Saturday, July 30, 2005
Cloudy and humid
I wrote two issues of Widow’s Chamber yesterday. Actually, I wrote more than that, but in the middle of the first episode set at Aspasia’s wedding, I realized that the scenes in the slave market had to come first, so I saved the wedding stuff as “wedding scraps” and went back to the correct chronological sequence. It helps, having from here to the end outlined.
Polished the Boothbay Harbor article and wrote one about Playland. Will take a look at both of them today and then send them off to the travel site. I emailed back and forth with the guy who runs the place – he’s in Alaska! – and it sounds like a great site for which to work. If he likes my odd kind of style for these pieces and the photographs, maybe I can contribute regularly.
Jotted some notes, did a lot of admin work, rolled my eyes at the piles around my desk. I’ve stacked the whaling books into a crate under my desk, so they’re accessible. I have more file folders – now I have to use them, and then FILE them. The problem is that I have a couple of hundred files with materials for current projects – between the serials and the articles and the travel writing – and they have to be in front of my face. If they’re in the drawer or the file box, they’re gone. But it’s hard to keep them in front of me. I have two file racks, which are helpful, but I think I need a third. And maybe a fourth. I pulled a bunch of old files for completed projects, and those can get filed away where I don’t need daily access.
I also realized that I have to completely re-do my CV. Not only is it shockingly out-of-date – I haven’t been adding credits as things are published – but I need to rethink the Master CV so that I can pull out sections for the smaller, more focused resumes as needed for projects.
All of that takes time.
I’m giving myself a rest from the web pages so I can go back to them with fresh eyes. I did have to do an HTML edit on something for 13 Journals – and I actually UNDERSTOOD what the site told me needed to be fixed and fixed it.
My McAfee found not one, but two Trojans in the computer yesterday and annihilated both of them. I wonder if that’s the reason I had trouble with the web pages the other day, when the day before it was all fine. I ran every clean, fix and defragment I’ve got, and things are up and running smoothly again.
Listen to me – like I actually KNOW what I’m talking about. I just know that if something gets wonky and I run a certain sequence of programs, it gets less wonky, so that’s what I do. It’s like regular maintenance on a car. And, since my computer is set to self-destruct in August, reaching its third birthday, and I’m determined not to lose it, I’m being particularly vigilant.
Most of the day will be taken up with the 2005 NHL Draft and the article, and also with the Jim Dandy and Diana Handicap horse races in Saratoga.
But, somewhere in there, I also have to work on Charlotte and Tapestry.
Angela Miller, with whom I frequent several writers’ groups, is the Featured Diarist in today’s 13 Traveling Journals. Check out her interview!
That’s another thing on the list – research, write, and send out some more interview questions.
My editor at Llewellyn checked all my deadlines, said I’ve got it right and nothing is due on the 1st. My next article (for the calendar – I’m Miss February in 2007) is due on the 15th. And it’s written in my head, pretty much, so I just have to put it on paper.
So it’s all good.
The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journal Project
The Widow’s Chamber
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