Sunday, April 03, 2005

Sunday, April 03, 2005
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy and cold

Did you remember to turn your clocks ahead? I dislike losing that hour of sleep!

I was saddened to hear about the Pope’s death (even though I’m not Catholic). And I find the various media spins interesting. “He taught us how to die” say some. Well, it looked to me like he pretty much wanted to go on his own schedule. He was graceful and dignified, but also determined. There’s speculation in one of the news accounts I read this morning that an old Pope will be elected, so that there won’t be someone coming in with an equally long reign. I don’t understand – don’t they want continuity? Obviously, there’s a great deal about the structure of the Papacy I don’t understand.

The brook seems to be holding its banks so far. I still have the car on higher ground. The ducks are wandering along people’s lawns (since the brook is level with the banks), but so far, it’s staying within its boundaries. It’s high tide now, and the rain seems to have stopped, so perhaps I can move my car back to its spot in a few hours.

Ink in My Kitchen
I made Amanda Hesser’s wonderful white Bolognese sauce last night. It’s definitely not a quick recipe, but it sure is good! The porcini mushrooms add a lovely, smoky taste to it, and the mixture of sausage and beef gives it an extra punch. Only salt and pepper were needed to season it. Yum!

Back to Writing:
Well, not a whole lot of that happened yesterday. I worked out some of the arcs that need to happen within the big ball sequence for Widow’s Chamber. I’m trying to decide if I want one storyline to take place during this ball, or during either Aspasia’s or Lottie’s wedding. Can’t decide. Might just flip a coin.

Tried to write website copy and that didn’t work. I’m not even going to try to code it until the actual copy is coherent. I need to stop worrying about making mistakes in coding. If there’s a mistake, that’s why the edit function exists -- to help.

Spent a few hours last night setting up another project – hopefully that will work.

Finally got back the notes from the editor of Glamourous Hearts. She’s caught some really important things – you’d think, with three people going over the script, we’d have caught all the typos, but we didn’t. Some of her comments I don’t agree with and we’ll have to discuss further. Some of it I think I can clear up with research sources – but if it doesn’t work for the story, yes, we have to change it. But I tried to be careful to stay true to the time period and I think that’s important. It is a period piece. It’s striking that balance between authenticity and modern appeal is the challenge.

This, of course, is the worst possible week to have to do rewrites, but I’ll do what I can. It’s haunting me, so I better do it first, before working on Widow’s Chamber. Poor Ransagh’s feeling abandoned right now, but I’ll cart it around all week.

Indulged myself reading Newsday, Daily News, and The New York Times today (Hey, I had a discount coupon for NYT). Interesting to read the different points of view on events.

The PR mailing went out, and here’s the link to the press release commemorating the first anniversary of the blog:

I have fragments of a couple of stories floating through my head, but it’s too early to tell what they are or if they fit into anything that’s in progress. There are a couple of characters “speaking” a phrase here and there, but there’s really no coherence yet.

Time to figure out a way to focus – some days, the meditation just doesn’t fix it – and get to work.

My mind feels like a free-range chicken today.

And I am sick and tired of having problems with Blogger EVERY day. I’m investigating places to which I can move the blog.

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At 10:32 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

ime to figure out a way to focus – some days, the meditation just doesn’t fix it – and get to work.

My mind feels like a free-range chicken today.

I can certainly relate :)

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Lara said...

Wow, MOST days my mind feels like a free-range chicken! :-)
I hope you can find your focus soon!

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Debra Young said...

The free-range chicken -- perfect description. That's my mind--pecking here and there in the dry soil.

Re: Blogger --I'm so irritated by the errors/mishaps. I'd love to find another place as well, especially since I want to make some changes. d:)


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