Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Waning Moon
Rainy and warm

First of all, hop over and leave a comment on my sister site, A BIBLIO PARADISE, where we’re celebrating Gen Bailey’s release of her new Native American Historical Romance, SENECA SURRENDER. Her work is quite unique.

A teaching colleague said that, when the money doesn’t match the work, she only puts in the amount of work she feels is proportionate to the amount she’s paid, and not one minute more. Yes, that’s smart from a business perspective, but the workshops I’ve developed are very specific and intense. Giving less than 100% doesn’t do anyone any good. And, like I said, I had no intention of punishing the students because I jumped in at the last minute without doing my due diligence.

Wound up the workshop yesterday. Got out the assignment for Confidential Job #1, got the BIBLIO PARADISE spot finalized, and even managed to fit in a walk on the boardwalk in the sun. A pair of swans has settled in that area of the beach — I’m worried about their safety once the beach opens to the public.

FEMME FATALE, my play, opens today. Fingers crossed that it goes well, and the run is successful.

Had two good writing sessions so far this morning on the urban fantasy. The rough outline notes I scrawled are helpful, but it’s already taking its own shape, which is a good thing. I hope to get in one more writing session on it today, and a session on the novella, in and around working on my taxes. I usually prefer to write in long stretches. Several writers I know set a timer for ten minutes or thirty minutes or whatever. That doesn’t work for me. It makes me angry and resentful. Although, if those were the only minutes in the day I had to write, I’d make it work. But I like writing in long stretches. However, I find that 1500-2000 words at a stretch is usually solid, and then I need to take a break for a bit and come back with fresh eyes. Otherwise, the writing gets tired.

Technically, this is a day off. I wanted to go out and play — we were promised sunshine and 80 degree weather — but it looks like it’s going to rain at any moment, so we’ll see.

Devon