Mon. Oct. 2, 2017: PLAYING THE ANGLES release!

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Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Waxing Moon
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Sunny and cold

Release day for PLAYING THE ANGLES!

Witchcraft, politics, and theatre collide as Morag D’Anneville and Secret Service agent Simon Keane fight to protect the Vice President of the United States — or is it Morag who needs Simon’s protection more than the VP?

Available digitally for $3.99. List of buy links here.

Of course, this is just the start of the marketing marathon for PLAYING THE ANGLES and for the Coventina Circle series. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it in the coming months!

I have my September wrap-up list up on the GDR site here, and I’ll have the October To Do list up tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s already October. But October is my favorite month.

Friday was challenging, frustrating, disappointing. Got a little writing done, but most was spent on a book I have to review that was beyond disappointing.

Saturday, I wrote about 3500 words on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN and started typing the first section.

I also did some structural work for the Lavinia Fontana play, and some research on a couple of projects.

Sunday, I put up the spider web curtains and did the inside decorating for Samhain. I’m going to wait a bit to do the outdoor decorating. I have some pruning and clearing that needs to be done first.

Thoroughly disgusted that the man who calls himself president is off golfing and insulting the mayor of San Juan while people die. On top of that, the GOP Congress refused to renew the CHIP program, knocking 9 MILLION children off healthcare. The GOP platform is that if you are not white and cannot afford to buy them, you deserve to die. The entire administration and the GOP Congress needs to be removed. NOW, not in 2018. They’re killing people. And they must, AS INDIVIDUALS, be held accountable for each and every murder they commit.

Then, woke up this morning to hear about the shooting in Las Vegas. Appalling.

Hard to be creative when there are so many people killing each other all around, and the GOP claps its hands and laughs.

Back to the page; there’s a lot to do, and, no matter what tragedies are happening in the world, I still have to promote my books and keep a roof over my head. I keep trying to wait until it’s appropriate and sensitive, but I’ll starve if I wait until the world is a better place. Unfortunately, I have to keep working creatively while I do my part of make the world better, safer, and free from horrible people, like those currently in charge.

Onward.

 

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Thurs. Sept. 28, 2017: Manuscript Prep/Release Prep

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and humid

We’re getting the very light fringes of Hurricane Maria today. Again, I’m grateful it’s not as bad as it hit elsewhere.

Busy morning sending out short stories and pitches. Fixed a few logistical lapses and smoothed out a conversation in SAVASANA that started, but didn’t really go anywhere.

Reading REAL ARTISTS DON’T STARVE by Jeff Goins. A lot of it is common sense cheerleading, but he also reminded me of some things I’ve let fall by the wayside. He also has two quotes I’d like to use in an upcoming article, so I have to contact him and see if he’ll grant permission.

Sent off additional requested information to one potential client, who responded quickly and positively, so we’ll see where we go from here; heard back from another potential client asking for more info, which will go out today.

I’m frustrated with many of the publications for writers because they only cater to beginners or hobbyists, rather than to steadily working writers. I’d discussed this with one of the publication’s editors several years ago, and we’d talked about working together on that topic, but then she left the publication. So much for that. But I’m considering putting together a survey to ask working writers what they miss in various publications that are supposed to motivate and inspire writers. I’m not sure if I’ll use results in an article or a proposal or what; at this point, I want to see what the frustration level is from working writers.

The tax reform plan put forth by the GOP is another atrocity. Tax cuts for the rich; removing deductions from people who actually work for a living, instead of the parasites who keep their workers in poverty. Under this plan, most people who work for a living will pay twice on their earnings, instead of being able to deduct the state taxes from their federal returns. It is designed to push this country further into a state of feudalism and is the GOP wet dream.

We do need tax reform; I sent a proposal to my representatives. It’s far more balanced across the boards, saves people money AND pays for those savings by more equitable distribution by using actual, relevant math and ratios.

Plenty to do today and limited time to get it done. I better get going then, hadn’t I?