Fri. Nov. 15, 2019: Trying to Balance the Demands

Friday, November 15, 2019
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and warmer

Hop on over to Affairs of the Pen. Instead of talking about the Nautical Namaste Mysteries, this week, I’m talking about the Twinkle Tavern Mysteries, which are part of Delectable Digital Delights.

Took down the contact form on the Fearless Ink site, because it just won’t work. I have no idea why. Whatever they did to make the recaptcha work in the comments on Ink-Dipped Advice screwed up the contact form. It should work on both, but doesn’t, and not even the contact form works any more. So people just have to contact me directly. I typed out the email address, hopefully in a way the bots can’t get it.

Spent the afternoon clearing out a section of the basement. Water had leaked in under the door to the bulkhead in one of the storm. I lost several boxes of books to that, including the books written by my ex. I had mixed feelings about that — talk about a way to let go completely. I’m sad that I also lost a box of books on Cape Cod history, some books on France, and the Norse sagas I brought back form Iceland in 2007.

I also sorted and tossed a lot of old papers. I found some important stuff, such as old contact sheets and an article I’d forgotten I wrote — which is pretty darn good, and will go up on my Clients & Publications page.

My back was killing me by the end of it. But if I keep at it, the basement will be purged over the winter. In the spring, I’ll call one of the junk removal companies to make a dump run with all the stuff I don’t put into household garbage, recycling, or give away.

I still have to do a lot of pruning this weekend.

My back hurt so badly that I broke down and took a Tylenol PM. It kept me awake until after midnight. I finally dropped off and felt dopey when I woke up after oversleeping.

Frustrating early editing session, mostly because I overslept and felt time pressure. Errands, dropped off stuff at the dump and at the post office.

I’m moving Tessa up to my room and keeping her there, away from Willa and Charlotte for a couple of weeks, and then working on socializing them together upstairs, under supervision. It’s not happening organically, so I have to make it work otherwise. The diffuser has not helped at all, and was a waste of money.

Some time at the library. This afternoon, I’m back in the basement, cleaning and purging. There’s a clear path now, when they have to put in the new furnace whenever that is. They’re coming to “talk about it” and take a look next Thursday. The construction guy is coming to “take a look” at what the landlord wants done to the deck. Which means a bunch of old white men will stand around moaning and shaking their heads and wasting my time.

At least they’re not trying to replace it while Mercury is still retrograde.

I’m having a cranky start to the weekend, but I hope it will get better.

Have a great one!

 

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Wed. Oct. 17, 2012: Earthquake & Book Proposal


I love this photo. I took it on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard last month

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Intense day yesterday, part of which culminated in an earthquake in the evening. Yup, an earthquake in New England. No wonder the cats were restless and upset all day, and I was ready to turn inside out. The quake was centered in Maine, but felt all the way into Rhode Island.

For me? Cats were upset, but I wondered why a garbage truck was on our little street after dark!

Sounds silly, but it did feel like that bubble of tension that was building all day inside me was relieved once the quake actually happened.

The worst was the local ABC affiliate news, WCVB — they cut into programming to announce it. Okay, fine, makes sense. Then, they ramble on and on and on, repeating the same three sentences over and over and putting people on TV who said things like, “my couch moved a few inches” or “my bedroom door popped open.” Um, and this is news because. . .? There weren’t injuries or fires or power outages. Tell us that and go back to programming. The anchors, who usually give the impression of being a few beats the music behind anyway, looked like utter morons. Totally left out to dry by their EP. Embarrassing. They kept the crawl under the programs all night — the same three sentences. If you don’t have something valuable to say, shut up and don’t waste our time.

I spent time with my tarot students yesterday, but the bulk of the day was spent on the non-fiction book proposal and the query letter. I’m finally happy with both. It was a huge challenge, well out of my comfort zone, but also incredibly exciting. If the proposal sells, it’ll be a great experience to write. What I’m not satisfied with yet is my sample chapter. So I’ll do some more work on that today, and then . . .of it goes.

I have a lot of work to get through today, since I spent so much time on the proposal yesterday, AND I have to make two dozen devilled eggs — we’re having a cocktail party at the National Marine Life Center this afternoon.

Also, time to turn some attention towards the school work. I’m excited about the mythology paper and turning over ideas for the world history paper. I THINK I have one final paper to write in the Sustainability class, too. Plus, I have to review my peers’ projects.

Back to the page.

Devon

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Mon. Oct. 8, 2012: Computer Hospital & Busy Weekend

Monday, October 8, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Getting Cool!
Columbus Day

By the time you read this, MacGeorge will be in computer hospital, getting a system upgrade.

Busy weekend. I submitted the rough draft first chapter of the marine life mystery as my Sustainability Project. I was going to also submit the rough draft of the flood/drought rebalance project, only to discover I can only submit ONE. I asked about this two weeks ago and never received a response, which is frustrating, because I would have only focused on ONE. But, now that the final is due at the end of THIS week (not next), it’s probably for the best.

Watched lectures, took notes, took quizzes. Wrote my sustainability paper for the week, on the potential for sterile, genetically modified seeds being used as a tool of war used for intentional population starvation. Wrote a paper for the World History class, arguing that the seeds of the Modern Labor Movement started in the 14th century, after the Black Death, when a smaller population for large amounts of work gave workers more power. I don’t think I quite got the academic tone down, but the foundation of the piece is something I can build on for future articles.

The classes are challenging and wonderful, although three classes take A LOT of work — each requires about 7-12 hours per week. But the way certain elements intersect and how they support and contrast each other is fascinating. It’s making me think in a way I nearly forgot how to do.

Gave my moderator the handouts for the Supporting Characters workshop that starts on Tuesday, and uploaded the first lectures and assignment.

Spent time with my tarot students.

Worked in the yard. Got yard waste to the dump. The house will be painted and a new roof put in, but first, a landscaper has to come and move some plants — and he better show up soon, because it either has to be done by Oct. 30 or they have to take a break until Nov. 1. I can’t have chaos here Oct. 30 & 31. Not an option.

Planted some tulips in pots, pulled out some plants that died back, brought some of the more fragile plants inside. I’m waiting for some other bulbs to arrive from the Arbor Day Foundation — hope they get here before the first frost.

So what will I do today, while MacGeorge is in computer hospital? Work on a complicated reading project, taking massive notes, and also starting a draft of a non-fiction proposal I need to get out the door sooner rather than later. If weather allows, I will also do some more yard work.

Enjoy the holiday!

Devon