Friday, August 06, 2004

Friday, August 6, 2004
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

What a gorgeous day! It almost feels like the beginning of fall – and I love fall!

The shoulder is still sore, but I managed to finish off the Angel Hunt episodes through next week and get them off. I’ll turn my attention to Widow’s Chamber now and work on that for the next few days. Since I’m doing a full week at the show next week, I don’t want any deadlines hanging over me.

Heard from one of my editors who “forgot” to include me in two of the annuals and told me to contact him again next May. Now, I’ve e-mailed him every couple of weeks asking if they’d decided to do them again or not next year. I get a hugely positive response from my work in those annuals, and I’m quite annoyed that he “forgot.”

I intend to take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

More to follow, when the plan has been launched.

A friend of mine has quit her job and has had it with NY. We are going out for pizza and wine tonight to talk about it. I’ll be sorry to lose her proximity, but when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. At least she’s taking action.

I’m reading Jasper Fforde’s Lost in a Good Book. I’m a big fan of The Eyre Affair. I love his wit and dexterity. I know most of the books his characters careen through, and the few I don’t know . . .well, it makes me determined to read them!

Four episodes of Widow’s Chamber. I didn’t realize how far behind I’d fallen on that one. At least I’ve gotten them on the damn packet to start the journey down the Mississippi. I’m stretching some of the facts of steamboat travel at that time to fit the story. Good thing I don’t belong to a steamboat society or I’d be tossed out. I’ll point out the stretches in the facts on the website, and give links to correct information. But I need to push disbelief to do what I need to do. And I think – I hope – only steamboat aficionados will find it totally out of line. I’m trying to make the stretches gentle enough that’s it’s not too farfetched. The boat they’re on is more like the boats in 1857 than in 1853. And I do mention that it is an unusually elegant packet, ahead of its time.



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