Tues. July 20, 2021: Enjoying the Differences

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Waxing Moon

Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Chiron Retrograde

Cloudy and mild

I’m starting to wonder if I will ever stop feeling like crap. I’m still achy and fatigued all the time.

It was a good, fairly restful weekend. I got my script coverage done by late Friday afternoon, and didn’t have to worry about it all weekend.

There was a good bit of rain, but I managed to get some errands done Saturday morning, in between storms. I met the husky puppy two doors down, and a lovely, sleek black cat in the parking lot where the car now lives when not in use (who had a lot to tell me). People are better about masking and social distancing here than they were on Cape. No surprise that COVID cases are on the uptake with a cluster around Provincetown, etc.

Read a lot this weekend, including re-reading some Terry Pratchett, and reading a book by a popular author using a trope of which I’m sick. I’m sick of the trope of leaving the city to go back to the hometown and reconnecting with one’s first love. Yes, it’s fantasy. It can also be toxic. It also shows a lack of growth from teen years.

Was assigned another book to review, which I will start this morning, while I’m at the laundromat.

Got some unpacking done (not enough, but rooms are slowly taking shape). Put up a pretty lace curtain at the front door, instead of the broken blinds. Put up most of the wind chimes. Have a nice little reading corner set up in my office.

I hate being separated from so many of my books and dishes. It’s painful. Also, because I have bookcases of varying shapes, heights, and sizes, I can’t store my books by subject, but I have to put them where they fit. At least for the moment.

Trying to find a good routine, one that also works for the cats, because they love their routines.

Sunday night, I was approached by the Cape Cod Writers Center. One of their instructors for their online conference dropped out due to a family emergency, so I was asked to take over the class. I’m happy to do so. It’s on Character, and I have some ideas that hopefully will help the participants. I’m trying to keep it along the lines of the original class blurb, and what they signed up for, although I’ll probably push them a little harder. And they will have handouts, because I am the Queen of Handouts.

I got to work on Monday, playing with ideas for the class. I did a short piece for the Llewellyn Almanac, got some script coverage done. Started rereading Gail Godwin’s QUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD. There was a point where I loved her writing, until she got so obsessed with religion, and I want to see how I still feel about it, years later. I read two volumes of her journal, which were interesting to a point, but she’s so obsessed with boys (not men, boys) and always puts them ahead of her writing, which gets tedious. I see a glimmer of that in the beginning of this book, the protagonist doing so, and I hope that’s not the case.

I submitted a short story to a call, and several calls for plays landed in my inbox – I might even have relevant plays to submit. I will get to that today and tomorrow. I want to get back to have 13 in Play all the time – always have at least 13 pieces out there, earning their way in the world.

I got through a few hundred emails. Still catching up from the move.

Slowly, slowly easing back into creative life. I want to meet the other artists around here – I have a feeling MassMOCA will be my go-to for that, at least initially. At the same time, with virus numbers going up, I’m not comfortable being around strangers indoors, even though I’m vaccinated, and continue to mask. Most of the writers’ events are still virtual. WordXWord has an event at The Mount, outdoors, the next few nights, but I don’t’ know if I feel up to going. I go to the grocery store, the liquor store, the library (always masked), and that’s about it. I might go to some outdoor events, if the weather ever improves. We’re close to the college, and they require all students, teachers, staff, and vendors to be fully vaccinated, so that makes the neighborhood safer for all of us.

Yesterday afternoon, I could hear a composer, in one of the houses in the neighborhood, working on the latest piece. It was wonderful to hear that creation going on, as I was doing my own work. Creativity fuels creativity.

More writing, script coverage, LOIs today on the agenda. More work on the class, so I can start putting together the PowerPoint for it. More unpacking. Reading. After I get back from the laundromat, I might try to find the Big Y grocery store (supposedly less than a mile away). If the weather is decent, maybe tomorrow, we’ll jaunt over to Williamstown and Bennington. If the weather holds this afternoon, maybe we can go to Windsor Lake, which is supposedly a 3-minute drive.

The cats are getting used to the space and having fun running up and down. It’s a long, narrow space, front to back. Tessa loves running up and down the stairs to the front door, fast as can be, while the other two watch. Charlotte and Tessa still fuss at each other, mostly late at night, but not as badly as before. Hopefully, they are adjusting.

They all love to watch the birds. We have lots of trees around here, sturdy trees, and people aren’t constantly trying to cut them down. We also have two bird houses and a nest up in the rafters of our back balcony. The cats are fascinated. No matter which window they sit in, throughout the house, or the kitchen overlooking the back balcony, or the front porch, overlooking the street, there are birds to watch.

We used to have lots of birds around the house on Cape, until all the neighbors destroyed habitat. I’m sure the owner’s going to cut a bunch of trees down, now that we’re gone.

No longer my problem, although I hurt for the wildlife there, especially Che Guevara Chipmunk and the coyotes.

Meanwhile, I have a new area to learn. Living in the mountains is very different than living by the sea.

Wed. July 14, 2021: Allowing Myself Ease

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Waxing Moon

Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune Retrograde

Rainy and humid

By this weekend, we are on track to have as much rain in the state in half a month as we usually get all summer. I’m glad it hasn’t been beastly hot, but it would be nice to see the sun every now and again.

Yesterday morning, I took the laundry down the street to the laundromat. This is the first time in my life I’ve lived in a building without laundry. There’s nothing wrong with the laundromat – it’s clean, it was mostly empty. But I hated it. I also hated that one of the machines ate my money without working. I will invoice the company for that.

The purchase of a stackable washer/dryer to put on the hookups in the laundry room in the apartment is on my list. It will probably be spring before I can afford it, and I can deal with the laundromat until then, but having my own laundry facilities is important.

When I came back, I was wiped out, for no good reason. I don’t understand why I can’t get my feet back under me. All I want to do is sleep.

So that’s what I did, most of the day. Slept. And re-read Terry Pratchett’s THE FIFTH ELEPHANT, which I’d taken with me to the laundromat.

This puts me behind in my work, and I have to make up for it today. But I needed the rest. I feel a little better today, especially after morning yoga and meditation. I found my zafu; I’m sitting in my bedroom for the moment, although I might set up a mediation space elsewhere.

My eyes are bothering me today, but that’s just too bad for me, because I have a lot of computer work to get done. Hopefully, I can participate in Remote Chat this afternoon. I’ve missed that group.

And maybe get a little unpacking done.

Working with Christina Baldwin’s LIFE’S COMPANION and writing in the journal first thing in the morning is helping, creatively. I can’t believe I’ve lost all my confidence in my ability to create anything. The moving stress knocked the stuffing out of me on multiple levels. The months of feeling like a failure because of obstacles in the moving process carried over into everything else. I have to break down those barricades and get back to my creative self. It exists in there, somewhere. I have to find a way to set it free, to give it space, and to get back to the dailiness of it. All of the projects I worked on pre-move seem so far removed, both physically and psychologically. I’ve never felt so disconnected from my creativity, especially the writing. The writing has always been like breathing to me, and it’s like I’ve forgotten how to breathe.

So I’m working on breath in meditation, and hoping that leads me back to the page. It’s frightening to be in this place, but I can’t focus on the fear, but on the healing.

Patience. I have to be patient with myself. Six months’ worth of stress does not resolve in six days. Patience.

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Fri. March 4, 2016: Snowy Writing

Friday, March 4, 2016
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Snowing

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.

Devon

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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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.

Devon

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