Thursday, July 28, 2005
Hot but not humid
Finally, a break in the weather! Yesterday’s Heat Index in the city hit 116 degrees. I had four blocks from the theatre to the train – and had to stop half way at Coliseum Books because I nearly passed out. Fortunately, they know me quite well and were concerned. I recovered in the café with an iced drink and was able to make the last two blocks and change to the train just fine.
I took it easy yesterday afternoon. I dabbled with a few experimental projects, helped someone set up a site (can you imagine? Someone actually asked ME for help setting up a site – and I was able to do it). Worked on text for new web pages – hopefully, I’ll get far enough ahead on my other writing this weekend so I can code them and then load them sometime next week. And then I’ll finish the text for the Cerridwen site redesign – which is much more involved and complex than the text for the Devon site.
Hired for two more articles for 2007 annuals – I think I’m appearing in 7 annuals in 07 – I have to sit down and figure it out. If that is the case, it will be a good hook for a press release.
Managed to get some submissions done. Still haven’t heard back from two ads that were frantic for someone to start immediately. Considering that it is highly unlikely someone with better credits would have answered on the boards where the ads were posted (oh, doesn’t that sound horribly arrogant?), I’m sure it was a money issue. Not going to take a job if the pay’s not worth it. Yeah, you can find someone to write 1000 words for $5, and that’s about all it’ll be worth. You want a good writer, who’s going to bring you back a premium return for your company, you’re going to have to pay a decent amount of money.
I’m dragging my feet on the serials, but I need to buckle down and do some work on both Widow’s Chamber and Tapestry today. Need to update the 13 Journals site. Need to do some more groundwork and craft the opening for the article on the Hockey Draft article. And I need to work on the article at Llewellyn on the 1st. I’ve got the outline – now I have to fill it out and make it sparkle.
And then, of course, there are all the other projects clamoring for a page or two. . .
And some query letters that need to go out by tomorrow morning.
I took an early jaunt to Target this morning, because school supplies are on sale – got 20 notebooks at 10 cents each – it will help organize my research. And crates and folders and --- plenty of stuff, all for under $20. Love the shopping in Mercury Retrograde, but in true MR fashion, with screwed-up travel, most of the exits in the parking lot were blocked and it took 45 minutes of driving around underground to find an open one. However, if the notebooks are 10 cents a pop, I’ll drive for 45 minutes. No problem.
I need to get to the library at some point in the next few days – one of my articles is a history of a particular spice, and I need to do some legwork.
Finished Dead Man’s Folly yesterday. Good brain candy. I’d figured out the who but not the why. Nice to know Agatha can still surprise me sometimes.
The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journals Project
The Widow’s Chamber
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