Thurs. March 5, 2020: This and that and rest and work

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Waxing Moon
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and colder

Hop on over to Gratitude and Growth, where I actually felt well enough to add a new post.

Yesterday was fine at the client’s. Things are what they are.

Remote chat was fun and informative. We talked about how the Corona Virus is changing ways we work and interact. You KNOW it’s only a matter of time until the internet service providers (especially Comcast) jack up their rates and cut people off, making it impossible to work from home without paying extortion fees, because they can and no one ever punishes them when they break laws & regulations. They need to be broken up. We need to have viable options, not a monolith controlling everything.

Picked up Chinese food on the way home; too tired to cook.

Finished reading a book that totally annoyed me. It’s set in an area I know well, that the author obviously does not. The author put in details that don’t exist in that area (but do a state or two over) that made it ring even more false. When the protagonist’s family is threatened, she cowers and waits for a man to save her. Really? If someone threatens one of mine, the towering RAGE I feel would burn down the town until I rooted out that person. And yes, I HAVE fought back against that kind of threat. You threaten one of mine? Honey, you better HOPE the cops find you before I do. Because I will be both relentless and merciless. I expect at least that from a protagonist in a book.

But the most irritating turn-off for me was the author’s eyelid fetish. In every damn scene “lids” were doing something, usually closing. Really? How can you solve a murder when you can’t keep your eyes open? When your response to EVERYTHING, good or bad, is to close your eyes? Especially in such annoying, repetitive language? It’s not a cute character trait.

All of the above completely negated the good things in the book — strong relationships between characters, some gentle comedy, some good descriptions.

Started reading a novel that’s gotten a lot of fuss, but I’m annoyed with all the characters so far. I’ll give it another 50 or so pages, and then I’m done. I don’t care if “everyone” raves about it. If I don’t like it and I’m not being paid to read it, I’m putting it down.

After all, I have a book to review for which I’m getting paid, and the rest of the contest entries arrived, so I have to read those. I’m looking forward to that.

Twitter broke off its relationship with Twuffer. That screws both my scheduled book promotions, and a promotion run I had set for a client. I tried to switch things over to Tweetdeck — and nothing posted as scheduled. Tried to sign up for SumAll, which is supposedly good — couldn’t sign up. Buffer and Hootsuite come highly recommended, but the plans in my current price range don’t have the versatility I need for current clients. I could bump the rate for new clients, but until I do an across-the-board rate hike, I can’t justify the price to current clients.

Mercury Retrograde is NOT the time to make these decisions and sign those contracts, anyway. I’ll wait until next week, and see what happens.

Had an excellent writing morning. Things plugging along. Have to go grocery shopping, then some time at the library, then hopefully another writing session this afternoon, and some reading time.

Lifted too much while grocery shopping early this morning, and paying the price.

Got an issue solved that I’ve been fighting and has been weighing on me for years. Got the paperwork so they can’t suddenly decide the decision never happened. So that’s good. I’ve been considering some other things that have come up through this whole process, and weighing different elements against each other, so I can make the most informed decisions I can.

Meanwhile, I’m doing as much as I can until I run out of energy every day, and trying to get back on track.

Onward.

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Fri. Jan. 2, 2015: Starting the New Year

Friday, January 2, 2015
Waxing Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Can you believe it’s 2015? It better be a damn good year, that’s all I have to say!

Wednesday was busy at work, with a special flurry towards the end as we were trying to lock up. Oh, well, that’s the way it goes.

Tired in the afternoon, trying to get everything sorted out for the turn of the year, including three loads of laundry. Can’t go into the new year with dirty clothes!

Salmon for dinner — didn’t think it was as good a piece as it could have been. Read and wrote a little, listened to music. Couldn’t get the live stream for the ball drop to work properly — first time I’ve missed it in my life that I remember. Read a lot — I’m reading and re-reading one author in particular right now, focusing on her structure so I can learn from it. Finished re-reading Thomas Mallon’s A BOOK OF ONE’S OWN, which I try to re-read every few years, just to get back into its rhythm. I always find something new in it.

But it was a nice, quiet way to see in the New Year, complete with a bayberry candle for prosperity.

Up early New Year’s morning, the fire/ice ritual, plenty of yoga and meditation. The answers to the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions Questions are here. They got me thinking in some interesting directions.

Eggs Benedict for breakfast (one of my favorites and I make it well. Roasted a ham for dinner, and am boiling the bone down for soup (with white beans and kale).

Wrote about 30 pages on POWER OF WORDS — not the piece I thought I was going to work on, but there you go. I hadn’t realized how much I missed it. Fortunately, my notes for it are very organized.

Did some organizing and some research. A full day at the library today, and then I focus on the Burns/Woolf script over the weekend. I’ve got some press releases to write for the library, and then one, over the weekend, for the writing contest.

Playing with a new series title that RED WIDOW will launch. It’s moving in the right direction, but I still haven’t hit just the right one yet. Not to mention that I need to re-title POWER OF WORDS, which is actually a serial novel — technically, I’m writing either book 2 or book 3 (depending on if I put the rehearsal process in with shooting the mini-series). The first season will be Book 4 and the second season Book 5. Once I’ve gotten through all of that, we’ll see where we are, but all of that needs to be contracted together and released quite close together. It’s a challenging project, and it will be interesting to see where it lands. I toyed with some ideas for titles — some of them work, some of them still need work.

When I stay in a steady writing groove, everything else in life feels better and makes sense.

Devon

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Raining and cold

Next year, I’m putting “taking down the decorations” on my GDR To-Do list, so I get to cross it off when I’m done. I should get a prize, or at least combat pay. My goodness me!

Hop on over to the SDR Blog to see my tough-love stance on New Year’s Resolutions, especially in relation to writing, “Resolutions Are Not For Wimps”.

U-Haul is making my life hell. Again. Since I’m contemplating legal action, that’s all I’m going to say.

Slow day on the Billy Root story. I’ve hit the point where I need to stop and figure out a few things before I can write any more. One of the main themes of this book is how Billy’s emotional age catches up to his chronological age over the course of the story. So, I’ll do that today, along with (against my better judgment) providing a test piece for a potential job – with a clause included that I retain copyright until paid for the content, and if I’m not paid, they cannot use said content.

Then, it’s off to take care of some more business stuff, search the job boards, and buckle down to the rewrite of THE MATILDA MURDERS, which is due – well, I have to look it up, but I know it’s in the next couple of weeks.

They said we’d have a bad snow/ice storm today; so far it’s rain, and I hope that’s the way it stays.

That’s the latest. Not much to report.

Devon

Billy Root story – 6,402 words out of est. 60,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
6 / 60
(10.0%)
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

I moved the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions to their own blog. Stop by, work on the questions, and, in the coming months, we can post our progress, to-do lists, brainstorming ideas, etc.

PJ – yes, “The Big Project” is a code for a massive project that could be the start of a long-term, creatively fulfilling and possibly lucrative association if it all works. If it works and the contracts are properly signed, sealed, and delivered, I’ll be able to reveal more!

I did some work on ANGEL HUNT yesterday – great to be back with Lianna, Lachlan, Gaston, Zeke, et al and galloping towards the finish line of this draft. Zeke is one of the most deliciously twisted villains I’ve ever written, and quite different from any I’ve read, too. He is uniquely, remarkably himself. You can’t help but love him, even when he’s out to kill ya!

Tossed out chapter two of the western and rewrote it, so now it works (better), and managed to hack out a good chunk of chapter four. The word count isn’t raised that much, in spite of all the work, but, oh well. Printed out the first three chapters because, well, I’m paranoid. And Mercury’s retrograde.

So, building scum has decided “no one” needs hot water between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, or after midnight, the same way they decided “no one” deserved heat those same hours last winter. Yeah, it’s illegal. But since when has it stopped them?

Time to file more legal paperwork.

Sigh.

The live chat time has been changed – I’m lucky I happened to see a posting, because I didn’t get an email about it, and I would have been there at the wrong time. It’s at 9 PM EST – sorry to the overseas friends who’d like to participate, I certainly don’t expect you to be hanging around at 3 AM your time.

It’s 9 PM EST. Go to the FireDrakes Weyr site and enter the conference room, and we’ll talk.

The computer was persnickety last night and I was ready to smash it with an axe, not a smart solution, but it would have made me feel better in the moment. How much do I loathe Microsoft? Let me count the ways. Only none of us have that much time or patience. Bill Gates, you owe me a new computer THAT WORKS, instead of one that’s built to fail so I keep having to pour money into the black hole that is Microsoft.

Got a nice chunk of the Big Project done this morning. I want to work on the western and ANGEL HUNT a bit today, do some transcription, and also work on the ebook and the ghost story. Too much to do, too few hours in the day, but boy, do I get a lot done when I’m only on my schedule and not someone else’s!

Back to the page.

Devon

Angel Hunt — 104,028 words out of est. 125,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
104 / 125
(83.2%)

Western Novella – 8,988 words out of est. 30,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8 / 30
(26.7%)

The Big Project – 7,848 words out of est. 75,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
7 / 75
(9.3%)
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Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions Questions (GDRs) for 2009

Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions for 2009

I decided to create a separate blog where we can track our Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions (GDRs). I will try to make weekly posts, and monthly check ins.

If you’d like to view the questions for 2009, please visit the new Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions Blog.

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