Saturday, May 21, 2005

Saturday, May 21, 2005
Waxing Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn
Sunny and cool

I’m nervous about the Preakness. I’m not riding in it and I don’t own any of the horses, so it’s silly, but I am.

I should have posted yesterday’s wrap-up of the card, but didn’t. I saw the races I handicapped, and I wrote up the notes, but I still have to type them and post them.

I worked on Cutthroat Charlotte – not enough, but something. I’m working on a very emotional section, the unexpected death of one of the characters, which is an episode or two before Anne, Mary and Jack are captured. All the grief Charlotte stored up from her father’s death comes out now. Difficult to write, especially in a way that will evoke an emotional response from the reader without the reader feeling manipulated.

Also worked on Elusive Prayers. I’m a page or two shy of being one quarter of the way finished with the first draft (lousy sentence, but I’m too lazy to fix it). I wonder if I’ll start Moonlight Renegades next or if it will be But Is She A Betting Man? The latter will be easier to write, but slightly longer. I should leave it to last, but I probably won’t.

Can I please have two or three weeks of an extra twelve hours per day where I can focus on the writing?

One of the places I taught is giving out my phone number again, although we specifically had an agreement in writing that they would never do that again – they are only to give out the e-mail I use for the business writing. Since they screwed me over every other way, this is not a surprise. Time to send them a certified letter informing them if they do it again, I will take legal action. There’s one woman who seems like she might be a legitimate client, but the rest want me to do their work for them without pay. No. Not to mention that the phone calls always come in outside of legitimate business hours, which is not acceptable. I’m not a phone person anyway, but I certainly don’t accept calls from people I don’t know before 8 AM or after 10 PM. As friends in my freelancing group pointed out, diplomacy hasn’t worked, so it’s time to be even more direct.

Will try to get some work done before the races start today, and I have plenty of laundry waiting for me when it’s all over tomorrow.

No time like the present to get in gear, right?

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