Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn
Sunny and pleasant

Because I wrote all day yesterday, my SO (who read all day) cooked dinner, which was a lovely break for me. And then, on the spur of the moment, we made cookies. To those who don’t enjoy cooking, this might not sound like a romantic way to spend an evening, but to those who do . . .

The car picked him up at 4:30 this morning to take him to the airport. He’s taking the day flight to London, to spend time with friends for a couple of days, and then home and back to work. It was a nice break for us.

I tried to go back to sleep and woke up in A Mood. For some reason, I’ve worked myself into a state about anticipated problems at the show. As my grandmother would say, “Don’t borrow trouble.” And if they come to pass, I’ll deal with them. No reason to make myself sick over something that might not even happen.

It’s displaced anxiety – I ought to be in a state because the articles due tomorrow suck so badly. Let’s hope I get a couple of bolts of inspiration while I iron.

I find after a strong writing day like yesterday, the following day is definitely lighter – sort of like I used up my reserves and have to replenish. If I can use today as replenishment, rather than what is usually is, which is draining me even more, I’ll be in good shape to write well for the rest of the week.

And, I want to move sooner rather than later, but a few more ducks have to line up in a row for me to do so. So I’m off searching for ducks willing to form a line.

Oh, yes, time for a look back over the past two months:

Completed (per list)
Serial episodes
Ink in My Kitchen (ongoing)
Ink in My Potting Soil (ongoing)
Taught Dialogue Workshop
Glam Hearts edit complete
2 articles
1 short story
Daily Racing updates during race weeks
Started work on tie-in novellas

In Progress:
Business prospect letters (ongoing)
Vince/Annie piece
Story inspired by Lili’s photo
Travel articles

Dropped/Undone/On Hiatus:
Quick sell novel – dropped. I don’t want to do it.
Maryland residency proposal – decided it did not fit in with my overall plan.
Query letters for children’s books – undone.
Radio mailing – undone.
60 pages Ransagh – undone
20 pages Periwinkle – undone
Non-fiction proposal A – on hiatus
Non-fiction proposal B – on hiatus

More Than Expected:
Press Release mailing for the blog
Charlotte promo piece
Updated business cards
Article pitches for Llewellyn
Wrote “Impressions” on my friends’ deck
Joined Absynthe Muse Mentor Program
Press Release (Widow’s Chamber)
Work on logos
Revision work on “To Die For”
Rewrite and resubmission of “Dog Driving”
Elusive Prayers begun
Landed PR gig in Maine
8 magazine pitches
Started Boothbay Harbor piece


New Ideas:
I started a list of New Ideas, but realized I feel uncomfortable posting them because they are in such a delicate, embryonic stage.
However, the Muse was kind and showered nearly 4 dozen ideas on me over the course of two months.

Disappointments:
3 editors moved on (great for them, sad for me)
Being told that my work (and, by extension my life) are worthless because I’m not married. Even though I know it’s crap, it was disappointing to hear someone close to the family still believe such a medieval theory in the twenty-first century.
My phone number given out by an administration that has strict instructions not to do so.

Achievements:
One Year Anniversary of Ink in My Coffee
Glam Hearts to producer for production
“History Lesson” published by EWW
Updated website all by myself (thanks to Colin’s great teaching skills)
“Impressions” published by EWW on Earth Day and the subsequent positive response
Reached episode 150 of The Widow’s Chamber
Contributed to the Lemonade in Eden project
“Derby Dilemmas” on FemmeFan
“Derby Wrap-Up” on FemmeFan
“Preparing for Preakness” on FemmeFan
“Preakness Wrap-Up” on FemmeFan
Creation of the “Racing Ink” sections on the blog
“Write Your Own Reality” reprinted

The positive far outweighs the negative, and I have to remember the positive as I push forward.

Devon
www.devonellingtonwork.com
http://www.keepitcoming.net/widows-chamber.html
http://www.keepitcoming.net/tapestry.html
http://keepitcoming.net/angel-hunt.html
http://www.keepitcoming.net/cutthroatcharlotte.html

3 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

Hubby enjoys cooking and I love to bake, so I totally get it. Glad you had a nice weekend. :)

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Angela said...

You're doing great with your GDRs!

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger B. K. Birch said...

Wow, you had an awesome month! How about sharing some of that inspiration / drive with the rest of us. Kidding - congrats on the awesome month

 

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