Monday, April 18, 2005
Sunny and warm
What a beautiful spring day! I want to go out and play!!!
The show was fine yesterday. I was back in the track I usually do and it went smoothly.
But I was tired by the end of it, and annoyed at the train service – or lack thereof. Metro North has got to be one of the worst-run systems in the country. The prices keep going up; the service goes down; the trains are filthy. They’re getting a ton of money for the rail yard rights due to the new Jets stadium. Instead of giving their inept executives more five figure raises plus housing allowances, how about putting the money back into the trains and rolling back the fare increases, which should never have been allowed in the first place?
I sent a series of questions to one of my editors, including asking when my payment would arrive (it’s already late). All questions were answered except the payment question, which was ignored. Interesting. I’m going to have to go back to the contract and point out a few things. I get VERY tetchy about someone dragging their feet on payment. This is my business, not my hobby. If I sign a contract with delivery dates and payment dates, I hold up my end and I expect the other party to do so as well.
Sat down with the big calendar yesterday afternoon and figured out the four serials, and where they will be by the end of each contract. I don’t think I can do Charlotte justice by ending it in July – I’ll probably extend for one more six month period. But I think I can wrap up everything else by the time my contracts expire in the fall. If I end those three serials and then have Charlotte go until early next year, I think I will have done everything I can do.
What about the two other serial ideas I have? The one set in Shakespeare’s time, and the whaling family saga?
Frankly, I don’t know. I need some time and distance from the pressure of turning out this much work for something that’s become very frustrating over the past few months. I want to mount a good marketing campaign over the summer – even if I stop writing new episodes, there are still over a year’s worth of episodes to keep new subscribers happy.
At least now I feel as though I have several options, and I don’t feel as cornered as I felt yesterday.
This week is Charlotte week, but I also have to keep working on Widow’s Chamber. I have to polish at least two more issue of Widow’s Chamber today. I need to go back to my schedule of episodes rather than the one I’m being sent every month, because my schedule keeps up with the original flow of narrative.
I also plan to go out and play on the beach a bit (I got my walk in yesterday, but the beach was so packed, I couldn’t hear myself think).
I hope Hereafter hires me to write another script. I’m eager to do more work with them.
And I want to get out some more pitches and queries this week. Plus, I have to complete work on the basket for Lemonade in Eden:
If you’re around on April 29, stop by!
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