Monday, February 28, 2005

Monday, February 28, 2005
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

About 12 inches of snowfall are predicted today. I’m not sure if I believe them – they’re wrong more than they’re right – but it’s definitely going to storm. I can feel it.

The Oscar party was fun last night. I stayed up and out far too late, but it was fun to catch up with people. I remember the first time I attended the actual Tony Awards – I think I got home at 5:30 in the morning the next day. The Oscars themselves were okay – pretty tame, but not in a bad way. Chris Rock was an excellent host, especially in his comments about Bush. I also thought the riff on Russell Crowe was funny.

Not to take anything away from the deserving winners, but I wish Finding Neverland garnered more attention. It’s such an exquisite, delicate piece.

This is the last day of February, and it’s time to evaluate:

“Love in a Wok” short story
60 pages of Ransagh (and beyond)
Lindisfarne article – although I’ve chosen to market it elsewhere, rather than keep rewriting it on spec
Edo/Japan research
Battle of Camlann research
Ink in My Potting Soil
Completed Glam Hearts
“Trailblazing” second column
Worked on the non-fiction proposal
Worked on the marketing ideas

In Progress:
Direct mail for serials – hated what I had and am doing more work on it. Why send out something that’s bad?
Articles – didn’t get four of them done, but have several partially done
Rework travel articles – although I did some market research
Gwenhyfach research – so far, the only hits I get online are from my own blog (which is pretty funny). I’ll have to dig in libraries.
F/U on Vietnam project – did a bit, but not enough

Not Done:
Any of the query letters for the picture books or the middle grade book
Re-read Clear the Slot – coward!
Ink in My Kitchen
Cerridwen’s Cottage website
Library Letters
Writers’ conference queries – this was something I chose to drop
Update – coward!
Copywriting direct mail
Assassin story for contest – something had to go, and this was expendable

Above and Beyond Expectations:
Ransagh – both the writing and the typing. I did about 80 more pages than I expected.
Additional non-fiction proposal – this one will take at least 6 months to complete
Additional article requests – they’re pitched and accepted; now they have to be written.
The sample for the video game scripting job
Visited the Christo exhibit
The Oliver/Allison notes
Query letters to various job postings that sounded interesting

Classes moved off-campus
Sturbridge workshop cancelled.
Too much time spent sick
Rejection for the video game scripting job

Classes moved off-campus – it turned out to work better for all involved.
Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen
Spring Almanacs
Finishing Glam Hearts
Huge leap in Ransagh
Plants growing
“Creative Roadmap” in RWA newsletter
PR job for my friend’s music company
Caught up on serials

Cuba Pocket Guide by Fred Mawer – this guidebook was one of my best research tools for the pirate serial.

The Merchant’s Partner by Michel Jecks – excellent medieval mystery with an ex-Templar knight as one of the protagonists.

The Celts by Juliette Wood (inc.) – for research

Heroes of the Dawn (inc.). – for research

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber (inc.) – complex and fascinating novel that deserved an undivided attention I have not been able to give.

A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf – some of her musings on her process.

A Century of Pioneering by Sister Jane Frances Heaney (inc). – for research. I’m dipping into it for what I need immediately, although I need to read it cover to cover to really understand the purpose of the order.

Yeats: The Man and the Mask by Richard Ellman (inc.) – started it, but the research had to take priority.

The World of Christopher Marlowe by David Riggs (inc.) – fascinating and complex, opening up the time and sensibilities that influenced the man’s writing. Recommend it be read in tandem with Will in the World.

Although there were things that needed to be dropped from the to-do list, achievements still outweighed disappointments.

I have to spend more time and attention on the business writing or I won’t get my income to the level it needs to reach this year. While spending less time in the theatre was tough financially, it gave me time and energy to focus more on the writing. Let’s hope I’ve started some momentum that will continue to grow over the next few months. I also have to be more on top of query letters. I’m not querying enough, and that causes negative fallout (as in, lack of income) in the months further down the line.

Tomorrow, I will post March’s to-do list, which is shorter than February’s. I need to narrow my focus on a couple of things and push them harder, rather than trying to do a little bit of everything.

However, this month I completed 14 out of 32 items on the list, with 5 more still in progress. 10 items were not done. 19-10 is decent, but I won’t achieve my goals if I don’t push the business side harder.

I’m thrilled with the way Ransagh progresses. I have no intention of trying to suppress the work on that for any reason – I want to ride this wave as long as I can, because there’s something special in it. I didn’t do many new pages yesterday – five or six, I think. I hit a problem where, earlier in the piece, I was on a roll and left certain things to be “figured out later.” Well, yesterday I hit Later and still hadn’t figured them out, so I had to go back and do that. I typed up Chapter Five and did a massive, massive rewrite on Chapters Four and Five, which now feed in to what’s happening.

I definitely have to finish all three books of the trilogy before I could even think of submitting queries about them to anyone. They have to be structured too tightly, while appearing spontaneous, and I won’t be able to smooth it all out until I’m done with the entire piece.

Finished the tarot column yesterday, finally. This time was a real struggle. But I focused down on to two particular points, and now I can focus on another element of using tarot in the creative process for the next column.

Today is about Widow’s Chamber and Ransagh. I’m close to where I need to be on WC, and then need to push past it this week to get caught up into March.

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At 11:55 AM, Blogger Debra Young said...

I agree about "Finding Neverland,"--it's an exquisite movie and Depp is wonderful, but I appreciate Eastwood and his movie winning. He puts his heart in his films and is, in my opinion, one of the finest directors in Hollywood.

On another note, reading your entries keeps me on my toes. I've got to do my end of month review! I'm happy that RANSAGH is going so well. ALS is one of a quartet of novels (the Angharad Quartet), but each is a stand-alone.

I'm impressed at how much you get done among your many projects. Way to go! d:)

At 6:38 PM, Blogger B. K. Birch said...

YOU are truly an inspiration to all of us!


At 10:48 PM, Blogger Angela said...

Excellent work Devon.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Lara said...

Can I just say...WOW.

At 8:46 AM, Blogger girlaboutlife said...

Hi Devon! WELL DONE on your progress! I am trying to tacle my writing as well as the other projects in mt life in a similar manner. I have met my first major deadline on time and am very satisfied with the outcome! All the best!


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