Thursday, August 11, 2005

Thursday, August 11, 2005
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and humid

Not much of interest to say this morning. I got some sleep, and don’t feel quite so out of it. Always a good thing. Trying to figure out which project to tackle first this morning. I think I’d like to work on another draft of the calendar article first, then deal with serial episodes, then go back to Lighthouse Lady. And maybe do some work on Poker Story #1.

A writing payment is late. I’m mildly irritated, but, to be fair, I’ll give it another day or two before getting seriously miffed.

As far as yoga yesterday . . .well, let’s just say I took the Corpse pose to a whole new level! :)

I toyed with the idea of doing a pitch for a graphic novel, but, since they won’t talk money upfront, I seriously doubt I’ll do it. If it’s not decent money, it’s not worth my time. If it WAS decent money, and they knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t balk at the discussion. Also, I came across an ad for a column that was on the old side, so I sent an email with my qualifications asking if the position was still open. No point in crafting a pitch if they’ve hired someone. Since they can’t be bothered to answer, I’m assuming they’ve got someone.

The etiquette between writers and editors/publishers/agents is seriously out of balance. WE have to be professional and polished and they can do whatever the fuck they want. And that includes typos, misspellings and grammatical errors in rejection letters. I get a letter like that, and the company is off my list for future submissions. Because if they can’t proofread a simple letter, what awful things would they do to an entire manuscript?

I need to invoke the ghost of Emily Post to give some of these people a serious talking-to. And maybe the Grammar Fairy should pay a few of them a visit, too. There is no excuse, no matter how busy you are, to avoid basic courtesy. The whole wave of “we only will answer if we want to hire you” is b.s. Usually, if I see an ad with that line in it, I pass it over. Occasionally, however, it looks like a decent opportunity (usually because the money’s worth it) and I’m confident I’m what they’re looking for, whether they know it yet or not. The arrogance of the preceding sentence was deliberate. So, in my pitches, I place in the line, “since you only respond if you want to hire me, if I do not hear from you within four months, I assume I’m not on the list and will take the submission elsewhere.”

Drop it and move on.

The music yesterday moved from Zydeco into Jazz funk, all of which worked well for the first part of Lighthouse Lady. I should probably put on a CD of waves or something, for that lighthouse ocean sound – but I don’t think so. I don’t find those CDs soothing at all. I need the real thing or whatever’s actually outside my window. If I’m in the middle of a city and hear ocean waves, to me, it means something’s not right and makes me jumpy instead of calm.

Since I’m working on a calendar article about creativity, I think I’ll start with Celtic Music – either harp or my favorite Scottish group, Capercaillie, and go on from there.

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At 9:21 AM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

I like Capercaillie, too.

And your yoga comment cracked me up! :)


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