Sunday, October 31, 2004
Mild and sunny
Did you remember to turn your clocks back? I love this day – I enjoy the extra hour of sleep SOOOO much!
Difficult writing day. Some family tumult that needed to be dealt with, and I’m still exhausted, both physically and emotionally, from the past week.
Got some business stuff done, including two course proposals out to two new venues, and rewrote and sent off the wrap-up of the Breeders’ Cup article. My editor sent me an idea for another article, which I will pursue and hopefully have something worthwhile in two weeks or so. I want to finish the rewrite on the hockey article and submit it by the end of this week, and I need to contact Shane Sellers about his work to raise jockey weights, because I’d like to do an article on that.
I reconnected with my friends on the Thoroughbred Champions Forum – they’re a great group of people, and I feel badly that I haven’t spent as much time as I’d like with them. Hopefully, I can participate on a more regular basis. I always learn a lot from them, and enjoy their company:
I managed to rewrite issues 105 and 106 of The Widow’s Chamber and get them off. I’ve misplaced the research I did for issue 107 and can’t move forward on that until I find it. I did some research for the next few issues of Cutthroat Charlotte, but I haven’t been able to sit down and write them yet.
I read a submission for the KIC mag and liked it very much. I sent it to my reading partner for her opinion.
I want to do some more work on the tarot column today, and I also have to prepare for tonight’s festivities. All I really want to do is go to bed by about six tonight, but I’m sure once things get started, I’ll have a good time. After all, Halloween is only once a year! And today is so beautiful – unseasonably mild and just gorgeous. I wish I could have spent most of the day outside.
The computer is being difficult again – runtime errors, jumping Internet Explorer jams, and abnormal disconnects. I’ve kept track of the problems all month, put a monetary value on them, and I’m sending Microsoft an invoice tomorrow. I’m sick and tired of them not keeping up their part of the deal – selling a product that works. So I’m going to charge them for the physical, financial and emotional cost.
And I’m completely tied up in knots about Tuesday’s elections. I’m literally sick with worry.
A positive is that Hope Clark at Funds for Writers had a link in her newsletter about a Congressional Report Card -- which legislators support the arts. Most of the legislators in Massachusetts and in New York got high marks. That's a relief.