Thursday, June 16, 2005
Cloudy and cool
Ah, the relief of some cool air!!!
Yesterday was a long day. I managed to get some work done on Elusive Prayers -- I’m one third of the way done with the first draft, and I need to move at a much quicker clip. I’m also concerned that I’ve made the plot a tad complicated, but I hope it will work. I can always cut once it’s done, but until I see it all out there, I can’t do much of anything.
The artist for Tapestry and The Widow’s Chamber resurfaced, thank goodness. The cover for Tapestry is perfect, but there were a couple of typos in the other one. I approved one and requested changes in the other. Now, if the artist for Angel Hunt would just communicate . . .
I have a second mentee – I got her e-mail today. She’s worried about bad habits, so I asked if she had a project she wanted to use for our mentoring time together, or if she wanted to start fresh.
21 shows left on this booking. They were fine yesterday. Although, in the evening, one of the girls was nauseated by some medication she’s on, and I started getting dizzy again. I think, in my case, it may be dehydration. I’m not the fainting type.
The plan for the new Yankee Stadium is dynamite – just beautiful. It’s very well thought out in terms of long range use to the community, not just all about the baseball team’s convenience.
The Shinnecock Tribe – who’s lived around the Hamptons for 3000 years – is suing for compensation for land value. Good for them! Back rent since the land was first taken? I wonder how much that will end up!
I want to know the names of the 20 members of Congress who refused to participate in apologizing for the government not taking action to prevent lynchings. I think we need to know who these people are, so their constituents can decide if they are representative of their region. I’m sure some of them are. But I sure as heck would not want someone claiming to represent me who was not willing to make this gesture.
I recently read an interesting, self-published, typed little booklet by a woman who’d lived in Kentucky, Maine, Cape Cod, etc., around the turn of the Century – she knew Louisa May Alcott’s nephew and Emerson’s daughter, etc. While much of it was entertaining and gave me good insight, I simply could not get passed the way she tossed off a mention of a lynching as though it was light entertainment. Whether or not that’s “the way it was” at the time, it does not make it right. A person who found a hanging entertaining would not be someone I could respect, be it 1215, 1895, or now. Too many excuses are made for cruelty by saying it was common in the context of its time. That still does not make it right. And now, we are supposed to have – I don’t know – become “evolved”, “enlightened”, “civilized” – and sometimes, I don’t think we’ve come very far.
And I want those 20 names.
Going to try to get some writing done today. Make that, I HAVE to get a lot of writing done today.
Better get to it.
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