Thurs. Jan. 30, 2020: The Need to Focus

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Waxing Moon
Sunny and cold

Over on Gratitude and Growth, I talk about the dilemma I’m facing with the garden.

Yesterday was exhausting. Big project with a client leaves me wrung out by the time I’m done there. Nothing is wrong, nothing is bad, it just takes a lot of energy.

I haven’t had a good writing week, which means I have to make up for a great deal over the next four days.

I had a good pitching week, at least as far as getting out a lot of article pitches. We’ll see if anything hits.

Remember the potential client meeting I had last week, where I pulled out of consideration and said we were not the right fit? The person with whom I met thanked me for my honesty? Well, yesterday, I got a shirty email from someone else in the company, stating they decided to go forward with someone else. Um, so? I already told them I wasn’t going to work with them. We were done. They wanted to act like it was THEIR decision, not mine? Control issues much? Whatever.

They’ve been added to my list of companies not to work with and not to pitch to again.

Reading some very good books for the contest entries. The categories get more and more competitive every year with the quality of entrants. It’s wonderful. It’s exciting to pick up every book. Some of them miss here and there on certain points, but the writing has gotten stronger and stronger every year.

While it’s briefly sunny today, I have to take the leaves to the dump and then go out and do some yard work.

Then, it will be back to the page. The short story is taking shape nicely, but I have to have the main focus on the revisions this weekend.

Plus, I have coursework to complete on both the Robert Burns course and the course on Fashion Innovation. Gotta keep learning.

Back to the page.

 

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

Playing The Angles Cover Sm

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?

 

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