Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Sunny and mild
Today looks like it might actually be a spring day. I plan to enjoy as much of it as I can, in spite of being in day work most of the day, because it’s supposed to rain for the rest of the week.
I’ve been reluctant to say anything about the Terry Schiavo case. I don’t have a medical background and I’m not a family member. But I’m disturbed by several things. I’m disturbed by the media spin. I’m disturbed by the Republican Party spin on how they’re going to save her life. What I’m the most disturbed by is that her husband, who, as far as I can tell, is still legally married to her, yet lives with another woman and has had two children with her, still has legal rights to decide her care. Why is this allowed? He broke his marriage vows. Of course he should be able to have a life beyond her care. But then he should free himself of his legal commitment to her first – not run two relationships in tandem. How can a man put his sick wife’s best interests first when he’s living with a mistress and two children? Their interests have to be taken in to consideration. How can that not be a conflict? Those are the questions I want answered. The Republicans are spinning the issue of life while still allowing an adulterous husband to control the future of his sick wife. Why? In my opinion, legal control over her should have been removed from him as soon as he began living with another woman, much less having children with her.
It certainly demonstrates the necessity of thinking through possible worst-case scenarios and setting up legal documentation for them while still healthy.
I wrote the first chapter and began the second of the Quick Sell Novella yesterday. It’s more technically involved than I thought it would be. So, while it may be a quick sell, it has to be carefully structured.
I did a few pages on Ransagh Book II yesterday.
And that was pretty much it. Between DSL problems and complete and utter exhaustion and coaching a few people on proposals, I was worn out.
I have many episodes to resend to my editor to fulfill the serial subscriptions – replacing issues lost in her computer crash. I figure it will take me at least two hours once I get home tonight – provided the DSL is up.
So I’m not sure how much writing I’ll get done. I need to keep on top of the serial episodes that I need to write ahead, stockpiling, so that when her system is restored, I’m not suddenly behind on all four serials. I think Tapestry and Angel Hunt will extend six more months in the fall, and then I’ll be ready to end them both. But who knows? I could change my mind sixteen more times between now and then. I’ll have to let the story lead me.
I submitted a short story yesterday, “Dogs on Beach”. I’m quite fond of it, but could never figure out exactly where it fit. I have several stories with these characters, and it may eventually work its way into a collection of connected stories. So I thought I’d submit the first one and see what sort of response it receives.
March is closing out, and I need to get to work on the quarterly newsletter, which has to go out by April 10. I don’t have all that much to say. It’s been a good writing period, but a slow publishing period.
And I need to get to work on the horse racing article.
Colin coached me through the site update. I’m very proud of myself for comprehending enough to make it work. Actually, he gets the most credit, for being such a good teacher.
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