Fri. Jan. 31, 2014: The Year of the Horse Comes Roaring In

Friday, January 31, 2014
New Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Chinese Lunar New Year — Year of the Horse
Cloudy and cold

Could you feel the shift from Snake to Horse? So ready for it!

Busy day yesterday, working on various projects and catching up on Environmental Law class. I have a paper due today, and then I’m all caught up. That class is amazing.

Today is my last day with one of my students — she successfully completed the year-long mentorship program, is ready to submit her first novel, is almost done with the draft of the second novel, and wrote/submitted four short stories. So proud of her and will miss her so much!

Had an aha! moment on the play.

Got another idea for a piece and will have to jot it down and figure out where it fits in the queue.

Check out the January Wrap-Up over on the GDR site. I have to say, I’m shocked at the lack of courteous, professional responses from job listings on the Media Bistro site. I’d always thought they were the Go-To listings place, but my experience this year has taught me that it’s not. There are a couple of other sites where the potential client response as been much higher with a better tier of client. Good to know.

Running around preparing for Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations today and Imbolc tomorrow — getting the decorations finalized, etc. I miss the community of Chinese actors who always included me in their celebrations in New York. It was always one of the highlights of my year.

Lots to do today, including errands, my paper, and catching up on the computational neuroscience class — me and my cat brain!

To the page!

Devon

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and raw

Had a good day’s work on THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, finally. What a relief! I think I’m figuring out the book’s themes. I often have the basics of the plot down when I start (whether I write them out or not), but the theme or themes only emerge as I write the book.

Working slowly on the final galleys of ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT, because I’m so afraid I’ll miss something. I printed out the whole document, because it’s easier for me to accurately read it on the page than on the screen. My eyes don’t get tired as quickly.

It cleared up enough for me to spend a couple of hours in the yard in the afternoon. I pulled up all the dandelions. Now, I’m fond of dandelions, and if I knew how the lawn was treated in the past, I’d use them in my stillroom. But I don’t, so I don’t dare risk it. And dandelions are difficult on the lawn, especially if they get all puffy and go into other people’s lawns. So I removed them. I raked out another section of the back bed. From the ground, it looked and felt as though I hadn’t made any progress (although I filled two 30 gallon bags). But from the upstairs windows, one can see the progress.

The new lilac bush arrived, totally surprising me (I expected it about Saturday). It’s settled and budding. I’ll have to get it a nice pot, but it came in a tub, so it’s fine for the moment.

Caught up with my students in the workshop. They’re starting off on time and staying on top of the assignments and no whining, so that’s a good sign. Towards the end of the second week, in a month-long class, there’s usually a bit of a lag, but when they start strong, it’s not as much of an issue than if they’ve been behind from Day One.

Most evenings/nights at this point are spent studying — botany texts, gardening books, herbals, latin texts, etc. Better than TV most nights, that’s for sure. I’m unearthing (no pun intended) a lot of the books I bought over the years with an eye to having a garden “someday”. Well, someday is here. And there’s a lot of information in my older Craft books, books that had a lot of influence on me fifteen or so years ago, and now I can re-read them with a new appreciation based on the experiences in the interim. So that’s good.

Confidential Job #1 sent me my new assignment — that was fast! It looks interesting. Once I get the final galleys of ASSUMPTION done and back to the publisher, I’ve got two other manuscripts I’d like to run an eye over and get out the door before I leave for CT next week. I’m hoping to get the CJ1 assignment turned around this weekend, and have the next assignment ready to take with me on the site gig.

Today is about writing, editing galleys, and taking my mom to the doctor in the afternoon. And getting coffee — I ran out and got into my emergency stash, which isn’t very good. But it’s better than being coffee-less!

Back to the page.

Devon