Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cool
Autumn Equinox

I was all excited about an interview that runs today and tomorrow and I go to check if it’s live this morning . . .and the interviewer’s got my GENDER wrong! In paragraph after paragraph.

First of all, part of a writer’s job is “never assume”. Check your facts.

Second, I talk about reading Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Beverly Gray, and the Little House on the Prairie books growing up. Um, I don’t know a lot of GUYS who do that, do you? Instead of assuming I’m a gay MALE because I work on Broadway, how about checking?

I pointed it out semi-diplomatically. If and when the correction is made, I’ll post the link.

I’m tired. I appreciate the good wishes, people, but tell me: Since I worked shows 14 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday, exactly WHEN was I supposed to get in that productive writing weekend you all talked about?

Shows were fine. My actors were as sweet and lovely as they could be. The interview with the actor/songwriter went VERY well – it’ll run in the Winter issue of THE SCRUFFY DOG REVIEW, and you guys will love it. He’s an extraordinarily talented human being, and one of my favorite people to work with.

I had dinner on Saturday between shows with some friends (some of whom came to the show later that night). We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Pepe Rosso, on W. 52nd St. Unfortunately, the manager’s wife brought their two toddlers into the restaurant. The brats screamed and shrieked non-stop the entire time they were there. They banged dishes with spoons. They smashed glassware. They ran around the tables screaming. It was behaviour completely inappropriate to a place of business, not to mention this was my one hour break in a 14 hour day and I was furious. We complained, AND I’m writing to the owners, stating that we WERE regular customers, but we will not be returning.

Sunday, we wandered the street fair. I bought some handmade soap. The rock-n-roll kid running the booth saw my triskele necklace and said, “Wow, you’re wearing the Led Zeppelin symbol.”

“Um, sweetie, this symbol is s a lot older than Led Zeppelin,” I retorted. “I know that’s hard to believe.”


I’m about to embark on an exciting project that, if everything works out, will be pretty exciting in the long run. I can’t go into the details yet (sorry), so I’m calling it The Big Project. It needs more preparation than anything I’ve done to date, because I have to fit into material that’s already been created, although it also has to stand alone. I’m excited and I’m trying to absorb the information and make notes and formulate my part in it. And by Big Project, I mean around 75K.

I’ll have to reshuffle things to fit it into an already tight schedule, because it needs to be done sooner rather than later. I may do it as my Nano – but if I do, I’ll have to skip mentoring this year. Or maybe limit myself to three.

My grandmother and her brother have both taken a turn for the worse. Next week, I’ll head up to Maine before I head down to Philadelphia.

I have a phone appointment with my producer for the play opening in January at 10 AM, and then it’s back to the page. I’ve got a lot to get done today.

So far, I’m not booked for the show at all this week – we’ll see how long that lasts! 😉


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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