Mon. Aug. 7, 2017: Working is My Rest

Monday, August 7, 2017
Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I feel better after cutting myself a break for the weekend. I rested a lot on Friday, and read — I’m reading a lot of Maggie Shayne’s work lately, and learning from it. Also reading Christopher Isherwood’s diaries, which are interesting, and doing my 1940s New York research (or, I should say, more research, from a different angle on the same decade).

It was nice enough to do some reading/writing outside on the deck, and I even managed some yard work (although no mowing). The Rose of Sharon is blooming beautifully, as are the geraniums, begonias, and mums — the mums are a bit early, in my opinion. We’ll have a decent tomato harvest, with three different varieties. This morning, we had an entire family of bunnies chomping on the dandelions in the back, and a blue jay taking a bath in the fresh water I put in the birdbath.

Worked on notes for the Coventina Circle series, and for some short pieces. Reworked an essay to slant to another market — I need to do another pass, to go a bit deeper, and out it goes.

Researched some other markets, and dismissed several as not being the type of market to which I want to pitch. I’m not going to pay a membership fee for the “privilege” of pitching — either you’re a professional publication that hires professional writers, or you’re a membership enclave where people pay you to be published. I’m not interested in the latter. Nor am I interested in embedding links to previous articles on your site in order to have an article published. I disagree with the ethics of both those positions. While it’s not up to me to make decisions on someone else’s website, as a “Free Lance”, I get to decide where I do and don’t pitch. Both of the above situations are a no-go for me.

Found another market for which I’d really like to write — a bit more academically-slanted than I usually do, but a good stretch. It will take me a couple of weeks to put together the pitch packet, though.

Have at least one, maybe two short stories that will go out today.

Debating on whether or not to pitch to a company — I like what they do, but don’t particularly like the employees of theirs I’ve dealt with. Not sure that would be the right situation.

Another project is going in a different direction, so we decided not to work together. I was having second thoughts about the whole enterprise, so it’s a relief.

The information in the public statements about the shooting a block away and what I see happening at the house are two different things. I’d like to think they’re merely being thorough in the investigation; however, I doubt they’ll ever tell us what really happened — or catch the shooter.

Got a good bit of work done on the draft of THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY — about nine chapters. About half of each chapter is new material, so it was a good bit of writing. I’m deepening the atmosphere and the sensory detail and finding ways to weave together seemingly disparate plot threads. I’m happy with the progress. I want to get back into a daily rhythm with it, so it can release on time in May 2018.

I also have to get back into a daily rhythm with SAVASANA AT SEA this week — since its release date is this November! Most of it is rearranging material, “uncutting” the cuts that took the heart out of it, and doing some restructuring that keeps the fresh voice, but also keeps the plot moving. Pace and energy are important here.

What would have been a good night’s sleep was disrupted by some moron at 3 AM sitting in his car and revving the engine for 15 minutes. Hey, if you have to leave early, go ahead. Put the key in the ignition and drive off. But do NOT sit and rev the engine until the whole neighborhood is awake, and then peel out of your driveway with the tires screeching. Not cool at all.

Found out the insurance company lied to me. No surprise there, but it means more battles this week.

Already did an early morning grocery shop to avoid the damn tourists. Lots to do today, so I better get moving!

Fri. July 6, 2012: Hamster on a Treadmill (does this mean I’ll lose weight)?

Friday, July 6, 2012
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

That’s what I feel like — running in place, not getting anywhere. One of many reasons I don’t run on a treadmill — I want to make progress when I work hard! Frustrating day yesterday. Didn’t get enough done. Worked on revisions, the ghostwriting project, got my article out, worked with students. Sent out the email blast for the organization with whom I’m working and, although the test emails were perfect, some people couldn’t open it. I can’t sit there and send out individual emails to people in 15 different formats. I re-created the email early this morning, tried again in both HTML and text-only formats, again, per the technical support instructions, and it damn well better have gone through. I used the site’s format, so it has nothing to do with being on Mac rather than PC. Of course, if the previous person who handled all this had had the courtesy to give me the correct information instead of just up and leaving, none of this would be a problem.

Read a mediocre mystery the other day, and I’m reading one that’s just plain bad right now. This is someone with over a dozen books to the author’s credit. But the writing is sloppy, the logistics are off, when the author switches from first person POV to third, the third person is all telling, not showing, and the heroine is a bit of a moron. Discouraging.

My yoga teacher is giving a class on the beach today, so I’m headed out there this morning, and then I have an event at the Art Museum, and THEN I have to buckle down and work this afternoon, working on a couple of articles,working on the ghostwriting, working with students, and polishing a short story So much for mowing! But I got the daylilies deadheaded yesterday. And I got in a good weight training session. I’ve been lax about the weigh training lately.

A pair of guests left yesterday, another group leaves this afternoon, and the last leave on Sunday. Costume Imp arrives in two weeks for ten days — that will be fun.

Next week will be insane — teaching four classes, meetings almost every day or night, article deadlines, writing, and some other personal paperwork that has to be finished. I hope to make a dent in it this weekend. Probably not taking my preferred Sunday off!

Oh! One of the bunnies just scooted across the lawn. Fortunately, the marigolds in the front are too close to the house to be part of his buffet — but he and his partner ate all of the ones in the back! Better the marigolds than the veggies, though.

Onward.

Devon

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Mon. June 18, 2012: Busy Weekend Leads into Busy Week

Penniman House, Eastham, MA (taken Memorial Day Weekend)

Monday, June 18, 2012
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Dark Moon

Okay, so where’d the weekend go, again?

Granted, there were technical difficulties, so I hit the ground running behind a bit this morning, but the weekend itself was busy.

Going all the way back to Thursday, yoga was great. I got home, turned on the computer, and found out I was included in a meeting starting in 20 minutes. Warned them I was showing up in yoga clothes and headed out. It was a good meeting, longer than I expected (got home in the early afternoon), and only had an hour or so before I had to head out to friends to pick up a butterfly bush and share some laughs and wine.

Friday, the technical difficulties started, and I wasn’t able to get “Town Crier” up — I hope to get those sorted out by today. I managed to get out the manuscript critique swaps, take care of some other business, but that was kind of it.

Put the butterfly bush in, and moved a few hostas. They now line the driveway, which means I have no room for error getting in and out of the garage! 😉

Saturday’s class was cancelled (long story). We headed out and bought plants instead — a hanging basket of dark purple petunias, some more marigolds, some pink and white impatiens, red and white geraniums (pelagorums), red salvia, yellow petunias, and some herbs for the round bed (since nothing I planted from seed has come up). Put all that in the various beds. Tried to fix the technical difficulties, without luck.

What was funny was that, on Saturday, I had on my Rabbit shirt (I drive a VW Rabbit) and I go into the garden, and there are a pair of bunnies! You know if there are two rabbits now, there are bound to be more by the end of the summer. Too cute! I should be worried about the garden more, but I’m not. There’s plenty for them to eat. This morning, one of them was exploring the front yard, too! The cats are fascinated.

The right daytime running light has gone out (I just had the left one replaced a couple of months ago). Very depressing. Which means I have to drive to Plymouth at some point in the next few days to get that fixed. Another unexpected expense, although I know these guys will offer me a fair price.

Read an Archer Mayor novel and a Ruth Rendell novel. Always terrific to learn from the best. Now, let’s hope I can effectively apply what I’ve learned!

Sunday was my day off anyway, and it was a lazy one. Reading, writing (worked on both House Magic and the first Bellini Girls story). Tried to get geared up for the coming next few weeks, which will be very busy.

This morning, managed to get back on line, so far. Got the critiques from my swap partners — I’m very excited; their comments are SO helpful, and now I can clarify where I confused myself. Back to work on that today, along with a bunch of other stuff.

I’ve landed a six-week contract for a few articles, one due per week, for a site, so I’ll tackle that, too, and there’s promo that needs to be done for HEX BREAKER. And things, like. oh, getting back to finish CRAVE THE HUNT.

And it’s time to put the flea/tick medicine on the cats again. THAT’ll be an adventure.

Better get going, it’ll be a long week.

Devon