Sunday, May 15, 2005

Sunday, May 15, 2005
Waxing Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn (as of May 13)
Rainy and warm

I made good progress on the blurbs for the novellas – all four of them. I also did about six pages on the Brother Joseph novella. I think I’m going to call it Elusive Prayers.

I’m starting to think the world of The Widow’s Chamber could end up staying with me for my entire life. I want to deal with the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the formation of the Republican Party, both of which happened a year down the road from where my tale is currently. I want to read the new book on the violent abolitionist John Brown. And there was an interesting article in today’s paper about the banks that were the precursor to Chase dealing in slaves and how they’re trying to clean up their image.

I see so many parallels on the rift in the country then and what’s happening now. Until we have an administration that actually listens to all the factions and tries to make balanced decisions instead of simply pandering to the biggest money lobbyists, I can see the country heading down the same road again. I hope I’m wrong.

I decided to change the title of the Tapestry novella from Coulda Woulda Shoulda to But Is She a Betting Man? Somehow, I think that’s more appropriate. I’m going to stick with Moonlight Renegades for the Charlotte novella and with Lighthouse Lady for the Angel Hunt novella.

The Boothbay Harbor piece is spinning in my head, but I ran out of steam before I could write any of it down.

I ordered a bunch of Cape Cod history/flora/fauna/birds/geography/botany books from the same seller on eBay yesterday – I have to wait a few days on two of them to see if I win them, but the other four are definitely mine. I can’t wait. And I found some other useful books, too.

In other words, another dozen books will land on my doorstep within the next two weeks, to add to the box of nautical books I bought in Wells.

And it will give me lots of ideas for the next Salt Marsh story. It’s already starting to rumble through my head – scenes and conversations – but I don’t have a focus for it yet.

The expensive car repair meant the cancellation of my trip to Norway, and I think I might have to postpone Paris to the spring – I’m too worried about my grandmother’s health to want to wander that far afield. I’m planning the next trip to Maine for mid-July, and then another one in September, then up for her 90th birthday early in November and later that month for Thanksgiving. Paris will still be there next year (hopefully), but my grandmother may not be. I’d regret it if I didn’t spend as much time with her as I could. Our relationship can be difficult at times, but we’re still close.

Plus, my focus needs to be on accelerating the career transition first and then concentrating on more travel. Although if I don’t get enough travel, I grow restless. But I traveled a good deal in the past few weeks – Washington DC, Amish Country, Maine, Plymouth – so maybe that will hold me for a bit.


I sent a proposal to a magazine that’s adding new writers to its roster. I’d love to be one of them. I have a feeling for this particular set of assignments that they want loud-mouth twenty-somethings with attitude rather than people with life experience and curiosity, so I may not get it (although I can have a loud mouth sometimes and I do have rather strong opinions, even when I’m wrong). We’ll see. I sent them a bunch of ideas, and either I fit what they’re looking for or I don’t. I’m not going to pretend to be what they want and then write something I can’t believe in. I know the magazine’s content well and like most of it – it would be great to work for them. But I’d never know until I tried, so I had to try, even though it took up a large chunk of time that should have been devoted to other writing.

Back to the serials, and to polish the blurbs. I can also send the first page of Elusive Prayers to go with the blurbs, but don’t have, yet, first pages for the other novellas. I thought I’d write them in tandem, but since they’re novellas and reasonably short, it works better to write each all the way through.

Also, I want to get a head start on the two articles due at Llewellyn on June 1.

I’m mulling over the Maryland residency potential projects. The most exciting one would need the biggest budget. Frankly, I don’t know what sorts of budgets they have. And, since they’re not answering my questions, I’m not sure what to do. So, I may go pitch the other idea and tie it in with a bit of the original – make it a possibility for a return engagement? Not quite sure what to do about it.

I need a productive writing day.

So I better get to it.

For a free issue of any of the above serials, click the appropriate link and download.


At 11:54 AM, Blogger Eileen said...

You're always welcome to stop by when you're in Albuquerque :)

Best of luck with your writing effort this day!

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

I'm pleased to hear you made such great progress writing today. :)

My writing today has been of the techincal nature, which is not my favorite cup of tea.

I look forward to reading your work when I'm not hopping up and down from my computer like a jackrabbit in heat, as I switch documents in and out of my printer.

Her 90th birthday is a wonderful reason to visit your grandmother. You might want to read an off=the-cuff piece of mine that I left in rough form, typed and posted in 20 min or so. (I type fast.)

It's called "Stairway to Heaven." A quick way to find it, in lieu of searching my archives, is
1) Click on the Photography category in my sidebar on the right. Please click directly on the word.
2) A list of Titles appears, one of which, is "Stairway to Heaven."
3) Click directly on that word and the post will show. (It's featured with my photograph and the title is a direct link to the song, as most of my posts are.)

It was one of my most popular posts. Haloscan ate the comments since I swtiched to Haloscan, but there were over 25 or 35 comments. To think I almost pulled the post out of perfectionistic tendencies.


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