Thursday, August 18, 2005

Thursday, August 18, 2005
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and lovely

Overnight, the tiniest snap came into the air. Could we really, truly be making our way towards fall? That would make me happy!

If you like tarot, hop on over to Kemmyrk to start a nine-day Daily Card Pull, using the Robin Wood Tarot.

If you don’t like, or aren’t interested in tarot, well, then, skip it.

Eileen’s sent in a couple of sketches for The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project that I hope to post today.

I didn’t work on the serials yesterday AT ALL. Oh, well. Serial Avoidance Syndrome. Big Time.

But I was true to my new goals and learn-from-disappointment in that I did not start my day by automatically starting the day’s creative work with serial episodes. And that was hard. The serials have been a major portion of the last two years of my life – to the point of taking over my life, which was a major factor in the problems over the past few months. Trying to get things back in balance that it took two years to put askew shan’t happen in one day.

But I worked on Periwinkle – and thanks to BK for her encouragement. Five pages. I’m almost back in its rhythm.

I thought I’d written the upcoming chunk, on the beach, between Katie and Charlie – and that’s one of the reasons I had to promise Charlie his own book in the future. Long time readers of Ink in My Coffee will remember that, during my last stint of work on Periwinkle, a secondary character, diner cook Charlie Zablowski, grew in prominence and charisma, and I was afraid he’d take over the book. I had to either kill him off (which wouldn’t work in the storyline) or convince him to step back and give him his own book later on. So we negotiated – I do need him here, it just can’t all be about him.

Anyway, I thought I’d written the scene between Katie and Charlie on the beach, but I guess it was only written in my head, because I sure can’t find it on paper or disk anywhere.

Good news: I’m going to Saratoga next week for a couple of days. I’m going to run around taking photographs and doing research for a travel article; do some research for But . . .Is She a Betting Man?; interview a couple of people for articles for FemmeFan; hang out with my friends and their horses; and help my friend with her charity benefit. I’d like to sneak in a session or two at The Crystal Spa, but not sure I’ll have time.

I totally cannot wait to go. Ooh, do I sound like a spoiled Valley Teen or what?

Um, been a good long time since I was in my teens, and I wouldn’t want to go back for anything. And I never lived in the Valley and the only spoiling was to have as many books as I wanted (which is fine by me).

I’m checking where I need to be on issues and what has to be written this week with an eye to next week. I’m in good shape, but I’d like to get ahead a bit. I have no doubt that, moments before publication, issues will turn up “missing”, resulting in urgent messages, but, frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. I sent everything, it’s been confirmed, and I shan’t be near a computer up there anyway. Nothing I can do until I return.

Did some PR for 13 Journals and for Elusive Prayers. I need to shake off the lingering soreness and dis-ease from the past few days and do a truly focused and sparkly marketing job.

I did my part last night in

The Ink in My Coffee Calling Card Invite.

Here are the blogs I visited:

Blog #1: What You Leave Behind
The author took a bicycle trip around the island of Arran in Scotland. I traveled around Arran in 2000, during one of my stays at Culzean, and it made me homesick to see his beautiful photos. Homesick in a good way, though. What a lovely trip!
I found his blog via Freedom From the Mundane, linked at right.

Blog #2: Hell Toupee
I laughed so hard at this post that I nearly slid off my chair – the cheerleader entry is – well, go read it for yourself. There’s no way I can do it justice via a description.
I found it via Pure Grace, linked at right.

Blog #3: Wide Open Spaces
I love the humorous take on life and I SO agree that there is no distance to great to drive for a Dunkin Donuts Bavarian Crème.
I found this blog via Introspection, linked at right.

Blog #4: Jill Shalvis
Since she was on vacation, she posted a “best of” entry, about her experience when she started her blog and her children’s reaction to it. Very, very funny.
I found it via Magick Musings, linked at right.

Blog #5: JA Konrath
I admit it – I knew the name, though I’d never visited the blog. He has an article in the newest issue of Writer’s Digest that I liked a lot – when I saw his link on my friend’s bloglinks, I had to check it out. It’s well written and it made me feel as though we were talking over coffee or a beer. The article and his blog make me want to read his book. What more could one ask?
I found the blog via Satin Black Biscuit Cream, linked at right.

I thought it would be much harder to find five blogs from someone else’s links and like them right off. I thought I’d have to hunt much farther. But it’s like a referral – I like the opinions of my friends and colleagues listed to the right, so why wouldn’t I like the blogs to which they link?

I certainly spend more than my share of time surfing Blog Explosion, Blogazoo and simply hitting the “next blog” button on Blogger. While I’ve found some interesting blogs that way, I’ve also found a lot I’d never want to see again!

This way is much better.

Now, to write. Should I work on Periwinkle first or on one of the articles due in the next week or so?

The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journal Project

Elusive Prayers
To read an excerpt or order, click the title.

The Widow’s Chamber
Angel Hunt
Cutthroat Charlotte

For a free issue of any of the above, click the appropriate title and download.


At 12:31 PM, Blogger Michelle Miles said...

OoOO JA Konrath! I love his columns in WD.

I'm going to do this, too. :)

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Lara said...

It IS fun to read other's blogs--but alas, I look up at the clock and notice that it's 40 min. later...


Great idea, Devon!


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