Wed. Aug. 29, 2012: 21 Pages and Counting . . .

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Lots of rain yesterday, but we needed it. Unfortunately, poor New Orleans does NOT need the battering they get from Hurricane Isaac, on the 7th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is simply tragic.

Got a short article out yesterday, proofed an ad, worked with students, worked on DEATH SPARKLES galleys, worked on next assignment from Confidential Job #1, worked on the Sustainability coursework, repacked the decorations from the Mermaid Ball and took them back to NMLC. Got to hang out with my friends there for a bit, before heading back.

Last night, wrote 21 pages of the 40 page project that has to go out first thing Friday morning. Will finish the next 19 pages this morning, type it up and let it sit overnight, revise tomorrow, and off it goes on Friday. That feels good. I’m also very excited about the piece. I had most of it written in my head before I started, so once I picked up the pen, it flowed easily.

My students are enjoying their Certificates of Completion — hey, they earned them! Writing for a full year, every day, no excuses, finishing a novel, starting another, completing and submitting a handful of short stories, and putting together a submission package — not for the faint of heart!

Will have to mow the terraced back area later today — ick — and get a bunch of other stuff done. More errands later on, but at least I’m getting more efficient in planning my routes.

It definitely feels like autumn.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

If you like this blog, I hope you’ll nominate me as one of the Top Ten Blogs for Writers.

I spent most of the day glued to the Weather Channel, watching New Orleans. I’m going to keep worrying for the next few days. I don’t believe they’re out of danger yet.

Did some writing, mostly sketching out some ideas for short stories and monologues.

Re-read ANGEL HUNT, which I plan to adapt from serial to novel. I’m surprised at how it holds together, but I have to craft a strong ending for it and deepen quite a bit of it, in spite of the fact that it’s already pretty long (well over 400 pages). Yes, I’ll be cutting along the way, too. But I want it to start going out on submission by October. I rewrote the first chapter, which encompasses Episodes 1-6. Just to give you an idea of its length, I wrote 105 episodes, and it wasn’t finished (although it was close).

Finished re-reading Joyce Carol Oates THE FAITH OF A WRITER, and started re-reading Virginia Woolf’s diaries. I don’t have all the volumes; somehow they’ve gotten separated over the years, so I’m starting with Volume 3.

I finished the reading for Confidential Job #1, and now I have to do the write up. They didn’t give me a due date, but I’d rather get it done sooner than later.

Did a little bit of work on the third Jain Lazarus, mostly plotting.

Worked on my column.

Sketched out the next article for WOMEN ON WRITING.

Did a bit of work on GIFT this morning.

I’m not booked on the show at all this week, so I hope to get a lot of writing done. And I hope that the checks due to me get here earlier in the week rather than later.

And so. . . September starts.


Angel Hunt — 6,119 words out of est. 125,000

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6 / 125

Devon’s Bookstore:

Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I’m so worried that Hurricane Gustav will destroy New Orleans, much the way Katrina did three years ago. I hope it doesn’t. Everyone seems more prepared and more human this time – and even Bush is pretending he has a clue – but damage is still damage, and I’m worried. The psychological damage is something to worry about as much as physical damage, because for people to work so hard to rebuild and then lose everything again . . .I don’t know.

Yesterday was a serious writing day. I did a final pass on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, and it’s ready to go.

I re-wrote DIXIE DUST RUMORS. It’s ready to go.

I re-wrote ELUSIVE PRAYERS (and fell in love with that particular story and the Western genre all over again). It’s ready to go.

I was so tired by nightfall I could barely see. Basically, I rewrote approximately 100K today, spread over three projects.

And I started the modern gothic, tentatively titled GIFT. I’m not sure what name it will go under.

I’m waiting to hear back on a few things, with my finger poised over the “send” button.

I’m about to go back to the ghost story, and to start Book 3 of the Jain Lazarus adventures, this one told through Billy Root’s eyes.

Hopefully, the start of September signifies a lot of productivity and writing success.

Have a wonderful holiday.


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