Saturday, October 02, 2004

Saturday, October 2, 2004
Waning Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Rainy and cold

I have a gut-wrenching migraine and if they don’t stop with the blowers/mowers etc. out there, I’m going to hurt somebody.

I pushed too hard yesterday and am paying for it today. Unfortunately, payment has to go on hold – I have to push just as hard today, tomorrow and Monday to be where I need to be. Especially since I picked up three extra days of day work on the show next week.

I’m annoyed with GCE. I received a frantic phone message from a stranger very upset that my class was cancelled. First of all, that’s not something I should hear from a stranger. If the class is cancelled, the administration needs to call me about it. With a big article in the paper about it last week, I think canceling the class is a little premature. Secondly, I specifically asked that my phone number not be given out. I gave them an e-mail address they could use if anyone had questions. I am not pleased with them at all, and left them a message letting them know. I have no problems if this person wants to become a private student, but the person claims not to have much money and tried to convince me to teach privately for free. I understand that, but this is my business, not my hobby. The plumber doesn’t work for free, and neither do I. I don’t mind doing swaps or helping out my friends, people with whom I have relationships. I mind when someone off the street expects me to give time and expertise with nothing in return.

I won’t be working for them again, even if the class fills up. These are the same people who couldn’t understand why I couldn’t drive through a flood for the meet-and-greet.

Over it.

Sour little thing today, aren’t I?

Hopefully, delving back into Widow’s Chamber and Tapestry today will help, and polishing off those articles. Once it passes ten a.m., and it’s fair to the other tenants, I’ll put on my CD player and maybe play Celtic harp music or something. That’s usually good for headaches. I’m out of celery, but I’ve got rosemary oil, so some oil on the temples should help, and if I stop every few hours to put a cold compress on my eyes, I should be able to work through it.

I’m pleased with the way Cutthroat Charlotte is developing. I was a bit worried that perhaps my pirate crew is made up of too many misfits, but the more research I’ve done, the more it seems that they were misfits, and that’s part of what led them to break from society. Does that mean they were right to steal and murder? No. And I have to make sure that I depict it properly and not overly romanticize that aspect of the life. Yes, there are times where these characters will kill in self-defense. But pirates also often preyed and killed those who were simply weaker than they were. I have to remember and write about the predatory aspect of the profession.

In Widow’s Chamber, I feel Aeneas has tipped his hand too soon, but he’s insistent to stay his course. We’ll see. The character has turned out to be much more twisted than I originally envisioned, but I think it’s necessary in order to pack the punch for what’s coming up.

I’m looking forward to spending some time with Nina and the characters of Tapestry. I’m in the section where I’m changing Jake’s fate from the original story. If I mis-handle it, the rest of the piece will fall apart.

Jeez, that means I have to think today.

My subscription base on the serials is growing, slowly but surely. Hopefully, over the next few weeks, the ad in the FenCon program will have had an impact, and maybe I’ll pick up a few subscriptions for Angel Hunt.

I’m looking forward to turning my attention to Angel Hunt as of Monday. See what Lianna and Kegan are up to now.

I’d rather have some wine (okay, not this early in the morning) and listen to music.

Back to work.

Devon
http://www.keepitcoming.net/widows-chamber.html
http://www.keepitcoming.net/tapestry.html
http://www.keepitcoming.net/cutthroat-charlotte.html


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