Friday, August 12, 2005

Friday, August 12, 2005
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and hot

In and around the other writing yesterday, I managed to keep up with current email and deal with 102 backlogged ones. If I can just kept working, spending some time every day with this, eventually I’ll keep up – but, since I’m behind on all the accounts, it could be awhile. Towards the end of the year, I want to look through the filed mail, print only what I need, and delete the majority of it.

Reading back over my “Three Perfect Writing Days” piece I realize I forgot to put in the yoga! Oh, well. It’s in there somewhere.

I need to do some work for 13 Journals today, and also scan the charts for Racing Ink, which will go up later today. There are some good races at Saratoga, so I want to make some picks early in the day. Also, I got some notifications that horses in my DRF “Virtual Stable” are running this weekend, so I can keep an eye on them.

I spent some time slogging through guidelines of lit magazines last night. Some of them are just not to my taste – either they’re so darned rude and arrogant in the guidelines that I say, “And I should submit to you because . . .?” especially if they don’t’ pay. And some of the content is just not along the lines of what I do, or the direction in which I want to stretch. I’m compiling a list of paying markets, and also of non-paying markets that look good and interesting. I call the non-paying markets my “stretch” markets – in other words, when I try something new, or when I want to launch a new pseudonym, I go to these to build up some credits. I’ve plateau’d in some of my writing, and it’s time to get to higher level of payment with some of the work. That transition will be tough – the initial breaking in to a new set of mags – but, in the long run, it will be worth it.

The lists are relatively short because I’m only including magazines who publish work I actually like. There are thousands of magazines, suited to every taste. Instead of simply trying to get in as many as I can, I only want to submit to those I enjoy. Hence, the list gets shorter and shorter. I’m tired of stories of self-indulgent whining and of characters in pain who never take action to change their lives. I’m not interested, rarely is the writing strong enough to capture me, and, bottom line, I just don’t care. But if that’s the vision of the magazine, good for them, but we’re not a good match. I’m working at matching myself better. “Good writing” is subjective to the reader, and each magazine has its own unique vision (even if many of them fall into what I call The Unnecessary Cycle of Agony). It’s just going to take more work to get through them.

The plan today is to revise the calendar article and work on Tapestry, Lighthouse Lady, and Poker One. That’s the plan, anyway.

As soon as the correct blurb goes up for Elusive Prayers, I can start the marketing campaign for that one.

I’m interested to see in what people come up with for “Three Perfect Days” – and I have some ideas for other questions to pose to my readers in the coming weeks.

Have a good weekend, everyone, and try to stay cool! We can thank good ole G.W. for signing a new energy bill that gives ENORMOUS breaks to the large oil corporations, who have already admitted that they will pass NOTHING on to the consumer. As usual, he’s protecting his rich friends and screwing the rest of us – while he takes five weeks of vacation, and ignores the mother of a solider killed in Iraq who wants – and has every right to expect – answers.

Devon
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