Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold
Not a damn snowflake in sight!

New Jersey, Baltimore, and DC are getting pounded, but up here — nothing.

Wrote a lot yesterday, read when I could, when the headache let up enough to read. It must be snowing somewhere not too far away, because I don’t want to rip my head off this morning. Maybe it’s started in the city.

So, obviously, Fox is as confused about FRINGE and PAST LIFE as the rest of us are. I was confused by the promos because the casts (in the promos) look so similar and so is the shooting style. I thought it was some sort of off-shoot or special episodes connected to it or something. On Thursday, Fox ran promos for both, but ran a couple saying PAST LIFE was premiering next week, and then a couple saying PAST LIFE was “next” when it was really the season finale of FRINGE. Whatever. By the time I remembered to watch FRINGE in other weeks, I found it so convoluted and I was so lost in the internal mythology I stopped, and I’m going to skip PAST LIFE (although one would think that’s the kind of show I’d watch). Maybe one day I’ll catch up with FRINGE on DVD and really like it, but I don’t have the patience right now.

Really, lately, most of the time the television is off, and I’m either reading or I’m in the midst of another writing session. I’m not someone who can stand to have TV on in the background while I do something else. Certainly not when writing — I don’t know of any published, successful writer who can actually create when the television is going on in the background. Some can edit, but the creation process can’t have someone else’s completed creation process leaking in. I can always tell when my students have written with the television on in the background. When I’m watching TV, that’s what I’m doing, that’s where my focus is. Very little this season has engaged me enough to get me to keep it on and keep me from the other things on my plate. I mean, after over twenty years of not watching TV much because I was working 8 shows/week with only one or two nights off — and I was usually out doing stuff — it’s kind of fun to sit home and just get to watch TV sometimes. But there’s not much holding me this season. And I don’t record shows to watch later, because I don’t get to watch them — unless friends or colleagues are involved. Then, I’ll record them, and sit up until 3 AM if necessary, and shoot off an email to the person if we’re close enough to be in regular contact.

And since I don’t watch so-called “reality television” — I disagree with people becoming celebutards and getting paid to be their worst selves — there isn’t a whole lot on there that interests me.

Until the Olympics, of course,where I’ll be watching non-stop, especially the men’s and women’s ice hockey.

Made glazed salmon for dinner last night, baked apple spice bread this morning, and will make a stroganoff meatball dish tonight (thanks, MIK).

Finally finished the first chapter of REDEMPTION KILL this morning, and got the characters off the cliff. Somehow, they’ve wound up with two dogs, but the dogs promise me they’re integral to the plot. I have the starting point for the novel and the ending point, but I’m blank-paging most of it (I’ve got themes and points to hit along the way but no outline), so this is interesting. Quite a contrast to POWER OF WORDS, which is very tightly outlined, to the point where I had to create production schedules to solve logistical problems that come up in the writing.

Will do a few pages of POWER OF WORDS, and then it’s back to the steampunk, baby!

Since I planned to be snowed in this weekend, I’m simply going to stay in, sans snow, and write anyway!


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

Well, yesterday was both exciting and exhausting, wasn’t it? Loved the inauguration speech, and I think most people will take it to heart, roll up their sleeves and get to work. The majority of citizens will take on the responsibility and the work to repair the problems in this country, but we need leadership in order to do so effectively. Now we have it, so let’s get to work. Wall Street, of course, ran scared because now they have to be accountable and can’t just scamper off stealing people’s money, begging Congress for a bail out and then spending it on themselves. And those dodgy last-minute resolutions The Great Pretender tried to push through have been put on hold for review.

Heck, I was exhausted from just watching it all yesterday! But if our new President can get out of bed and attack his workday with enthusiasm after such a long day, I guess I can get some work done, too, right? 😉

So, we’re in the middle of waiting for the parade and someone pounds on the door, scaring the heck out of all of us. It was the exterminator. We’ve been trying to get the Scumbags to bring in the exterminator for nearly two years now and he shows up without an appointment or anything on INAUGURATION DAY? Not exactly what you want prowling around in the middle of a lunch party, but I was so grateful to see the guy that we coped.

I got about a page and a half done on The Lucy Gothic, but that was it. I had the television on most of the day, whether people were here or not, and that’s something I NEVER do. I can’t stand having it on in the background as noise. And one cannot write effectively in front of the television. Trust me, you do it, and you won’t get published, because everything you write picks up the flavor of what’s running in the background. And, after what seemed like umpteen hours, I just couldn’t stand having it on anymore, so I shut it off and read.

I’m re-reading A BOOK OF ONE’S OWN by Thomas Mallon, which is about people and their diaries. If you’re interested in people at all, whether or not you’re interested in writing, this is a book you should read. I first bought it in 1986, and I re-read it at least once a year.

I’m back to tackling THE MATILDA MURDERS, which I need to complete and send to my producer before I leave for my weekend site job on Friday.

So I better get to work.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and warm

I had a good writing day on ANGEL HUNT yesterday. I adapted the episodes which now comprise Chapters 2 & 3, printed out the first three chapters, and did even more work on them. With this adaptation, I’m adapting batches of episodes into chapters, and then working on about three chapters at a time, cutting, fleshing out, fixing logistical lapses, making the characters more unique, etc., etc, instead of adapting the full draft and then going back. For this particular piece, I think it will work better.

I also started a tracking notebook, so I can know who’s doing what to whom and how they’re all connected, because the plot has layers. There are also things I rushed through, or mentioned and never followed up, and I either have to deal with them or cut them.

Did some planning work on both “The Possession of Nattie Filmore” and the third Jain Lazarus. I think, for the latter, I have the opening set in my head, and then I’m going to do a section that flashes back to Billy’s arrival in Scotland, and then weave certain incidents that happen to him then which he didn’t realize were significant into the plot.

Watched the new 90210 yesterday, not because I normally would choose so to do, but because . . well, it’s a long story. THOSE are two hours of my life I want back. It wasn’t the most horrible show I’ve ever seen, but it’s not very good. There’s one actor who manages to work the material to his advantage, one of the adult characters, and the occasional clever line, but I have no interest in any of those people and don’t chose to spend time with them every week. It’ll probably be a huge hit and keep people employed, which is a good thing, but I won’t be watching.

Today is a writing day again; I’m hoping to get a lot done. I’m not sure if I’ll get to blog tomorrow, because I’m going to Philadelphia early to spend the day with (gimpy) Costume Imp.


Angel Hunt — 14,192 words out of est. 125,000

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14 / 125

Devon’s Bookstore:

Hex Breaker
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5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
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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:

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