Wed. Sept. 21, 2016: The Shock of a Loss

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Waning Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Feeling better, which is a good thing. Got some decent work done, both on the new projects, and on starting the next round of edits on DEATH OF A CHOLERIC. Still dithering about turning CONFIDENCE CONFIDANT into a full-length – I think I know what I want to do, so hopefully, this weekend, I’ll just sit down and o it.

Started re-reading some of my favorite books – the Bast series by Rosemary Edghill and the Diana Tregarde series by Mercedes Lackey. That got me thinking about how the Craft has changed since our idealistic, hopeful days in the 90’s (although we thought we were terribly cynical. In reality, we were naïve). That gave me the idea for another project, which I’m playing with.

That also got me thinking about some close friends at the time, with whom I’ve lost touch. I started hunting them down on the internet – and found out that one of the closest friends from that time period died of cancer over a year ago. It’s a shock and a loss. I was friendly with her husband, too – I want to send him a condolence card, but will that reopen the wounds? Yet I feel that I need to acknowledge that I just found out and that I hurt for us both. In fact, I planned to dedicate this new project to them, whether or not I’d manage to reconnect.

So I will.

I have to sit with the loss and mourn. But that what this time of year is about.

Decent writing session yesterday, and this morning. Yesterday afternoon, I did some prep for my next road trip. I’ll have to load up the car tonight. Details Friday.

I also have to prepare a proposal packet that will go out on Friday. I thought I had the pieces with me here and now, but I don’t. I was too shaken when I discovered my friend’s death and didn’t take with me what I needed. To say I can’t believe she’s gone is an understatement. She was one of the most vital, vibrant people I ever met.

I need to run some errands and get back to the page. The page is the best way to create a worthy tribute to my friend.

In sorrow,

Devon

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Tues. June 11, 2013: Slowly Recovering

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cold

By noon yesterday, I got my proposal and sample chapter polished enough so I could send it to my agent. She was impressed, said it didn’t need any changes, and forwarded it on to the editor who requested it. So we’ll see from there what happens.

I was wiped out by the end of it.

Worked with students, posted materials for the Supporting Characters workshop at RWA.

Read Mercedes Lackey’s STEADFAST. Liked it a lot, although the ending was a bit abrupt, in my opinion.

Prepped for this afternoon’s meeting. Signed up for an environmental conference that will run Thursday and Friday.

Went to bed early and wasn’t up half the night coughing. Didn’t even need to get up in the night to take medicine. Hoping I’ve turned the corner.

Need to get back on track with a few things today, but I’m exhausted. Working up a book proposal and sample chapter to specific guidelines in three days took more out of me than I expected. But it’s a great opportunity for something I’d like to try, so it was worth it.

Back to the page.

Devon

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Thurs. May 24: Writers Worth, Writing, and Weekend Prep

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Sunny and foggy and pleasant (all at once)

I was felled by a migraine for most of yesterday, so I wasn’t online much. I didn’t get a chance to send you over to the Writers Worth Week post of the day, which is Peter Bowerman’s terrific article about “deserving” or not deserving to make $5 to $10 an article. Peter’s inspiration helped give me the courage to make the leap. He’s always got something great to say, and this is no different.

Today’s post is by the wonderful Cathy Miller on a Freelance Writers’ Dictionary, which is awesome.

Took my mom to the eye doctor — her eyes are healing well, and she’s allowed to drive again. It will be good for her to gain back her independence.

Revised six chapters of the book — only 10 more to go. I’m not cutting enough yet, and that concerns me. I’ll have cut close to 8K in the draft, but a lot more needs to go. Worked on my article. Waiting for quotes. Did some more PR for my classes. Spent time with students. I REALLY need the upcoming holiday weekend break, and I intend to enjoy it thoroughly. I plan to spend a lot of time in the garden, a lot of time reading and writing, and very little time online!

I read Garry Marshall’s new memoir, MY HAPPY DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD, which reminds me of the good things about the business. And I read an anthology created by Mercedes Lackey called LAMMAS NIGHT, which is outstanding — some of the best short stories I’ve read in ANY genre. The controllers of the purse strings might be bitching and moaning that the paranomal/urban fantasy market is glutted, but there’s always a hunger for outstanding fantasy. This volume was published in 1996, and it’s as relevant today as when it was published — maybe even more so.

Don’t forget to vote on Facebook, on Saturday the 26th, for the National Marine Life Center in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. Winning that Highlander would be fantastic!

Yoga was great this morning, but boy were we worked hard!

Have a GREAT memorial day weekend, people! I’ll put up the link — I’m the featured guest on Words on the Page to wind up the two Writers Worth Weeks tomorrow — and then I’ll see you again on Tuesday!

Devon

Don’t forget the Setting Up Your Submission Systems Workshop on June 2, online. Far too many submissions go unread and automatically rejected because writers don’t submit properly. Learn how to avoid that, and set up a system that makes submissions a breeze! Information and registration here.

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


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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Summer Solstice
Sunny and pleasant

Yesterday was a dedicated work day. I got a lot of writing and business done; it’s never enough, but it helps. I got a good chunk done on THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, got out a couple of proposals, made a manuscript submission, and worked on the backlog of short stories that needed to go out.

In the late morning, Costume Imp and I drove to Hyannis to check out Tim’s Books, right on Main Street. We both found some great stuff. And found parking about two doors down from the store! Imp went on to meet a friend of his he’d recently learned moved to the Cape, and I went on to run errands, get some work done in the garden, and go back to do more work.

We had a craving for Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner and gave in to it. Sometimes, you just need the fast food!

The evening was about reading (SACRED GROUND by Mercedes Lackey for me, very good), and then watching the repeat of the GAME OF THRONES finale. It was well done, and hopefully, the way they’ve left it means there will be a lot more of Peter Dinklage’s character in Season Two next year. His work is always good, but he’s outstanding here. And the scene between Jamie and Caitlyn was great. I’m debating whether or not to read the books in the interim.

Someone’s coming to fix the downstairs toilet this morning, my students have their next exercise due, and then we’re hitting a couple of farmers’ markets and natural food places. I’ve got a meeting tonight, and then we’ll do our Solstice ceremony.

In the meantime, I better get back to THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY and do my quota for the day! 😉 I hated to stop yesterday, but there were other things that had to get done. I’m hoping over the weekend, I can block off five or six hours just to work on the book.

Devon


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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