Thurs. Oct. 25, 2012: It’s Official

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Yesterday was busy. Worked in the morning with students. Did peer reviews for 5 World History papers and 6 Mythology papers. The World History papers — most were good, but only a few went beyond regurgitating class material. The Mythology papers were excellent. Well-written, and interesting points of view. Also worked with one of my favorite editors on some fact checking and word choices

We went shopping in Yarmouth, and Costume Imp found some great stuff. I wasn’t so lucky, but I pulled together a simple look topped by a vintage hat for the Writers’ Dinner.

It’s now official; I’m on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Writers Center. I’m pretty happy about that! The speaker was great — someone with whom I had contact, and who’s been supportive of my work. It was nice to meet her in person, to catch up with colleagues, etc.

The service at the event venue was awful — 30 minutes to get a drink, mixing up drink orders and giving people attitude about it, starting to clear my plate while I was cutting my meat (“You’re done, I’ll take it.” “Um, no, I am NOT.”), removing linens while we were still in the room, even though we finished early and the room was still booked.

Up early this morning, off to yoga. Found out that I’m booked to teach at a conference here in MA next April — I’ll be teaching my Settings as Character workshop — and then found out some stuff I sent for an event I’m doing next spring, too, didn’t get through, so re-sent it. Another editor liked my pitches, but has a backlog, so wanted to know if I could delay the pieces — no problem; nice to know they’re wanted.

The landscaper STILL hasn’t shown up to remove the brush and move the forsythias, but the painter’s here, scraping down the house and trying to work around the shrubbery, poor guy. The noise is driving me nuts, but at least he’s a good guy and easy to work with. So I will just have to cope with/remove myself from the noise! Note to self: When I own a place around here, I will NOT be using this landscaper!

Costume Imp and I are on our way to the exhibit at the Cahoon Museum, and then I have to buckle down and get back to work!

Devon

Fri. July 27, 2012: Just a Social Butterfly

Friday, July 27, 2012
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and muggy

Put my head down and got work done yesterday, a big push, and sent things off on time. Draining, although the projects themselves were fun, but they’re out on time, and now, on one, I have to wait for a response, to make sure we’re going on the same/right direction.

Didn’t get a reading slot at the conference; at first I was upset, but, really, the world is not going to come to an end because I don’t get to read for 5 minutes at 10 PM on a Tuesday night. This takes ALL the pressure off me, and now I can just enjoy myself and play at the conference, which is exactly what I need to do right now.

I signed up with Coursera for a Sustainability class, a world history, a Greek & Roman Mythology (as mentioned yesterday) and an intro to Astronomy. I want to take the Cosmology class, but I don’t have the background — the professor was very clear he wants strong astronomy backgrounds in the class not “Astro 101 for Poets”, and one needs strong calculus skills, which I don’t have. So that’s out for me, disappointing, but that’s the way it goes. I’m not interested in calculus; I’m interested in why and how the comos form and un-form, but not the math that made it happen. I expect students coming into my classes to respect the prerequisites I set (not that most of them do), and I will give other teachers the same respect.

We had dinner with friends up the street last night, which was great fun. Barbecue, Appletinis, good company, good conversation. Today, I’m doing some work, I’ve got some errands, and then some friends of Costume Imp’s who are in for a few days will come visit.

And tonight, the Olympics start. Woo-hoo!

Devon