Saturday, December 13, 2008

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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Waning Moon
Sunny and Cold

Check me out! Yep, it’s finally my turn on Stacy Dawn’s Christmas Blogfest. Come visit here, leave a comment, and enter to win a prize!

When you’re done with that, hop on over to A Biblio Paradise, where I’m hosting author Colin Harvey – he writes fascinating, scary stuff!

Because of computer problems, I was later than I liked getting into the city. But I got there, did my errands, turned around to head back. I was going to indulge myself with some magazines for the train home – only the issues on the newsstand were so lame that I just bought a newspaper instead. Oh, well. All the magazines seem so diluted. There are no individual voices and they don’t let the writers’ individual voices shine through any more.

Got some work done on the assignment for Confidential Job #2, and then headed out of town to spend time at a friend’s. A group of us were talking a few days ago about tight finances for the holidays, and we decided that instead of giving each other gifts, we’d give each other a day. In other words, a group of us got together last night to cook an amazing meal and spend time together – the first time we’ve done so in more than a year, all together. Rather than schedule the night far out and then have people cancel, we committed to last night. Like on Wednesday.

When I talk about an amazing meal, I mean an amazing meal – appetizer served in espresso cups, a soup course, a fish course, a salad course, an entrée with vegetables and a bit of pasta on the side, a cheese course, and then dessert, coffee, and liqueur. Wonderful wines with the meal and even better conversation.

The show had called me to come in, but I was already headed out and not about to turn back. Had they caught me while I was still in the city, I would have considered it, but a six hour commute (which is what two round trips to the theatre add up to) and two sets of expensive train tickets? For one show? I lose money on that deal. And give up this gift my friends and I were giving each other? I weighed the pros and cons and went to the dinner instead. And I’m glad I did, because it renewed important bonds. And it was a lovely gift for us all to give each other – time together while sharing food.

Be very afraid – I’m knitting. It’s kind of lame, but I’ll never get better if I don’t practice. Of course, I chose a complicated yarn, but at least it hides the flaws. What am I knitting, do you ask? Haven’t decided yet what it will be.

Anyway, I had a lovely evening and am on a borrowed computer this morning. I’ll spend the day relaxing out here, doing laundry (yes, in addition to filling up my car with supplies to cook the course for which I was responsible, I filled it up with laundry) and write my cards in the solarium. I’ll head back tonight.

Of course, I brought some writing with me, too, and my yoga mat. Thank goodness my very small car expands to meet need. And there are dogs and cats here, so I’m right at home.

I hope you have a lovely Saturday.

Devon

Friday, December 5, 2008

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Friday, December 05, 2008
Waxing Moon
Cloudy and cold

Yesterday was mostly a lost day; spent far too much time in the morning putting together something that needed to be done and doing other business. Ran some errands. My computer, as usual, sucks, isn’t running properly, and heaven forbid the programs actually do what I need them to do. Someday, hopefully in the not-so-distant future, I can purchase a real computer and dump this Dell/Microsoft piece of crap permanently.

I was hungry, and couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than a bacon sandwich. Let’s just say that was a really bad idea.

Sigh. Someday I’ll be well enough to eat properly again.

Too exhausted and nauseous to do much in the afternoon. I’ve been reading a lot during the last few days. I re-read Rosamunde Pilcher’s Winter Solstice the other day. My mom is a huge Rosamunde Pilcher fan, and I love her depictions of both Cornwall and Scotland, since I’ve been to many of those places. Her books are soothing. She has a great sense of place, and she writes well about animals. I can also say the same about Marcia Willet’s A Week in Winter, which is also set in Cornwall, and includes an hilarious mastiff named Polonious. They’re what I would call “comfort books”.

PJ, thanks for the heads-up on the links to the books. That’s the third time Payloadz has given me the wrong link when I uploaded something, and I am not happy about it. But it should all be fine, and I appreciate so much you taking the time to hunt down the books. I hope you enjoy them! And, everyone else, now that the links are correct – check ‘em out! 😉

I did some work on the Maine project this morning. The premise/basic plot is pretty straightforward, but the character development, the scene detail and the sensory filling out – in other words, the things that will make this piece unique – take quite a bit of doing. In other words, the project is more complicated than I originally expected. But it feels right, so I just have to go with its natural rhythm.

I have to get back on track today, no matter how I feel. I am far too far behind on numerous things, and just have to catch up. I’m looking forward to an intense session for the revisions of OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I haven’t talked about it much, because, for some reason, I feel as though I need to protect the work on it. But I think Jain and Wyatt’s fans will truly enjoy this book. Because it’s told through Wyatt’s eyes, the tone is a bit different, but you learn a lot about them.

Back to the page, and wondering if I can choke down some dry toast for breakfast.

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

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NEW! Too Much Mistletoe A Nina Bell Holiday Mystery by Devon Ellington. Nina Bell is back! Still trying to make a living in the New York theatre world of the 1990s, she’s trying to figure out which is the bigger mystery – a college friend’s disappearance, or her ever-complicated love life, as every man she meets wants to hang mistletoe over her head. Read an excerpt here and purchase the story for only $2.99 USD here .

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NEW! “The Ramsey Chase” A Remarkable Adventure of Cornelia True and Roman Gray By Devon Ellington
Meet the adventurous Cornelia True of Bodwin’s Ferry, whose life changes forever when “fixer” Roman Gray lands naked in her petunias, and they combine forces to track down a serial killer determined to murder thirteen women in thirteen months for their blood, with his latest victim right there in Bodwin’s Ferry!
Only $1.49 USD for this 10K adventure, the very first Penny’s Dreadfuls release! Read an excerpt of the adventure here.
Purchase the story here.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
Free limited download
“The Possession of Nattie Filmore: A Jain Lazarus Adventure” by Devon Ellington. If you loved HEX BREAKER, you’ll love spending time with Jain and Wyatt as they try to solve a haunted house mystery. Read an excerpt of the story and download it free here


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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
Sensory Perceptions: Techniques to Improve Your Writing Through the Six Senses by Devon Ellington. Use the six senses to take your writing to the next level via a series of sense-specific exercises. By the end of seven weeks, you complete seven short stories!. $1.29 USD. Here.


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:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

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Thursday, December 4, 2008
Waxing Moon
Sunny and cold

Here’s Stacy’s graphic again – isn’t it fun? I’m so excited about my date on her blog next week.

And hop on over to A Biblio Paradise to read my review of Sandra Worth’s wonderful new book, THE KING’S DAUGHTER.

And hey, if you haven’t bought “The Ramsey Chase” and Too Much Mistletoe, consider it, okay? Buy both, and you’ve still spent less than five bucks, which is always great in this economy! They’re both fun, they’re inexpensive, and they’re worth the price! 😉 Yes, we have a moment of shameless self-promotion here – I want these volumes out and READ!

I got worse again yesterday, unfortunately. I managed to get a bit of work done, including working on my column, getting a few pitches out, working on a resume I can actually send out in cases where a resume and not a bio paragraph is called for, and creating a list of job prospects who will receive pitches today. And, I got out a slew of short story submissions, especially several of the stories I developed in the workshop in October, in my magical small town with the magical bakery. Hopefully, some of them will hit.

Had a bad night, and am still feeling awful this morning.

Got some work done on the Maine project. It’s taking a very interesting shape, in a way I didn’t expect. I have a long list of things that MUST get done today, whether I feel like crap or not.

Can we PLEASE get rid of Paulson NOW, before he totally destroys what’s left of the economy? On CNN last night, some pundit was saying that Paulson was “naïve” and “believed the banks would do the right thing” when handed billions of tax payer dollars. I don’t believe that for one second. Paulson is one of them; he’s handing out as much money to his pals so they can take it and run before the change of administrations, because he knows this administration will look the other way. We will NEVER get a return on it, and the consumer will NEVER benefit from this bailout, because it was structured so that the fat cats can keep getting fatter. Hell, if I know these scum are going to take the money and run, the damn Treasury secretary should be at least that smart. I believe this is calculated on his part. This is a man who ran a major corporation; he knows how they operate; he knew what would happen when he started handing out money with no strings attached.

Back to the page.

Shirley gave out a tag, and I figured, what the hey, I’ll do it:

7 Things I plan to do before I die: own my own home, have a wonderful garden, learn how to play the piano, learn how to paint, learn how to make pottery (do we see a theme here?), create something that gives people joy, take a trip around the world.

7 Things I do now: Write, take care of my family, yoga, read, cook, learn new things as often as possible, play with the cats.

7 Things I won’t do: Believe that what happens in the world “doesn’t affect me” or that who is in charge of this country has no direct affect on my life; refuse to show up on voting day; wiggle out of jury duty, spend money in places that do not respect either their workers or their customers; write 20 articles/week for $1/article; jump out of plane unless my life depends on it; eat shrimp (love it, but I’m deathly allergic).

7 Things that attract me to the opposite sex: A sense of humor, intelligence, compassion, a love for animals, courage, creativity, passion.

7 Celebrities I admire: I’ve probably worked with seven I admire, but since I don’t name names . . .

7 favorite foods: chocolate, mashed potatoes, chicken pot pie, key lime pie, apples, blueberries, raspberries (I can’t believe I have to stop at seven).

Although I can’t eat right now. I can still think about what I like once I’m well enough to eat again, right?

Later!

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

NEW! Too Much Mistletoe A Nina Bell Holiday Mystery by Devon Ellington. Nina Bell is back! Still trying to make a living in the New York theatre world of the 1990s, she’s trying to figure out which is the bigger mystery – a college friend’s disappearance, or her ever-complicated love life, as every man she meets wants to hang mistletoe over her head. Read an excerpt here and purchase the story for only $2.99 USD here .

NEW! “The Ramsey Chase” A Remarkable Adventure of Cornelia True and Roman Gray By Devon Ellington
Meet the adventurous Cornelia True of Bodwin’s Ferry, whose life changes forever when “fixer” Roman Gray lands naked in her petunias, and they combine forces to track down a serial killer determined to murder thirteen women in thirteen months for their blood, with his latest victim right there in Bodwin’s Ferry!
Only $1.49 USD for this 10K adventure, the very first Penny’s Dreadfuls release! Read an excerpt of the adventure here.
Purchase the story here.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
Free limited download
“The Possession of Nattie Filmore: A Jain Lazarus Adventure” by Devon Ellington. If you loved HEX BREAKER, you’ll love spending time with Jain and Wyatt as they try to solve a haunted house mystery. Read an excerpt of the story and download it free here


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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
Sensory Perceptions: Techniques to Improve Your Writing Through the Six Senses by Devon Ellington. Use the six senses to take your writing to the next level via a series of sense-specific exercises. By the end of seven weeks, you complete seven short stories!. $1.29 USD. Here.


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:

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Waxing Moon
Sunny and pleasant

Isn’t this graphic cool? I’m participating in this blogfest, which runs the full month of December – my day is December 13, but I hope that you visit every day!

I managed to work a few hours before feeling like complete and utter crap, so it wasn’t a full day lost. I had some business to catch up on, finish the work for Confidential Job #1, sort out the interviews for the IOWFA Week on A Biblio Paradise that starts next week.

Can I just say I’m really excited about it? I think you’ll be fascinated by the diversity and creativity of these authors. I’ve got quite a list on the “To Buy” list.

I’ll have a review of Sandra Worth’s newest release, THE KING’S DAUGHTER, up in a day or two. I’m very excited about this book. Sandra is one of my favorite writers. I wanted to have the review done and up yesterday, which was her release day, but between my grandmother’s death and the flu, I just couldn’t.

The last book I had to review for someone else was depressing as all get-out, so it’s a pleasure to sink into Sandra’s beautiful writing again.

Note to self: When in a state of frustration with the world, John Cheever’s journals are not the best choice. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a brilliant writer, and I admire his work. His journals are well written, too. It’s simply not the best choice when you need something, shall we say, uplifting.

I got about 1500 words done this morning on the Maine project; now I’m headed back to the mystery, the revisions, my column, the Big Project, and a few pitches. Not sure how much I’ll get done, because I’m completely wiped out. And it’s not even nine a.m.

Sigh.

One step at a time, right?

Devon

Devon’s Bookstore:

NEW! Too Much Mistletoe A Nina Bell Holiday Mystery by Devon Ellington. Nina Bell is back! Still trying to make a living in the New York theatre world of the 1990s, she’s trying to figure out which is the bigger mystery – a college friend’s disappearance, or her ever-complicated love life, as every man she meets wants to hang mistletoe over her head. Read an excerpt here and purchase the story for only $2.99 USD here .

NEW! “The Ramsey Chase” A Remarkable Adventure of Cornelia True and Roman Gray By Devon Ellington
Meet the adventurous Cornelia True of Bodwin’s Ferry, whose life changes forever when “fixer” Roman Gray lands naked in her petunias, and they combine forces to track down a serial killer determined to murder thirteen women in thirteen months for their blood, with his latest victim right there in Bodwin’s Ferry!
Only $1.49 USD for this 10K adventure, the very first Penny’s Dreadfuls release! Read an excerpt of the adventure here.
Purchase the story here.

THE JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
Free limited download
“The Possession of Nattie Filmore: A Jain Lazarus Adventure” by Devon Ellington. If you loved HEX BREAKER, you’ll love spending time with Jain and Wyatt as they try to solve a haunted house mystery. Read an excerpt of the story and download it free here


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.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS
Back By Popular Demand! 30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you could survive National Novel Writing Month, this is the handbook for you! Ideas on preparations, setting goals, overcoming blocks, pushing yourself, tips for each day of the process, and ideas for going beyond, this handbook by veteran Nano-er Devon Ellington will help you survive. Best of all, it’s free! Download it here.
Limited time offer
Sensory Perceptions: Techniques to Improve Your Writing Through the Six Senses by Devon Ellington. Use the six senses to take your writing to the next level via a series of sense-specific exercises. By the end of seven weeks, you complete seven short stories!. $1.29 USD. Here.


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: