Fri. March 4, 2016: Snowy Writing

Friday, March 4, 2016
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde

Yup, it’s snowing. The Cape and Islands are supposed to get the bulk of this storm. We were told it wouldn’t start until noon, but it started before 9 AM. Should be interesting.

Busy day yesterday, between meeting and trying to get stuff done when I got back to the desk. Exhausted by the time I got home.

Watching GOING POSTAL last night – funny. There were times, though, when the pace lagged a bit. Pratchett’s dialogue is often as quick as it is quick-witted, and when it’s not delivered that way, it hurts the overall effect.

Got out a submission last night, which is good. Have to keep up with all that.

Overslept a bit, didn’t have a good session at the desk this morning. I will have to make up for it this weekend.

If the weather gets bad, we’ll close up early and head back; otherwise, It will be another long day, but then four days away that can focus on the writing. I’m behind where I want to be on CHOLERIC, but I’m close enough to the end to taste it. Now, I just have to get it down on paper, and then it marinates for awhile, so I can return to it with fresh eyes.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, January 11,2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009
Full Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Most of yesterday was spent on the play that opens this week; there’s a situation that “might” come up, which would not be an issue if this was a larger company or one based in Manhattan. However, it’s a possibility, and I’ve created an alternate scene for the play should it come up. I would prefer it not to be used, but if it has to, it can be inserted at a moment’s notice. After thinking about it, playing with it, and overwriting it, I’ve cut it down to about a page, and will send it off tomorrow.

So much for getting everything else done that I hoped to get done.

It snowed steadily, but we only had about an inch’s worth of accumulation, not the 6-10 inches about which we’d been warned. In between sessions working on the play, I finished reading Terry Pratchett’s MAKING MONEY, a social satire which is almost frighteningly relevant to our current economic crisis. If you want an extraordinarily clever book that will make you laugh, read it. Of course, my two favorite Pratchett novels are HOGFATHER and MASQUERADE, with GOING POSTAL, WYRD SISTERS, and MORT coming in close behind – but this one makes my list of top ten Pratchett novels.

I did a little bit of work on The Lucy Gothic. I’m trying to finish the handwritten chapter three, so I can type it.

It was an icy, treacherous walk to the bagel store this morning to get THE NEW YORK TIMES and a bagel. But the LL Bean boots and remembering to keep the weight on the ball of the foot and place it down flat instead of heel-first keep one from slipping, so it was all good.

I watched HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX again last night on DVD. That book is my favorite in the series, and I was terribly disappointed with the movie the first time I saw it, mostly because, had I written the script, I would have chosen different scenes to bring forward and to cut. Some of the stuff they cut is going to come back and bite them in the butt when they try to wrap things up in later films. And there wasn’t enough of either Lupin or Neville in the movie, who are my two favorite supporting characters in the books. AND they only used part of the prophecy, which cuts Neville out of the loop in which he was in for book 6, and I could just go on and on. But watching the movie again, I enjoyed it more, because I’d had enough time to get over my initial disappointment, and I could enjoy what actually was there.

Anyway, I’m off to rework the scene for the play a few more times, finish chapter 3 of The Lucy Gothic, do some outlining on the Billy Root story so I can get back to it tomorrow, and then tackle another project that’s come in and needs to get turned around quickly.

Busy day – fingers crossed the show doesn’t need me. I really need today to be a focused writing day.


Sunday, December 14, 2008



Sunday, December 14, 2008
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold

Hop on over to A Biblio Paradise today and read all about Toni Sweeney’s wonderful work – her LAST ADVENTURES OF SINBAD SINGH makes my TBR pile!

Tired. Still don’t feel really well.

Did five loads of laundry yesterday. Unfortunately, my friend’s dryer conked out after two loads, so I brought three wet loads of sheets, towels, etc. home and have draped them all over the place. Not the prettiest of decorating, if I say so myself.

I worked diligently on the Christmas cards, and still only got about half-way through the M’s, so I have a great deal more work to do today. I want to finish the cards and get them out tomorrow, along with the packages.

Got home to intercept the mail carrier and receive a lovely box filled with things like stollen, mints, etc. – perfect holiday treats. Needless to say, I’m not waiting the week and change to dive into it!

Actually found something worth watching last night, on the Ion Channel – HOGFATHER, based on the Terry Pratchett novel. The novel is one of my all-time favorites. I think it’s one of the funniest and also piercing novels I’ve ever read. I have mixed feelings about the TV movie. The production design was gorgeous. Many of the actors were well cast, especially Michelle Dockery, who played Susan, and Marc Warren, who played Teatime. Their performances were beautifully detailed and nuanced. However, Pratchett’s dialogue is witty and sparkling – and this film was four hours long. The pace was dreadful. The images, the framing, the production design, the casting – all were wonderful. And although the jump cuts were jarring between scenes, the pace of the actual scenes was often dreadful. The scenes were directed as though intoning Shakespeare for those who weren’t bright enough to understand it, instead of the bright, sharp, staccato wit that Pratchett has in the book.

Having a hard time getting started this morning. I have more laundry to deal with – the stuff that’s dry gets to be put away, and the next set of wet stuff set out. Cards to write, the assignment for Confidential Job #2 to complete, and gifts to make.

What I’d like to do is to go back to bed. Unfortunately, that’s not an option.


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