Tues. Feb. 27, 2018: Writing, Webbing, and Working With Clients

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Waxing Moon

Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise to check out Marian Lanouette’s latest release!

Busy weekend. But then, they usually aren’t, aren’t they?

The Devon Ellington Work site is live. Take a look around and enjoy. There will still be tweaks, since it’s an organic element of my writing life, and the new host and construction means I can actually do what I want and need to do with the site.

The Coventina Circle site is live. Again, go take a look around and enjoy. I have a few more pieces to upload, but the information about the series and the books is there.

The Nautical Namaste site is live. Go hang out! It’s got some fun background information on the crew and the passengers of the Charisma.

I’m working on the Gwen Finnegan Mysteries site. I hope that will go live in a few days. Because I’m digging up a lot of location photos for the sites, that may take awhile. Plus, I need to rewrite the Media Kit. Simply updating the old one doesn’t work.

I’m also working on the Jain Lazarus Adventures site, which will go up, I hope, by the end of the week. The information needs a lot of updating.

I hope to start building the new Cerridwen’s Cottage site at the end of this week, and then move it sometime next week; the Fearless Ink site build/move will happen shortly after that.

I see a light at the end of the tunnel with the website building/moving!

Unfortunately, this website stress has hurt my writing.

This is the first time I can remember, ever, in my writing career, where I don’t look forward to facing the page every day.

My editor has given me another extension, for this week. I HAVE TO GET IT DONE. What also worries me is that it’s putting me behind on the other books.

Saturday, I pushed hard on the book, while also cleaning out my closet — which meant 8 loads of laundry. The closet is in much better shape, and I found a bunch of stuff I forgot I owned. I also found a bunch of stuff into which I can still fit. So it’s a good thing I don’t listen to “if you haven’t worn it in a year, throw it out.”

I had high hopes for writing on Sunday, but my brain just couldn’t function. The weather was vile, so I gave myself the day off to recharge. I read, instead, which is one way I love to refuel.

I read both Frances Brody’s DEATH OF AN AVID READER and Louisa Morgan’s A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES. The Brody is my favorite in the Kate Shackleton series so far. SECRET HISTORY was beautifully written, both sad and fulfilling.

Also, the entire author bio reads “Louisa Morgan is a pseudonym.” So I don’t want to hear anything from anyone about “why do you write under different names?” and “what are you hiding?” Granted, I’ve only ever encountered that inability to understand a pseudonym where I live now.

There’s a lot of internal work going on, in preparation for upcoming decisions and changes. Nothing happens as quickly as I’d like, constant obstacles are up. The current political situation doesn’t help. The constant need to fight to keep my government from trying to kill me while they’re grifting and helping their friends grift is exhausting. In my opinion, we are living THE WALKING DEAD, with the Narcissistic Sociopath’s cult as the zombies, determined to kill us all and turn us into the mindless shufflers they are.

This morning, I’m back to the book, determined to make it work. Well, determined to finish it and get it on my editor’s desk, so she can help me make it work!

Yesterday, I had a good day onsite with a client. Lots of social media work. Today, I’m back with that client, creating an ad campaign. The photos we got back from the photo shoot look great, and will inspire the text.

Then, it’ll be back to work on the Gwen Finnegan site.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Rainy and cool

I’m stunned by Natasha Richardson’s death. I never worked with her, but in the Broadway community, there’s six degrees or less of separation, and it’s tragic and frightening and awful. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

The computer was in a bad way yesterday, so that truncated my work somewhat, which was frustrating. I got out a few pitches and got some of the client work done, but finally, after yet another crash, I shut it down and went to take a walk on the beach. It was too nice a day to stay in and fret. Walking along the beach and the Boardwalk, watching the dogs play, etc., is a great way to clear one’s head. I had a few aha! moments on projects out there.

I’d gone to the grocery store in the morning. Wednesday is truly the best day to shop around here – prices at their lowest of the week, freshest produce. It was nice to make pizza for lunch, and then a dinner of baked flounder in bread crumbs, garlic bread, and ratatouille (Molly Katzen’s ratatouille recipe is my favorite).

Most of the day was spent on client projects. With a wonky computer, that needed to be the priority – this week’s deadlines. Hopefully, things will work well today and I can finish a few of them.

One of the dilemmas I have with the anthology stories is which byline to use. There’s some cross-over in subject matter with material already out there, and it could be useful to market under an established name. But there are elements of these pieces that may make it more practical to put it under a different name and not cross-market. I have to think about it, see where these pieces fit into the body of work under each name, and where the work under each name fits into the overall body of work. (There’s a part of me that’s rather tickled to realize I’ve been at this long enough and prolific enough to have a “body of work”). I’m leaning towards using something established rather than trotting out something new, because it could fit in with the likes of ANGEL HUNT and CHASING THE CHANGELING – the latter of which I planned to put out under a new name, but decided against. There are definitely both business and artistic concerns here.

On one anthology story, I realized that I’m writing my way into the story, and the beginning of the piece I actually submit will be farther into the piece. I might sprinkle some of this information within the final story, but now, this early in the process, I’m writing to find out what I’m writing. I’m getting to know the characters.

With a deadline looming, I need to write faster.

The other anthology story moves along better; it’s more fully formed in my head. But there are still details that I need to sort out as I write.

Lots to do today – some unpleasant business to take care of, and catch –up thanks to the wonky computer.

Devon

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