Friday, April 29, 2005
Sunny and cool
Show was fine yesterday. Just sort of coasted through it. I realized that I simply don’t like some of the people with whom I’m working. I can work with them just fine, and I have no problem being cordial and professional. But some of them aren’t people with whom I would choose to spend time. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just the way it is.
Read an engaging book yesterday – Jennifer Crusie’s Crazy For You. It’s more than just a light romance – it’s got some real substance to it. I worried about the rescued dog who was in continual danger (which is what the author wanted me to do). I feel that anyone who harms either a child or an animal is irredeemable, so when a character in a book is cruel to an animal, I get almost as angry as I would in real life. And I don’t date men who don’t like or claim to be allergic to animals.
Every time there’s been a guy in my life and the beasts haven’t like him – they’ve been one hundred percent right. So if they don’t like him – out he goes.
Fortunately, my current SO is even mushier over the household critters than I am.
Bags are packed, laundry came out of the dryer, the apartment is in decent –though not brilliant – shape. The winter covers (fleece throws I made) are off the furniture and the summer covers (batik and sarong-like material) are on. I still have some stuff to put away when I get home tonight, but, for the most part, I’m ready to go.
Serials are caught up, articles are submitted. I have to update my calendar with the new Llewellyn deadlines (sent back one of my contracts yesterday) and get to work on them when I return. My deadline’s June 1 – but I also have to send out a set of proposals for 2007 next week for three almanacs and two calendars.
I’m doing some research for an idea I have for the Maryland residency. Again, I’m a bit annoyed that it’s now two weeks and they haven’t answered my questions. So I’ll craft them a very tight proposal along the way that I see this working. It will be quite different than what they’re used to – rather along the lines of Moon Tribe Tales, but a compressed process. And we’ll see. Either I will get it or I won’t.
Sent a thank-you and follow-up to the prospect who’s interested in working with me a few months down the line and promised to keep in touch.
Ideas for two new pieces, with interesting, fun characters. I’m making notes and then they have to wait their turn. There are too many other projects demanding attention, and I want to write “The End” a few more times before beginning anything new. Half-finished projects drain a good deal of creative energy due to the guilt and worry associated with them. Finishing has become a priority for me this year. Over the next few years I want to either finish or jettison everything stacked up in my files.
I will leave in a few minutes to help set up Lemonade in Eden:
Yes, the event is tonight. If you’re in Manhattan and are looking for something fun to do, stop by.
I will be offline for the next few days, working on something, and not computer accessible. I ought to have some amusing stories when I return.
The April end-of-month wrap-up and the May To-Do list will have to wait until I get back and catch up.
April’s been a pretty good month in most respect, although a bit rough emotionally sometimes. I’m looking forward to the summer.
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