Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and warm

The final section of my interview is up at Gottawrite Girl. Come, stop by, leave a comment!

David Foster Wallace’s suicide saddens me. It doesn’t particularly surprise me – in the current climate of repression and conformity and the encouragement (via reality TV) t o be one’s worst self instead of one’s best, true originals wear out and lose the fight. I am sorry he was one of the casualties.

It took me a long time to get back into the writing sync yesterday. I did a lot of administrative stuff – things had come up that needed to be dealt with on that level – and it was late afternoon by the time I got back to ANGEL HUNT.

I went back and made some fixes. “Zig” is now “Zeke”, which is short for a name that has specific meaning within the context of ANGEL HUNT. The conflict between Zeke and Lianna is stronger, and their internal conflicts in regard to each other are also stronger – it’s a layer that’s working. well in the book. And the complexities of her relationships with Lachlan and Gaston also help. I’m about two chapters away from where I have to create entirely new material (although I’ve made some notes), and I’ve restructured and reworked the first twenty-three chapters so that everything drives to what will be the ending and point of the book (instead of the ending of an arc, as it would have been in the serial).

I need to plot the next PR push for HEX BREAKER, so that will be this week’s additional task. I’m hoping some more reviews come out in the next week or so, and I’m hoping that they’re good. I’m debating about whether or not to do a MySpace page for the book/series. Ideas? Suggestions? Since I have the subdomain on my website, do I need the site on MySpace? Does it make sense, or is it spreading myself too thin?

I’m also building a site for “The Merry’s Dalliance”. I still haven’t heard back from the editor about the broken link to the story. It’s been nearly two weeks since I asked about it. I was paid, so I guess I shouldn’t complain, but I would like everyone to read the piece, since I’m proud of it.

I actually watched television last night, for a change. I thought the season finale of THE CLOSER was excellent; excellence seems to be the norm for that show, which is such a relief. Two actors with whom I worked off-Broadway are in it, so in addition to liking it because I like it, I get to see two people who I like and respect both as people and as actors perform their art and their craft. I also watched RAISING THE BAR – some good work, one of the guest stars was excellent – he played Will, the schizophrenic – he looks familiar, I know his work from somewhere, although I don’t think I worked with him in any more than passing, and I couldn’t find out his name yet. Another actor with whom I worked on a series shot in NY a few years ago is one of the main characters, and I was pleased that he’s working again! In addition to being a good actor, he’s a lot of fun on the set. He’s one of those people who make everything better just with his presence. The lead lawyer guy, the three-named actor who plays Jerry, is good, but that hair is getting on my last nerve. Fine, you’re making a character statement with the hair, but the current style makes every shot about the hair instead of about the guy’s acting, and it’s distracting. A style can be found that makes the same statement, but also lets the guy ACT instead of the hair acting, which happens far too often here. It’s Bochco, so there’s a lot of good stuff in it, and I can learn a lot from watching it about both structure and style, but it’s not really grabbing me emotionally.

Today’s agenda consists of finishing up some business correspondence, getting some pitches out (the job boards have been abysmal lately), getting some BookMooch stuff to the post office, working on ANGEL HUNT, and, hopefully, on the ghost story. I’m also starting to transcribe the band interview I did last weekend. I want to be able to take the transcript with me to Philadelphia when I go back down there in a few weeks, and work on it in peace and quiet.

Chad, I’m excited about the voice recorder. Chances are, it will be primarily used for interviews – I can’t talk stories or story ideas – I have to pull over in the car and write them down!

I don’t have to be at the show tonight, so I hope I can get a lot done.


Devon’s Bookstore:

Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

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