Fri. Jan. 25, 2019: Company for the Weekend

Friday, January 25, 2019
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold

Yesterday was an icky, stormy day. I did what I had to do out of the house early, in order to get back before the worst of the storm hit – which it did by lunchtime. I was glad to be in for the day.

Got some updates done on the websites. There are changes happening in the master calendar, and I have to make sure the sites reflect that.

Did some sorting and purging of material that came out of my office. A lot of it isn’t going back. Some has to be put aside to be filed next week. I’m now consolidating all my files on the ongoing series projects in one project bin, and the fragments and ideas I’m playing with in another bin. That will make it easier to keep track. Like Twyla Tharp, I’m big on project bins. That would probably be a good blog post.

Found the requested radio play and gave it a read-through. There’s only one word to which they might object as not family-friendly enough, and I’ll offer them an alternative. I’m also going to give them an option to split the play they have into two segments, if they wish. I’m going to look at the two short horror plays; if they’re not too gruesome, I’ll write up a third, and have that as a short option. Plus, I’ve been toying with a comic ghost story that might be fun. So there are options.

I’m thrilled that my radio plays are getting such warm receptions.

Re-read an old multi-media piece that was commissioned, but then the company went out of business before it went live. It’s a lot of fun. It could make a good long radio play or a stage play.

This morning, I was out the door early to do the big grocery shopping for the weekend. I’m looking forward to having company. Books and food and wine and conversation.

Pitched for a gig that’s a stretch, but I think I’d be a good fit. If I don’t try, I won’t have the chance, right? All they can do is say no.

Have a little bit more house cleaning to do and a couple of loads of laundry. And then . . .I start the cooking!

And, somehow, I will also manage to write, in and around all of this. Because, the writing comes first.

Have a great weekend!

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Tues. May 28, 2013: Getting Ready to Hit the Road

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I will miss this over the next few days!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Check out my opinion of Twyla Tharp’s THE CREATIVE HABIT, a book I found helpful.

Also, I’m teaching my Supporting Characters Workshop for RWA from June 10-24. Sign up here. There will be a lot of writing involved! Only $15.

Weekend was busy. I was trying to clear things off for this week’s trip. I mowed, yesterday, the front and No Man’s Land. Didn’t get the terraced back done. I finished the meadow last week — was it Friday? I can’t remember. It’s one long day after awhile. Battled the ants. They are destroying the front yard.

Did my classwork for the Climate Literacy Class for last week and worked ahead and completed this week’s work, so that it’s not hanging over me. Finalized some appointments, moved around some other appointments, printed out a schedule, set up some “if I’m in the neighborhood and can fit it in” type things.

It will be HOT in NY this week — I’m going from having to put the winter quilts back on the bed because it was so cold to running around in 90 degree weather.

Cleared off a review, some library books that needed handling, some pitches and article stuff, and some correspondence. I’d like to finish an article this morning before I leave, but don’t know if that will happen.

The pollen’s been so bad that everything’s covered in a film of yellow. Iris and Violet are miserable, and even I’m having allergy issues. From tree pollen to smog in a matter of hours — gotta love it.

The cats are in a tizzy. They hate the suitcase. They know what it means.

So much of this trip is research for upcoming/ongoing projects, as well as trying to land some new ones. I’m trying to balance what I have to do, what’s expected of me, with what I want to do.

New SD card in the camera — I plan to take A LOT of photos this week.

I’m not going to be gone for long — just a couple of days. I don’t know why it feels like it will be months. The change of location and lifestyle, I guess. I’ve worked so hard in the last few weeks, doing energy alignments with the land. It’s going to be weird to be in a space with layers of frenetic energy.

Off to get things done, and then hit the road.

Devon

Wed. April 17, 2013: Picking Up Pieces and Moving Forward

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Rainy and cool

Yesterday was sunny, but much colder and windier than predicted.

It was a sad day, with the aftermath of the Marathon attack. I was weepy on and off all day.

That didn’t mean I couldn’t deal with life. Commitments still had to be met, no matter what I was feeling. I took in the car for its check-up — all good — phew! Went grocery shopping, switched out books at the library. Came home and did some reading.

I’d given myself the day off writing, knowing I was in no state to do it well. I managed to get out two LOIs and work with students.

I read an absolutely brilliant book that I encourage anyone who has a passion for what they do or what they want to do to read. It’s Twyla Tharp’s THE CREATIVE HABIT. Tharp is an icon of a choreographer. Her commitment and her techniques to not only make creative starts but creative finishes are fantastic. This is an extraordinary book, one of the best I’ve read in a long time.

I have an article up on Beth Barany’s blog about Jain Lazarus as the Personification of Karmic Return. Monday’s violence opens up a whole new discussion about the use of violence in fiction. Can’t say I love the timing on the post going live, but maybe it will provoke some interesting discussions. Is violence ever acceptable? is one of the things that I struggle with in fiction. My characters kick ass, and sometimes take violent action. Is that ever okay? The way expectations are set up, it’s expected. But again, is that okay? I don’t have a definitive answer; it’s something I keep exploring.

Excellent first writing session on the new book: just over 2300 words, wrote Chapter 10. Percolating along, and very glad I have a synopsis. This was a case where I had to have a polished synopsis ready for the agent before I’d even done the writer’s rough, working a little backwards for me, but that’s the way it goes. At least I’m back on track, and can see finishing this draft, having a few days to let it rest before ripping it apart for edits, and getting it to my agent on time.

Lots to do today, and I have a massive headache, so I better get going.

Devon