Mon. Jan. 30, 2017: Political and Personal and Art

Monday, January 30, 2017
Waxing Moon
Cloudy and cold

Busy weekend, a lot of it political. Although, within it all, I got some writing done.

The Unconstitutional, poorly thought out “travel ban” that went into effect late on Friday was the primary cause of it, along with removing legitimate security officials from the National Security Council to install an unqualified, unvetted white supremacist. Lots of activism, and thank you to the Federal judges who actually understand and uphold the law.

Every Senator and Representative who remained silent needs to be removed from office next year. The ACLU got five to six times more in donations this weekend than they typically get in a year. Better them than the DNC, in my opinion. The candidates need to start earning their keep before I give any money to them. Hopefully, we will see some contentious primaries and get some of these cowards out.

Ironically enough, I was re-reading the Constitution in preparation for today’s start of the Constitutional Law class. The Executive and Legislative Branches are not only ignoring it, they are using it as toilet paper.

I’ve also taken note of those, who, right after the election, kept insisting that even though they voted for the Sociopath, they were “good” people and would be the “first” to stand up if he violated the Constitution, yet remained silent this weekend. Duly noted. You didn’t stand and you won’t stand. Because you agree. Also duly noted.

I got nearly thirty pages written on one project. Too bad it wasn’t one of the ones I was supposed to be working on! But it felt good, to get back into the groove. Got some work on the short story due on Wednesday, although I didn’t finish it, and will have to so do today.

Worked on contest entries, finished re-reading POSSESSION, which remains one of my favorite books.

Waiting to hear back on two contract negotiations. Got a request for a meeting on another project that I’m hoping to set up later this week. Got an email from someone with whose company I parted on less-than-stellar terms who wants to know if I want to come back for the summer. Wondering what the ulterior motive is — we were relieved to be parted.

SAG Awards last night, and it was a lively night. I’m getting sick of those who try to demean or diminish artists for speaking out. Having spent most of my professional life working in the arts, most artists are intelligent, thoughtful, have a strong sense of justice, curious, and, in the course of researching their work — informed. The artists I’ve worked with, on the whole, have been much smarter than the non-artists I’ve worked with. Yet non-artists are quick to try to bully, condemn, and censor artists. All that does is show the lesser character of those non-artists.

Because genuine artists are the ones who change the world. And theatre, in particular, started out in Greece as a form of politics.

Speaking of artists making a difference, I’m re-reading Vaclav Havel’s THE ART OF THE IMPOSSIBLE: Politics and Morality in Practice.

One of my neighbors built a section of fence to block off his patio area from the street. Good for him, I have no problem with that. Privacy is important. Unfortunately, it’s one of the ugliest structures I’ve seen in a long time. It’s especially noticeable to me right now because, this weekend, I was researching different types of walls, fences, and gates for one of my novels, and designing something beautiful. Synchronicity!

The Constitutional Law class begins today. I’m excited and a bit apprehensive. I hope I can do the work. I really like my professor, who’s both soft-spoken and passionate about his topic.

I have to set up some appointments, and some places for appointments, so I’ll have some running around to do.

Another week, and Imbolic is only a few days away! First planting!

Onward.

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Fri. Jan. 27, 2017: Trying to Get Back in Balance

Friday, January 27, 2017
New Moon
Chinese Lunar New Year — Year of the Fire Rooster
Cloudy and cold

Temperature’s going down again, but at least the rain’s let up for the moment.

Yesterday, I got some work done on the short story. I think it will be ready to go out on Monday (it’s due on Wednesday). As I was going to sleep last night, I had an “aha!” moment about it, which I will have to work in to the text today.

I sent off my proposals and we’ll see what happens next. I also worked on a counter proposal to the other contract negotiation. We’ll see if that works for both of us. If not, we part ways and wish each other well. I’m done accepting work for so far under my rate that it costs me. Pay me a fairly for a fair day’s work, or hire someone off Craigslist with no credits who mixes up possessives and plurals.

Turning over and over the themes and actions for the play. I hope to get a good chunk of it written this weekend, once the short story is done and simmering, prior to its final polish.

Worked on contest entries yesterday, and also on the research for the Italian Renaissance play. Found a tangent to my research — something very, very cool, but off-topic. However, it’s so cool that I made note of the sources and started a fresh file, so that I can go back and build a project just around that in the future.

Fascinating tangents are a pitfall of research. Many sniffily advise to “just ignore them.” I take notes, especially for sources, so I can go back to them once the project I’m researching is done. I find that works better for me — I don’t waste time on tangents (fifteen minutes to note sources is reasonable, in my opinion), and I don’t resent losing something interesting.

Did some political work, and have more to do today, including a potentially contentious encounter with someone whom I don’t think is living up to the obligations of the job.

One of my favorite authors, Nicole Peeler, has started a virtual book club as part of her activist and educational work. I joined, and ordered the first book. I’m looking forward to it — she’s putting together a smart group of people, and I think we can have some invigorating discussions.

I’m re-reading AS Byatt’s novel POSSESSION. I re-read it regularly, and it remains one of my favorite novels, although I wasn’t crazy about the film adaptation. I always get something new and nourishing from the text, as one does from well-written material.

I had hoped to get to Cape Cod National Seashore today, since our National Parks are about to be sold off, and I’d like to see it one last time. I don’t think I’ll make it until next week, but I’m determined to get there, thank the rangers in person, and take one last look before the destruction.

Back to the page.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I am so tired I could just fall over, and I’ve got a six hour round trip today. But it will all be good and all be worth it.

I’m stumbling around incapable of forming coherent sentences, yet I’ve already had to get out a pitch and a follow-up to a pitch before 9 AM! Ah, the life of a freelancer. Gotta love it,and I’m not being sarcastic!

I had trouble sleeping Wednesday night into Thursday, dropping off shortly before the alarm went off. Yes, I set the alarm — I hardly ever do any more.

Morning routine, a few minutes with students, and a friend picked me up to take me to the meeting point. We were a merry band of 13 in a small van, headed to Boston.

I’ll write about the Flower Show in detail in tomorrow’s Gratitude and Growth post, but it was a lot of fun. I learned a lot, I met a lot of great people, I got some business done (surprising how many writers turn up at gardening shows — I mean, writers who don’t primarily write about gardening), I bought some little plants and some lovely pottery, and I brought back a bag full of information that I have to sit down and sort out, because it will be helpful.

Yes, it’s true nothing can go in the ground until Memorial Day. Well, perhaps the radishes can go directly into the ground a week or two before. And, since none of our cats have started shedding yet, holding onto their winter fur, it will probably snow on Easter!

Okaaaay. 😉

Came home, had to immediately repot the small plants because the roots where coming out of the drainage holes — they are so much happier now.

Ran out of soil and had to make a run to get more.

Spent time with my students, caught up on email, hopefully straightened out a link kerflamma, and took care of some other stuff that needed to be handled because I’ll be offline most of today soon. The poor play is suffering — that’s going to be my priority this weekend. I’ve put it off and let other things take priority, but this play has to wing across the sea by the end of the month no matter what, so I can’t anything else push it aside.

Caught part of POSSESSION on HBO. I loved the book, movie left me feeling kind of “eh?” It felt a little heavy and precious, without enough shading. Every beat was Very Important. I liked the script — which, it happens, is by one of my favorite writers (both as a writer and a person) and with whom I worked on Broadway — but the direction was too heavy.

Reading THE INVITING GARDEN and studying the plant physiology textbook I picked up — because I better learn from the absolute foundation up.

Off to get Costume Imp — we’re meeting in CT, hitting some of our favorite places on the way back.

Devon

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