Thursday, October 14, 2004
Rainy and cool
It’s raining and they’ve still got the leaf blowers going. It doesn’t matter that they pass the machines over the soggy leaves and nothing happens. They just need to carry the equipment and make the noise.
I’m still thrilled with the website. I’ve gotten a few hits and queries about various projects already. I submitted to search engines, and I need to do a release about the launch.
Polished and submitted the release for “The Literary Athlete.” The “Trailblazing” one still needs work.
I’m debating whether or not I should go after a job. It would be good experience and good for the resume, but I’m not sure the money would balance out the time factor, and I’m leery about taking on anything else right now. I have to think some more. My gut instinct is, of course, to go for it. But my head is telling me to behave more like a business person. Of course, if I wait too long, I’ll lose the opportunity. If I don’t get the job, I want it to be because someone more suited was hired, not because I was passive and let the opportunity slip by.
Working on The Widow’s Chamber. I’m trying to figure out which of two characters to wind into the San Antonio land deal. I have to think through the long-term possibilities of each option and see which one serves the story better. So far, they both seem like good options. Once the characters hit New Orleans, I think the piece will gallop to a head.
I’m also trying to weave in some Mississippi lore, about the flatboat handlers, the superstitions, and the legends of the Alligator Horse. Although flatboats were on their way out by the time the packets were popular, there were still a few, and I think it adds colour to the piece.
Did four pages on The Other Project last night and hope to do today’s pages on the train. The piece mystifies me. I truly have no idea where it’s going or why. It’s one of the more disjointed first drafts I’ve ever written.
The hockey article needs work. It’s fine for early drafts to read like a rant, but now it needs to have structure and reason behind the points I want to make. I’m also waiting on e-mail responses to some questions I sent out over the last few days. Hopefully, I’ll get it in time for the deadline. If not, I’ll restructure the article.
My mind is tired. I might do a long meditation session later this afternoon to rest it and get back on track.