Monday, August 15, 2005
Cloudy, hot, humid
The release for my western novella, Elusive Prayers, is available:
Let’s hope Blogger actually puts this link up!
I have the shadow from the migraine today, and it’s threatening to return. I hope I can fend it off, because I have a lot to do.
Show was fine yesterday. Most people were glad to see me. Everyone was fine, but I was not. I felt dis-located. I know that’s a strange choice of word, but it’s very deliberate. I felt like there was a membrane between me and the show; as though I was there, but I wasn’t there. Not a dream state, but a separation, and it was more than mere migraine. It was a strange sensation. Sense memory will come in useful when I need to write about it, but feeling it was rather disquieting. Thank goodness for my friend Artie, who not only immediately got what I was feeling, but empathized.
Started reading Agatha Christie’s Peril at End House. I’m enjoying it. I don’t think I’d read that one before, either.
Came home to discover the power had gone out. So much for finishing my horse racing article! That’s my priority this morning – watching the tape of the races I missed and matching my picks to the winners. And getting the article out ASAP – it should have gone out last night.
I have a gas stove (deal breaker for me, anywhere I live), so I could cook my dinner, drink my wine . . .and write by candlelight, which I did. I think I’ll have to invest in some hurricane lamps, the kind that burn oil. I’ll only fill them in case of emergency – filled oil lamps + cats = trouble.
I wrote letters first. I still love to write and receive letters. Writing Christmas cards each year is one of my favorite things.
Then, I sat down and did some figuring. I want to do NaNoWriMo this November. I don’t know if I’ll choose to do the rest of Ransagh during that time or what. But I want to give it a shot.
In order to do that, I have to be ahead on whatever serial episodes I still have going. Now that I’ve figured roughly where they’re all going – unfortunately, there will still be new episodes necessary during November. In order to do NaNoWriMo, I have to get ahead on episodes through the first week of December. That means 136 episodes, amongst the four serials, in the next 10 weeks. I’m not sure that’s possible. I figured out a schedule, which is particularly brutal over the next three weeks to get ahead, but I don’t know if I can adhere to it without going bonkers. So, we’ll see. I’m not going to drive myself into illness for it. I’ll do what I can and reassess around the middle of October.
I also outlined the next few arcs of Tapestry, so that I can get to the final novel-length arc, Finding Jake. I was going to cut the short Chicago arc, but now I find I need it in order to set up a few things. So I’ll wind up the Benefit Murder Arc over the next few episodes, she goes to Chicago for that arc, then goes off to Edinburgh for the Fringe arc. When she returns, she’s off to find Jake. That will get me through the next contract extension and then we’re done.
I’m up in the air about Angel Hunt, although the work in Lighthouse Lady, which takes place after Angel Hunt helps.
It was lovely to write by candlelight in the dark and quiet. It made me feel more like a writer than sitting at the computer, somehow.
And, the quality of the work was good.
I also had some batteries left for my personal stereo, so I put it on, had one of the Elvendrums CDs in there, and did some tarot work.
In the next few days, I’ll be able to share some of the projects I’ve muttered about here, but not detailed. But I want to wait until Mercury turns direct.
Now, it’s off to finish the races, and then to do some serious work on the serials. I had to start the PR on Elusive Prayers. It’s crucial to start the PR around the pub date – had I been warned of the pub date, I could have started it sooner, the way one is supposed to. And, just because the publisher “lost” my info sent months ago and hasn’t put it up, even though I re-sent it by return email, I can’t afford to wait any longer.
Did you ever notice that “re-sent” and “resent” have the same letters?
To type, to type. La, la, la.
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