Wed. April 15, 2015: Tax Day Taxing Not Just For Taxes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and beautiful

Hectic and difficult few days. Lots of good stuff going on, but it’s been rough. I’d swear more than Saturn was retrograde. I’m overworked, overtired, and my patience is non-existent.

As tempted as I am to go into detail, it would not be wise. Let’s just call it a clusterfuck and leave it at that. I do find it totally unacceptable that everyone vanished after one of the programs and my 90 year old mother was hauling chairs around so we could get out of there at a reasonable hour.

I would like to thank both TAPS and Moments in Time Vintage Dance for their wonderful, beautiful, fascinating presentations.

I was sick on Sunday, so I wasn’t very productive. Read a little bit, but couldn’t really function on any of the things I was supposed to get done.

Monday I got some yard work done and finished the last two microfilm reels for the historical play. I got some relevant information. It’s interesting how much contradictory information there is, but the incident I want to use for the play is starting to form in my head.

Tuesday, I still felt lousy, but was looking forward to most of a day off. I got my taxes done and mailed. I mailed back the microfilm. I found out that I had to cover a meeting for work – which turned out to be fine; I’m glad I went. But I couldn’t help resenting giving up yet another day off.

Came home, packed the baked goods, had a quick bite, headed back for an evening program. It was lovely. We also all worked together to set up the space for today’s large program.

Got home, baked more cupcakes and more muffins. Fell into bed. Slept badly, nearly overslept, but was up at 5:30 to bake scones and frost the cupcakes.

Was going to wash and pack extra china for today’s program, but, honestly, I don’t trust these people not to break it, and it’s not like I’d even get an apology. I’m not risking pieces that each have a personal story attached and can’t be replaced.

We’re short staffed today and it’s busy, but we’re getting by.

I’m very, very, very tired, and looking forward to getting some rest this weekend. I also have deadlines looming and need to get to work on them. But I’m practically incoherent with exhaustion, so it has to wait a few days.

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Fri. July 11, 2014: Rolling in Pages

Friday, July 11, 2014
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and hot

Busy day yesterday. Good busy, but still busy. Had a terrific meeting with the woman who donated the theatre collection to the library, and we discussed ways to partner between New York and the Cape. There are very exciting possibilities.

Also brainstormed with a colleague about exciting plans for Banned Books week, and booked poet Charles Coe. Exciting times!

Revised my report for next week’s board meeting, got out some PR for the Elisabeth Elo event, brainstormed the Mermaid Ball release with my cohorts over there.

Bought flowers from one of the local farm stands on my way home. So pretty! Love how people have cutting gardens, cut/arrange/sell their flowers.

Finished proofreading THE CHARISMA KILLINGS and the proposal last night, and sent it out this morning. Got a little bit of work done on BALTHAZAAR, but not enough. Have to do the galleys for “Elusive Prayers” this weekend.

Didn’t sleep well; fretting over things, in a way that my grandmother would call “borrowing trouble.” Coyotes woke me up at 2 AM again, but once I fell asleep, I figured out a few things and made some decisions. I didn’t make it to Broadway without an element of ruthlessness, and some of that has to be applied to the situations that currently bother me.

Done.

Have a great weekend.

Devon

Thurs. July 10, 2014: Are we sure Mercury’s Direct?

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and humid

Yesterday morning, I wound up getting a nice chunk of work done on BALTHAZAAR TREASURE, which meant I felt better about life, the universe, and everything. I’m starting to reconnect with the characters and the story again.

The last round of edits for “Elusive Prayers” went back to my editor, so I’m sure it will be galley time soon, and then another drop. I have to finish up the press kits and the website material.

Library was busy. Lots to do. I got volumes of Vital Records donated from another library, and Poetry and Drama criticism, which will be great for our collection.

Had a good program committee meeting, and got the go-ahead on a few projects about which I’m excited.

Last night, I started another pass on THE CHARISMA KILLINGS, which will go out again soon. I like it better than I remembered. It’s very different than a lot of what’s out there, which I think is a strength. I still believe in the book.

Busy day expected at the library again today, but I hope it will be fun. I love working with books and getting people excited about books.

Devon

Wed. April 23, 2014: Opening Day for SEAL TIDES

SEAL TIDES flyer - 2nd version-1

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy, foggy, cool

Today is the opening day for SEAL TIDES at the National Marine Life Center. We’re running through Sunday in Buzzards Bay. It’s a family-friendly comic mystery that wraps education in entertainment!

Yesterday, I worked on client projects and materials for the workshop I’m teaching at the conference. I booked my hotel — landed a better room than I expected, so I’m pleased. It’s all paid for, and I have the confirmation, so all I have to do next Friday is show up. That’s the way I like it.

Finished building the prop for the show — it came out delightfully disgusting. Finished the program.

Went to the Marine Life Center in the early afternoon — the program was proofed, a few mistakes fixed, and then printed. I ran off copies for the run, folded them, and stuffed them with the stranding information, rack cards for NMLC, wish list, and Seafood Watch List. They get a lot of information when they come to the show! The stuffed programs were then counted out per show, rubber-banded, and put in the container, so we can just pull as we need them for every performance.

Got an apology from a client who was trying to renege on an agreement. It looks like we’ll be able to work things out. If we do, that means I’m booked through June. All my slots are full through May 8, but this project would take me through June, which would be nice.

Set up the costume area, the lighting/sound designer went over the board (since I have to run the board, too), and we had our final dress/tech. It had its ups and downs, but it was solid enough that I feel good about the opening.

Packed up, put away the props (I’m leaving everything at the Center instead of hauling it around with me), locked up, came home. The next set of books to review were waiting for me from my editor. I also have the next contest entries to start.

Since the prop worked in practical terms, I built enough of them to get us through the run. Unpacked and repacked the show bag; checked over the library bag so that I’m all set for today.

I’m going to do some client work for another hour or so, then head to the library for a few hours, then head for the Marine Life Center to do the show, then do some more client work when I get home tonight. Tomorrow and Friday and Saturday are pretty much the same schedule, plus I need to do the cooking late in the week to feed the actors between shows on Sunday.

Somehow, it will all work.

I have to admit, I’m looking forward to spending the first weekend of May in a hotel room. Whenever I’m not busy at the conference, I will be asleep in a king-sized bed!

Devon

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