Monday, August 01, 2005

Monday, August 1, 2005
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Hot and humid

I had a good time on the show yesterday—catching up with people, establishing a rhythm with the new actors, etc. Tomorrow will be a nightmare because I’m being tossed into a track I’ve never done – one of the lead tracks on the show. Three of the principal tracks will have swings in them, and they’ve placed each of us in the track in which we have the least experience. Go figure. Whatever. Nobody’s gonna die, and nobody’s gonna go out there naked. They just might be a little later than usual (in my case, anyway).

A friend and I stopped on the way back to the train and had a beer at my favorite bar, The St. Andrews Pub on W. 44th St. It’s an authentic Scottish pub. I usually have Fraoich (the only place in the US I know where I can get it), but today I had a pint of Belhaven, which I also like. The bartender I’ve known for several years, Bruce, was there, and we caught up. I started hanging out there when I worked across the street, at the wonderful and haunted Belasco Theatre, on the revival of Follies back in 2000. Many a time I’ve sat at the bar and closed the place; and many a time have I sat there with The Daily Racing Form and discussed horses. Most of the staff is Scottish, and I’m one of the few customers who’s actually traveled a good bit in Scotland. I’ve actually visited most of the small towns from which they originate. I always like to talk about Scotland, and they like to talk about home with someone who actually has a visual sense of the place.

Came home and finished the horse racing and ice hockey articles, polished them, and sent them off. I won again at Saratoga – with Ashado, who won by 9 ½ lengths. I love her, in spite of her last two races not being so great for her. Artie Schiller runs today, with Migliore up, and, of course, I want him to win, too.

I haven’t had a chance to review July, but my To-Do list for August is relatively short:

The serials
Lighthouse Lady
The Llewellyn articles
As many queries as I can get out.

Yep, that’s all that’s on the list. I’ll be doing horse racing and ice hockey articles sporadically, but I can’t schedule when the information or events will present themselves, so I just have to pay attention and jump on it when it happens. I think “Racing Ink” will be a feature on this blog every Friday, with Stakes race weekend picks, and then a wrap-up the following Tuesday for FemmeFan. We’ll see how that works.

All the Llewellyn articles are due between now and September 30. I’d rather spend this month exclusively focusing on Llewellyn and get everything done ahead of schedule than scrambling at the last minute. I have 25 spells to write for the Spell-a-Day, and that means experimentation. Each one has to be worked on – usually redone three or four times so that it’s right, then distilled down to 150 words. That’s not something that can be done in a day.

And, as I’ve found out, opportunities always come up, and I need to leave room to pursue them.

I can’t send serial issues any more from my Verizon account because I’ve been blocked as “frequent spam” by the editor’s ISP. Very frustrating. Today’s client cancelled – we’ll reschedule, so it’s fine, and I definitely need the time to write. I have a lot to do on the serials.

Oh, and before I forget – I tied for third place in Toasted Cheese’s Creative Non-Fiction contest. “Dog Driving” will be published in their September issue. I’ll post the link as soon as I have it.

Onward into August!

The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journal Project

The Widow’s Chamber
Angel Hunt
Cutthroat Charlotte
For a free issue of any of the above serials, click the appropriate link and download.


At 9:35 AM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

"Frequent Spam"? How ridiculous!

Congrats again on your third! :)

At 10:29 AM, Blogger Lara said...

That editor needs to check email more often! SHEESH!

Congrats again on Third--what an honor!



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