Monday, May 09, 2005

Monday, May 9, 2005
Waxing Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I was right. Bandini is having a problem with one of his ankles. I knew something had to be wrong with the horse for him to run the race he did on Saturday. To me, it looked like he took a wrong step three or four strides out of the gate. While I have no doubt he’s out of the Preakness, I hope he recovers soon and runs at Saratoga this summer. I’d drive up there just to see him in person! (in horse-in? Oh, heck. Live!) :)

Yesterday was a bit of a lost day for me. I was so exhausted I could hardly see straight. I saw my mother’s friend off and missed a call to go in and work the matinee. Which is fine, because there was no way I had the energy to do so anyway.

I had a blaring headache yesterday, which is still throbbing today, worsened by the effing yard machines they’ve got running next door. At least it’s almost nine a.m., which is a fairly reasonable hour.

I did some mental plotting on the novellas yesterday – I’m trying to figure out if I should write all of each in a row, or work on them in tandem. I’m going to try to write three pages each every day, but if one takes fire, I’ll do more.

The only actual writing I did yesterday was to finish and polish “Derby Wrap-Up” for Femmefan. When I get back from Maine at the end of the week, I’ll do the pre-Preakness article.

I fielded phone calls from many Broadway friends and colleagues whom I’ve gotten hooked on horse racing over the past few years. I no longer accept theatre work on Triple Crown or BC race days, but when I was still working shows full-time, I taught a bunch of my colleagues how to read the racing form, we’d dash out to OTB in the break between shows, and then sit and watch the races in the crew room. It’s nice to know that they’ve continued their interest, even without me around all the time to prod them. One colleague bet Giacomo across the board – because he’d won money on Mike Smith’s horses before and because I always advise to pick at least one long shot in any big race. He went for this combo and boom! He won a nice chunk of change!!!

There’s a lot of grumbling in the press that Giacomo’s win was a fluke. Maybe he’s simply a better horse than anyone except the trainer or the jockey realized. Maybe everybody should just shut their mouths that flapped way too much with ignorance before the race and sit back and watch for awhile. Maybe these so-called experts can learn something.

It’s horse racing. These are live creatures who don’t care about human logic. That’s the excitement of the sport.

Today, I need to refocus on the serials – my editor has everything she needs for this week, but I need to get ahead.

And Ransagh – it was sorely neglected for all of April, and I need to get back to both that and Periwinkle, and Vince and Annie woke me up in the middle of the night, wondering why I’ve neglected them.

Sigh.

I printed off my mentee’s novella and will take it on this week’s trip. I’m looking forward to another road trip, but I don’t know how much more family-type stuff I can take right now.

Actually, right now, all I want is some Excedrin so my head stops hurting.

Devon
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1 Comments:

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Colin said...

Hope your feeling better soon, Devon!

 

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