Wed. Nov. 20, 2019: Mercury Direct, Please!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde

I cannot tell you how glad I am that Mercury goes direct today. It kicked my ass. Yet again. I did some good inner work on resolving a few issues, but it kicked my ass.

Hop over to Ink-Dipped Advice. I’ve been having trouble on that site, with posting (and my host is useless). If it worked, there will be a post on The Artist Statement up.

If not, you’ll be able to hear me swearing wherever you are.

They never showed up on Monday to take a look at the deck. Or let me know they weren’t coming. Yes, it makes sense — it was rainy and raw. But they should have contacted me. I changed hours at my client’s, cancelled another appointment that was for billable hours, and didn’t go to meditation.

I’m tired of losing money because these people can’t be bothered to communicate or show up on time.

I had a good proofreading session in the afternoon, which made up for some of the loss, and a good rune study session.

Then, Monday night, started watching GOOD OMENS. I meant to watch two or three episodes. I watched 5 out of the 6. The production values are spectacular. David Tennant and Michael Sheen are amazing. Well, I think David is always amazing, but the little details, the swagger in Crowwley’s walk, the small gestures, the way he tossed off a line, or gives emphasis to a particular word — wonderful.

The library is doing automatic renewals now on materials that don’t have holds on them. I HATE it. Not only is it harder to keep track of the books, but it’s an insult. It assumes that I am not enough of a responsible adult to get my books back on time.

Tuesday was rainy and yucky, too. I was out early, putting the stake in the ground for the septic pumper guy to find the tank.

Decent few pages on THE BARD’S LAMENT. Good proofreading session.

I held the fort down alone at my client’s yesterday. Got some good work done, but also had to deal with things I don’t usually deal with, which got a bit distracting.

Watched the rest of GOOD OMENS last night. AFTER I did a bunch of housework, like vacuuming and mopping floors. And general tidying up. There are times when I feel like all I do is clean, and it’s dirty again in 5 minutes. And we’re not dirty people.

Up early this morning. Writing, proofreading. I’m going in early to my client’s because we’re leaving early to celebrate a colleague’s birthday.

My back is bothering me a lot. I have a feeling I’ll have to go to the doctor, once my insurance is sorted out again. MA insurance, AKA Romney-care is a joke. It’s about having insurance coverage in name only, not at all about actual care.

Meanwhile, one word at a time, one box at a time, one small thing at a time to get things into motion for the changes that need to be made. I want to take a break for the holidays and work more slowly. I need to work quickly on a couple of projects that need to be cleared off by the end of the year. But next year has to be different. Stronger. Better.

Both on the political spectrum for the country, removing the corrupt. And personally, to achieve what I want and need in my life.

Back to the page.


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Wed. June 5, 2013: Howland Goes Home!

Howland heads for the water

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

This sore throat just won’t let me go. And I’m feeling lethargic and achy, too. Very frustrating.

I did about 35 pages on the screenplay revision and proofed 184 pages of a novel, whose partial I have to get out to an editor in the next few days. Not a total loss of a day.

Re-read another piece that I’m itching to work on again, even though it’s going to be a difficult sell.

All I really want to do is stay in bed for a day or two, but that’s not an option right now.

I should have mowed the front. But did I? No!

I did, however, manage to make it to the National Marine Life Center for Howland’s release on Scusset Beach. He had a good rehab — we only got him in early April, and here it is, in June, and he gets to go home. Always exhilarating to have that kind of a success story.

Lots to do today, and then a board meeting for the Writers Center tonight. Must get moving.


Howland is home

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Tues. April 30, 2013: Contests and Writing and Paperwork

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

My guest on A Biblio Paradise today is Mike Robinson, talking about THE PRINCE OF EARTH. Stop by!

Worked like crazy yesterday, yet feel I got so little done.

On the plus side, I finished Chapter 14 and wrote Chapter 15. Which means I have to dive into Chapter 16 this morning. I have to make a decision by this chapter for the heat level of this book — there are several kinds of ways I could go with it, and I don’t want to lose the light tone I need, but I also want to let my protag go with her desires — that’s part of it. It’s also why it’s not marketed as a “romance”, because I’m giving her options.

My webhost was down yesterday, which hindered my work. I have to take a proofreading test for a big job today — must brush up on CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE — I use Strunk. And I don’t want to do it when I’m too tired, or I’ll make careless mistakes and lose the job.

People are signing up for the free tips — so glad. Had a nice exchange with another writer — we went to each other’s workshops this weekend.

Am finishing up the paperwork for the contest I’m judging — lots of paperwork. But picked my top choices and sent off the recommendations. Yesterday was about rearranging the stacks of books I’d read, comparing them against each other as well as individual stories.

Keyed in some data I needed, worked with students.

This morning, I’ve written a thousand words of a short story that started pulling at me. I hoped it would be only six pages (about 1500 words), but it’s growing like a dandelion and I want to see where it goes.

I need to start setting up my NY appointments for the end of next month, and make sure all my presentations and materials are in good shape. I’m juggling various projects, and need to make sure I don’t drop the ball on any of them, while still hustling enough freelance projects to pay the bills short term. Same old, same old.

But I love the longer days, and I’m definitely feeling more productive and more creative.


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Sat. Nov. 19: Yesterday It was One Year!

We’re still getting eggplants

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Waning Moon
Uranus Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and windy

Got some work done yesterday, and also spent 6 1/2 hours working on the front yard. Raked and bagged, slimy hostas pulled, everything that’s supposed to be pruned in the fall is pruned, everything fed (azaleas, rhodies, hollies, hydrangas, etc.)

Yesterday was also the one year anniversary of moving to Cape Cod, so it was a special day all the way around. I’m really happy I moved here. It made such a positive difference in my life. I can be active in my life again, instead of being re-active to scumbag landlords performing illegal activities on a daily basis. I can actually get some work done. The quality of work and the quality of life has greatly improved.

Worked on proofing the manuscripts I have to get out, but didn’t get as far as I wished.

Attended a lovely event at another local garden center. This one had a harpist, the owner baked and set out cheese and crackers, and mulled cider, there was a seating area amongst the pre-lit trees to eat, drink, and chat, the vendors were demonstrating all kinds of things like wreath-making and edible ornaments for birds, and all the rest. It was lovely.

Today, I’m headed to Green Briar for their holiday fair — after I take some leaves to the dump!

Then, it’s back to work. I’ve got to catch up with my students and get back to proof-reading — three novel-length manuscripts need to go out this weekend, maybe four.

New camera seems to work well. I have to upload the software to download the photos.

All three cats played nicely this morning — maybe Tessa’s on the way to full acceptance! She and Violet are at least in peaceful co-existence. It’s Iris who looks at her every morning like she’s never seen her before. I think Iris thinks 60+ black kittens have made their way through the house in the past few months!

Good morning’s work on the book. Fun chapter. Not quite done, but found a good stopping point. I’m thinking of cutting some of the chapters I used as “interludes” and keeping the focus on the two protagonists and the character who refuses to be a villain, although he is an antagonist.

Have a great weekend!


Total word count: 82,683

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Stop by Sole Struck Fashions for my article on “Freshen Your Wardrobe”.

It’s still below freezing here, and it’s half-way through April. Hope that means the serious heat doesn’t arrive until well into June.

Never got around to blogging yesterday because I was too busy writing. Saturday was a cold, rainy day. I took it easy, alternating between leisurely-paced writing and reading. Part of the reading was some hard science research for a project, and the reading got the cogs of it unstuck, so I got several chapters of it written on Sunday. I had also had to do things like research a driving route between Detroit, Michigan and Santa Fe, NM and then rewrite a section of the chapter, because my protagonist came across like a moron. The first time around, I took the easy way to make happen what I needed to happen, and it made my protag come across as incompetent. So, I had to re-think it and find a more clever way to portray the circumstances, so the same chain of events I needed to happen happened, but without losing respect for the character. Always an interesting challenge. I got there, eventually.

Wound up writing a little over 30 pages on the project, which is a pretty good day’s work. Again, it didn’t feel frantic, and I didn’t feel wrung out by the end. It was simply a good, steady pace.

I’m doing one more proofread on the full of ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT. The submission package material is all fine, but I want to do one more pass on the full. So I’m working on it in short spurts – about three chapters per day, reading slowly, to make sure I catch everything. If I get a request for the full quickly, I’ll have to ramp it up, but for now, I think I can accomplish it via slow, steady & very, very careful.

Did a little reading in the evening, talked to friends, watched some television. Couldn’t tell you what. Reviewing tape of Derby contenders – the Kentucky Derby is in a few weeks, and there are articles to write.

Finished my taxes.

Had a decent, but not great writing session this morning. Need to get out some business correspondence, make the copies and mail out the tax returns, and get back to work on some of the deadlined writing, as well as get out some more pitches today. Gotta keep up the momentum.

Hope you had a great holiday weekend and will have a great week!


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