Thursday, December 16, 2004

Thursday, December 16, 2004
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

This will be quick because I’m running for the train.

Terribly frustrated by the writers’ group board. I’m having problems, and I can’t even get on the board for support – that one won’t let me post either. So, until somebody at ProBoards starts taking this seriously (a friend of mine has been poking around to try to get some answers), I won’t be on the writing group forum. It saddens me – I spend a good amount of time there and they are my biggest support during this transition. But I don’t have forty minutes of frustration to lose on every single post – especially if it’s only a sentence or two. The wasted energy needs to be used for my work.

A friend of mine is about the join the group, and I’ve asked one of my friends on the group to welcome her, in case I can’t get back on in time.

I hate Mercury Retrogrades!!! The great shopping does NOT make up for the rest of it.

The meeting time at the tree was pushed back an hour; hopefully, everyone received the e-mail with the time change. I don’t want anyone to hang around because of the earlier time!

I’m pulling together the information for the Lindisfarne article. I e-mailed some questions to my editor, just to clarify how she wants it structured. I also have to find my photos. When you think that my interest in the place was sparked, as a small child, by a story in the magazine Highlights for Children about the Lindisfarne monks and the illuminated manuscripts and now I’ve traveled there three times and even stayed overnight – like I said, there’s no such thing as coincidence. I hope that my deadline is later than Monday, but if it’s Monday, I’ll get it done. It’s only 2000 words, and provided I can check all my facts by then, it’s not a problem.

I’m taking a big risk – I’m only taking my purse with my camera and a small notebook into the city today. I’m leaving my kit bag with my pliers, scissors, needles, et al that I need for theatre work here at home. That’s a recipe for someone needing me to step into a show at the last minute. And you know what? If that happens, they’ll have to give me a new bite light, and, in the case of Wicked, someone will have to lend me an extra pair of pliers so I can wing the monkeys. I am not dragging my kit to the museum. I never was a Girl Scout, a Brownie, a Blue Bird or a Boy Scout, so I need to get over this feeling that I have to haul around a bag ready for every eventuality. The tools aren’t important -- the person is. I can come up with tools to do whatever I need to do. I don’t need to carry them all with me.

Today I travel light.

Several of the situations I’ve been mulling over the past few days are sorting themselves out into the appropriate story. And Ransagh is really taking shape and form in a way I never expected. It’s taking the best of what I like about the genre and also responding to what I find unfulfilling in it.

Let’s hope I’m a good enough craftsperson with a strong enough imagination to pull it off.

Periwinkle SHOULD be the priority after the first of the year, because it’s an easy sell. But Ransagh is something utterly unique. Unless I can find a way to work on them both in tandem along with the serials and the columns and the other stories and articles while teaching – I don’t know. I don’t want to set myself up to fail. I don’t want to blow out the creative circuits by pushing too hard and there’s a real danger of that. I have to keep pace like a marathon runner and not use it all up too early. I have to be able to continue drawing from the creative well, and that means times of replenishment. If I set up too brutal a schedule, I’ll only get frustrated.

Did I mention I signed on for nine more months of The Widow's Chamber, Tapestry, and Angel Hunt?

That’s where the GDR plan comes in handy (Goals, Dreams and Resolutions). My friend from Celtic Dreamer has talked about it on her blog and she asked if she could forward the questions to someone outside our writers’ group. I said yes, as long as it was credited – the more people this sort of questionnaire can help, the better. And I’ll be posting sections of it in the blog after the first of the year, so it’s not a big secret.

Gotta put on some lipstick, slide on the boots and run for the train . . .



At 11:05 AM, Blogger Lara said...

You GO, MacGyver!!! :-)
DON'T LEAVE THE FORUM!!! Hopefully this will all get resolved soon...

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Pandora Nicollet said...

Isn't it freeing to travel light? I finally got to where I can leave the house without supplies to last through a blizzard. Used to take reading material, needlework, a notebook, full makeup bag whenever I would go out -- "just in case" I had to wait somewhere.

I drive, don't take public transportation, so it is not as if I have to while away a long train ride.

It must have been a security blanket thing.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Colin said...


I'll have a poke around too. I never realised it was getting that bad for you posting. We will NOT lose you from the group!!!

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Angela said...

I'm having problems with the forum too. I managed two posts today but that's all.

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I will continue to harrass support until I get a satisfatory answer. We miss you!


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