Monday, November 28, 2005
Rainy and warm
Check out Patricia Gallant’s beautiful poem “Epiphany” on Circadian. I’m also going to update 13 Journals –we’ve gotten some entries lately, and I want to get them up.
Interesting – on the journals project, the two participants who have been the most unreliable as far as deadlines are the two who bill themselves as freelance writers. Not only would I not do another project with them, I sure wouldn’t recommend them to potential clients. If they can’t put a journal in an envelope and mail it within a month, why would I think they could do anything else on time?
The Portland Herald’s article on the project back in August was great – complete with one of my photos! I was very excited when I saw it up in Maine – they’d meant to mail it since it came out, but just handed it to me when I got there. I’ll do up tear sheets and send copies out over the next few weeks.
As I revamp the Devon Ellington site, I think I will put up pages for both Circadian Poems and The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project.
Only four more days until the launch of Colin Galbraith’s new book Fringe Fantastic. For more information on this exciting book, click here.
Didn’t get any writing done yesterday. At all. Spent the day decorating.
The past few years, I hauled everything out and managed to decorate the place on the First of Advent (which is what yesterday was). Not this year. I worked all day and have about half done. Haven’t even started on the tree yet. The tree’s sitting in its spot in the living room and it’s decorated around it, but I haven’t even started it yet. I seem to remember some sort of twinkle light crisis last year, so I just may buy some new lights before I even attempt it.
The coffee table looks great, all decorated in my great-grandmother’s old tablecloth from her famous restaurant – a sort of golden colour – with a golden sheer over it and then plenty of red candles and woodsy stuff; the “mantle” keeps evolving and looks lovely; the Advent table will keep evolving, too, but it’s fairly simple. I set up the beginnings of the big holiday table – this year, I put red panels up to cover the file cabinets, covered in a patterned gold sheer, with a red velvet cloth pressed with a gold snowflake pattern as the tablecloth. So far, only a few soft sculpture angels and a genuine gingerbread house – that I’ve had since the 1970s – it is now a petrified gingerbread house – are up. It lives in the refrigerator all year, in plastic and bubblewrap, and comes out for the holiday. One expects it to be reasonably disgusting by now, but it’s fine. Not that I would eat it, but, as a piece of sculpture, it works. I also hung tapestry panels on the backs of the big, straight-backed chairs – the colours match the décor AND the carpet.
I sent a box to my SO so it will reach him in time for St. Nicholas Day – since we’re combining traditions, this year, we’re celebrating (my) St. Nicholas Day on the night of the 5th going in to the 6th and (his) St. Lucia Day on the 13th. We also already swapped our advent boxes – we’re both crazy about the Advents, and sent each other boxes with an ornament for each advent and for Christmas Eve. My First-of-Advent was a soft sculpture Santa.
I never thought of myself as having a Santa Collection (I’m always hunting down nutcrackers), but I seem to have accumulated quite a few of them over the years.
I did manage to take some notes for The Fix-It Girl. The Louella Parsons biography is extremely helpful, in addition to being quite well written. I’m taking three sets of notes – Items to Research, Ideas for Future Drafts, and straight out historical notes.
I wasn’t feeling well at all yesterday, but am feeling better today.
I did manage to upload Fix-It Girl for verification. It took multiple tries, and, finally, I had to do it in a completely different way than instructed – I was so frustrated I was nearly in tears, but I sat there and figured it out, dammit – and got my winner’s icons and certificate.
I don’t know if I’d do it again, but I’m glad I did it. Because I have the discipline to sit and write every day and make writing a priority, that wasn’t the focus. And I’m not sure it was good for my process to push that hard every day. I had a good time, I met wonderful people, but I’m not sure if I’d do it again.
But then again, I have an entire year before the decision needs to be made.
Back to Fix-It Girl this morning, and then a million other things to do. One half of the room looks beautiful and decorated. The rest looks like it’s been ransacked. Because when you clear off places in order to decorate the “stuff” has to go somewhere. Right now, most of it is on the floor. Some’s packed away, and some needs to be sorted and filed.
And my desk lamp’s broken, so I’m typing in the twilight here.
I want to start playing with the programs Colin sent. Originally, I was going to upload the old DE site as soon as I could; looking at it, I want to do SUCH a massive overhaul that I think it makes more sense to overhaul and then put it up at once.
Another good yoga session today. For a change.
The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Scruffy Dog Review
The Fix-It Girl -- 52,611 words (completion goal 100,000)
52 / 100
Never Too Late -- 60,375 words
60 / 90
Northumbrian Suspense Story – 2250 words
2 / 15