February 11, 2005
Sunny and cold
Not a flake of snow. They warned us about a winter storm warning and . . .nothing. Oh, well, it’s a pretty day and I might even get outside to see some of it!
Did some revision work on Glam Hearts. I think the scene where Leonard has his flashback to the war might be too intense for the piece, but I’m going to leave it in anyway and let the editor cut it if she wants. It’s simple, well-written (at the risk of sounding pompous) and, in just a few words, communicates a great deal about coming home from war a changed man.
I’m excited to get to work on the new tack of Charlotte. The decision to jump time is absolutely right.
I’m debating about whether or not to apply for a major grant. The due date is March 1. When I looked at the packet, I thought “No Way”, but it turns out that, out of a 26 page packet, only 2 pages are the actual applications. The rest are instructions. I have the materials – it would simply be a matter of assembling them. I have to call them because the line for “pen name” is too small to fit all of mine, and I’ll be sending material under several names.
That’s the problem with applications – my life does not fit into anyone else’s boxes.
Worked on two non-fiction proposals. One of them is in good shape. I need to do some research for the back-up materials, but I think it will be ready to start sending out by the beginning of March. The other is still at the brainstorming stage, and will need more time for that. Also, for the second project, I need to be much more computer savvy than I currently am.
I’m going to do press releases for a friend who runs a music company, which will be great. I can’t wait. And I pitched myself to another company in hopes of doing some press release work for them, too.
I didn’t get the job for which I wrote the test scenes. They sent me a nice e-mail. They’ve gone with someone a bit more conservative. I sent them an e-mail thanking them for their time and asking them to keep me in mind for other projects or if the writer they hired doesn’t work out. When the game comes out, I’ll rent it so I can see which direction they took with the script.
While it’s disappointing, it also means I can fully concentrate on my other deadlines (I would have had to start the job immediately), and I can now market myself to other companies (that pay more) because I now know how to do it. So it all worked out for the best.
Off to write a lot today. Because after tonight’s class, I start a retreat weekend, and it’s highly unlikely that there will be a blog entry until Monday morning.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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