Friday, December 12, 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008
Full Moon (but who can see it in this weather?)
Sleeting and cold

There was some flooding in the area, but we seem to have come out of it fairly well – no power outages, minimal flooding on the roads. I got my car to safety just in case yesterday, and hunkered down to weather the storm. Of course, the Scumbags didn’t give us heat until 11 PM last night, but it’s amazing how toasty you can get with hot water bottles, a featherbed, and a bunch of cats.

Eva Gordon is my guest on A BIBLIO PARADISE today. She’s a biologist and zoologist, and it’s fascinating to see how she uses her background in her writing.

Check out what I’m doing in May, for a super duper Promo Day Event:
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Yesterday was tough – as you can see, I’m putting the books into the sidebar – that was an adventure. The WordPress people were very helpful teaching me how; but my damned computer wasn’t behaving, and it was a nightmare. And I’m so over McAfee hijacking my computer for two or three hours a day and crashing it that I seriously doubt I’ll renew my subscription with them in spring. It’s not protection; it’s bullying.

I lost at least half my working day yesterday, yet again, due to computer problems.

As of yesterday, these are all the correct Payloadz links – it seems that Payloadz randomly changes my links whenever it feels like, without notifying me, which really pisses me off.

I’m also pissed off that the Senate won’t give bridge loans to the American-based auto manufacturers. They keep handing out money to white collar insurance companies and banks who aren’t putting it back into the economy but continue to fund their resort weekends. Yet people who actually work with their hands for a living are turned away. And I don’t know where they got those hourly figures for union wages – they are not accurate. It’s spin on the part of management, as usual: “Oh, poor me, I can’t afford a private plane and a sixth house because I have to pay the people who actually create the product that gives me my profit.”

It’s like when Broadway goes to the bargaining table and the producers cry poverty and claim it’s our wages that cause the problems and high ticket prices. Excuse me, our wages are 11% of the total cost. They give the press these completely out of whack figures, and we sit around looking at each other going, “Do you know anyone who earns that? I sure don’t. What show are THEY on? I’d love to apply there!” But you can’t, because the shows with those inflated wages don’t exist, and it’s the same with the lies management and these senators (who are probably getting kickbacks from foreign auto makers – it sure wouldn’t surprise me) are spouting.

The fact that workers haven’t marched on Washington with effigies of Paulson, CEOs of various companies that are running away with the money that’s been handed out to them without having to justify any of their expenses, and these senators just shows how over-medicated and apathetic our society has become.

It’s time for the workers to rise up the way they did in the 1920s and 30s and take back their rights. Because the current Senate is bound and determined to bust the unions, instead of simply cleaning out those members who have mismanaged – whether they’re union officials OR corporate bigwigs.

Paulson MUST be removed. Immediately. There won’t be an economy for Obama to save if he stays.

And outsourcing jobs to other countries, the way companies like Dell do, must also be stopped until the unemployment rate in this country is below one half of one percent.

On that happy note (cough, cough) I have to dash into the city for some errands and then come back out. Hopefully, by the time I get back, the computer will have rested up and gotten over itself, and I can get today’s work done.

I had a FABULOUS time with the League of Extraordinary Paranormal Women last night. It was one of the most fun and thought-provoking interviews I’ve done in a long time. I’m now officially a fan of theirs, and I’ll be following their show often – whether or not I’m on it! 😉

Let’s hope the weather sorts itself out and we can settle in to a good weekend.

Devon

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I finished “The Ramsey Chase” yesterday, so today is about editing and design.

Still waiting for some promised checks, and getting annoyed.

Repacked a bunch of stuff yesterday afternoon that will go back into storage. I’m going to haul that in today, get a few more boxes out of storage, and do some purging and repacking. I’m hoping to consolidate a lot of stuff in the units, and maybe even get rid of the second, smaller one.

Drove up to Mohegan Lake and found the supplies I needed for the Big Holiday Project. Will get the rest of what I need up in Maine next week.

Tough start this morning on the mystery, in spite of thinking about it a lot yesterday. Eventually got back into the flow, but I’ll need an awful lot of revision on this chapter.

Not much to say – just trying to juggle too many deadlines, and frustrated by slow payment. I don’t even want to pitch anything in the next few days, because I’m not getting myself into a situation where I get a client who’s disorganized and then expects me to work during the time I’m up in Maine next week.

Urgh.

Oh, and these automobile CEOs who are begging for OUR money so they don’t go under? They’re flying to DC to beg in PRIVATE JETS, and when called on the carpet for it by Congress, said that was not negotiable. Hey, dumb ass, if you’re asking ME (meaning all of the taxpayers) for money, EVERYTHING is negotiable, and we can decide to let your frigging company go under if you won’t give up your private jet.

I’ve said it before, and I’m saying it again, publicly: Paulson and Bernecke must be removed NOW, or there won’t be an economy left to save come January. The solution is NOT to keep pouring money into the pockets of the executives who created the crisis in the first place, but to ease the pressure on the consumers – when the consumers actually get their money on time at reasonable interest rates so they can pay their bills, they’ll be ABLE to put money into the economy. Handing it to institutions who then hoard it and/or give it to their executives is the same thing that got us into this mess in the first place. One of the caveats that any company who receives OUR money must fulfill is that they remove the top executives who caused the problems in the first place. Purge the CEOs who caused this mess and rebuild all the institutions with people from within who actually do the work in the companies, and then there will be progress.

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 44,878 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

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44 / 50
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Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 44,878 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

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Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
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