Monday, April 04, 2005

Monday, April 4, 2005
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool

The rain finally stopped and the brook held. Yippee! I feel bad for New Jersey, though. They were hit badly.

I did most of the fixes on Glam Hearts yesterday. I have to rewrite a couple of lines here and there and restructure one speech. It needs to percolate for a bit. But the bulk of the rewrites are done.

My editor caught me out on one of my bad habits – a habit I noticed on Ransagh. Far too often, I’ll end a scene with “let’s go” or “let’s ride” or “let’s “ something, indicating motion to follow which is a cheap way out. I cut at least a dozen of those references in typing the chapters of Ransagh and my editor found one in Glam Hearts. Gone, gone, gone. I may have to create a new button for the end of that scene, but it’s better than what was there originally!

My eyes are bothering me terribly, and I’ll have to limit my computer time. Which is not good, because I have to go in and fix something on a board that’s not working properly. Urgh. Support wasn’t much help.

Several friends are as frustrated with Blogger as I am, and I think a group of us will migrate to other services. It will be a major pain in the ---, but, if in the long run, we get more reliability, it’ll be worth it.

I have to remember not to make any such suggestion while Mercury’s still in retrograde.

Tried to answer a question on a forum about tax deductions and had three people absolutely jump down my throat saying I was wrong. Hello, the IRS is the place that told me what I was supposed to be doing in that situation. Plus, in addition to sharing my experience in the situation, I told the person to check directly with his own accountant and the IRS, because the details of every situation are different. My deductions are right because I asked the IRS directly, they told me what I was supposed to do and what paperwork I needed, and, hey, they accepted it. Just because somebody else didn’t think to check or thought they “couldn’t” take the deduction doesn’t mean I am wrong. That board’s gotten fairly useless any way. All pretense of respectful discussion is gone. That’s what happens when a strong, fair, even-handed and talented moderator leaves.

I’m getting hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. Very good writing, and a good ensemble cast.

At the risk of sounding disrespectful, the post-Pope pageantry is fascinating. I mean no disrespect. In spite of disagreeing with a good deal of church doctrine –from just about any organized religion – I respected much of this man’s work. And the rituals and traditions that come into play now until the election of a new Pope are fascinating! I’m a little tired of the constant eulogies running non-stop – I think we get it about his work and his legacy. I want to watch the process of selecting a new Pope – even though it is absolutely NONE of my business. I wonder how long before he’s Canonized and then made a Saint? I’m sure the miracles will start soon. He was too busy in life not to continue.

I also like the nine day mourning period. Nine days. Nine is an important number. Three times the trinity, which is important in many belief systems. I’ve always thought a “mourning period” is a good idea. Whether it should be as long and as structured as in Victorian times, I don’t know. But, in modern life, too often, one is expected to flick an emotional switch after death and everything is “Okay” as soon as the funeral’s over.

I remember when my father died. He died, traveled to the funeral home, there were viewings, there was a short service and a burial. And then we were supposed to act like everything was fine again. And it wasn’t. Even at the end of the service, or at graveside, people’s body positions change and they start moving fast again. It’s like “oh, good, that’s over, let’s get on with it.”

Grief is a process, not a lunch date.

Trotted to Target to pick up some household items on sale. Then, of course, had to visit the bookstore and Filene’s and Office Depot. So now I have the paper on which to print the newsletter, and can do it once the ink arrives.

Took a walk on the beach. It’s a bit chilly, but it sure helps rejuvenate me. I’m unnaturally tired for some reason right now. Perhaps it’s seasonal change. But I’d hoped to feel more rested before going in to a full week at the show.

Widow’s Chamber and Vince/Annie today. I think that’s all I’ll be able to do. I have to stop every twenty minutes or so to rest my eyes.

The first direct mailing of the copywriting piece is almost ready. I have to look up three zip codes, then I can print, sign, seal, and mail. I’m nervous, but it needs to be done, and the variety of business I’m hitting is both diverse and, to me, interesting.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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PS Who knows when this entry will get up? Can’t get into blogger. “Can’t find server”. And, no doubt, it will take at least a half a dozen times attempting to post before I can get there. OVER IT!!!


At 1:06 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I like your comments about grief. My dad passed four years ago and it still hurts sometimes.


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