Mon. June 25, 2012: “Town Crier” finally live — and free!

Monday, June 25, 2012
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and pleasant

Lots of catching up to do!

First, I have to say that the premiere of NEWSROOM on HBO was one of the best-written television episodes I’ve ever seen. The opening alone is brilliant, and it just got better from there. I was thrilled to see John Gallagher, Jr. in one of the best roles –we worked together on Broadway in SPRING AWAKENING. He’s terrific, both on and off stage, and I’m so happy to see him in such a great show. Loved the show, thought it was great, thought the writing and the casting were terrific, and can’t wait to see more.

Second, 1and1 finally fixed the website bug, and “Town Crier” is now available for a free download until July 9. You can read an excerpt and then download the story here. I had a totally cool cover that I had to crop and change because the file upload couldn’t support it, so I’m bummed, but the story’s fun. And it ties in to both HEX BREAKER and OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, although it takes place ten years before the events of HEX BREAKER.

Friday’s Breakfast with the Authors was terrific. All three — Joseph Doolin, Terri Arthur, and Randall Peffer — have books I can’t wait to read. I’ve read some of Peffer’s previous work, and look forward to the newest of his mysteries. We sat together at breakfast and had a great conversation.

Went home, worked flat out all the rest of the day. The next two assignments have arrived for Confidential Job #1, and look good. I did some more pitches, and started working on upcoming articles. I managed to get an absolutely fantastic source for the one due this week — someone whose work I’ve admired since I’ve moved to the Cape, so I’m very excited. Pitched for a few other jobs — fingers crossed.

Worked with students, got a good bit of work done on a rewrite of a small writing book I want to release in the coming weeks.

Sunday’s class was cancelled. The director told me that people were interested, but didn’t want to commit ahead of time. Well, honey, I’m not going to sit around and see if people show up. She also mentioned that people want “light creative writing classes.” That’s just insulting. “Creative writing” is what you as an eighth grade elective or as therapy. It’s not what I do. I work with people who are serious about and committed to writing. That venue is simply not the right match for me. I have one more thing scheduled in mid-July with them, but I’m not holding my breath.

The “Scene Meat” and “Series Bible” classes are filling up nicely, and those should be great fun. I’m really looking forward to them.

Worked on the revisions for HEART SNATCHER. For this draft, I’m cutting all the chapters from secondary characters’ POVs, and focusing on those in the POV of Valerie, Max, and Carey. I’ll sprinkle in necessary information from those cut chapters through other POVs. I’m also putting Max’s first chapter right after the prologue, where it was in the original draft (I’d moved it in the second draft to chapter two, moving Valerie’s first chapter, originally chapter 5, as chapter 1). I’ll give Max one, maybe two chapters, then do Valerie’s, cut Grace’s, and then have Carey’s. It makes it more of an urban fantasy mystery/suspense than the wider ranging fantasy, but it might serve the book better. The changes are based on both the actual notes from the critique swap and new ideas inspired by those notes.

However, changing the first book in the trilogy is making it harder to write the first draft of the second book.

I wrote out on the deck this morning, some work on a magical realism piece. I’m going to work on a couple of articles today, a couple of press releases, get out two more pitches, and get started on the short story due July 6 and start the Billy Root story that has to go live on July 13. Hopefully, the deposit check I keep getting promised for the ghost writing assignment will arrive today, so I can get that in, too.

It was supposed to rain this morning, so I overslept instead of going to yoga. I need to mow the front before the rain starts (it hasn’t yet) — we’re starting to suffer from vacant lot syndrome again, even though it wasn’t that long since I mowed.

Dreamed about an adventure story — movie, really, with Henry Ian Cusick playing the male lead. I mean, he wasn’t himself, he was a character, so I assume I dreamed a script. I have no reason for him to turn up in a dream, and I wasn’t in it anywhere, so I was dreaming a story. Jotted some notes to see if it’s something I can work with in the future.

Back to the page. And the lawn mower.


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Sunday, December 7, 2008


Sunday, December 7, 2008
Waxing Moon
Snowy and cold

First announcement: A Cabaret Benefit
Cast members from the Broadway musical SPRING AWAKENING present a special cabaret entitled WANT THE CHANGE down at IRT, 154 Christopher Street, #3b in NYC. It’s on Monday, December 8, and shows are at 7 & 10 PM. It’s going to be an amazing night of performance. Tickets are $35, and can be purchase by calling 212-352-3101 or going to TheatreMania. If you’re in town tomorrow night, stop by. It’s going to be wonderful, and is yet another example of how this extraordinary group of performers continues to tirelessly work for others.

Second announcement: Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Author Week Begins tomorrow!
Starting tomorrow, for about a week and a half, I’m featuring a different author on A BIBLIO PARADISE. You’ll discover some wonderful writers who are passionate about their art and their craft, and I think you’ll really enjoy the whole series.

Back to life:
Yes, we have snow and it’s beautiful! It’s not a lot, just enough to crunch around in and enjoy, and it makes everything look beautiful, as though dusted with powdered sugar. I also love how differently everything sounds when there’s a blanket of snow over it – the muted, gentle sounds. It makes me happy!

Never got the chance to blog yesterday. I did some writing in the morning, then went to the grocery store (since it was supposed to snow), and had just walked in the door at 10:30 when I got a call from the show – someone was sick and they needed me. So I scrambled to get ready and did two shows. Considering how sick I’ve been this past week, I was a little leery of it, but, although I’m fatigued in the my-limbs-weigh-at-least-1000-pounds-each, I’m okay. I rested during the dinner break and just paced myself and stayed quiet. Plus, it was cheery to walk back to the train station through the snow.

Getting TO the theatre was anything BUT cheery, though. We may be in a recession, but people still pack the streets of Manhattan. Which is fine, if they’d show a little consideration and stop acting like they’re the only people on the street. But there’s a lot to see that’s free in NYC, and the city knows how to dress itself up for the holidays. There’s plenty of enjoyment on a budget. Just because you’re not going to buy diamonds from Cartier doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their display! The trees at Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and up near Lincoln Center are all lovely, and, as always, if you’re in the neighborhood of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, go up and see the Angel Tree. I love it so much I’ve set a whole scene in front of the tree in Too Much Mistletoe, and you better believe it will appear in other stories, too. A few years ago, one of my fans sent me the book on the Angel Tree, and I re-read it a few times every year.

I’m going to try to get some writing done before I head back to the theatre for two more shows today. One of the worst things about being sick for an extended period of time is feeling weak. Yesterday was the first day since I got sick where I could do an entire yoga sequence in the morning, and I did it again today. Slowly, I’m getting there.

I think the holidays are reasonably sorted out – I’m on a miniscule budget, but I’m being creative, and I think I can show at least small tokens of appreciation (and, of course, CARDS, because cards are so important to me) to the bulk of the list, between the hand-made gifts, which will all happen this week, the cards (again this week), and the baking (next week).

I’ve got to finish a couple of (paid) samples for a potential job – problem is, there’s so much to write about, it’ll be hard to pick! But this week’s priorities are the revisions on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, the holiday cards, and the handmade gifts.

Back to the train.


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Hex Breaker
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Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
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