Mon. Aug. 20, 2012: Autumn Arrives Early

Monday, August 20, 2012
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

Busy weekend, but very good. The moonflowers were blooming when I got out on the deck this morning, with the morning glories ready to go as soon as the moonflowers closed. Sunflowers, calendula, and zinnias going strong. Harvested my first tomatoes and eggplant this morning. But it’s nippy out there, and leaves are falling. I weeded the front beds yesterday, and there are acorns everywhere. Autumn’s coming in quickly.

Hip’s still bothering me, but, as long as I don’t drive, I’m okay. Means next weekend will be a nightmare, but I only have short jaunts this week. Got some work done Friday, worked with students, etc. Saturday, had a good morning’s work, and then headed to my friend’s to help her with her dress, and then we attended a cocktail party together, which was fun. Sunday was a quiet day, and I finished up some material for Confidential Job #1, which goes off today. I got in some good research for two different projects.

The cats wanted a lot of playtime.

I was saddened to hear of Ron Palillo’s death last week (best known as Horshack on WELCOME BACK, KOTTER). He did a table read of a TV pilot I co-wrote several years ago, and was terrific to work with. I was shocked to hear that Tony Scott jumped off a bridge.

I have a lot on my plate today, so off we go — my own writing (deadlines coming up quickly), the ghostwriting project, interview questions for upcoming articles, and for upcoming guest blogs. I need to get out a few more pitches, and write a couple of thank you notes. All good.

But it means getting down to work!

I love the fresh possibilities opening up.


PS Billy Root is still on vacation — his blog will return after Labor Day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
New Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and humid

Yesterday turned out to be really busy, but flew past. I had a lot of business stuff to catch up on, which is a good thing, and I got out a requested partial on one project and a batch of queries on another. I found some interesting submissions listings that I will work on over the next few weeks, and did some work on the brochure.

In the afternoon, I took a load of stuff to storage, repacked some of the boxes that needed a little help, and reorganized things a bit. I can’t find the lamp I wanted, which is frustrating, but oh, well.

Some books arrived, one of which is LIBRARIES IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, which I need as research for a project. The other is REBORN, the first volume of Susan Sontag’s journals and notebooks. I was never a big fan of hers — to me, she always seemed far too impressed with her own intellect, quite judgmental, and demanded a level of adoration from her admirers that I found off-putting. Our paths crossed a few times, and, while I certainly can’t claim to know her, even as an acquaintance, the fleeting in-person impressions I had of her were not very positive. And yet, her journals are fascinating. I definitely have more respect for her and her work through reading them, while still convinced that we would not have gotten along well, had we spent a lot of time together!

I had a decent writing session this morning — not brilliant, but decent. I found a lot of the “great house” brochures and photos from my various trips, and I’ve got them handy for research. Of course, I keep getting distracted by happy memories! I’ve got some more business correspondence to get out today, some more groundwork for Prague, and I start my attempts to learn some rudimentary Czech today. I’ve also got some client work to do, another load of boxes to take to storage (darting between the raindrops) and more to pack. Oh, yeah, and grocery shopping. That’s kind of important!

We’re supposed to get a lot of rain in a short time, so I’ll be checking the brook regularly. I hope to have a productive morning, so that I can have a fairly quiet afternoon.

I did my weight training work out last night, so I’m getting back on track with the evening workouts again. Boy, missing a whole week’s worth was bad. It’s amazing how quickly one back-slides.

The morning glory vines reach almost to the ceiling, and the tomato plants are nearly five feet tall — no little tomatoes, though. The plants are gorgeous, so I don’t really mind, but I don’t think I get enough sun with a northern exposure.

The telephone forwarding problem seems to be solved, although it would have been nice for the person who caused it to apologize for the inconvenience. Dru, I never even thought about the fact we’d be charged for those minutes. Thanks. I will write a formal letter stating I want the minutes credited back.

Iris is running up and down the living room, playing with one of her favorite balls. It’s really cute. Oh, now she’s brought it to me and is meowing — I’m supposed to throw it so we can play “fetch.”

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