Thurs. May 25, 2017: Fixing and Creating

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cool

So, yesterday, I fixed the mower by my damn self, with help from my neighbor. So much for the warranty on this chunk of garbage, and so much for the people who kept promising to show up to fix it. I bought a new spark plug for $3 at the hardware store, and my neighbor had the spark socket, and we did it. I don’t even have to wrestle with it anymore — it starts right up. I got about half the front mowed. It’s raining this morning, but as soon as it lets up, I’m going to finish the front and start the side. It’ll take me a few days to catch up on everything, but I’ll get there.

Received my first assignment from my new editor, and started on it. Sent off an article pitch; a different editor passed on a pitch I’d sent, so I sent off a new one today, and that one, slightly slanted, so someone else.

Wrestled the sample script pages. Cut them back, layered them some more, and they read much more subtly. I still have room in the page count, so I worked on a second scene. Then, I put all the pieces together, and the proposal went off this morning. Either it’s what this particular producer wants, or it’s not. Not much I can do about it now.

I shot off an email to an author I met once at the conference here on Cape to ask him to supply some emotional geography for the city in which I’ll have my meeting next week. Sounds wacky, but I’d rather get some insight from someone who knows the community than what’s up on a website somewhere. He may not have the time or inclination to answer, but nothing asked, nothing answered.

Worked on the short story; I’ve lost momentum and have to find it. I want to finish it, polish it this weekend, and send it out early next week. I also have to do a fresh read on WINNER TAKE ALL and get going on the next draft. I want to get the next draft of the screenplay done in the next couple of weeks; if it then passes muster, off it goes.

Having trouble finding the right images for the new cover for PLAYING THE ANGLES. I know I have a photograph that I took that would work for it, but darned if I can find it right now. I’m looking through the proof sheets for my camera disks. There’s a potential image I like, of stage lights on a bare stage, but I’m not sure. A bare stage with dramatic lighting doesn’t really communicate the story.

The new cover for CREATIVE STIMULUS went up, and works. Now that is in alignment with the other Topic Workbooks.

I’m working on the personal media kit that spans the different things I write, and it’s difficult. It’s much easier to write copy about the books and about other people than about myself. Believe it or not, I think I have to do a rough outline of the kit, so I can figure out the bits and pieces I want to include. Then I’ll work on each piece, trying to keep the same objective distance as when I put one together for someone else, and then arrange them until it has a good flow.

I should be able to start putting the changes into the next section of FIX IT GIRL today or tomorrow, too, and then move on the next section.

Prepping for my meeting next week; instead of worrying about anything beyond the actual meeting, I’m focusing on the meeting, and taking it from there.

Read Felicia Day’s memoir, which reads like a conversation with someone with whom one connects.

I got bitten by something working in the yard yesterday, right at the top of my tailbone. Not only is it an awkward place to treat, it hurts like hell. Not just discomfort, but actual pain.

It’s supposed to be a rainy weekend, so I hope that means it’ll be a productive one for writing!

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Thurs. Aug. 22, 2013: Deep in the Book

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Waning Moon
Cloudy and humid

Got some work done yesterday morning, caught up with students, etc.

The afternoon was even better — I worked on the fantasy trilogy. I needed to introduced some characters, needed for where I am now, earlier or it wouldn’t make sense. I went back and did some of that, then updated the Series Bible, then figured out where I need a couple more inserts. By the end of today, that should bring me where I need to be to move forward.

The first book is where it needs to be to go into the next draft. It can simmer while I finish the next two. I need all three submission-ready before I start the process. I’ve got a good idea where I’m going to send it, and plan to have a solid proposal package put together. At the risk of sounding egotistical, I did some pretty awesome world building in this one!

I do, however, have to cut most of the first three chapters, because the story really starts at the end of Chapter Three, and that needs to be the end of Chapter One.

I need about 5-6 more chapters in this draft of Book II, and then I can write Book III as outlined. I feel really good about it.

Finally heard back from the place that’s been jerking my chain and not communicating on the script proposal. They turned me down because there was humor in the piece and they only do “serious” work. I’d set out in the proposal my position that you create more memorable and stronger emotional truth using humor, so it’s ha-ha-OW!, but it seems they’re only interested in the dour. Those shortlisted all write bleak, hopeless pieces. If they wanted bleak and hopeless, they should have specified it in the guidelines! 😉 What that does, though, is take a huge burden off me for the next two weeks of my schedule, so it is a blessing. My ego’s a bit bruised, but it’s all for the best on both scheduling and creative levels.

Today is mostly cleaning the house, in preparation for guests. And sneaking in work on the book. There’s some correspondence that needs to get out, but cleaning and writing are the two big priorities.



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