Fri. Oct. 8, 2021: Promise of a Lovely Autumn Weekend

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Waxing Moon

Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus Retrograde

Supposed to be sunny and beautiful, after a cloudy start

Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful, sunny, warm day.

Mediation was great.

Errands in the morning. Took my mom with me to the college library when I dropped off some books. She was curious, and she was so impressed with the beautiful space. When I feel comfortable being indoors with vaccinated, masked strangers for extended periods, I will do some work there.

Headed to the bank to do a deposit. Then to the public library to get our cards updated from “temporary” three-month probation to permanent. The staff is starting to get to know me, which is nice. Took my mom around to all the beautiful rooms in the library; again, when it’s safe to work indoors offsite, I will sometimes work in there. Maybe next spring or summer.

We parked on Main Street to take a walk around. Only a quarter for an hour, which is a good deal. Found the RMV office, so when we finally change over our driver’s licenses and car registration, we know where to go. Checked out a few stores and picked up something from a local bakery to try it.

Nipped around the corner to Bear and Bee Bookshop. I found a copy of Deborah Madison’s LOCAL FLAVORS, recipes built around farmers’ markets, for only fifty cents! Grabbed it. I love her cookbooks. Felt like I couldn’t just spend 50 cents at a local store, so I bought another book, too, a suspense novel.

We came home, ate our bakery treats. They were kind of bland; at the risk of sounding egotistical, my baking is better. I think sometimes businesses scale back on taste because they assume people’s palates are bland.

Looked through the cookbook. I want to try at least 60% of the recipes.

Spent the afternoon writing up script coverages. Got all four done.

Instructions arrived for my mom’s COVID booster next week. Quite a list of prep. More so than the original shots. But then, they’ve learned since they started.

Knowledge Unicorns was fine. We’re in a groove.

Used leftover BBQ pork from the slow cooker to make pork and black bean enchiladas, which were really good.

Read three scripts last night, which I will write up today, and then I’ve met my nut for the week, and can start the weekend. Once the mist clears, and it’s really as sunny and beautiful as promised, we are going out to enjoy it, so I’m going to get the coverage done earlier, rather than later, and also get my review out.

I may do some article work this weekend, but I want most of it focused on finishing the Samhain decorating and unpacking some more, especially in my office and in the sewing room.

The cats didn’t wake me this morning, but I was woken around 4:30 by college students having noisy sex in a car out front. So the cats were like, well, you’re awake, so. . .so I fed them. I guess it’s the students’ turn to be a cliché at this point in their lives.

I like the extended yoga practice I’ve started. The extra sequencing has some challenging stretches that are a good counterpoint to all the sitting.

I’m on several “alert” lists for copywriting gigs. So it made no sense that I was sent a listing for a bomb technician for the U.S. Navy. Whatever. . .

Have a great weekend, friends, and I’ll catch you on the other side. Holiday Monday, although I plan on working on short articles and script coverage anyway.

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Tues. Feb. 26, 2019: Cleaning the Virtual House of the Toxic

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Waning Moon

Busy weekend, but in the right way.

When I finally finished my meeting on Friday morning, and then the grocery shopping and headed to Centerville Library, the parking lot was full. I had about 20+ heavy research books to return. There was no way I was going to park in the lower lot and haul them up 40 stairs.

So I went to Sturgis library in Barnstable Village instead. It’s a lovely old library, one of the oldest (maybe the oldest) on the Cape. Returned my books, did some work on there instead.

Checked out their book sale.

I found an enormous, red Collier’s Atlas from 1960 for 50 cents. It’s wonderful! Yes, there are differences in country names and political situations. But there’s still a lot of relevant information. On top of it, when I write anything set before 1960 or near 1960, it’s a good reference.

That book makes me so happy!

I did a lot of reading Friday night, including contest entries and the book I’m reviewing.

Started re-watching THE WEST WING. The integrity and optimism of that show are a stark contrast to what we have now.

Saturday morning, I was wide awake, so I hit the page early. Got nearly 40 pages written. On GAMBIT COLONY, which isn’t what I was supposed to be working on, but it was wonderful. It was wonderful to be able to get deep into the work again.

Worked on more contest entries.

Got annoyed on Sunday by someone on social media (I checked before I clicked off for much of the day), whining that libraries should be open at night so people have options other than bars or isolation at home.

Lady, where the hell have you been?

Anywhere in the country where I’ve lived and worked, libraries are open at least a couple of times a week at night. They have a plethora of programs and coffeehouses and lectures and training sessions on just about everything. Only most people in the community can’t be bothered to attend, so then the funding is cut, the programs are cut, the hours are cut. I know this because I worked in a library for a couple of years, and our funding was based on circulation numbers and program numbers. People didn’t check books out across our desk? People didn’t bother to show up for programs? Our funding was cut. Personnel was cut. Hours were cut. We couldn’t buy as many books and DVDS. We had to spend less time providing service to our patrons and more time begging other sources for money.

You want options at the library? Then USE the library. Support the library. Check out books and videos. Attend programs.

Better yet, CREATE programs. Stop the hell expecting everyone else to do your work while you sit there and whine.

If you’re not willing to work to create the type of community you crave, get the hell away from me, because I’m working to create the life, the community, and the work I want.

I wound up reading more than writing on Sunday. My wrist hurt and my brain was tired. Plus, I needed to do some percolating.

I used the Oscars telecast to remove some toxic people from my social media feeds. It’s one thing to have an opinion about whether or not a piece worked for you, or to agree or not agree with winner choices. It’s quite another to denigrate the profession. I’ve dedicated my life to the arts; anyone who denigrates art & artists denigrates ME. It’s personal. And it’s usually done by cubicle slaves who never had the guts to follow their dreams and turn them into reality.

Buh-bye. You’re out of my life, and my life is better for it.

People who work in the arts tend to be intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, curious. They are able to learn many things and live many lives in order to share a wide range of experiences with audiences. To make the audience view the world in a new and different way.

Artists are not, overall, stupid, shallow, lazy, or lack knowledge, skills, or empathy.

There are smarter and less smart people in every profession, but this constant contempt against artists claiming they can’t know anything beyond themselves or have the right to speak out and make the world a better place — usually coming from people who are too stupid, narrow-minded, and lack the courage to do anything beyond their own selfish interests, often out of jealousy, envy, and spite — out of my life. I’ve worked too hard, my colleagues have worked too hard. Go f&ck yourself.

I’m not going to argue. I’m not going to engage. I’m going to remove them from my life. Social media is what I do IN ADDITION to my life, not INSTEAD of my life.

Art provokes change. Art can take down regimes — look at Vaclav Havel. If you don’t know who that is, look him up.

So, the side effect of award shows in my industry is that certain toxic people show their true colors, and can be removed.

Lively debate over whether something works or doesn’t work, or how a story was handled or whatever — that makes sense. We like different things, we have different frames of references, and it’s not always about “fair” or “best” — so when someone or a group of someones create something extraordinary and it gets recognized, it’s fantastic.

There were a lot of great people getting recognized last night, and they deserved their moments of happiness.

Did I agree with all the choices? No. I would have chosen some differently. But I am happy for everyone who won.

I’d considered not paying attention this year, when they threatened to give out technical awards during commercials instead of broadcasting them. The wins for costume design and production design proved why those awards need to be broadcast. I was thrilled for Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler.

I was also thrilled for Olivia Colman’s Best Actress win. She’s one of my favorites.

There are all kinds of reasons to disagree with the competition aspect and the apples/oranges comparison between projects. But it’s important for kids who dream of a life in the arts to see it’s possible — both on the technical end and on the acting/directing end. That ‘s why broadcasting more than just the actors and directors is so important.

The Narcissistic Sociopath’s attack on Spike Lee was disgusting. The lack of class and basic human decency in that creature are appalling.

Bad night, woke up too often. Up late on Monday, and trying to get things sorted out.

Client work Monday, client work today and tomorrow. Plus a lot of admin stuff that needs to be dealt with. Technical issues on different fronts make it feel like Mercury already went retrograde.

Then, more writing. I’m behind on too much, and need to catch up.

I am NOT looking forward to most of March being Mercury in Retrograde.

And people keep messaging me on FB, in spite of my constant reminders that I can’t open the messages and NOT to contact me that way. Email me.

Back to the page.

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Tues. June 25, 2013: Typing Along

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Mercury goes retrograde tomorrow. Ick. I better clear a lot off my desk today! 😉

Yesterday was all about the work — working with students, getting an article out, getting a new editing client set up, working on a new web page, getting some invoices out, taking a copyediting test for a potential new gig, and creating what I call the “Back Pocket Document” for my agent.

What’s a “Back Pocket Document?” That contains the loglines of the additional projects you’re ready to pitch when the agent or editor you’re pitching to says, “That’s not really what I’m looking for right now. What else have you got?”

Instead of looking like a fool and stuttering, you’re ready to go with other possibilities. Because agents and editors are looking for long-term investments, not one shot wonders, unless you’re a wonder along the lines of Harper Lee.

Dropped off some books at Centerville Library and picked up what they had for me; dropped off and picked up some books at Sturgis Library, wishing I’d brought work with me. It was nice and quiet, and I would have loved to tuck myself into a corner to work.

Today, I have to figure out why a mailing that I thought went through a few days ago didn’t, and make sure it gets out, order some stuff from Amazon, work with my new editing client, work on some stories, and start the next couple of articles. It looks like this afternoon’s meeting has been cancelled, which is great news.

OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK is going into print sooner than expected, so I have to give the PDF another last look and make sure everything’s all good to go with that one.

I got a rejection on a novelette (which I was rather expecting — this market was a long shot), so I’m trying to figure out what to do with the piece. I love the piece, but it’s an odd length and a bit of slipstream, genre-wise. Unfortunately, it’s at the right length for this particular piece. Must figure out if I want to try to put it out on my own, or keep submitting.

Devon

Tues. Jan. 29, 2013: Breaking Down and Rebuilding

Tuesday, January 28, 2013
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Snowy and cold

My guest over on A Biblio Paradise today is Margaret Fieland, talking about character development. She worked on this book and these characters in class a few years back — I’m happy it found a good home.

Brandy, to answer your question, I write in several places. I use the more ritualistic elements sometimes if I’m having trouble getting started. Most days, I just sit at the desk, power up the computer, and write. Or, if I’d rather start with a project I’m doing in longhand, I’ll write in longhand. I like my current office and my desk — in a corner, where I can look out the window at a pretty front yard. Sometimes, I write at the dining table or in a big chair in the living room. When the weather is nice, I like to write outside on the covered deck. I used to light a candle at the start of a writing session and extinguish it when I was done, but now, that I spend most of the day writing, and I’m switching between projects, that no longer serves me. I have objects around me that are meaningful and/or whimsical, so I can look up and feel good.

And, by the way, you ARE very creative. Creativity manifests in different ways. You’re creative in the way you live your life, create such a loving home for your family and the cats, the compassion you give to the world. Not a lot of people can do that.

Had to do a lot of admin work yesterday, and also do things like go grocery shopping, load in cat food, pick up books from the library. My library card always makes me feel rich — as long as I can use the library, borrow from the library, I feel an abundance in my life.

Some more good news: My play, “Seven of Swords”, has been accepted for the spring series of PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD, and will be given a staged reading on March 1. It’s much darker than the piece I’m writing for the Marine Life Center –and needs a rewrite done this week.

I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by my deadlines. I have a story that has to go out by Thursday, one that has to release on Friday (or Saturday — I just realized Imbolc is Saturday, not Friday), the Marine Life play finished today, and the other play revised by the weekend. At the same time, I’m grateful for the feast of opportunities.

Two more assignments arrived from Confidential Job #1 yesterday, and they look AWESOME. I can’t wait to dig into them. And one of my editors picked this week (of course) to send me an extra assignment that needs to be turned around in the next few days. I love that he pitches me extra work whenever he can, it’s again — part of the feast.

This is where the challenge comes in. When you’re presented with opportunities in your chosen profession, you have to step up or lose them. Those who step up advance; those who don’t — don’t. It’s not supposed to be easy.

Got the second act of MURDER SEALS THE DEAL in a much better place, which meant ripping apart the third act, and then realizing that, while I’d put in some good red herrings for the audience, I’d never given them the clue to the real murderer. That’s not fair — the audience has to have a fair shot at figuring out who did it and why. I’ve dropped enough clues about the “why”, but the who isn’t hidden in plain sight enough. No matter how witty it is, unless it’s structurally satisfying and fair to the audience, the piece will fail. So, that’s my main focus for the day.

Better get back to it.

Devon

You can still sign up for “The Graveyard of Abandoned Projects” from Feb. 4-6 here.
Bring in up to 5 projects you’ve put aside, and we’ll figure out which ones are viable, and which ones need to be laid to rest permanently in a way to let you move forward with your work. Registration closes on February 2.

Tues. Oct. 9, 2012: Painless Update and Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and cool

For the first time in my life, I had a positive experience upgrading the computer. In it went, first thing in the morning. Out it came in the afternoon, running like a dream. Fast, efficient, feels like brand new. The techs were kind, calm, and got the job done right the first time. In all my 20+ years of computer experience, this is the first time it’s happened.

Of course, trying to update the website, 1and1 Webhost is still a pain in the butt.

Today, tomorrow, and Thursday, I’m on the Muse Online Writing Conference, teaching a Supporting Characters Workshop. The Tarot and the Writers Workshop is still going well, although too many are late getting in their assignments. And, right now, I can’t get into Savvy Authors because of yet more malware warnings.

This Saturday (the 13th) I’m teaching a Fast & Fun Workshop on “Dissecting Submission Guidelines”, since that’s a complaint I’ve heard from editors and agents a lot these last few months. Only $20. Next Saturday (the 20th) I’m teaching a “First Three Pages” workshop, getting the first three pages dynamic. That’s only $30 — I have a sense I’m lowballing a bit for the amount of work, but we’ll see. Registration should open for both of those later today — 1and1 won’t let me put in the coding for the Buy Now button, so I have to go to the library and do it on their computer. More info on both here, on the Fast & Fun Page.

The application is open for the three month playwrighting intensive that starts in January. More information and download the application here.

While MacGeorge was in computer hospital, I worked on the material for Confidential Job #1. It’s over 600 pages, and I got about 275 pages done. It’s due Friday, so I’ll have to do another 200 pages today and another tomorrow.

I checked in with the Muse Conference — some people already posted the first assignment, so I’ll be working on those tonight when I get back. Posted tomorrow’s lectures and assignments, so they have a head start.

I’m on my way out the door — to one library, to try to put in the PayPal button; to another library to return a book. Then, it’s off to the Marine Life Center — the ball chairperson and I are going to look at venues for next year, and we also have a special arrival at the Center later this afternoon. It means I have a lot of work to do tonight when I get home, but it will be worth it!

Devon

Tues. June 12: Gotta love the new Opportunities!


Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Yesterday was a flat-out work day of negotiations, reading material, and pitching jobs. I’ve changed my early morning routine a bit — I’m writing outside on the deck, now, after I feed the cats. I take Tessa out, along with a notebook, pen, and coffee, and we spend the first one thousand words of the day outside. I’m not spending enough time actually WRITING, and that has to change.

Another trip to the libraries around here– returning books, taking out more books. I’m trying to refill the creative well. I feel like I’m spinning, and writing by rote instead of serving the stories well. It’s the time/deadline/money pressure.

Got the front mowed, and I hope to get the terraced back mowed today, squeaking in just after the rain. I’ve got a client meeting tonight, and two blog posts to write before the, along with a slew of short stories to read, and a short story deadline of my own to meet.

Billy Root’s got some news about HEX BREAKER, and the upcoming appearance schedule is over on A Biblio Paradise.

It looks like the ghostwriting gig will happen — although I’m not counting on anything until there’s a signed contract and a deposit. And an editor made an offer for me to do a paid blog gig. We’re sorting out the final details. My price fits her budget, and she likes my samples. So far, so good.

Excited about the potential new gigs, but don’t want to count my chickens before they’re hatched. And I’ve got fiction deadlines looming — have to reconfigure my day a bit to keep the balance with both.

Had a great session on the second book yesterday — just over 1300 words in the sprint.

I’ve been taking some garden photos — will have to upload them to the computer, so I can share them. The daylilies are exceptionally beautiful this year.

Devon

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cold

The temperature really dropped severely. I may have to turn the heat on today.

Poor Tessa! She’s losing some of her baby teeth, and one of her kibbles got caught in a loose tooth yesterday. She was very uncomfortable, and it was quite the adventure getting the food off without hurting her — the tooth is loose, but not loose enough to come out yet. She recovered pretty quickly, though.

Ran errands, including getting in some decorations for the house for fall. I don’t think I can do my skeletons-playing-poker display this October, because the posing skeletons that can withstand outdoor weather are out of my budget this year. So I have to come up with something else! Bought each cat a new toy and handed them out, so there wouldn’t be any jealousy, but, of course, everyone wanted someone else’s toy! Even though they were all the same, just different colors.

Spent most of the day catching up with students. Most of the work is very good. Unfortunately, sometimes, even when it’s good, it’s not always relevant to the exercise. If the workshop focuses on dialogue, and the exercise requires that you communicate specific information through interaction and dialogue, why would you post an entire exercise that’s only narration and internal monologue? If I ask for one scene with a specific purpose, why are you also posting the scenes leading up to it? If I’ve sent something back multiple times to fix paragraph structure, and you have both STRUNK & WHITE and the lectures detailing how to correctly structure paragraphs with dialogue, why are you still posting with the same mistakes?

Fortunately, that’s the minority, and the stuff that’s good is REALLY good. Even a lot of the stuff that doesn’t fit the exercises is really good — but it still doesn’t fit the purpose of why we’re here, and it gets sent back for revision!

What’s exciting about all this is that there are a lot of great storytellers out there, and that’s good for the industry — not just so publishers can make money, but so readers have many choices of well-written, intriguing pieces.

Speaking of which, I ordered some books, including the new Terry Pratchett and the new Sharon Shinn, which starts a new series from her. They should arrive the first week of October — can’t wait!

It didn’t rain yesterday after all, which means I could have mowed some more, but didn’t. So I guess I’ll have to make up for it today! I also have to go to two different libraries to pick up books I put on hold for the Harpy book.

The prep for this book is going well. I’ll be well prepared to start writing on October 1, and it will be hard not to begin before then.

Devon

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Saturday, July 9, 2011


Carousel Horse, Heritage Museum and Gardens

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Yesterday wound up being a quiet, rainy, reading day. I got my materials out to Confidential Job #1, I did some work for the Mermaid Ball and for the Centerville Beautification Gala, worked with my students, and then took the day off to read. I actually enjoy lying on my bed or on the sofa, listening to the rain.

I read one book which was perfectly pleasant and undemanding. I started a second, a mystery with elements that should fascinate me, but the structure (talking to “you” meaning another character in the book and also the reader) was frustrating, and then the author butchered a pet cat for no good reason and without any realistic emotional resonance for the protagonist or justice to the perpetrator — something which is non-negotiable for me. The book is now in the BookMooch pile, and I will not read anything else by this author. I stared a third novel, where the writing is rather twee and self-congratulatory at times, but the content is interesting enough that I’m willing to go with it.

I got an idea for a couple more stories. Characters yapping at me and all that. I will make some notes today, and then they can take a number.

The neighbor’s green beans were delightfully good. I’m going to write him a thank you note today.

I’ve got to head to a couple of libraries today to return books and take out some more, and spend some time writing. If it dries up enough, I’ll mow the back terraced area and start painting the bureau.

Have a lovely weekend.

Devon


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and cool

I answered the interview questions for the Christmas In July promotion first thing yesterday morning. My day is July 18 – -don’t worry, I’ll remind you! I also set up a meeting next week about teaching in person here on the Cape this fall, and discussed the possibility of another promotion via an “Author Roast” in October. So things are busy!

I felt like I was setting a bad example for my students because it was all before writing my first 1K of the day, but it had to be done as soon as it came in! And then, when I finally wrote my daily quota, it all sucked and I’m going to have to throw it out. We all have those days.

So the RADIO spot is actually a TELEVISION spot, which I almost had to refuse because of the whole no-photographs thing. But I got special permission because it’s community TV and students learning how to shoot, etc., etc. Of course, this means I better do my own make-up and hair . . .

I got a bunch of work done for the Mermaid Ball and for the Centerville Beautification projects. I fiddled with the sidebar and got the ball into it, and the press release is here.

Went to the Centerville Library to return books and get more out; went over to the HUGE library in Mashpee and found some interesting stuff. We got stuck in traffic coming back because of yet another accident (three major ones in the past three days), so I took a back way and didn’t get lost.

Tried to get some more work done. Had a simple dinner, and then got back to work. Didn’t do much commenting because I swear, by late afternoon, someone had scooped out my brains and replaced them with mashed potatoes!

Finished SACRED GROUND by Mercedes Lackey. Excellent. I don’t know if she has any other Jennifer Talldeer books out, but I’d love to see more with that character. There’s a novella in TRIO OF SORCERY, along with the Diana Tregarde novella, where I first was introduced to the character.

Costume Imp and I sorted out what I’ll wear to the Mermaid Ball (a navy velvet evening gown rather than a costume) and on camera on Friday. — which also means I have to come home after the breakfast, change, and do hair and make-up. But at least that’s all figured out.

Today, I settled into the writing immediately. I’ve got to do more work on just about damn everything, knock out an article, and make the deviled eggs for tonight’s meeting. Imp leaves this afternoon (Waaaah). And I have student exercises on which to comment.

I also got an invitation to join a really cool collaborative group. I need to think about it. It’s headed by someone whose work I really like and respect, but, as I reminded him, I’m probably older than his mother. I don’t want to spread myself too thin, and, honestly, I was so tired at the time he shot me the invite that I felt about as creative as wilted lettuce. I’d love to be part of something like this, but don’t know if it’s the right time. At the same time, I don’t want to miss out on a really unique and wonderful experience. So, I’ve got some thinking to do!

I’m going to fix Imp a nice eggs benedict brunch for Imp before he heads back to the city, and then try to knock out as much of my work as possible before tonight’s meeting.

I hope we have good weather next week — there’s a beach yoga class I want to check out!

Back to the page.

Devon


ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT available from Champagne Books and Amazon Kindle Edition.
Annabel Aidan webpage here.

Monday, March 14, 2011


a nearby beach

Monday, March 14, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Gloomy and COLD!

Saturday was just a very disjoined, disconnected day. I’m not really sure why. I did a few loads of laundry, but that was the only tangible accomplishment.

I caught up with student work, which was great, and always exciting. I finished the Kay Thompson biography — but not early enough to get it to the library before they closed for the weekend. I discovered that I can get a separate card for the Sandwich Library (one of my favorite libraries on the Cape), which also plugs me into a network of 28 off-Cape libraries, expanding my research capabilities even further. I wrote material for the conference board and threw it all out, because both tone and content SUCKED.

Started the next assignment for Confidential Job #1. Stylistically, it’s well done, but it’s rather depressing and certainly not enjoyable. So it’s a bit of a slog, but it’s the last of this set, and once I’m done, I can invoice, so I’m going to grit my teeth and get through it in the next few days.

My treat for the evening was to dive into a book given to me by Costume Imp, Mercedes Lackey’s TRIO OF SORCERY. I read the first novella in it, “Arcanum 101”, which is a Diana Tregarde story. Diana Tregarde was one of the early kick-butt urban fantasy heroines before it was called “urban fantasy” –I used to find the books shelved with paranormal mystery. She is one of my all-out favorite characters. While I completely support any writer’s choice to stop writing in any given series, I still always hunger for more Diana Tregarde stories, and was delighted that this book, published in 2010, had a novella with her, front-and-center, and, even better, it took place during her college days in Harvard in the 1970’s. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Overslept on Sunday, due to Daylight Savings Time — I HATE “springing forward”, I resent losing that hour, and it takes me weeks to feel like I’ve caught up. Got in the papers, comments on student work. Had hoped to get in a walk at Ashumet, but then it clouded over. There was talk of snow flurries, and I would have just burst into tears if I had to look at one more flake of snow. I LIKE snow and I’m done! 😉

Read the papers — so at least I know what’s going on around here — and read the second of the TRIO OF SORCERY, called “Drums.” Also fascinating.

Headed down to the library for the discussion on ornamental grasses. I wasn’t in the mood for it — I was worried about the work I had stacked up at home. But I’m really glad I went — it was fascinating. I learned a lot. I also met some of the people with whom I’ll be going to the Flower Show on Thursday, and I won an adorable little birdhouse! I’ll have to post a photograph at some point. The refreshments were also great– everywhere there’s an event here, they put out a great spread!

I came home, pulled out a book on New England Gardening, and got some ideas on how I can apply what I learned to this property, which is always good.

Cooked dinner, and finished a local history book — the diary of a sixteen year old girl writing about her life in Woods Hole (only a few miles from here) in 1881.

Weird dreams last night, everything from cats lost in transit (not mine) to . . .I don’t know. Woke up just before 5; should have gotten up, didn’t, and then, thanks to the damn time change, overslept.

I have A LOT to get done today, especially on the seminar and on the play. So I better get to it. I’d hoped to go to Ashumet today to walk, but it’s dreary and cold, with talk of either showers or a snow flurry, so I think I’ll pass! This week is insanely busy, but in a good way. I just have to make sure everything gets done on time, and nothing is left dangling.

Devon