Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Dark of the Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Hot, hot, hot; humid, humid, humid

I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. Just worn out and achy, both physically and mentally.

The show last night went okay. Not terrible, not great, but okay. I got all the changes done, she was on stage in the right costume at the right time, I got a little mixed up with some of the jewelry, but it all looked like it could go together, so . . .we lived. The actress and I like working together, so that always helps.

But I’m exhausted today.

And, I have no idea yet if they need me or not. They have no idea if the person who’s out is coming back, because she “hasn’t called.” Now, I didn’t realize that phones only work to call IN. One would think that a call could also be made OUT.

Whatever. I’m going about my day and holding off on my errands until it’s too darned late to call me in for the matinee.

Worked on the “Rekindling Creative Fires” article and also on the Tracy piece. Also wrote – or rewrote –a Project Plan. It’s different than the GDR, because it’s a document that spreads out bits of projects – serials, novels, unfinished scraps. It takes a look at what needs to be done with each. And, frankly, some of them need to be retired. They were good exercises in their time, but they’re not something that can go anywhere. Some can be rewritten. Some just need to be scheduled in to the GDR.

The serials, are, of course, on the project list, with estimated finished episodes for each. I figure Widow’s Chamber will end somewhere between episode 220 and 240; Tapestry around 200; Angel Hunt much the same. I have no idea with Charlotte yet. Depending upon when that falls in each contract process and what’s going on with the ebooks (why did I bust my butt to make sure the artwork and the manuscript were to the editor on time and they’re not even listed yet?) will decide if I keep the serials up without new issues for an additional six months, or pull them, work on adapting them to straight out novels in the 90 day interim while rights revert, and then start the query process.

The end result will be that Widow’s Chamber will be a doorstop sized novel. I’ve already got well over 700 pages of manuscript. I expect by the end of the serial, it will be over 1000. I figure I’ll be able to cut 40% at least in the adaptation – that still leaves me about 600 pages, and that particular story is not well-served by breaking it into shorter books. Tapestry will be two novels (Tapestry and Finding Jake) with a flurry of short stories. It’s got the potential for a series, or it could simply be the stand-alone books. Angel Hunt will be a novel, again with series potential, or it could be a stand alone. I wanted to do a novella-length arc with Donal, and then the arc with Lianna and Gaston in Paris, but I doubt I will, within the realm of the serial. I need to do some more work with the story and see how the episodes shake out between now and contract’s end. Because Charlotte is newer, I don’t really have the full idea of its scope yet, although I know that I want to cover 1718-1782, and quite a bit happened during that time. I have the opportunity to move ahead in time in a way I don’t have with some of the other pieces – no one needs to see every moment of every day – I can jump a few months here and there to the next part of the story that’s active.

I want to do a total of at least six ebooks – Elusive Prayers (tied to Widow’s Chamber) is done. I’m working on Lighthouse Lady, the tie-in to Angel Hunt. But . . .Is She a Betting Man? will tie in to Tapestry, and Moonlight Renegades ties in to Charlotte. Then, I want to do at least one more tie-in with The Widow’s Chamber, featuring Cletus and Elwood, because they get more fan mail than any other characters in the series, and another Angel Hunt tie-in, The Woodland God’s Vengeance.

So that’s the basic plan for the serials. I just have to smooth out time frames, and there needs to be some sort of flexibility in there. I also have two picture books and a middle grade novel to market – they’re not going to market themselves. I sent out a stack of queries for one of the picture books last week, and I’ll send out more in the coming month.

And, some unfinished projects that need finishing, with the priorities being Clear the Slot, Ransagh and Periwinkle.

All of that needs to be balanced with paying articles, paid business writing, teaching, and private students. I have to accelerate the marketing aspect of my business, and also scour job boards every day to keep trying to pick up paying work. It can be done; I just have to be organized about it. I’m doing most of it now, but I’m going off in many directions – sort of like throwing pasta at the wall and seeing what sticks. I need to be a bit more focused about it.

Provided I don’t have to go into the show today, I plan to do some work on Tapestry and Angel Hunt, and then on the articles. This weekend, I want to start working on the stuff for the Spell-a-Day – what doesn’t work is often as fun and interesting as what does!

And today, I want to send out more interview questions for the journal project.

The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journals Project

The Widow's Chamber
Angel Hunt
Cutthroat Charlotte


At 11:13 AM, Blogger Lara said...

WOW, my head is spinning. You (as always) are an inspiration!


At 2:52 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

"The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking."

Mia Hamm

And you, my friend, are a champion! :)

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Ann said...

I am amazed. I keep being tempted to tell you to not work too hard, but that would be like telling the weather in Seattle not to rain! Take care.


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