Tues. June 11, 2013: Slowly Recovering

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cold

By noon yesterday, I got my proposal and sample chapter polished enough so I could send it to my agent. She was impressed, said it didn’t need any changes, and forwarded it on to the editor who requested it. So we’ll see from there what happens.

I was wiped out by the end of it.

Worked with students, posted materials for the Supporting Characters workshop at RWA.

Read Mercedes Lackey’s STEADFAST. Liked it a lot, although the ending was a bit abrupt, in my opinion.

Prepped for this afternoon’s meeting. Signed up for an environmental conference that will run Thursday and Friday.

Went to bed early and wasn’t up half the night coughing. Didn’t even need to get up in the night to take medicine. Hoping I’ve turned the corner.

Need to get back on track with a few things today, but I’m exhausted. Working up a book proposal and sample chapter to specific guidelines in three days took more out of me than I expected. But it’s a great opportunity for something I’d like to try, so it was worth it.

Back to the page.

Devon

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Tues. Oct. 9, 2012: Painless Update and Upcoming Workshops

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and cool

For the first time in my life, I had a positive experience upgrading the computer. In it went, first thing in the morning. Out it came in the afternoon, running like a dream. Fast, efficient, feels like brand new. The techs were kind, calm, and got the job done right the first time. In all my 20+ years of computer experience, this is the first time it’s happened.

Of course, trying to update the website, 1and1 Webhost is still a pain in the butt.

Today, tomorrow, and Thursday, I’m on the Muse Online Writing Conference, teaching a Supporting Characters Workshop. The Tarot and the Writers Workshop is still going well, although too many are late getting in their assignments. And, right now, I can’t get into Savvy Authors because of yet more malware warnings.

This Saturday (the 13th) I’m teaching a Fast & Fun Workshop on “Dissecting Submission Guidelines”, since that’s a complaint I’ve heard from editors and agents a lot these last few months. Only $20. Next Saturday (the 20th) I’m teaching a “First Three Pages” workshop, getting the first three pages dynamic. That’s only $30 — I have a sense I’m lowballing a bit for the amount of work, but we’ll see. Registration should open for both of those later today — 1and1 won’t let me put in the coding for the Buy Now button, so I have to go to the library and do it on their computer. More info on both here, on the Fast & Fun Page.

The application is open for the three month playwrighting intensive that starts in January. More information and download the application here.

While MacGeorge was in computer hospital, I worked on the material for Confidential Job #1. It’s over 600 pages, and I got about 275 pages done. It’s due Friday, so I’ll have to do another 200 pages today and another tomorrow.

I checked in with the Muse Conference — some people already posted the first assignment, so I’ll be working on those tonight when I get back. Posted tomorrow’s lectures and assignments, so they have a head start.

I’m on my way out the door — to one library, to try to put in the PayPal button; to another library to return a book. Then, it’s off to the Marine Life Center — the ball chairperson and I are going to look at venues for next year, and we also have a special arrival at the Center later this afternoon. It means I have a lot of work to do tonight when I get home, but it will be worth it!

Devon

Thurs. Oct. 4: Exciting Times and Time to Go Home!

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Cloudy and warm

Worked with my students yesterday, got some good work done on a few other projects. Got an apology from the slow-paying client with a promise to “pay next week”. We’ll see if that happens. Watched several of my Sustainability video lectures, and several of the World History lectures, and took the quizzes. This week’s lectures are useful in terms of my flood/drought project. I also did an email interview promoting both the Jain Lazarus books and ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT that will go up in late November.

Tessa is sulky and upset. She got out of the house and was difficult to catch yesterday, poor little thing. Hopefully, she will be glad to see me when I get home, and not act like Violet. Violet always does “talk to the tail” for three days before she forgives me.

I’m over at the Writers Vineyard today in my Annabel Aidan persona, giving thanks for this year’s Writing Harvest.

It’s more stressful here than it needs to be; I will be glad to go home. Although “home” will be chaotic for the next few weeks — the owner decided the outside of the house needs to be painted and a new roof put on.

I had a lovely meeting with an agent last night, and we had a good chat that ranged over many topics. We brainstormed some ideas, and now it’s up to me to see if I can come up with proposals that fulfill what we discussed. Excited about it.

I want to get the revisions on the article done before I head back today, and will try to get as much schoolwork done as possible. Well, I’d LIKE to curl up and read a good book, but that is not going to be an option until about Sunday! And that book will be something I’m reviewing!

Quick reminder — I’m over at the Muse Online Conference next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, teaching my Supporting Characters workshop. Hope to see you there!

Off we go — I hope the drive back won’t be bad this afternoon. I’m tired of driving in bad weather and dense traffic.

Devon