-reading Jane Austen right now, and we’re watching all the movies, and I wanted to see this one shortly after seeing the definitive PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Colin Firth.

Lots to do today. I’d like to stay in the cocoon of the Coventina Circle books, but I have to deal with the real world in order to keep a roof over our heads. I have a project meeting on Thursday that I’m looking forward to.

I have to do some rearranging of front matter for a play that a producer is interested in; more to do with renumbering the pages than anything else. I gave it a proofread yesterday, and it holds up better than I remember, which is a good thing.

Already did a grocery run this morning (to avoid the tourists), and wrote two drafts on a flash fiction piece I’ve been turning around in my head for a few days. I hope to get it out the door soon. While I drove to the grocery store, I had another flash fiction idea about a butcher and his vegetarian customer who shops for her elderly neighbor. Will work on that when I’m done with the articles.

Because, you know, ideas come in batches.

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