Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Up early, breakfast for the guests, morning chores. On the way back from getting the paper, I ran into the dog from yesterday – with two of his humans, a boy and the boy’s mother. Turned out the dog had tracked the boy to his school and waited outside, where the cops found him. They’re a bit worried, because the fact that there’s an electric fence doesn’t even slow him down. The dog was happy to see me – licked my hand and asked to be petted, so he remembered me.

I suggested that they get the dog a puppy of his own – preferably a scruffy mutt from the pound – to keep him occupied while the boy is at school. The dog will be busy for those hours and not feel like he has to hunt down his small human. Hopefully. If they take the dog with them to the pound, the dog can pick his own puppy.

They liked that idea. There’s plenty of room where they live (one of the big houses up on the hill). I gave them my vet’s number, because he’ll know the best place to do this. The mother planned to call today, and maybe all go after school . . .today.

So, it seems like we have a happy ending.

Then, I saw a toddler wandering towards the street and thought, “oh, no, first a dog, now a kid.” I caught the toddler before he fell off the curb into traffic. His mother wandered nonchalantly out of the deli, chatting away on her cell phone, in her high heels and flashy rings. If those are real diamonds, I’m Grandma Moses. (Another good thing about being in wardrobe – you learn how to tell real from costume jewelry at a glance). She yanked him back out of my hand, never even acknowledged either one of us, and hauled him down the street. The fact that he has little legs and couldn’t keep up with her pace merely annoyed her. He kept tripping and sliding. She’d yank him back to his feet and scold him for a second before returning to her call. After all, she was busy gossiping about someone she didn’t like on her cell phone. I wanted to slap her.

A guy left his Mercedes convertible running while he went into the deli. Such laziness and stupidity never ceases to amaze me. I’m not the type of person to steal a car, but even I was tempted to get in and drive it off. Turn off the damn car when you go into a store. Aside from it being an invitation to getting the car stolen, it’s a waste of resources.

So that was my morning thus far, and it’s only 8 AM!

Got to get back to work on the serials. We’re going in to the city for a lunch date and then a stroll through Central Park, and I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and then.

Preliminary May To –Do List – off the top of my head, without looking back at the previous month:

--One month’s episodes for each: Widow’s Chamber, Tapestry, Angel Hunt, Cutthroat Charlotte.
--Daily Derby and Preakness Updates
--Post-Derby Wrap-up Article
--Pre-Preakness Article
--Post-Preakness Wrap-up Article
--60 pages of Ransagh
--50 pages of Periwinkle
--2 short stories
--Continue with direct mail for business
--2 short travel articles polished and submitted
--Queries for children’s books – as many as I can get out
--complete proposal for Maryland residency
--2 contracted articles for Llewellyn
--1 historical article for a new market
--start work on eBook tie-ins
--Ink in My Kitchen and Ink in My Potting Soil as appropriate

That should keep me busy. As soon as I get the chance, I’ll look back on the previous month.

The two non-fiction proposals need to go on hiatus this month. Realistically, I don’t have the time I need to work on them – I’d rather focus on some of this other stuff.

To the readers of my serials: are there any supporting characters in any of the serials that you would like to see more of? Any that you’d like to see as the center of his or her e-Book? I’m pretty sure I’m going to start with Cletus and Elwood from Widow’s Chamber, but I’m open to suggestions.

Off to type.

I’ll post Derby Ink later, when I actually have some information and opinions.

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


At 9:23 AM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I'm so glad the puppy found his humans! Great suggestion about finding the dog a dog. :)

And I can't stand women who ignore their children like that. Esp. a little toddler. Makes me want to smack 'em around.

At 6:13 AM, Blogger Colin said...

Loved the story about the wee doggy. Maybe he was on his way to the Cape???


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