Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Last Day of the Full Moon
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn
Rainy and cool
I was hit with a case of the blues late yesterday, and for no good reason. Sometimes, it simply happens. Part of it may have been simple fatigue from writing 7 episodes (7000 words) over the course of two days.
And part of it is the desire to concentrate on the writing, since I had two enormously productive days, and not be fragmented by the theatre work. Actually, it’s not the work that’s the problem, it’s the commute. No matter how I try to set it up so the time is productive or restful or whatever, it isn’t, because there are too many thoughtless, invasive people on the train and the MTA’s incompetence is far out of balance with the expense of the ride.
Because I’m doing day work and the show tonight, the serials get a rest. I’m going to take Elusive Prayers with me and try to do a few pages, and maybe, maybe this week I can get back to Ransagh. Obviously, I’ve needed a break from the latter. And the section in the south is the hardest. Once I plow through that, the West will be easy. Well, okay, not easy, but the shape of it makes more sense to me.
Haven’t heard back from my mentee on her response to my comments. I hope she’s not upset that I didn’t tell her it was perfect and should be an instant best seller. It’s a darn good piece, but it needs work. I’ve sent the comments on the first 50 chapters, and still have to send her the comments on the final 34. Hopefully, I can type up some more comments before I run for the train at 10 AM.
I won that last whaling journal I wanted so badly – whew! I’ll send off payments for both journals tomorrow.
I’ve put aside a new notebook for this piece. Far too often, I read with plans to go back and take notes later, and then I don’t remember what I wanted to notate. So this time, I’ll note as I read (in a notebook, I never EVER write in a book), and then I’ll have everything in one place when I’m ready to write the piece – two years down the line. That’s at least how much time the research for this whaling saga will take. No characters have begun to speak to me yet, which is a blessing – there are too many characters demanding my attention right now, and some of them just need to shut up so I can clear off a few projects first.
Started one of the articles due June 1. Will toss most of what I’ve done, but at least I put some words on paper and have something to toss.
The Preakness wrap-up article will be up on FemmeFan later today. I’ll post the link tomorrow – I’ll be back from the theatre tonight too late to do it.
Off to try to get a few dribs and drabs of business writing done before train time.
Ink in My Potting Soil:
The morning glory seeds I planted a few days ago are already 8 inches tall! Now where's that trellis I put aside for them. . .?
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