Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

There’s a new, short post up on Gratitude and Growth.

I’m angry that Borders is closing the two stores within a decent driving distance from me. As much as I prefer spending my money at independent bookstores, there are times when Borders came in handy, and the two stores they’re closing were packed ALL THE TIME. As in, six check out people and a line winding back and forth no matter what day of the week or time or day I was there. There is no reason to close those stores other than Borders Corporate Management is greedy and bad at what they do (hence having to file for bankruptcy). They keep touting the website, but it sucks, and they’ve never gotten a single order correct for me, so I stopped using them. I’ll close out my gift cards and then, to hell with them. I feel bad for the wonderful people in my area who worked for them and were helpful, friendly, and supported local authors. But management in the head office? Deserve to be kicked to the curb. Corporate office management has sucked for at least the past five years, probably longer.

It’s not the death knell for bookstores. What this does is open slots for more independent bookstores (I’m so lucky that the Cape is full of them), and also, make room for a hopefully more successful, literate, book-friendly (meaning both digital and print) model. The death of the Corporate Bookstore is only going to help actual individual booksellers, authors, and readers. There are other business models where everyone wins. I’m not going to bore you with them here, but I’ve researched and written about those possibilities elsewhere, and how to make them work. Unfortunately, because so many publishers are now corporations, too, it makes it harder to convince the big houses there’s a better way to do things.

Someone stopped following me on Twitter because that “person” — I think it was a fake name — kept sending me links to write for content mills & I asked the person to stop, saying I don’t write for content mills and they couldn’t afford me. So I’m “dropped”. So sad. Not. 😉

Working on a set of proposals for some for-hire work. Tight turnaround time, clean copy, write fast and well, mimic the style previously set up. I can do all that. An assignment from a one of these establishments wouldn’t be easy, but I think it would be good experience, so I’m going to toss my hat into a couple of rings and see what comes up. If they like me, they’ll keep me on file and contact me whenever it seems there’s a good fit. It could be intermittent, short-term work that pays decently, and I can manage it with my teaching schedule and my own writing. And I’ve got some more teaching proposals to get out, for in-person, local workshops.

It’s all about time management. We all have 24 hours in every day. It’s how we choose to use them that defines us.

And my work is not separate from my life — few fiction writers’ work is. It is INTEGRATED into my life.

I finalized another deconstruction workshop for May — someone dropped out and they asked me to take over, so I have to get up to speed on the books — they’re on my To Be Read list, but now I have to sit down, read them back-to-back, taking notes, and read them for an entirely different perspective than to read it just to read it. Should be fun.

The work on the book went slowly, but pretty well yesterday. I need to get some more done this morning before I pack up and head up to Site #2, where I’ll be for the rest of the week.

Devon

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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New York Botanical Garden

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

It went down into the 40’s last night and is only in the 50s right now. I love the cooler weather, don’t get me wrong, but wow!

I am having a heck of a time with the Czech language. Totally at sea with it. I hope it will make more sense when I’m immersed in it. Usually, I have some trouble speaking a language outside of its country, but this is ridiculous. It’s all going in one ear and out the other. I’m not retaining ANYTHING.

I do love that the language volume has an entire chapter dedicated to asking one’s way to a bookstore!

I can’t get my ear in tune with it. There are so many variations on meaning, where the word is spelled the same except for an accent over a particular letter, but the meaning is vastly different. And if I get it wrong – it could be nasty! 😉 I’ll wind up offending a lot of people when I didn’t mean to.

So I probably won’t talk a lot (which might be a relief).

I already suffered from foot-in-mouth disease when I didn’t realize the National Opera and the State Opera were completely different — I thought the State Opera was one of the branches under the National Theatre, not two wildly separate entities in different sections of town (which wasn’t clear because of the way the site I was on linked them).

The American Embassy has not been helpful to date. You’re not in the midst of a revolution, no one is defenestrating anyone (as far as I can tell), so you could PLEASE answer ANY of the questions I asked back in June?

And could someone please decide which currency they’ll be using in two weeks? I find it a little ridiculous that no one can give me a definitive answer if it will still be the Czech krona or if it will have completely switched over to the Euro.

This is why I should be Dictator of the Universe. Things would run more smoothly! 😉

Apple still only leaves me “let’s talk” messages. I don’t believe they have any solution, nor any intention of fixing the problem. They hope that, if they drag it out long enough, it will go away. When the computer works, it’s a amazing, and a 100 times superior to any PC. However, they don’t stand by their products, and they aren’t willing to fix the problem when they sell a lemon. That is not acceptable.

Good morning’s work on AMENDS. I wish I could finish the first draft before I leave, but, even if I worked on it full-time, there’s too much to write. I’m enjoying the writing process, though! Obviously, things that bother me in life are spilling into it — issues of sexism and not making assumptions based on appearance are big themes in the book, while there’s still a lot of lighthearted mystery and action.

I polished an article, and I’m waiting for some responses to fact checking before I send it off.

I’m working on two proposals for projects for 2010 that I will send out when I return, and I have to visit NYFA to see if I’m eligible to apply for anything in this grant cycle.

I hope to have some GDRs up later today.

Back to the page.

Devon

AMENDS: First Draft: 17,062 words out of est. 75,000
22.74%

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New York Botanical Garden