Mon. Oct. 8, 2012: Computer Hospital & Busy Weekend

Monday, October 8, 2012
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Getting Cool!
Columbus Day

By the time you read this, MacGeorge will be in computer hospital, getting a system upgrade.

Busy weekend. I submitted the rough draft first chapter of the marine life mystery as my Sustainability Project. I was going to also submit the rough draft of the flood/drought rebalance project, only to discover I can only submit ONE. I asked about this two weeks ago and never received a response, which is frustrating, because I would have only focused on ONE. But, now that the final is due at the end of THIS week (not next), it’s probably for the best.

Watched lectures, took notes, took quizzes. Wrote my sustainability paper for the week, on the potential for sterile, genetically modified seeds being used as a tool of war used for intentional population starvation. Wrote a paper for the World History class, arguing that the seeds of the Modern Labor Movement started in the 14th century, after the Black Death, when a smaller population for large amounts of work gave workers more power. I don’t think I quite got the academic tone down, but the foundation of the piece is something I can build on for future articles.

The classes are challenging and wonderful, although three classes take A LOT of work — each requires about 7-12 hours per week. But the way certain elements intersect and how they support and contrast each other is fascinating. It’s making me think in a way I nearly forgot how to do.

Gave my moderator the handouts for the Supporting Characters workshop that starts on Tuesday, and uploaded the first lectures and assignment.

Spent time with my tarot students.

Worked in the yard. Got yard waste to the dump. The house will be painted and a new roof put in, but first, a landscaper has to come and move some plants — and he better show up soon, because it either has to be done by Oct. 30 or they have to take a break until Nov. 1. I can’t have chaos here Oct. 30 & 31. Not an option.

Planted some tulips in pots, pulled out some plants that died back, brought some of the more fragile plants inside. I’m waiting for some other bulbs to arrive from the Arbor Day Foundation — hope they get here before the first frost.

So what will I do today, while MacGeorge is in computer hospital? Work on a complicated reading project, taking massive notes, and also starting a draft of a non-fiction proposal I need to get out the door sooner rather than later. If weather allows, I will also do some more yard work.

Enjoy the holiday!

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

Fri. July 27, 2012: Just a Social Butterfly

Friday, July 27, 2012
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and muggy

Put my head down and got work done yesterday, a big push, and sent things off on time. Draining, although the projects themselves were fun, but they’re out on time, and now, on one, I have to wait for a response, to make sure we’re going on the same/right direction.

Didn’t get a reading slot at the conference; at first I was upset, but, really, the world is not going to come to an end because I don’t get to read for 5 minutes at 10 PM on a Tuesday night. This takes ALL the pressure off me, and now I can just enjoy myself and play at the conference, which is exactly what I need to do right now.

I signed up with Coursera for a Sustainability class, a world history, a Greek & Roman Mythology (as mentioned yesterday) and an intro to Astronomy. I want to take the Cosmology class, but I don’t have the background — the professor was very clear he wants strong astronomy backgrounds in the class not “Astro 101 for Poets”, and one needs strong calculus skills, which I don’t have. So that’s out for me, disappointing, but that’s the way it goes. I’m not interested in calculus; I’m interested in why and how the comos form and un-form, but not the math that made it happen. I expect students coming into my classes to respect the prerequisites I set (not that most of them do), and I will give other teachers the same respect.

We had dinner with friends up the street last night, which was great fun. Barbecue, Appletinis, good company, good conversation. Today, I’m doing some work, I’ve got some errands, and then some friends of Costume Imp’s who are in for a few days will come visit.

And tonight, the Olympics start. Woo-hoo!

Devon